Matt Hancock’s temporary NHSX chief still in charge, a year on

Matt Hancock's temporary NHSX chief still in charge, a year on. Exclusive: Matthew Gould was appointed without interview, and his job has yet to be advertised Matthew Gould has been friends with Hancock’s former boss George Osborne since school. Photograph: NHS Digital The chief executive of an organisation championed by Matt Hancock to promote a “digital transformation” in the NHS remains in post a year after the health secretary appointed him, without interview, on a temporary basis. NHSX has been heavily promoted by Hancock, who [...]

Regulator formally asked to assess Oxford University and AstraZeneca vaccine

Regulator formally asked to assess Oxford University and AstraZeneca vaccine. A coronavirus vaccine rollout in the UK could be a step closer after the regulator was formally asked by the Government to assess the Oxford University and AstraZeneca jab. The move “marks a significant first step in getting the vaccine approved for deployment” if it meets safety, efficacy and quality standards, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said. It comes a week after the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency [...]

Empowering frontline healthcare workers by reducing bureaucracy

Empowering frontline healthcare workers by reducing bureaucracy. © iStock-Ivan-balvan The UK Government has announced a new drive to empower frontline health and care staff by reducing unnecessary bureaucracy. The drive, announced by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock, aims to ‘lock in’ changes that have been made during the pandemic by stripping back excess bureaucracy, allowing frontline staff to spend less time on paperwork and more time with their patients. The new drive follows evidence provided by frontline staff over the summer identifying excess [...]

COVID-19: UK spent extra £10bn on PPE due to ‘inadequate supply’, report finds

COVID-19: UK spent extra £10bn on PPE due to 'inadequate supply', report finds. Prices of equipment soared by up to 1,310% and many items did not arrive in time for the first wave. 32 billion items of PPE were ordered between February and July The UK spent an extra £10bn on PPE at inflated prices at the start of the pandemic because it had an "inadequate" stockpile, a report has found. Reserves of personal protective equipment for frontline workers were intended for a [...]

Coronavirus: How can society thrive post-pandemic?

Coronavirus: How can society thrive post-pandemic? As society looks to rebound from Covid-19, the ideas and resources we need to cope and succeed will look different than before.   How will people change and grow in the wake of the pandemic? We don’t yet know the answer – and, in some respects, we don’t even know the right questions to ask. That’s why we’ve been surveying dozens of global thought leaders, doers and thinkers for our special Unknown Questions series, in which we’re unearthing [...]