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Nadhim Zahawi will oversee distributing the vaccine in England until at least summer 2021. [...]

Michael Gove warns MPs strict rules are still needed in England despite lockdown ending on 2 December. [...]

Public health leaders question whether it is possible to expand mass testing schemes in England. [...]

There is no evidence that it protects against Covid-19 but it could boost the health of the vulnerable. [...]

Scientific advisers to the government estimate the coronavirus epidemic is no longer growing. [...]

NHS to pilot potentially revolutionary blood test that detects more than 50 cancers

An innovative blood test that may spot more than 50 types of cancer will be piloted by the NHS in a world-leading programme, chief executive Sir Simon Stevens announced today. The Galleri blood test, developed by GRAIL, can detect early stage cancers through a simple blood test, and will be piloted with 165,000 patients in […] [...]

Cold weather alert: Level 2 – alert and readiness

Issued at 9.59am on Thursday 26 November 2020 There is a 60% probability of severe cold weather between 6.00pm on Thursday 26 November and 6.00am on Monday 30 November in parts of England.  This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Find out more about staying well this […] [...]

Health and care heroes honoured in regional NHS Parliamentary Awards

Doctors and nurses working to combat Hepatitis C in the homeless during the pandemic, the team behind the UK’s first virtual reality lung rehabilitation programme launched this year and the research team working on the COVID-19 vaccine have all been recognised in the regional round of the NHS Parliamentary Awards, announced today. MPs and NHS […] [...]

NHS statement on Spending Review funding announcement

Below is a comment from the NHS on today’s announcement by the government of funding for the health service. NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “As well as caring for seriously ill and vulnerable coronavirus patients, our hardworking nurses, doctors, therapists and other NHS staff are looking after many other patients, some of whose care […] [...]

NHS urges people with mental health worries to seek help

People with mental health worries are being urged to seek help in a new phase of the NHS’s Help Us Help You campaign. Although mental health services have been running throughout the pandemic there was a marked dip in referrals despite evidence that coronavirus is making problems more common. Now a new NHS campaign will […] [...]

The UK Government has opened a new walk-through coronavirus testing centre at Fleming House Car Park in Cumbernauld [...]

2.7 million vulnerable individuals in England to be offered free winter supply of vitamin D by the government. [...]

Guidance for at-risk groups offered free vitamin D supplements by the government this winter. [...]

Epidemiological data and projection models used by the government to brief MPs on local restriction tiers. [...]

Information about Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS). [...]

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has apologised for the part it played in a wider web of systemic failures surrounding the death of a baby girl two decades ago. The regulator has vowed to make changes in response to findings outlined in a damning report… The post Elizabeth Dixon: Findings from baby death inquiry prompt NMC apology appeared first on Nursing Times. [...]

A nurse leader and diversity champion has accepted a prestigious award on behalf of all NHS Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) nurses and midwives for their response in the coronavirus pandemic. The Baton Awards celebrates female trailblazers from diverse racial groups and this year… The post Prestigious award recognises contribution of BAME nurses during Covid-19 appeared first on Nursing Times. [...]

We have asked employers around the UK to make a pledge to support the Covid-19: Are You OK? campaign. Health and social care staffing agency Medacs Healthcare has made that pledge: Medacs Healthcare supports the principles of the Nursing Times Covid-19: Are You OK?  campaign.… The post Medacs Healthcare appeared first on Nursing Times. [...]

The number of nurse vacancies in the NHS in England "remains stubbornly high”, the Royal College of Nursing has warned, as latest figures reveal more than 36,000 registered nurse gaps. Published today, figures from NHS Digital showed that in the second quarter of 2020-21, 10%… The post English NHS still short of more than 36,000 nurses appeared first on Nursing Times. [...]

Free meals and rides to work will be available for nurses again this Christmas as part of an annual festive offer from Uber. The initiative is available to all NHS staff across England, Scotland and Wales and Health and Social Care (HSC) staff in Northern… The post Uber offers NHS nurses free meals and rides again this Christmas appeared first on Nursing Times. [...]

More than 2.5m people in England to get free vitamin D

Care home residents and clinically vulnerable to be offered four-month supplyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 2.5 million people in England are to be offered a free supply of vitamin D by the government, officials have said.Care homes in England will automatically receive supplies of the supplement for their residents in plans announced on Saturday. People on the clinically extremely vulnerable list will be sent a letter offering them the chance to opt in for a supply to their homes. Continue reading... [...]

Oxford controversy is the first shot in international battle over vaccine efficiency

Trials will not reveal all the facts on prevention for each new drug – that process could last for yearsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn a few days, researchers plan to solve a medical mystery that threatens to erupt into a major transatlantic battle. Scientists at Oxford University say they intend to publish full, peer-reviewed data, in the journal Lancet, about trials they have completed on their Covid-19 vaccine.The information, they say, should end mounting controversy about the vaccine’s effectiveness and explain apparent inconsistencies in trial results. Opponents, most of them American, say this is unlikely, and insist… [...]

Nadhim Zahawi appointed minister in charge of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

UK business minister to take on additional role as NHS prepares for mass deploymentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNadhim Zahawi, a minister for business and industry, has been placed in charge of overseeing the deployment of the Covid-19 vaccine, Downing Street has announced.No 10 said the Stratford-on-Avon MP would take on the role until at least next summer. Continue reading... [...]

Elbow bumps and open windows: UK scientific advisers' Christmas tips

Temporary easing of Covid rules will allow families to gather in three-household groupsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWith Christmas less than a month away, the government’s scientific advisers have issued a list of recommendations for families mixing during the break after a five-day period of relaxed rules was announced earlier this week.The festive easing of restrictions will allow families across the UK to gather in three-household groups of any size between 23 and 27 December. People heading to and from Northern Ireland will be granted an extra day on either side of the Christmas window. Related: Christmas gatherings… [...]

Tier 3 lockdown rules in England: latest coronavirus restrictions explained

The new system comes into force in England after 2 December, replacing the national lockdownTier 1 explained | Tier 2 explainedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has announced details of the new three-tier system that will come into effect in when the four-week national lockdown across England ends on 2 December.Non-essential shops in all areas can reopen, as can gyms, hairdressers and other personal care businesses, with the formal instruction to stay at home coming to an end. The “rule of six” will again apply for outdoor gatherings in all areas.Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature… [...]

Investigation into baby’s death reveals “20 year cover-up” of failures

The UK government has apologised for “shocking and harrowing” mistakes in the care of a baby that were followed by a “20 year cover-up” of failures.1Elizabeth Dixon was born prematurely in December... [...]

New rule allows US government to execute prisoners by means other than lethal injection

A new rule created by the Trump administration will allow the US federal government to execute its death row prisoners by any method approved in states that have the death penalty. The change could... [...]

Covid-19: UK government asks regulator to assess Oxford vaccine as questions are raised over interim data

The UK government has asked the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to evaluate whether the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine can be authorised for temporary supply... [...]

Covid-19: GPs have “stepped up” in time of national crisis, says profession’s leader

GPs have gone the extra mile to support their patients during the covid-19 pandemic and deserve praise for their efforts, the chair of the BMA’s GP committee has said.Speaking at the 2020 annual... [...]

Covid-19: What Sweden taught Scandinavia for the second wave

More than half a year since the pandemic began, the Public Health Agency of Sweden still insists that the core of their strategy was not about building natural “herd immunity.”Sweden’s controversial... [...]

LMCs have called for a renegotiation of funding for the COVID-19 vaccination enhanced service, and rejected the single designated site model as well as plans for the services to be open 8am to 8pm seven days a week. [...]

LMCs have demanded a ballot of GPs on the primary care network (PCN) DES before BMA leaders enter talks on the 2021/22 contract - and called for further flexibility on PCN recruitment funding. [...]

Locum GPs have faced significant physical and financial risk because of a lack of support through the COVID-19 pandemic, LMCs have warned. [...]

LMCs have called on NHS England to apologise for ‘abhorrent and insulting’ suggestions that GPs had not been pulling their weight during the COVID-19 pandemic. [...]

CCGs could be stripped of their commissioning role under plans set out by NHS England, with their functions transferred to integrated care systems (ICSs) across the country. [...]

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