Scottish patients from hospitals into care homes must have tested negative twice
Care homes in England are once more being pressured to take elderly patients from hospital who are Covid-19 positive. This report from Ch4 news on 17th Sept.
In the report it is stated that the Scottish guidelines for accepting patients from hospitals into care homes are different – patients must have tested negative twice whereas in England they can be transferred even if positive.
They, the UK Government and some doctors, have not learned anything.
NHS trusts in England have to pay for tests for staff and patients
From the Guardian online this afternoon:
NHS hospitals in England face paying for Covid-19 tests for patients and staff out of their own budgets after a cap was placed on the amount of money available for tests in the health service, according to information sent to trusts.
PA Media reports:
The guidance, first reported by the Independent, makes clear that NHS providers will need formal approval from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and its test and trace service, or they will not be able to claim back costs, which will be funded on a “capped actuals basis” and have a “maximum budget”.
The document was reportedly sent on Friday – a day after the NHS test and trace boss, Baroness Dido Harding, told MPs demand was up to four times more than tests available and the prime minister, Boris Johnson, warned a second wave had arrived in the UK.