Latest Covid-19 News

Pressures and guidance may have led to incorrect care decisions

Incorrect decisions on the use of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) may have occurred due to a combination of ‘unprecedented pressure’ on care...

Romania: MedLife boosts Covid lab network

MedLife, the largest private medical operator in Romania, has acquired Veridia Medical Center in Bucharest, known as Basarab Medical Center in a deal that...

HM meets… John Reay

Covid-19 has changed the very fabric of independent healthcare in the UK during the past seven months, but the transformation has been keenly felt...

People with learning disabilities ‘not valued’, Dimensions CEO tells inquiry

Government guidance issued to providers in supported living during the pandemic has ‘often seemed illogical and contradictory’, the chief executive of Dimensions UK has...

DoLS under lockdown

DAC Beachcroft partner and expert in mental health, Gill Weatherhill, discusses what impact Covid-19 has had on DoLS, and whether we should expect the...

Providers felt pressurised and unsupported while obtaining PPE, report finds

Care providers felt under pressure and unsupported when trying to obtain personal protective equipment (PPE) at the beginning of the pandemic, with some suppliers...

Mexico takes eye care digital during Covid-19

Eye care services provider Salauno has integrated telemedicine into its business model during the Covid-19 pandemic to help push into underserved parts of the...

Scaling new summits

IHPN’s first ‘virtual’ summit heard how independent providers have faced down the challenges of Covid-19 with innovation and partnership working   With the independent healthcare sector...

Staffing spend grows as care home operators meet challenges

Care home operators spent as much as 61.3% of income on staffing in the second quarter of this year, reflecting a reduction in revenue...

NCF members struggling to access whole home testing

Supported living services and extra care housing schemes operated by National Care Forum (NCF) members are struggling to access whole home testing. A survey found...

Insurer-funded hospital activity dips in October

Insurer-funded activity in independent sector hospitals dipped in October ending the month-on-month increases reported since the end of lockdown in June, according to the...

The shape of things to come

As Covid-19 continues to surge across Europe, the pandemic looks set to remain the biggest story in healthcare well into 2021, but as delegates...

Safe visiting pilots in care homes to be launched

Family and friends of people living in care homes will be given regular testing as part of a pilot scheme to be launched today...

Data reveals ‘troubling’ impact of Covid on people with learning disabilities

People with learning disabilities were four times more likely to die because of Covid-19 than the rest of the population, data has revealed. The rate...

Time for action

The CQC’s report on the use of segregation and restraint in care services is uncomfortable but essential reading for all providers looking to deliver...

Zimbabwe: Japan supports healthcare system with US$3.8m grant aid

The Government of Japan has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Zimbabwe’s healthcare system with a grant aid of US$3.8m for the provision of medical...

Care groups seek clarity over guidance for visits

Representative bodies of providers want greater clarity from the government after it revised its stance on care home visiting. Care England said it was awaiting...

Beating the backlog

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented pressures to healthcare systems across the world and for endoscopy, the backlog presented by postponed procedures could have...

India: Skanray Technologies plans US$150m IPO

Ascent Capital owned medical equipment manufacturer Skanray Technologies is looking to raise up to US$150m in an initial public offering in India. The Mysore-based company,...

Occupancy and survival

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green believes a change in culture and mindset is needed Social care services have been on the front line during...