In the news w/e 23 July

Exclusive: NHSE launches review into allegations over ‘behaviour’ of trust chair and CEO
HSJ – 23 July 2021
NHS England has commissioned a senior ex-regulator to review whistleblowers’ allegations about the ‘behaviour’ of the chair and interim chief executive of a Midlands trust, HSJ has learned. Email for full story

Fixing relationship between NHS tech agencies a ‘priority’ says CEO
HSJ – 23 July 2021
Working relationships between the major NHS tech organisations ‘could be better’, according to the new interim chief executive of NHS Digital. Email for full story

Trust CEO to be given warning by GMC
HSJ – 23 July 2021
The chief executive of one of England’s largest hospital trusts will be handed a warning by the General Medical Council for a ‘significant departure from medical practice’, after a hearing on Thursday. Email for full story

ICS boundary changes revealed
HSJ – 23 July 2021
Only six integrated care systems will have their boundaries changed, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced, in a ‘change of heart’ since Matt Hancock’s resignation. Email for full story

Daily contact testing in schools cuts absences, study finds
BBC News – 23  July 2021
Daily rapid testing of school pupils who are close contacts of a Covid case is a safe alternative to home isolation and doesn’t lead to more virus spread, a study in schools has found. Read the full story

Covid vaccine: Eight-week gap seen as sweet spot for Pfizer jab antibodies
BBC News – 23  July 2021
A longer gap between first and second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine makes the body’s immune system produce more infection-fighting antibodies, UK researchers have found. Read the full story

Covid: Food workers given exemption from isolation rules
BBC News – 23  July 2021
Supermarket depot workers and food manufacturers will be exempt from quarantine rules as the government tries to prevent food supply problems. Read the full story

Covid vaccine: Eight-week gap seen as sweet spot for Pfizer jab antibodies
BBC News – 23  July 2021
A longer gap between first and second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine makes the body’s immune system produce more infection-fighting antibodies, UK researchers have found. Read the full story

Government rules out searching Matt Hancock’s private emails
BBC News – 23  July 2021
The government has said it will not search the private email account of former Health Secretary Matt Hancock for discussions on official business. Read the full story

Dawn Butler thrown out of Commons for PM lie accusation
BBC News – 22  July 2021
Labour MP Dawn Butler has been ordered to leave the Commons chamber after she refused to withdraw accusations that Boris Johnson is a liar. Read the full story

Covid-19: Over 101,000 vaccines issued in Harlow
Your Harlow – 22 July 2021
The number of vaccines issued in Harlow improved after last week’s dip when just 866 were issued. Read the full story

Covid-19 third higher in men due to Euro revelling
Your Harlow – 22 July 2021
Coronavirus rates are around a third higher in men – likely to be related to the impact of Euro 2020, says Essex’s director of public health. Read the full story

Free Holiday Workshops in Church Langley
Your Harlow – 22 July 2021
Calling all local families who receive free school meals! Church Langley Community Centre are now taking bookings for FREE holiday workshops taking place over five weeks. Read the full story

Students offered cash to defer medical degree
BBC News – 22 July 2021
Students wanting to study medicine at the University of Exeter are being offered free accommodation and £10,000 cash if they are prepared to delay their course for a year. Read the full story

Eating disorders: Number of under-20s in hospital up 50%
BBC News – 22 July 2021
The number of young people with eating disorders in England ending up in hospital has risen during the pandemic, a BBC investigation has found. Read the full story

Nurses may consider industrial action over 3% NHS pay rise, union says
BBC News – 22 July 2021
Nurses may consider industrial action over the offer of a 3% NHS pay rise in England and Wales, a union says. Read the full story

Sport is ‘marking its own homework’ on athletes’ brain injuries, say MPs
BBC News – 22 July 2021
Sport has been allowed to “mark its own homework” on reducing the risks of brain injury, an MPs’ inquiry says. Read the full story.

Community services given first ever waiting time target
HSJ – 22 July 2021
NHS England is preparing to introduce new rapid response targets for community services, starting in April next year, in a bid to reduce demand on hospital beds. Email for full story

Exclusive: Hospitals face ‘most difficult period’ since start of pandemic, NHSE warns
HSJ – 21 July 2021
NHS England has told hospitals they may be entering the “most difficult period” of the pandemic for more than a year — and said high rates of admissions are ”closely linked” to low vaccine uptake. Email for full story

No pay rise for senior managers, government announces
HSJ – 21 July 2021
Senior managers will not be among those who receive the 3 per cent pay rise announced for most NHS staff, the government has said. Email for full story

Coronavirus: Worst affected care homes revealed by watchdog
BBC News – 21 July 2021
A breakdown of the numbers of people who died with Covid-19 for each care home in England has been published for the first time. Read the full story

Non-surgical beauty treatment industry like Wild West – MPs
BBC News – 21 July 2021
The “complete absence” of regulation of non-surgical beauty treatments, such as botox-style injections and fillers, is dangerous and must urgently change, say MPs. Read the full story

Seaside poor health overlooked, warns Whitty
BBC News – 21 July 2021
A national strategy is needed to tackle poor health and lower life expectancy in seaside towns, a report from England’s chief medical officer says. Read the full story

Covid-19: Crucial for pinged people to self-isolate – No 10
BBC News – 21 July 2021
Downing Street has insisted it is “crucial” to self-isolate when sent an alert by the Covid app – and businesses should help employees to do so. Read the full story

UK government borrowing falls in June as economy reopens
BBC News – 21 July 2021
Government borrowing fell in June compared with the same month last year, with the economy in recovery mode after lockdown measures eased. Read the full story

UK parliaments back continued universal credit boost
BBC News – 21 July 2021
The £20 a week increase in Universal Credit should be permanent, according to senior politicians from across the UK. Read the full story

Watchdog says major NHSE finance project ‘appears unachievable’
HSJ – 21 July 2021
Delivering NHS England’s £300m all-encompassing HR, payroll, finance and procurement system ‘appears to be unachievable’, according to a government watchdog. Email for full story

Outgoing regulator CEO: We may have ‘given the impression of a lack of empathy’
HSJ – 20 July 2021
A regulator may “have given the impression of a lack of empathy” after it needed “to be more directive with staff” during the pandemic, its outgoing chief executive has admitted. Email for full story

Essex Partnership University launches platform for contact centre
Digital Health – 20 July 2021
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) has gone live with a messaging platform to help drive operational efficiencies within its mental health contact centre. Read the full story

Upcoming road closures in Epping Forest for roadworks
Epping Forest Guardian – 20 July 2021
Drivers may face some disruption from temporary closures for roadworks in Epping Forest, starting from Sunday. Read the full story

Trust buys Nightingale hospital to help tackle elective backlog
HSJ – 20 July 2021
A hospital trust has bought the site of its local Nightingale Hospital, because it wants to continue using it to help tackle the elective backlog. Email for full story

Trusts must not ‘compel’ isolating staff to return to work, says NHSE
HSJ – 20 July 2021
NHS employers must not ‘compel’ self-isolating staff to return to work, NHS England has warned, after the government issued new guidelines for health and social care workers. Email for full story

Covid: Hundreds of thousands of under-18s to get vaccine
BBC News – 19 July 2021
Children over 12 who are at higher risk of getting ill if they catch Covid will be offered the jab, the vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has confirmed. Read the full story

Covid: Review after row over 1m rule on cross-border trains
BBC News – 19 July 2021
A rail operator is carrying out a review after it was criticised for not enforcing social distancing rules when trains cross the border from England. Read the full story

Covid: NHS apology after Chickerell vaccine centre closes
BBC News – 19 July 2021
The NHS has apologised after scores of people turned up at a pharmacy-run vaccination centre and found it closed. Read the full story

‘Covid passports’: How can the NHS Covid Pass prove I’ve had both jabs?
BBC News – 19 July 2021
Clubbers and people attending some other venues in England will have to be fully vaccinated by the end of September, the government has said. Read the full story

Accusations of pay exploitation in Essex
Saffron Walden Reporter – 19 July 2021
Organisations that do not pay the national living wage “are an instrument of exploitation”, claims a councillor who is calling for care workers to be “paid properly”. Read the full story

People will need to be double-jabbed to get in nightclubs from autumn
Saffron Walden Reporter – 19 July 2021
On the day England’s nightclubs were allowed to open for the first time since March 2020, Boris Johnson set out plans to make vaccine passports compulsory for entry – with proof of a negative test no longer enough. Read the full story

Iceland and Greene King shut sites amid ‘pingdemic’
BBC News – 19 July 2021
Iceland and Greene King say they have had to shut shops and pubs due to staff shortages caused by people being forced to self-isolate by the NHS Covid app. Read the full story

Fully vaccinated NHS staff may not have to isolate if identified as a close covid contact
HSJ – 19 July 2021
‘Frontline’ NHS staff who have received two covid vaccination shots may not have to self-isolate even if they have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus, the government has announced. Email for the full story

19 July: England Covid restrictions ease as PM urges caution
BBC News – 19 July 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged caution as most legal restrictions on social contact are lifted in England. Read the full story

Experts recommend Covid jabs for some under-18s in UK
BBC News – 19 July 2021
Experts have recommended that a limited group of children should be offered Covid jabs to protect them against the pandemic ahead of winter, Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi has said. Read the full story

Covid: Global healthcare workers missing out on jabs
BBC News – 19 July 2021
Health and care workers are being “left behind” in efforts to vaccinate the world against Covid-19, nursing leaders say. Read the full story

McKinsey deny former global chief is a candidate for NHS England CEO role
HSJ – 18 July 2021
Kevin Sneader, who led McKinsey until earlier this year, is not the fifth and final member of the shortlist to be the next NHS England chief executive say the consulting giant. Email for the full story

Covid: UK faces a difficult summer, says leading scientist
BBC News – 18 July 2021
It is going to be a “difficult summer” with Covid cases in the UK possibly reaching 200,000 a day, the scientist whose modelling led to the first nationwide restrictions has suggested. Read the full story

Covid:-19 Decision on vaccinations for under-18s ‘within days’
BBC News – 18 July 2021
A decision on routinely offering Covid jabs to under-18s will be made within days, a senior minister has said. Read the full story

Long Covid funding to unearth new treatments
BBC News – 18 July 2021
Thousands of people with “long Covid” could benefit from the funding of 15 new studies of the condition, its causes and potential treatments. Read the full story

Johnson to spend Covid ‘freedom day’ in self-isolation
Epping Forest Guardian – 18 July 2021
Boris Johnson will spend so-called “freedom day” self-isolating after being “pinged” by Test and Trace following a meeting with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who has tested positive for Covid-19. Read the full story

NHS England seeks to improve its commercial ‘nous’ with £170k director hire
HSJ – 17 July 2021
The NHS is seeking to bring about a step-change in the ‘sophistication, effectiveness and nous of its commercial function,’ according to an advert for a new chief commercial officer. Email for the full story

Thousands protest against vaccinations and Covid passes in France
Epping Forest Guardian – 17 July 2021
Thousands of people have marched in France to protest against mandatory vaccinations for health care workers and Covid-19 passes that will be required in order to enter restaurants and other venues. Read the full story

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