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Feb 15, 2021
Healthcare academics have warned of a “tsunami” of work that faces primary care services in the aftermath of the pandemic. Pent-up demand threatens to overwhelm services and will need to be addressed by Government as part of its plan for healthcare to recover in the wake of the crisis, the experts say. Prof Martin Marshall, chair of the RCGP, praised the role of GPs in the UK’s vaccination campaign. Of the 15 million vaccinations offered to date, 75% have been administered at G...
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Feb 15, 2021
The sixth annual Life Science Competitiveness Indicators report has been published, comparing the UK’s performance in life sciences internationally to the end of 2019. The publication of the report had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, however the document confirms that the UK was one of the best locations for life sciences work across the globe in 2019. A quarter of a million people were employed in the sector during that year and it generated almost £81bn in annual turnov...
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Feb 11, 2021
Please find attached a helpful summary of the different customs models used at the various UK ports. The full details are included in the Border Operating Model, but hopefully this standalone summary maybe a helpful guide. As ever, we can take any questions you may have to colleagues at the MDCC and Office For Life Sciences so do contact Jon or Helen. 
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Feb 11, 2021
A review has been announced into the use of health data for research and analysis by Government. The rapid review will take place until April 2021 and focusses on the more efficient and safe use of health data for research and analysis for the benefit of patients and the healthcare sector. Government has asked Dr Ben Goldacre to carry out the review and present his findings in two months. Dr Goldacre is Director of the DataLab, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the Universit...
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Feb 10, 2021
The Government’s push for community testing uptake from local authorities is showing a high-uptake level. Nine in ten local authorities are now enrolled into the testing roll-out programme. The regular testing is searching for asymptomatic cases of coronavirus and uses rapid, lateral flow devices. More than 70% of authorities are already offering this rapid testing to those who are unable to work from home during lockdown restrictions. A new postcode checker has also been launched to allow...
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Feb 09, 2021
NICE has launched a new consultation, the third in recent times, on proposals on changes to the processes which NICE uses to develop its guidance on medicines, medical devices, diagnostics and digital health technologies. The public consultation will be open for submissions until 15th April 2021 and forms part of the largest ever review undertaken by NICE, looking at the potential changes to methods and processes the organisation carries out to produce essential guidance. Opportunities to be exp...
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Feb 04, 2021
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has set March 3rd at the date for this year’s Budget. Following on from our successful Spending Review submission in November, which committed money to diagnostics and life sciences research, BIVDA will be sending in our views, and the views of our members, to make the Treasury awareness of needs to be done to build a strong and sustainable IVD sector in the months to come.We are very interested in hearing your thoughts on what policies you would like to see fr...
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Feb 04, 2021
Message on Northern Ireland Trade from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial StrategyThe Secretary of State for Business has asked us to share the below message on Northern Ireland trade with members:--- This year, as we mark the centenary of Northern Ireland, we need no reminder about its integral place within our United Kingdom.Our trade deal with the EU and the additional agreement known as the Northern Ireland Protocol has safeguarded Northern Ireland's place in...
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Feb 03, 2021
The cyber security market is set to grow massively over the next decade due to the increase of virtual health technologies being adopted into healthcare services, both public and private. Remote-access medical devices will be leading to a large demand in protective services for virtual health technologies as the COVID-19 pandemic reshapes the delivery of healthcare communications. Telehealth applications such as virtual appointments and remote patient monitoring have facilitated medical care ove...
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Jan 29, 2021
Please see below a message from Medtech Europe:---Dear members, We are pleased to invite you – manufacturers of in vitro diagnostic devices – to participate in a short survey we are launching on behalf of the European Commission: “Market composition of IVDs”. We strongly encourage all member companies of MedTech Europe and of national associations to complete this survey. The aggregated data collected will help inform the European Commission and Member States to asse...
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