Reducing bureaucracy in the health and social care system

5 August 2020

The Government has asked for people who work in health or social care, or did until recently, to provide evidence on how to get rid of “unnecessary bureaucracy” which it defines as tasks and processes that need a lot of work but add little value.

Still aiming for gender balance at work

4 August 2020

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has reminded employers that achieving gender balance is good for the whole workplace.

Apprentices and close proximity activity

4 August 2020

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has made available two flowcharts to help employers assess practical options for enabling apprentice vocational training to continue, while protecting the apprentice and those who work with them, as work resumes after the lockdown.

Health Secretary calls for all consultations to be remote

4 August 2020

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock addressed the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) on 30 July, saying all GP consultations should be carried out remotely, going forward, unless there is a compelling clinical reason to see a patient face to face.

Pause in shielding to go ahead except in high-risk areas

4 August 2020

The Government has announced that Covid-19 shielding guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable is to be paused from 1 August across England although other lockdown easing measures that had been planned for this month have been halted. However, there is an exception for clinically extremely vul-nerable patients in high-risk areas, where patients are advised to shield for around another two weeks.

Watchdog’s open letter to the early years sector

4 August 2020

As a result of alleged unfair practices caused by Covid-19 disruptions, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published an open letter to the early years sector (nurseries and childcare providers).