Department of Health and Social Care

The UK Government publishes its policy paper outlining support for social care this winter

On 9 January 2023 the Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) published its policy paper relating to the Government’s current priorities ahead of this forthcoming winter. It is aimed at care providers, local authorities, integrated care systems, carers and social care staff. The purpose of which is to provide clarity into both the current …

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England set to have more diagnostic hubs to tackle NHS waiting lists

The Government is setting up 19 more diagnostic centres in communities across England to help tackle the COVID-19 backlog. Currently, there are 91 diagnostic centres operating which have delivered more than 2.4 million tests, checks, and scans since last summer. The purpose of the diagnostic centres is to help speed up access to services for …

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Is time running out to protect the vulnerable against COVID-19 this winter?

Campaigners backed by charities such as Kidney Care UK and the MS Society and more than 120 medical experts have a collective message to the UK Government on 18 October 2022. They have stated that time is now running out, ahead of another winter during which the most vulnerable will yet again have to shield …

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£500m in funding announced to help hospitals discharge patients and improve GP access

The Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) on Friday 23 September 2022 have announced an additional £500m in funding. This funding is aimed at fixing the discharge process in hospitals, which is often backlogged, due to a lack of community support available in the care sector. DHSC Health Secretary Thérèse Coffey says the pot …

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Health and Social Care Secretary to set out new plan for patients to receive easier access to NHS and social care

On 22 September 2022 Therese Coffey, the newly appointed Health and Social Care Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister, will set out the Government’s new NHS winter plan (“The Plan”). The Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) Plan will aim to ensure patients can receive easier access to NHS and social care this winter and …

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Care home residents and staff to get new Covid-19 jabs & GP-led vaccination teams to be paid as an incentive

Care home residents and staff are set to be among the first in the world to receive the new, variant-tackling jabs from Monday 12 September 2022. This is part of the NHS COVID-19 autumn vaccination programme. Furthermore, to encourage protection, GPs will be incentivised to deliver ‘accelerated’ COVID-19 autumn boosters, with payments up to a …

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HRT tsar returns to previous role overseeing COVID-19 boosters

Madelaine McTernan, who was recently appointed hormone-replacement therapy (“HRT”) tsar, to help deal with UK supply issues, has returned to her previous role overseeing vaccines. This is ahead of the planned autumn COVID-19 booster campaign set to commence on 5 September 2022 in England. What is the current status with menopause medication? The Department of …

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Government announces delays to social care reform by 18 months

Care Minister Gillian Keegan has announced that the Government is delaying self-funders access to lower local authority fee rates by 18 months. In a statement on Thursday 7 July 2022, Gillian Keegan outlined that following consultation on the implementation of change with local authorities, the Government has decided to utilise the extension of section 18(3) …

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