A round-up of other important developments from the past few weeks.

Healthcare Newsdesk website: Bupa introduces Covid-19 safety badge for hospitals and clinics
Bupa has introduced a “Covid-19 safety badge” so that patients can see which hospitals comply with UK guidance on infection control measures to prevent the spread of the virus and protect patients.

BBC News website: More than 70,000 excess deaths during the pandemic

The total number of UK “excess” deaths – those above expected levels – since the start of the pandemic has reached over 70,000. Most of these deaths occurred in the first wave, with the weeks since the start of October accounting for just over 5,500 of the total.

Gov.uk: Letter to medicines and medical product suppliers: 17 November 2020

This letter is written by the Chief Commercial Officer, on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care reminds industry of the Government’s plans for the end of the transition period to help ensure the continuity of supply of medical goods into and out of the UK.

Gov.uk website: Cost benefit analysis: health economic studies
How to use a cost benefit analysis to evaluate your digital health product.

Gov.uk website: Directors of public health in England
Current directors of public health listed by region and local authority in England.

NHS England and NHS Improvement website: Supporting general practice – additional £150 million of funding from NHS England

NHS England has established a General Practice Covid Capacity Expansion Fund to help primary care.

British Medical Journal website: How will Brexit affect the supply of medicines?
On 1 January Brexit will become a reality for the NHS. In the first of a series of BMJ briefings, Mark Dayan answers key questions on how leaving the EU could impact on the drugs that UK patients will need.

NHS Providers website: Restoring services: NHS activity tracker November 2020
This briefing highlights examples of the innovations hospitals and their staff are developing to improve capacity, and respond to unmet demand despite the constraints created by Covid-19, and the need to prepare for additional winter pressures.

Getting It Right First Time website: Reports
The GIRFT programme has published its national report for radiology to help improve patient experience and increase capacity within the constraints of Covid-19. Measure include the separation of “hot” urgent work and “cold” pre-booked appointments to allow patients to receive imaging in a single visit, close to their homes.

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