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The people's plans?

Blog post 12/08/2020Helen Buckingham

New NHS England guidance has been coming thick and fast in recent weeks. But during a crucial time for the service as it gets back on its feet after the shock of the pandemic, can the long list of expectations on services and managers really be reasonably met? A new blog from Helen Buckingham argues...

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How did the NHS free up hospital capacity at the start of the pandemic?

Blog post 06/08/2020Lauren Elias | Sarah Scobie

With the impact of efforts to free up hospital beds at the start of the coronavirus outbreak already under discussion, Lauren Elias and Sarah Scobie take a closer look at hospital data from March this year and compare it to the situation 12 months earlier. They discuss what happened to discharges in...

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Social care reform: what is the vision?

Blog post 31/07/2020Natasha Curry | Nina Hemmings

Social care has been in the news this week, but what is the vision for it? With the sector having seemingly never been so prominent in public and political discussions, Natasha Curry and Nina Hemmings once more ask the key questions.

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Recovering from Covid-19: the international picture

Blog post 24/07/2020Sarah Reed

Alongside her new briefing today, author Sarah Reed answers important questions on how other countries’ health systems might recover from Covid-19 – and how the UK compares.

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Covid-19: lessons for hospital building programmes

Blog post 16/07/2020Nigel Edwards

Pre-pandemic commitments such as the government’s pledge to build 40 new hospitals will soon be under the spotlight once more. Alongside his new discussion paper today, Nigel Edwards looks at the lessons we can learn from the last round of hospital building from a decade ago – and how the lesson...

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How has lockdown affected general practice and where do we go from here?

Blog post 08/07/2020Jonathan Spencer | Camille Oung

The last few months have seen huge changes in general practice. Analysing new data, Jonathan Spencer and Camille Oung assess what has changed during lockdown, and what it might mean for the future.

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The NHS workforce: is it on track?

Blog post 30/06/2020Lucina Rolewicz

Covid-19 hasn’t just emphasised the perennial importance of NHS staff, it’s also exposed many of the workforce pressures the service was facing before the coronavirus crisis started. As we today launch our new staffing tracker, Lucina Rolewicz discusses the challenges of monitoring how the NHS i...

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Covid-19: how is it impacting on prisoners’ health?

Blog post 22/06/2020Dr Miranda Davies

Following early concerns that prisons could see a rapid spread of Covid-19, the prison estate’s own version of lockdown has led to most prisoners being in their cells for 23 hours a day. With the numbers affected by the virus in prison not as high as initially feared, Miranda Davies take a closer...

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Where are the patients? The factors affecting the use of emergency care during Covid-19

Blog post 16/06/2020Louella Vaughan

Long read: The number of people attending emergency departments during the coronavirus outbreak has been the subject of much debate. Louella Vaughan looks at the different factors that might have been impacting on the use of emergency care over the past three months, and whether som...

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Covid-19: the NHS not returning to normal any time soon

Blog post 04/06/2020Nigel Edwards

Despite progress being made in the fight against the coronavirus, Nigel Edwards describes what stands in the way of the NHS returning to business as usual any time soon. This blog was originally published in the Times Red Box on 2 June.

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