There was more bad news on the impact of the novel coronavirus, as more areas of the north locked down, more trusts suspended elected activity, and the chancellor was forced to abandon plans for a comprehensive spending review.
Former health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt reflected on the government’s handling of Covid-19 in a HealthChat with Roy Lilley and called for a new social care settlement. We have a report. In good news, it was Fab Change Day 2020. We were on hand to cover the top sessions. And it was Health Tech Awards 2020 evening. So we have a new #HealthTechToShoutAbout winner.
The English government spent the week arguing with council leaders over tier two and tier three lockdowns, and then announced that London would move into tier two from the end of the week. Against this background, NHS leaders started to shut down elective activity or warned that they would need to as Covid-19 cases rose.
Matthew Gould, the chief executive of NHSX, revealed a few more details about his plan to have ‘basic shared care records’ in place across England by next September, and Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust went live with Epic. Plus: we interviewed Roy Lilley about Fab Change Day 2020 next week, which we are proud to be supporting.
As properly wet autumn weather set in, there was no good news on the coronavirus front. Cases and hospitalisations climbed rapidly, as Scotland set out plans for ‘circuit breaker’ restrictions and England floated the idea of a three-stage local lockdown system.
There were some big announcements in the health tech space, with Apple launching Health Records, Greater Manchester picking Sectra, and Guys and St Thomas’ becoming the latest mega-trust to go with Epic. Meanwhile, the Highland Marketing advisory board discussed the tension between national and local control of NHS IT; and how it could be resolved.