Healthcare Roundup 31 July 2020

Worries about the novel coronavirus shifted from the first wave to a potential second wave. Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock delivered a speech on the future of healthcare and said that many of...

Healthcare Roundup 24 July 2020

The Lords science committee was told that England has just two months to develop effective public health behaviours and a working test and trace programme if it wants to avoid a Covid-19 tsunami this winter....

Healthcare Roundup 17 July 2020

The UK death toll for hospital and care home patients with a positive test for Covid-19 passed 45,000 as the NHS Test and Trace programme faced further turmoil. Yet attention was shifting to the elements...

Healthcare Roundup 10 July 2020

Coronavirus spending has exceeded £32 billion. 18,000 more nurses are now working in the NHS than last year, as the NHS celebrates its 72nd birthday. NHS England’s chief has called for urgent social care reform....

Healthcare Roundup 3 July 2020

The UK’s excess death rate finally stabilised, after reaching 65,200 from the start of the coronavirus outbreak. But the economic and public health impact of the pandemic started to become apparent as firms announced significant...

Healthcare Roundup 26 June 2020

The English government announced a significant easing of coronavirus restrictions, as it emerged that the failed contact tracing app programme has cost £11.8 million and the test and trace programme could be missing as many...

Healthcare Roundup 19 June 2020

The troubled contact tracing app being developed by NHSX looked as if it was going to be delayed until the winter – until it was scrapped in midweek in favour of Apple and Google’s ‘decentralised’...

Healthcare Roundup 12 June 2020

On what should have been the first day of its annual conference, the NHS Confederation warned the health service faced a “long, slow road to recovery” and the government should manage public expectations of what...

Healthcare Roundup 5 June 2020

The coronavirus death toll remained stubbornly high as the government’s testing statistics were queried and its Test and Trace tsar struggled to answer the most basic questions about the programme. The Nuffield Trust issued a...

Healthcare Roundup 29 May 2020

English politics was engulfed on controversy about the actions of Number 10 Downing Street aide Dominic Cummings during the coronavirus lock-down, as the UK’s excess mortality rose to the highest in the world, and its...

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