The weather finally turned colder, and government attention finally flickered back to pressure on health and care services. The NHS Confederation urged the government to implement its Covid-19 Plan B before the NHS was overwhelmed this winter. Ministers declined, leading the British Medical Association to accuse him of wilful negligence.
Next week, all eyes will be on chancellor Rishi Sunak, as he delivers the outcome of the comprehensive spending review. Think-tank and bodies like the Confed have been putting in their submissions on non-NHS health spending and capital: and we have a round-up that focuses on what it could all mean for health tech. Plus: all the market moves, contracts and deployments.
Two House of Commons committees published the first in-depth report into the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, and found it was severely lacking, despite the success of the vaccine roll-out. Chief medical officer professor Chris Whitty warned that the NHS is not out of the woods yet; and is in for an “exceptionally tough winter.”
NHS England found £250 million to get general practice ready. Its focus on face to face appointments delighted the Daily Mail and infuriated the British Medical Association, which had been hoping for a serious focus on the challenges primary care is facing. Also: could the entire NHS adopt Epic? We have analysis of a startling idea.
The Conservative Party conference was on. Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid launched a review of health and social care leadership, led by an ex-army leader. NHS managers and unions were not enthused. The government also launched a new body to tackle health ‘disparities’. Public health leaders wondered what had happened to ‘inequalities’.
In a quiet week in health tech, digitalhealth.net editor Jon Hoeksma speculated on whether NHS England may be considering a deal with Epic, and whether this would be a good thing. Royal Free Hospital went live with Cerner and the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record expanded.