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‘More sophisticated’ model of accountability needed for ICSs, says NHS Providers

Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) require a ‘more sophisticated’ model of accountability than what has so far been set out in the latest proposals for NHS reform, NHS Providers has said. Speaking on 2 March during Parliament’s first evidence session for the inquiry into the white paper on health and social care, Chris Hopson, chief executive […]

Budget freezes GP pension lifetime allowance and allocates money for Covid vaccines

The Government has frozen the lifetime allowance for GP pensions until at least 2025/26 in yesterday’s (3 March) budget statement. Ahead of the announcement, the BMA had warned that such a move, which is designed to raise more tax, could lead to a ‘catastrophic exacerbation’ of NHS workforce shortages. Yesterday’s statement also confirmed that the vaccination […]

Government announces £100m funding boost for weight management services

A £100m funding boost for weight management services will help make them a key part of GPs’ routine care, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has said. The funding, announced today (4 March), includes £70m to be invested in services offered by the NHS and councils, to enable up to 700,000 adults access […]

RCGP calls for review of CQC inspections to assess treatment of BAME GPs

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) should order an independent review of its GP practice inspections to determine if there is an association between rating and partner ethnicity, the Royal College of GPs’ (RCGP) Council has said. The RCGP Council said yesterday (1 March) that the review should look at the inspections of GP practices rated […]

One in 10 BME CCG staff facing discrimination from colleagues, NHSE finds

One in 10 black and minority ethnic (BME) CCG staff members personally experienced discrimination from a manager or other colleagues between 2017 and 2019, the latest data shows. This compared to 4.4% of white staff who experienced discrimination over the same period, the 2020 Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) report found. It also found that […]

Learning disability campaigners welcome Government U-turn on priority access to Covid vaccine

Learning disability campaigners have welcomed the Government’s U-turn on priority access to the Covid-19 vaccine for all adults with learning disabilities. The Government announced on Wednesday (24 February) that GPs should now invite all patients on the learning disability register for Covid vaccination as part of priority group six. NHS England previously advised GPs to […]

Maintain local approach to public health after pandemic, says NHS Providers

The national leadership approach seen during the pandemic should not be embedded into a future public health system, NHS Providers has said. In a briefing published yesterday (24 February) the organisation said doing so could result in local government and local partners becoming ‘further disempowered’ to support their communities. The briefing outlined key issues to […]

Government plans Covid revaccination campaign for autumn/winter 2021

The Government is planning for a Covid revaccination campaign, which is ‘likely to run later this year in autumn or winter’, its pandemic response plan has revealed. The 68-page plan, which underpins the Government’s roadmap for lockdown easing unveiled yesterday, said this comes as ‘it is not currently known for how long people who receive a Covid-19 […]

ICSs must show value in tackling health inequalities, study says

Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) will need to outline how their partnership working can support and ‘add value’ to tackling health inequalities, a report has said. The report, Integrated Care Systems in London, published by The King’s Fund yesterday (22 February), found that Covid-19 had fostered a high commitment among London-based system partners to work on […]

Lockdown easing must be guided by NHS leaders, NHS Confederation says

The Government’s roadmap to easing lockdown should be guided by the advice of NHS leaders, NHS Confederation has said. Commenting on the Government’s plan, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: ‘We must all be guided by the numbers and the advice of both scientists and NHS leaders.’ Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced […]