In the news w/e 16 July

Trust CEOs vent frustration at being unable to warn about threat posed by 19 July unlock
HSJ – 16 July 2021
Three trust chief executives have told HSJ that NHS England has refused to let them discuss the lifting of covid restrictions on 19 July in the national media. Email for full story

NHS hospital building chief to leave after 15 months
HSJ – 16 July 2021
NHS England’s director for the “40 new hospitals” programme will leave his position at the end of this year, 15 months after being appointed. Email for full story

Small shops face £1.7bn debt mountain, says report
BBC News – 16 July 2021
The UK’s small shopkeepers are struggling under a £1.7bn mountain of debt, a former retail chief has warned. Read the full story

BBC weather Essex: July heatwave set to last weeks for Essex as temperatures soar to 28C
BBC News – 16 July 2021
Temperatures are set to soar in Essex in the latter half of this week. Read the full story

Harlow Council regain possession of property from fraudulent tenant
Your Harlow – 16 July 2021
Harlow Council has sent out a warning to anyone thinking of committing housing fraud after its housing and legal teams recently successfully regained possession of a council home from a tenant who was not living there, in a trial heard at Cambridge County Court. Read the full story

Harlow Foodbank urges community to donate to summer food collection in Tesco stores
Your Harlow – 16 July 2021
Harlow Foodbank is asking shoppers to support people in crisis this summer by donating to the Tesco Summer Food Collection. Read the full story

Covid: Younger adults still at risk of serious organ damage – study
BBC News – 16 July 2021
Younger adults admitted to hospital with Covid are almost as likely to suffer from complications as those over 50 years old, a study has found. Read the full story

Covid hospital numbers could get scary – Prof Chris Whitty
BBC News – 16 July 2021
The UK is “not out of the woods yet” and people should act with caution as Covid restrictions in England end on Monday, Prof Chris Whitty has said. Read the full story

India vaccination: Six months on, India’s vaccine drive is lagging
BBC News – 16 July 2021
Six months after India began the world’s largest vaccination drive, it has administered jabs to just over five percent of its target population. Read the full story

What can be done to support persistent 999 callers while protecting services?
BBC News – 16 July 2021
Thousands of people persistently dial 999 in times of mental health crisis. As a national scheme to deal with these so-called “high intensity users” ends, what can be done to help them and protect vital emergency resources?. Read the full story

China covid: Counties target unvaccinated students’ families
BBC News – 16 July 2021
Students will not be allowed back in school in September unless their entire family is fully vaccinated, some local governments in China have said. Read the full story

Dying alone in Indonesia’s grim battle with Covid-19
BBC News – 16 July 2021
A firefighter hauling the dead from their homes, a lack of access to oxygen and a community banding together during a time of crisis. These are scenes that have emerged from Indonesia, a country currently seeing its worst Covid outbreak so far. Read the full story

Governance-scandal trust appoints new CEO
HSJ – 15 July 2021
A community and mental health trust whose previous CEO departed under a shroud of governance problems has appointed a new leader. Email for full story

More than 1,000 patients in the Herts Valleys CCG area avoided GP over fears for the NHS
Hemel Today – 15 July 2021
More than a fifth of patients in the Herts Valleys CCG area avoided making a GP appointment in the past year over fears of being a burden on the NHS according to a survey. Read the full story

Shake-up of ‘new hospitals’ project after construction capacity concerns
HSJ – 15 July 2021
The official leading the government’s flagship hospital building programme has admitted “the brakes have come on” for some of the frontrunner projects, with some having to revisit their designs due to new requirements. Email for full story

Trust lost more than £360k over cancelled music festival
HSJ – 15 July 2021
An NHS trust lost more than £360,000 after a music festival organised through a company owned by the trust was cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Email for full story

Medics fear surge in winter viruses alongside Covid
BBC News – 15  July 2021
A surge in flu and other respiratory viruses could put pressure on people’s health and the NHS this winter, warns a report by leading medics. Read the full story

National Food Strategy: Tax sugar and salt and prescribe veg, report says
BBC News – 15  July 2021
Sugar and salt should be taxed and vegetables prescribed by the NHS, an independent review of the food we eat has suggested. Read the full story

Almost 7,000 waiting for lifesaving transplants
BBC News – 15  July 2021
Almost 7,000 people are waiting for lifesaving transplants in the UK – the highest number in six years, estimates by NHS Blood and Transplant show. Read the full story

Sainsbury’s to encourage mask-wearing from Monday
BBC News – 15  July 2021
Sainsbury’s customers will be encouraged to keep wearing masks from Monday, after the legal requirement to do so is dropped. Read the full story

Covid-19: Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca moved to amber travel list
BBC News – 14  July 2021
Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca and Formentera are being moved onto the government’s amber travel list for England. Read the full story

Acute trust forced to cancel electives after covid surge
HSJ – 14 July 2021
A major trust in the North East has started cancelling elective operations after a surge in covid and other urgent and emergency patients. Email for full story

Major trust CEO to face GMC investigators
HSJ – 14 July 2021
The chief executive of one of England’s largest acute trusts is to appear before investigators from the General Medical Council, after being accused of providing misleading and inaccurate information to the regulator. Email for full story

Talk to patients about end of life care and save £500m, NHS told
HSJ – 14 July 2021
The NHS could save more than £500m a year if patients and clinicians had better quality conversations about care plans, a major review has found. Email for full story

‘Inappropriate behaviour’ toward trainees contributes to decision to cut education funds
HSJ – 14 July 2021
An ambulance trust has lost funding for hundreds of trainees after a watchdog found it had been slow in addressing safety concerns and inappropriate behaviour. Email for full story

Covid: Masks to remain compulsory on London transport
BBC News – 14 July 2021
Face coverings must be worn on London’s transport network despite restrictions easing on 19 July, London’s mayor says. Read the full story

Health bill delays create ‘risks’ for NHS facing covid and winter pressures, warn leaders
HSJ – 14 July 2021
Senior health leaders have said delays to the Health and Care Bill are resulting in ‘prolonged uncertainty’ for staff and will lead to significant challenges in the second half of the year. Email for full story

‘I’ve never had a conversation like this in 30 years as an NHS CEO’
HSJ – 14 July 2021
A dozen NHS trust chief executives came together to explore how leading a trust through the NHS’ greatest emergency had affected them on a personal level. Read the full story

Independent commission announced to consider long-term impact of Covid-19 in Essex
Your Harlow – 14 July 2021
The Leader of Essex County Council has set out plans for a new commission which will consider the long-term effects of Covid-19 on Essex. Read the full story

Compulsory vaccinations for care home staff in England backed by MPs
BBC News – 13 July 2021
MPs have approved compulsory vaccinations for care home staff in England, but a number of Conservatives rebels voiced anger at the plans. Read the full story

Cancer backlog in England to be cleared ‘by March 2022’
BBC News – 13 July 2021
NHS England cancer chiefs say they intend to clear the backlog of patients waiting for cancer treatment caused by the pandemic by March 2022. Read the full story

Coil pain: ‘Our voices have been heard’
BBC News – 13 July 2021
A campaigner who led calls for better pain relief during coil fitting is delighted doctors and nurses have now been told to offer it to all patients. Read the full story

Past and present NHS cancer leads at odds over progress on early diagnosis
HSJ – 13 July 2021
The NHS’s former cancer tsar has disagreed with the claim of the incumbent national clinical lead that the service is on track to meet its goal of significantly improving earlier diagnosis of the condition in the next seven years. Email for full story

Hospitals allowing staff to avoid self-isolation instructions from app
HSJ – 13 July 2021
Trusts in the North East region have told staff identified as close contacts of positive covid-19 cases they can continue working if they take daily tests. Email for full story

Trusts to remind public they must wear masks after 19 July
HSJ – 13 July 2021
Multiple trusts are planning to tell the public they must comply with current covid infection control measures, such as mask-wearing, beyond 19 July when they visit NHS premises, HSJ can reveal. Email for full story

Nightingale deaths lead to warning over ‘confusion’ around ventilator equipment
HSJ – 13 July 2021
Two patients died while being treated at London’s Nightingale Hospital amid what a coroner has described as ‘widespread confusion’ around some of the equipment used for ventilation machines. Email for full story

Covid: Unlocking as cases rise means the 19 July stakes are high
BBC News – 13 July 2021
The government in England has confirmed nearly all remaining Covid restrictions will end on 19 July. Read the full story

Covid-19 ‘mega lab’ opens to speed up testing
BBC News – 13 July 2021
The UK’s first testing “mega lab” has opened with the aim of increasing the UK’s daily coronavirus testing capacity. Read the full story

Covid: Bus and train firms must decide whether to require masks
BBC News – 13 July 2021
The government has said bus and train companies must decide whether passengers will be required to wear face coverings on their services from Monday, when Covid rules are relaxed. Read the full story

Springtime bounceback lifts High Streets to record growth
BBC News – 13 July 2021
Retail sales enjoyed a springtime bounceback, with growth in High Street sales from April to June making it the best three months on record, industry body figures indicate. Read the full story

Nightclubs and large events advised to ask for Covid passes
BBC News – 12 July 2021
Nightclubs and other event organisers have been advised to ask for proof that revellers have had two jabs or tested negative for Covid. Read the full story

Exclusive: Children six times more likely to be restrained than adults
HSJ – 12 July 2021
Children in mental health units are almost six times more likely to be restrained compared to adults, according to the findings of an unpublished NHS England review. Email for full story

Covid-19: PM urges caution as 19 July unlocking set to go ahead
BBC News – 12 July 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to confirm later the plan to lift almost all legal restrictions on social contact in England on 19 July. Read the full story

Long Covid: Early findings bring hope for diagnostic tests
BBC News – 12 July 2021
Scientists say they have detected irregularities in the blood of long Covid patients that could one day pave the way for a test for the condition. Read the full story

St John Ambulance: 1m hours of service during pandemic
BBC News – 12 July 2021
Volunteers from St John Ambulance have given more than one million hours of their time to support the NHS since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story

NHSE accused of shifting ‘the entire pitch’ on elective care recovery funding
HSJ – 12 July 2021
Local systems will need to carry out more planned procedures to receive cash from the elective recovery fund following NHS England and Improvement’s decision to increase the activity thresholds required. Email for full story

Covid: NHS backlog in England could reach 13 million, says Sajid Javid
BBC News – 11 July 2021
NHS waiting lists in England could more than double in the coming months, the health secretary has said. Read the full story

Covid: Woman aged 90 died with double variant infection
BBC News – 11 July 2021
It is possible to catch two Covid variants at the same time, experts are warning after seeing a double infection in a 90-year-old woman who became sick with the Alpha and Beta types first identified in the UK and South Africa. Read the full story

Covid: Fully jabbed NHS staff may not have to isolate
BBC News – 11 July 2021
Ministers are considering exempting fully vaccinated NHS staff in England from having to self-isolate if they are traced as a Covid contact. Read the full story

Covid-19: Masks still expected to be worn indoors after 19 July – Zahawi
BBC News – 11 July 2021
People in England should still wear masks in many indoor settings even after the Covid rules are lifted, the vaccines minister has said. Read the full story

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