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...

Healthcare Roundup 22 May 2020

The death toll from Covid-19 continued to rise, as England struggled to get its test, track and isolate programme off the ground, and Scotland moved into piloting its solution with three health boards. NHS Digital...

Healthcare Roundup 15 May 2020

The coronavirus death toll continued to rise, but prime minister Boris Johnson announced that the government’s messaging was changing from “stay at home” to “stay alert.” Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced an extension to the furlough...

Healthcare Roundup 7 May 2020

The coronavirus death toll continued to rise and the government continued to miss its daily testing target. Controversy continued to swirl around the NHSX contact tracing app; as questions were asked about whether it would...

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