Two House of Commons committees published the first in-depth report into the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, and found it was severely lacking, despite the success of the vaccine roll-out. Chief medical officer professor Chris Whitty warned that the NHS is not out of the woods yet; and is in for an “exceptionally tough winter.”
NHS England found £250 million to get general practice ready. Its focus on face to face appointments delighted the Daily Mail and infuriated the British Medical Association, which had been hoping for a serious focus on the challenges primary care is facing. Also: could the entire NHS adopt Epic? We have analysis of a startling idea.
The Conservative Party conference was on. Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid launched a review of health and social care leadership, led by an ex-army leader. NHS managers and unions were not enthused. The government also launched a new body to tackle health ‘disparities’. Public health leaders wondered what had happened to ‘inequalities’.
In a quiet week in health tech, digitalhealth.net editor Jon Hoeksma speculated on whether NHS England may be considering a deal with Epic, and whether this would be a good thing. Royal Free Hospital went live with Cerner and the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record expanded.
Scotland launched its coronavirus vaccine passport app, with Wales poised to follow as Covid-19 death rates started to rise again. The King’s Fund showed that NHS waiting lists and times are longer in poor areas than rich ones, and suggested the government should prioritise populations in greatest need if it was serious about ‘levelling up.’
In health tech news, IMS MAXIMS and Servelec were announced as the suppliers for a new, integrated health and care record for the States of Guernsey. And CliniSys was unveiled as the winner of a national contract for a laboratory information system to modernise pathology services in Northern Ireland.