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Sep 09, 2021
UK Market for IVDs shows an Increase of 50% in Two Years No-one can be surprised that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on IVD revenues in the UK as in the rest of the world. As the BIVDA Market Audit (MA) shows for the 12 months to June 2021, revenues have increased by over 50%, and, of course, most of that increase is due directly to testing for Coronavirus. The lockdown caused a temporary near-suspension of routine diagnostic services, leading to drops in these testing figures. ...
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Sep 08, 2021
The Government is to work towards the reduction of health inequalities and disparities through the opening of a new Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID). The new body will be beginning its work from the 1st October, and is to be co-led by newly appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO), Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy. The OHID is to tackle disparities across the UK and will be part of the Department for Health and Social Care, attempting to minimise health disparities which have been ...
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Aug 02, 2021
The NHS has been warned of shortages in blood collection tubes, due to strain placed on manufacturers from soaring demand. ‘UK border challenges’ have been cited as causing pressure on supply chains of the medical equipment. BD Life Sciences is a key supplier of the tubes, and has apologised to NHS trusts for supply disruptions. The tubes contain chemicals to prevent samples from clotting before getting to the lab. They have been used during the pandemic to test for clotting in covid...
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Aug 02, 2021
The Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has called for a ‘rescue plan’ to alleviate pressures on GPs and the services they provide to the public. Martin Marshall has described the GP sector in the UK as ‘crisis-torn’, in need of an emergency-style rescue plan. RCGP has written to Health Secretary Sajid Javid and new NHS England Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard for them to implement a five-point action plan to tackle these challenges. Mental health s...
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Jul 28, 2021
Amanda Pritchard has been selected as the new Chief Executive of NHS England (NHSE). Ms Pritchard is to take over from the previous NHSE CEO Lord Simon Stevens, who steps down from his role after seven years in the position. Lord Stevens is to officially leave his role at the end of this week, making way for the first female Chief Executive of the NHS since its creation in 1948. Ms Pritchard has worked as the organisation’s Chief Operating Officer for the last two years, and is the former ...
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Jul 26, 2021
Workers in critical sectors are to be offered daily contact testing services, in order to lessen the potential impact of disruption to employee work. Police officers, emergency services staff and transport workers are among those who will be able to undergo testing. This means they will be able to continue to deploy essential services to the UK without the need to enter into a period of self-isolation. Clinical trial results have prompted the move to expand the contact testing service to these g...
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Jul 21, 2021
A call for evidence has been launched by the Health and Care Select Committee regarding a planned inquiry into how the backlog of healthcare triggered by the pandemic can be cleared. The Committee will be investigating how to quantify the level of pent-up demand for key healthcare services; and to consider whether “fundamental changes to the organisation and delivery of NHS services will be required to manage the backlog of cases caused by the pandemic”. Levels of funding, capacity, ...
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Jul 20, 2021
The Government has announced the opening of the ‘Future Fund: Breakthrough’ funding programme, designed to boost the UK’s post-pandemic economy. The funding will be provided to the country’s most high growth, innovative and R&D-intensive companies. These firms are essential to propelling the UK’s economy forward, and it is estimated that 1% growth in these firms could grow the UK economy by £38 billion. The funding push was announced at Budget 2021, and wi...
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Jul 20, 2021
A Government response has been provided by the Department for Health and Social Care to the consultation regarding private COVID-19 testing validation. The public consultation opened from 8th April 2021 and closed on 5th May 2021. It proposed a requirement that all COVID-19 tests place don the UK market undergo a mandatory validation process to assess their performance, above and beyond CE marking. Please see the below points from the Response document: ‘Broad support’ was received b...
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Jul 14, 2021
The second reading of the Health and Care Bill is taking place this afternoon in the House of Commons, with a statement on the legislation being read by Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid. The Bill has proved controversial in terms of its shake-up of NHS procurement changes, enactment of Integrated Care Systems in England and provision of closure powers to the Secretary of State. The Bill was first introduced to the House last week by Mr Javid, who stated that it would make the NHS &ld...
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