The Last Month in Healthcare – May

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Turbulent times continue, as countries and cultures the world over remain in battle with the pandemic. 

Let’s take a look through some of the headlines that have hit the news over the month of May.


Coronavirus and Controversy

Government scientist Neil Ferguson, 51 – whose death toll projections sparked lockdown – QUITS after admitting he allowed married mistress, 38, to break stay-at-home rules to visit him for trysts

Dominic Cummings potentially broke lockdown rules, say Durham police

Rachel Johnson forced to defend four hour journeys to second home in new lockdown row


The Beginning of the End – How the Lifting of Lockdown Around the World has Unfurled

May 11th – Rules change for Englandfrom ‘Stay at Home’ to ‘Stay Alert’

May 13th – Madrid protests at continued lockdown as Spain starts to reopen – Spain

May 14th Donald Trump cheers court order lifting Wisconsin lockdownUSA

May 16th – Italy takes ‘calculated risk’ in easing restrictions – Italy

May 26th – More states reopen bars, CA says hair salons and barbershops can reopen in most counties – USA

May 28thLockdown exit Phase 1 begins todayScotland

May 28thTwo households ‘can meet outdoors next week’Wales

May 29th Sturgeon urges ‘caution’ as Scotland begins easing lockdown

May 29thThe Government’s 50-page roadmap out of lockdown, explained

May 29th – “Lockdown must be eased to stop Ireland returning to the 1980s” – Ireland


Innovation During These Dark Times

Inventor of ventilator used for coronavirus George Weisz dead at 90: report

Whoever invents a coronavirus vaccine will control the patentand, importantly, who gets to use it

New Invention Helps Protect Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Golf invention accidentally made in time for coronavirus pandemicThe Golf Ball E-Z Lyft was created before the coronavirus pandemic but is now flying off the shelves.

Man’s ingenious solution to cuddle his grandma again goes viral


The Death Toll of Healthcare Workers

Nearly 300 Healthcare Workers Have Died From Coronavirus – USA

Coronavirus: Care-worker death rate twice that of health workers – UK

People working in social care in England and Wales have been twice as likely to die with coronavirus as the general working-age population, Office for National Statistics figures show.

Doctors, nurses, porters, volunteers: the UK health workers who have died from Covid-19 – Accounting for 49 individuals


Digital Healthcare

Queen Máxima puts spotlight on digital healthcare

How social distancing is boosting demand for the digital healthcare and education sectors

Healthcare Needs New Skills To Build On Its COVID Inspired Digital Transformation


Healthcare Investment 

Induction Healthcare To Acquire Digital Healthcare Platform Zesty

Stockholm-based nabs €45 million for its ‘digi-physical’ care

European VC investors keeping faith with healthcare

Waterland Private Equity completes investment in IMC Group

Biometric Health Kiosk Operator Announces $30M Series B Investment Round


As the lifting of lockdown continues in the UK, here’s hoping that the next month of headlines don’t report one step forward, ten steps back. 

We watch. We wait.

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