Healthcare Roundup 29 May 2020

English politics was engulfed on controversy about the actions of Number 10 Downing Street aide Dominic Cummings during the coronavirus lock-down, as the UK’s excess mortality rose to the highest in the world, and its...

Healthcare Roundup 22 May 2020

The death toll from Covid-19 continued to rise, as England struggled to get its test, track and isolate programme off the ground, and Scotland moved into piloting its solution with three health boards. NHS Digital...

Healthcare Roundup 15 May 2020

The coronavirus death toll continued to rise, but prime minister Boris Johnson announced that the government’s messaging was changing from “stay at home” to “stay alert.” Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced an extension to the furlough...

Healthcare Roundup 7 May 2020

The coronavirus death toll continued to rise and the government continued to miss its daily testing target. Controversy continued to swirl around the NHSX contact tracing app; as questions were asked about whether it would...

Healthcare Roundup 1 May 2020

The government started publishing figures about Covid-19 deaths in care homes, as statisticians warned the UK is set to have the worst total death toll in Europe. Despite this, NHS England/Improvement issued a six week...

Healthcare Roundup 24 April 2020

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock claimed the UK was “at the peak” of the coronavirus outbreak, as deaths in hospital for patients with a positive test for Covid-19 rose to near 20,000; and...

Healthcare Roundup 17 April 2020

The coronavirus “stay at home” instruction remained in place. The Office for National Statistics published a report on deaths from all causes in the first week of April that found it was the worst week...

Healthcare Roundup 10 April 2020

Prime minister Boris Johnson was admitted to ITU as the death tool from Covid-19 continued to rise. The Department of Health and Social Care asked the public to complete its Coronavirus Status Checker to provide...

Healthcare Roundup 3 April 2020

As the UK death rate from Covid-19 rose over 500 per day, the NHS completed the Nightingale Hospital that it has been constructing at ExCel London, but the government came under sustained pressure over the...

Healthcare Roundup 27 March 2020

The Covid-19 crisis tightened, with prime minister Boris Johnson asking people living in the UK to “stay home” to “protect the NHS” and “save lives”. The NHS prepared for the critical weeks of the crisis...

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