Lowdown stories and the editor’s pick from the rest of the media (24 June 2020)
Editors pick of stories from the last two weeks:
Pulse reports that more than 5,000 GP practices and others received faulty face masks which posed a risk to users. The data is from two wholesalers. The face masks were past their expiry date, but had been relabelled with a new date,
Full story in Pulse, 6 July 2020
The Independent reports that it has been informed by a whistleblower that dozens of shifts at one of the government’s coronavirus mega-labs have been cancelled and staff paid to stay away because of a lack of test samples.
Full story in The Independent, 3 July 2020
14 trade unions representing nurses, cleaners, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists, and other NHS employees have written to both the chancellor and the prime minister calling for pay negotiations to start soon, to give the workforce a chance of an early pay rise.
Full story in The HSJ, 3 July 2020
HSJ reports that NHS England and NHS Improvement have ordered urgent reviews into the deaths of people with a learning disability and autism during the pandemic. HSJ reports that it has seen messages on a private facebook group and an announcement posted on a social media group for Royal College of Nursing members last week, which said that the NHSE/I is “urgently seeking clinical reviewers with experience in learning disability”.
Full story in The HSJ, 1 July 2020
A new song by the London Symphony Chorus, Never to Forget, was recorded remotely and pays tribute to the first 122 health and care workers to have lost their lives fighting the coronavirus.
Full story in The Guardian, 30 June 2020
An outreach organisation, Doctors of the World, had been providing care to rough sleepers in the City of London for six months. It supports more than 2,000 individuals a year at its mobile clinic and walk-in centre in Stratford, east London.
Full story in The Guardian, 30 June 2020
Dr Bob Gill “writes we have endured four decades of neoliberal policies supported, enacted but not explained by politicians: the NHS must be re-nationalised and excluded from a US-UK trade deal which would lock-in privatisation.”
Full article on WeOwnIt, 29 June 2020
NHS leaders are currently working on plans to expand NHS capacity with the aim of allowing the service to deal with a potential second peak, without relying on shutting down as many normal NHS services as it did in March.
Full story in The HSJ, 29 June 2020
A report by the Women’s Budget Group offers the case for investment in care as a better post-pandemic economic stimulus than construction. Investing in care is economically sound not only because it generates employment but also because it helps create a healthier, better educated and more productive population.
Full report Women’s Budget Group, June 2020
The scientific committee that advises the government says increasing school attendance and relaxing other physical distancing measures without a test-and-trace system that reaches 80% of contacts within 48 hours risks a new surge in cases of Covid-19.
Full story in The Guardian, 26 June 2020
Hunt says the Royal College of Surgeons reveals there will be huge waiting lists for surgery that could take five years to clear, and health service capacity will be limited by the new requirements for social distancing and PPE, so new targets are needed.
Full story in the HSJ, 26 June 2020
Despite government assurances the NHS would get “whatever it needs” leaders of NHS trusts, wanting to proceed with restoring health services, say they’re not getting promised funding.
Full story in the HSJ, 24 June 2020
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