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...

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....

Healthcare Roundup 16 September 2022

Mourning continued for Queen Elizabeth II. The government’s decision to declare a bank holiday on the day of her funeral threw NHS appointments into confusion. Indications grew that a ‘fiscal event’ triggering an emergency NHS...

Healthcare Roundup 9 September 2022

It was all change in government, as Liz Truss became Conservative Party leader and prime minister, and Therese Coffey became deputy prime minister and health and social care secretary. Coffey set out her priorities as...

Healthcare Roundup 2 September 2022

Ofgem announced the latest energy price cap, raising unit prices for domestic users by 80%, as consumer price index inflation went past 10%. Public health experts warned the cost of living crisis could lead to...

Healthcare Roundup 25 August 2022

Conservative Party leadership contest front-runner Liz Truss indicated that she would divert £13 billion earmarked for elective recovery to social care; having previously pledged to scrap the health and care levy altogether. Think-tanks worried that...

Healthcare Roundup 19 August 2022

NHS England sent a ‘dear colleagues’ letter to NHS managers to encourage them to prepare early for winter. The consensus from both managers and think-tanks is that the actions outlined will be insufficient. The NHS...

Healthcare Roundup 12 August 2022

With NHS organisations dealing with the impact of a cyber-attack on one supplier, calls for urgent action ahead of winter pressures, and indications that patients will be offered virtual outpatient appointments from across the country,...

Healthcare Roundup 5 August 2022

As hidden waiting lists reveal a backlog of more than a million people waiting for community services, news of a growing mental health workforce has also emerged. Technology is being used in new ways, with...

Healthcare Roundup 29 July 2022

The UK’s natural population could reach the point where deaths exceed births much earlier than expected, the Office for National Statistics has reported. The shift has profound implications for productivity, work, and spending on pensions,...

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