Healthcare Roundup 25 September 2020

Prime minister Boris Johnson made his third televised address of the Covid-19 emergency and urged people to abide by new restrictions to control the disease as positive tests and deaths increased. Chancellor Rishi Sunak made...

Healthcare Roundup 18 September 2020

There were worrying signs that Covid-19 cases were on the rise as England’s testing system all but collapsed. NHS England issued its financial allocations for the rest of the year, focused on systems rather than...

Healthcare Roundup 11 September 2020

Both the English and Scottish governments announced new restrictions on social gatherings as coronavirus infection rates ticked up again. Scotland launched a contact tracing app. England didn’t. To underline the challenges that UK health systems...

Healthcare Roundup 04 September 2020

Health and social care secretary announced a £500 million investment in fast, mass Covid-19 testing, in the hope that this might enable “more of the things that make life living” to resume. NHS England/Improvement pushed...

Healthcare Roundup 28 August 2020

As the country prepared for a bank holiday and a new school term, the government’s sights were set on winter. Tough financial guidance was issued to the NHS to encourage trusts to get back to...

Healthcare Roundup 21 August 2020

As Covid-19 infections started to rise again across the country, the government announced that it was going to abolish Public Health England, establish a new agency focused on pandemic response, and put the Conservative peer...

Healthcare Roundup 14 August 2020

The government was forced to admit that local public health teams are better at contact tracing than its national NHS Test and Trace contractors. As the TAT scheme was revamped, the contact tracing app reappeared;...

Healthcare Roundup 7 August 2020

Despite local lockdowns, the NHS in England and Scotland continued to emerge from the first phase of the response to the coronavirus crisis by announcing plans to resume non-Covid activity and keep the virus in...

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....

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