Opinion

What will the government’s COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan mean for mental health services in the UK?

By Sonya Cullington, Account Director at ZPB The government published its COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan on 27 March 2021, which describes how departments across government will consider mental health within new and existing programmes, and the action that will be taken to improve population mental health and address health inequalities. It…

Opinion

One year on – how has the pandemic affected mental health and well-being?

By Anne Janssen, ZPB’s Analyst It has been a year since the announcement of the first national lockdown. The news of the opening of society provides a glimpse of hope for many. But what are the actual impacts of this lockdown on people’s well-being? While many of us might feel hopeful about the future, some…

Opinion

Is the working relationship between the NHS and private partners under threat?

This article was first published in HealthInvestor. Last week the National Audit Office concluded that, despite the exceptional circumstances in dealing with Covid-19, “standards of transparency” had not been “consistently met” in the way private sector contracts were awarded during the first wave of the pandemic. Independent providers of health and care services to the…

Opinion

What is to blame for the increased impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minorities? 

Analysis  By Alicia Bossey  Although the entire population is susceptible to the novel coronavirus, there is mounting evidence that different groups have been disproportionately  affected by it. Just yesterday, new research by EClinical Medicine found that Black people are twice as likely as white people to catch the coronavirus. The study, which analysed data from 18 million…