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What can we learn about digital health care from other countries?

Blog post 24/11/2021Rachel Hutchings

The Covid-19 pandemic has precipitated a huge increase in the use of digital technology in health care. This is a welcome development following years of slow progress in embedding digital technologies into England’s NHS. Rachel Hutchings explores the approaches to digital health care from five Eur...

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How to minimise the negative consequences of compulsory vaccines for NHS staff?

Blog post 12/11/2021Billy Palmer

It was announced this week that front-line NHS staff in England must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from April next year. Given that the policy now exists, what can be done to mitigate the downsides? Billy Palmer describes the lessons to learn from other countries and sectors, and states five...

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Health spending during Covid-19: how does the UK compare?

Blog post 02/11/2021Sarah Reed | Laura Schlepper | John Appleby

Sarah Reed, Laura Schlepper and John Appleby analyse how health spending has changed across different countries in response to the pandemic, and assess why the UK may have spent more comparatively.

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Taking stock: is the government meeting its commitments to increase NHS staff numbers?

Blog post 29/10/2021Lucina Rolewicz

The government’s 2019 manifesto included ambitious targets to increase the numbers of nurses and GPs in the NHS. Lucina Rolewicz takes a look at performance against these targets since the 2019 election and outlines some of the broader challenges in staffing health services.

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Three things the NHS will be watching out for on Wednesday

Blog post 26/10/2021Mark Dayan | Sally Gainsbury

With the recent Health and Care Levy announcement raising as many questions as it answered, Mark Dayan and Sally Gainsbury look ahead to tomorrow’s Spending Review and highlight three vital areas for the NHS and social care.

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Prisoner health: a Q&A with Miranda Davies

Blog post 20/10/2021Dr Miranda Davies

As we today publish our new research on prisoner health, lead author Miranda Davies talks through some of the report’s main findings and how worried we should be about them.

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The adult social care workforce: next in the Secretary of State’s in-tray or last on the agenda?

Blog post 18/10/2021Nina Hemmings

Ahead of next week’s Spending Review, Nina Hemmings describes how this year has been even worse than previous years for social care. The reality for the 1.5 million staff in the sector is that they cannot wait for the next white paper or delayed promise of reform – they need immediate and coordi...

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What has been the impact of Covid-19 across the UK countries?

Blog post 15/10/2021Sarah Scobie

While every health service across the United Kingdom has faced unprecedented pressures over the past year and a half, UK-wide reporting has masked any differences in peaks and troughs across the four countries. In this explainer, Sarah Scobie takes a closer look at the pandemic across the UK so far...

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The new GP plan is much better than the headlines suggest – but it’s only the beginning

Blog post 15/10/2021Dr Rebecca Rosen | Dr Charlotte Paddison

Headlines this week would not have done much to convince GPs that they are trusted or appreciated, but beyond the headlines is a real issue. Rebecca Rosen and Charlotte Paddison argue that the system of accessing care isn’t working well for staff or for many patients, and there is much in this wee...

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What happened to those Brexit medicines shortages?

Blog post 29/09/2021Mark Dayan

Long read: Before the UK left the EU’s single market at the start of this year, many warned of the risk of medical supply shortages. But did that prove to be the case? Mark Dayan takes a closer look at what’s happened since January 1st, and looks ahead to what might happen in fu...

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