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Mar 30, 2020
NICE has published the set of Board papers for its next regular meeting.General Update Points: The NICE Senior Management Team has reviewed the impact of Coronavirus on the health care system and its treatment capacities. Three short guidelines are being produced per week on treatment within certain healthcare settings. From 20 March, the NICE office is working from home, arrangements are to be reviewed on 25 March by a special Coronavirus Response Group and the Senior Management Team. The com...
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Mar 25, 2020
Information for suppliers COVID-19 tests – information for suppliers  If you have a test that could be used immediately (not necessarily CE marked but at the point where it is or could be manufactured at scale) then please use this procedure: There is a formal process for identification of diagnostic tests for COVID, as outlined below:Public Health England (PHE) are leading a rapid review of all available COVID-19 testing equipment to accelerate the adoption of new PCR ...
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Mar 23, 2020
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has provided the following updates to support business and employees during the Coronavirus episode: Within the newly announced economic support package, there is a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which helps employers pay wages of employees who would otherwise be laid off. Affected employees will need to be designated ‘furloughed workers’ and their information sent to HMRC’s new online portal. 80% of furloughed worke...
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Mar 20, 2020
Dear All,   This morning, the Government has published guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities following the announcement that schools will be closed from Monday 23 March to reduce the spread of COVID-19.   The guidance contains details of those children for who schools are being asked to continue to provide provision, including children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for ...
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Mar 11, 2020
NHS England has published its healthcare science strategy for England, outlining how to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan with digital health and technology at its heart. Measures of success for the strategy include embedding innovative models of delivering scientific and diagnostic services, strengthening healthcare science research and fully integrating healthcare science across health and social care. For patients, this will mean support for earlier prevention and treatment, more non-invasive te...
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Mar 09, 2020
The global race to find a vaccine for coronavirus is to be bolstered by funding announced as part of the UK’s international development budget.UK experts are leading the scientific and medical response to the global coronavirus outbreak and the UK was one of the first countries to establish a laboratory test for the virus. However, no country has yet found a method of diagnosing coronavirus without sending samples to a lab for testing – a process that can take several days.The PM has...
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Mar 04, 2020
The Medicines and Medical Devices Bill had its Second Reading yesterday evening. A common theme throughout the debate was the need for clarification on how the UK will collaborate and align with the European Union after the transition period and how this will affect patient safety and access to the latest technologies and medicines. Of note to BIVDA members: Following Health and Social Care Secretary’s introductory remarks where he stated that the new Bill would finally allow the...
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Feb 28, 2020
A Commons Library analysis of the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill 2019-20 prepared ahead of second reading on 2 March 2020. This is copied below for members' information. The Medicines and Medical Devices Bill 2019-20 was announced in the Queen’s Speech in December 2019 and had its first reading on 13 February 2020.Context for the BillA large proportion of the legal framework for medicines and medical devices in the UK derives from EU Directives and has been implemented into do...
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Feb 19, 2020
Priti Patel has launched the UK's new points-based immigration system which will apply from 1 January 2021.
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Feb 18, 2020
David Frost, the PM's Europe Adviser and Head of Taskforce Europe, has set out the key themes of the UK's negotiating position during a speech in Brussels.
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