Healthcare Roundup 9 December 2022

The government looks set to respond to a wave of strike action across the economy and public services by making it harder to strike. It has also set up an NHS elective recovery taskforce with a lot of private sector involvement, while NHS England has been raiding its service development fund to try and keep […]

Healthcare Roundup 2 December 2022

The Royal College of Nursing announced the first dates for strike action, as Unison and the GMB secured mandates from ambulance workers to follow suit. NHS England published its first winter snapshot, showing hospital beds are already filling up with patients with flu. Forty ‘air traffic control centres’ to monitor and address pressures started work […]

Healthcare Roundup 25 November 2022

Ministers in Scotland were forced to deny reports that NHS leaders are considering a two-tier health service in which the wealthy pay for treatment. The NHS in Scotland remains under huge pressure, which was exemplified by the decision to put NHS Forth Valley into special measures this week. In England, NHS England launched its annual […]

Healthcare Roundup 11 November 2022

One hundred and thirty NHS organisations could see their nurses strike before Christmas, after a ballot by the Royal College of Nursing delivered a mandate for industrial action over pay. UNISON and Unite are also balloting. Between them, the three unions cover a million NHS workers. Meanwhile, there are reports that the government could delay […]

Healthcare Roundup 4 November 2022

NHS England chief executive Amanda Pritchard told the King’s Fund’s annual conference that the NHS is facing a tougher time than it did during Covid. Steve Brine, the Conservative MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford, became chair of the Commons health and social care committee, and said he wanted to know why it isn’t delivering […]

Healthcare Roundup 28 October 2022

Rishi Sunak became the latest prime minister of the UK. In his cabinet reshuffle, Therese Coffey left the Department of Health and Social Care and Steve Barclay took back the secretary of state position. All eyes are now on the autumn statement that has been moved from Monday to 17 November. Our advisory board has […]

Healthcare Roundup 20 October 2022

A week of political drama saw prime minister Liz Truss sack a chancellor and a home secretary and then resign herself. Amid the turmoil, fears grew over the scale of the cuts that could be inflicted on the NHS and other public services to try and balance the government’s books and calm the markets spooked […]

Healthcare Roundup 14 October 2022

NHS Blood and Transplant issued an alert over critically low blood stocks, as health authorities urged those eligible to come forward for Covid-19 and flu vaccinations to try and ward off a ‘twindemic’ this winter. The Cabinet Office moved to exert extra grip on NHS spending on IT and capital projects while trusts pushed ahead […]

Healthcare Roundup 30 September 2022

The week’s news was dominated by the fall-out from the disastrous mini-budget unveiled by chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng. Amid big falls in the pound and turmoil in the bond markets, there were warnings that dire public sector cuts could be on the way; with big implications for the NHS. Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology was on at […]

Healthcare Roundup 23 September 2022

Ministers have released a new plan for patients, designed to improve access to NHS and care services. A mini-budget, or growth plan, has been published, confirming the cancellation of a health and social care levy. Health tech news has continued to emerge with new appointments and new innovations, as well as developments in meeting information […]

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