NHS Voices

This page shows items from the NHS Confederation news feed.

Test, track and trace must draw on local expertise

Today the Government announced £300m additional funding for Local Authorities to support the new Test and Trace Service, allowing them to develop and action their plans to reduce the spread of the virus within their areas.
22 May 2020, 3:55 pm

Government U-turn on immigration health surcharge sends positive message

Today the Government announced that NHS staff and care workers from overseas are to be exempt from paying a surcharge to use the health service. It also said families of all foreign NHS and care workers who have died with coronavirus will be able to stay in the UK permanently.
21 May 2020, 5:21 pm

Antibody tests for health and care staff ‘could be game changer’

Responding to the news that antibody testing will be given to health and care staff as a priority, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said ‘could be game changer’
21 May 2020, 3:44 pm

UK at risk of second surge of coronavirus without clarity on test, track and trace strategy

Time is running out to finalise a test, track and trace strategy to avoid a potential second surge of COVID-19 cases, the NHS Confederation has warned.
20 May 2020, 7:00 pm

Testing is only one part of our response to Coronavirus

Welsh NHS Confederation response to the latest Welsh Government Coronavirus Briefing
19 May 2020, 1:24 pm

ONS COVID-19 mortality figures show downward trend continues but 'should have caution written all over them'

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, has urged caution in response to ONS COVID-19 mortality figures, which show a downward trend in deaths from the disease in England and Wales.
19 May 2020, 11:12 am

Fewer than one in 20 of those discharged from hospitals went to care homes

Commenting on the confirmation from Downing Street that 38% of care homes in England have had reported a suspected outbreak of symptomatic or confirmed coronavirus, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said fewer than one in 20 of those discharged from hospitals went to care homes
18 May 2020, 8:44 pm

Essential for NHS and care staff to access tests they need

The government has announced detail this afternoon about its plans for expanding testing eligibility to everyone aged five and over with symptoms. The health secretary also said 21,000 contact tracers had now been recruited.
18 May 2020, 2:25 pm

Arts and health initiatives more important than ever during Coronavirus pandemic

The Welsh NHS Confederation and the Arts Council of Wales are highlighting the health benefits creativity can have on the wellbeing of the population during the Coronavirus pandemic
18 May 2020, 8:24 am

Moment to agree to reform social care is now

Niall Dickson has responded to the latest Government press briefing, in which it was confirmed that every care home worker and resident will be tested by early June and that from today, every care home has a named clinical lead on infection control.
15 May 2020, 7:48 pm

Plans to unlock Wales needs to ensure health and care services can cope with an increase in demand

Welsh NHS Confederation Director, Darren Hughes responds to the First Minister’s plans to unlock Wales
15 May 2020, 1:51 pm

Reset of the way we plan and deliver mental health services is needed

The global Covid-19 pandemic is likely to increase the number of people in Britain experiencing a mental health problem in the next two years, according to an analysis published today by Centre for Mental Health.
15 May 2020, 6:44 am

Hard road ahead for both NHS and care

NHS England and NHS Improvement has issued an operating framework for urgent and planned services within hospitals, which sets out a series of measures to help local hospitals plan to increase routine operations and treatment.
14 May 2020, 8:00 pm

NHS reset needed not return to business as usual

Responding to the health unions’ blueprint for the safe opening up of the NHS, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said an NHS reset needed not return to business as usual.
14 May 2020, 4:12 pm

Need to embrace digital NHS transformation and reset health and care

Responding to the NAO’s report Digital transformation in the NHS, Dr Layla McCay, a director at the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said there is need to embrace digital NHS transformation and reset health and care.
14 May 2020, 3:53 pm

Give NHS and care staff priority access to antibody test

Responding to news that an antibody test to find out whether people have been infected with coronavirus in the past has been approved, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said give NHS and care staff priority access to antibody test
14 May 2020, 2:15 pm

Record low A&E attendances show major changes to how public uses NHS

Dr Layla McCay, a director at the NHS Confederation, has commented on the latest NHS England performance figures, which show record low A&E attendances.
14 May 2020, 11:55 am

Care homes 'neglected for too long' in battle with COVID-19

Niall Dickson responds to the daily Downing Street press conference of 13 May, where it was confirmed that there will be £600 million of funding for care homes for infection control.
13 May 2020, 6:43 pm

We will get through this and the NHS will be there for you at every step of the way

The Welsh NHS Confederation response to the latest Coronavirus briefing from the Welsh Government
12 May 2020, 3:22 pm

COVID-19 deaths may be falling but we cannot become complacent

The latest weekly mortality figures published by the ONS show deaths from COVID-19 are going down, but we cannot become complacent, the NHS Confederation has said.
12 May 2020, 11:06 am