Latest Covid-19 News

Independent hospitals in talks with NHSE over block contract extension

Independent hospital providers are in talks with NHS England (NHSE) over the continued ‘block booking’ of capacity as the health service eases out of...

MDU ‘surprised’ by number of complaints during Covid-19 pandemic

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) is calling on the public to consider the additional pressure complaints about NHS Covid-19 care will put on services...
Kate Terroni appointed as chief inspector of adult social care

Data reveals ‘sad and stark’ impact of Covid-19 on people with a learning disability...

Analysis has revealed there was a 134% increase in the number of deaths among people with a learning disability or autism between 10 April...

Spain: EIB provides Madrid with €600m healthcare loan

The European Investment Bank is providing a €600m (US$658.3m) loan on what it calls “favourable terms” to enable the Madrid Region to adapt the...

Care providers urged to be open and transparent

Care providers have been urged to maintain open and transparent communications between themselves and the families of relatives they care for during the ongoing...

Italy: EQT injects additional €35m into Lima Corporate

EQT has injected up to an additional €35m (US$39m) into Italian orthopaedic implant manufacturer Lima Corporate. Although the Swedish investment firm is currently looking to...

Private providers told to cease Covid-19 antibody testing

Retailers and healthcare providers have been told to cease provision of home antibody tests for Covid-19 until their use has been 'properly validated'. Public Health England...

Relatives association expresses ‘disappointment’ over CQC’s role

The care regulator has been accused of lacking oversight and not representing the sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. In a letter addressed to Care Quality...

Egypt: SODIC to equip three hospitals

Egyptian real estate developer Sixth of October Development & Investment Company, better known as SODIC, is cooperating with the Ministry of Health to equip...

Waiting lists could hit 10 million by the end of this year, warns IHPN

The number of people waiting for NHS funded elective surgery could hit 10 million by the end of this year as the Covid-19 pandemic...

Germany: Fresenius Medical Care raises €1.25bn debt

Dialysis clinic operator Fresenius Medical Care has sold €1.25bn (US$1.4bn) debt in two tranches to refinance debt. Heavy demand saw pricing on both tranches come...

Falling admissions impact Four Seasons Health Care

Admissions at Four Seasons Health Care dropped more than 50% at one point this month due to the impact of Covid-19. At this time of...

Covid-19 and the International Health Regulations

Robert Volterra and Álvaro Nistal, founding partner and counsel at Volterra Fietta, ask whether the International Health Regulations are fit for purpose. The primary legal...

Zimbabwe: ADB approves US$13.7m grant to strengthen health system

The African Development Bank has approved a US$13.7m grant to finance the Covid-19 response in Zimbabwe. The funds will provide an immediate lifeline for targeted...

Assura bullish on outlook despite digital transformation from Covid-19

Assura Group Plc today appeared unvexed by the Covid-19 pandemic and its potential to drive healthcare away from building-based services as it announced solid...

Patients will need reassurance on Covid-19 management as they return to private healthcare

Private healthcare providers will need to communicate detailed information to patients about how they are mitigating the clinical risks from Covid-19 as they begin...

Spain: MAPFRE closes three-year 3% guaranteed mutual fund

MAPFRE Compromiso Santiario, an investment fund created by the fund manager of Spanish insurance group MAPFRE to assist in the fight against Covid-19, has...

Mental health providers face surge of claims from Covid-19 pandemic

Independent mental health providers risk potential claims from staff and families for regulation breaches while they are distracted by the challenges of the Covid-19...
Kate Terroni appointed as chief inspector of adult social care

Financial worries and Covid taking its toll, CQC insight report finds

Registered managers of adult social care services are suffering from burn out and extreme anxiety due to multiple deaths in settings and financial worries. Care...

Isolation among over 65s on the increase, poll finds

Older people are feeling more isolated as their social contact has reduced during the Covid-19 pandemic, polling by older people’s charity Independent Age has...