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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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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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NHS and care homes in England to pause routine COVID-19 testing

Most hospital patients and care home residents in England will now no longer be required to undertake regular asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 unless they develop symptoms. This is in accordance with updated guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) published on 24 August 2022 (“The Guidance”). The Guidance takes effect from 31 …

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UK set to offer mini dose of monkeypox jab due to low stocks

Three NHS sites are set to begin offering eligible patients smaller doses of monkeypox vaccine, amid global shortages of the jab. This is following expert advice from UK Health Security Agency (“UKHSA”) who have stated that reduced shots are just as effective and will mean more people are protected. As a result, the fractional dosing …

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Action needed on energy costs which pose a risk to people’s health!

Rising numbers of people in the UK will fall sick and see their health worsen unless the Government takes further action to limit energy price increases, according to NHS leaders. The NHS Confederation, on behalf of NHS leaders, wrote a letter to the chancellor on 19 August 2022 stating the UK was facing a “humanitarian …

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Evidence On Costs Associated With NHS-Funded Nursing Care In 2021 To 2022

In November 2021, a cost collection survey was sent out by the Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) to gather evidence in relation to the cost to care homes of providing NHS-funded nursing care (“FNC”) in 2021 to 2022. The subsequent evidence was used to inform the retrospective payments to reflect additional costs associated …

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