Latest Covid-19 News

HM meets… Steve Gray

Nuffield Health has been on many journeys over the last decade as it moved from being a hospital provider to a connected health and wellbeing...

Government to rollout rapid coronavirus testing in care homes

Rapid coronavirus tests will be rolled out to care homes, hospitals and laboratories across the UK to increase testing capacity. Two tests – both able...

Germany: Siemens Healthineers to buy Varian for US$16.4bn

Germany’s Siemens Healthineers has said that it will acquire US cancer care specialist Varian for US$16.4bn. Siemens Healthineers will acquire all shares of Varian for...

Switzerland: Zur Rose raises SFr212.6m and acquires TeleClinic

Switzerland’s Zur Rose Group, Europe's largest e-commerce pharmacy and one of the leading medical wholesalers in Switzerland, has acquired Munich-based TeleClinic. Financial terms have not...

View from the peak

With around 200 delegates attending each of the two days, LaingBuisson’s virtual Private Healthcare Summit was the largest gathering of key stakeholders in the sector since...

Care homes ‘thrown to the wolves’, says PAC chair

Cross-party MPs have accused the government of being ‘slow, inconsistent, and at times negligent’ towards social care during the Covid-19 pandemic. MPs sitting on the...

Vacancy rate falls among care providers

The staff vacancy rate among care providers has gradually dropped during the pandemic from 8.3% pre-Covid-19 to 6.6% in June. A reduction in demand for...

Looking back at lockdown

A new report published by IHPN examines how the sector has responded to the needs of the NHS during the first three months of...

Malaysia: Top Glove brushes aside CBP charges and plans bonus share issue

Top Glove, the world’s largest manufacturer of medical rubber gloves, is planning a bonus issue on the basis of two shares for every share...

Circle and BMI join with academic science network to deliver Covid-19 rehab sessions

Circle Health Rehabilitation and BMI Healthcare are working in collaboration with West Midlands Academic Science Network (WMAHSN) to deliver a series of online workshops...

Bupa expands dental benefits to cover cost of PPE

Bupa dental insurance is covering the cost of additional PPE for dental appointments as part of a package of enhancements to its dental insurance...

Health sector HR practice: the unexpected impact of Covid-19

Furlough schemes, PPE and shielding are fast becoming areas where healthcare HR directors have had to develop expertise, but as the impact of the...

Government publishes visitor guidance for care homes

Government guidance has finally been published setting out visiting arrangements for care homes in England. Local directors of public health will lead assessments on visiting...

Resetting the provider/ insurer relationship

In the first of a three-part series exploring the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the private healthcare market, Check4Cancer chief medical officer Professor Gordon...

Dementia-proofing future care

Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, believes Covid-19 has shone a light on the failures of our care and support for people with...

Easing lockdown

Joanne Moseley, senior associate in the employment team at law firm Irwin Mitchell, advises providers to update their policies Lockdown measures have started to ease...

Post-Covid medical claims could spike as economy falters

Medical claims against doctors and dentists have fallen during the Covid-19 pandemic as patient activity declined, but could spike in the next year and...

Digital transmission: how Covid-19 is transforming primary care

The speed at which primary care has adopted virtual consultation during the Covid-19 pandemic highlights the ability of digital to disrupt existing models of...

A heavy blow

Analysis by LaingBuisson chairman William Laing shows that 32,000 older care home residents in England died from Covid-19 and collateral damage by end June...

Private pay activity rebounds but remains significantly 2019 levels

Insurer-funded oncology activity returned to pre-pandemic levels in June, but overall private sector volumes remain significantly below normal, according to Healthcare technology specialist Healthcode. The...