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Mixing vaccines ‘could lead to better immune responses’

The health secretary has said he is ‘encouraged’ by the Covid vaccine ‘mix and match’ trial, which shows that using different vaccines for first and second jabs could ‘possibly’ lead to better immune responses. In his first statement to Parliament as health secretary yesterday, Sajid Javid said that using a different vaccine for second dose […]


Long Covid: One in six middle aged people with Covid-19 reported long-lasting symptoms

As many as one in six (17%) middle-aged people who reported having had a Covid-19 infection also reported having long Covid symptoms, a study has shown. This number fell to one in 13 (7.8%) among younger adults, suggesting that the risk for long Covid symptoms increases with age. Led by King’s College London and published […]


BMA warns ‘limited’ Pfizer and Moderna supply will delay vaccination programme

The BMA has said it is ‘concerned’ that ‘limited availability’ of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines could cause a delay to the vaccination programme. It comes as all remaining adults last week became eligible for the Covid jab in England, with texts sent out to 18-20-year-olds inviting them to book from Friday. In the […]


CQC appoints new executive director of operations

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has appointed current Home Office director general, Tyson Hepple, as its new executive director of operations, it has announced. Mr Hepple will join the Commission later in early August, after spending three decades in various operational roles at the Home Office. In that time, he was involved in policing and […]


Covid backlog: Three-quarters of trust leaders worried about winter disruption

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of trust leaders are concerned that plans to address the care backlog will be disrupted over the winter given the need to prioritise urgent demand, a survey has shown. Led by NHS Providers (23 June), the survey found that as many as 40% were ‘extremely’ concerned, while 33% were ‘moderately’ concerned about […]


BMA: NHS must retain overseas staff rather than end reliance on ‘foreign’ staff

The NHS must hire and keep doctors and healthcare workers from overseas if it is to navigate the care backlog caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the BMA has said. According to The Sunday Times (20 June), Dido Harding, Baroness of Winscombe, said she would end the NHS’s reliance on foreign doctors and nurses if she […]


GP federations: The silent partner in the NHS’s response to Covid and a key building block for future primary care strategy

It’s high time GP federations are acknowledged for what they bring to the primary care table, argue Fiona Adamson and Andy Hilton from the NHS Confederation’s Primary Care Federation Network We are emerging from the biggest health crisis of our generation, but the real challenge facing primary care has barely begun. Rocketing demand for services, […]


NHSE: Primary care should be represented in decision-making ‘at all levels of the ICS’

Primary care will need to be represented and involved in decision-making across ‘all levels of the ICS’, NHS England has outlined. In its guidance for Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), published 16 June, the NHS set out its expectations for how NHS leaders should work with their partners from April 2022. The document said  the ‘success […]


Doctors could ‘needlessly’ face FTP proceedings under new proposals, warns MDU

Proposals to reform the fitness to practise (FTP) procedures may result in doctors ‘routinely and needlessly’ being subjected to proceedings for historical allegations, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) has warned.  It comes in response to proposals in the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) consultation on regulating professionals and protecting the public, which has proposed a number of changes to the fitness […]


Proposed changes to FTP concerns could ‘endanger’ patients and staff, Government told

Proposals to investigate doctors with a health concern under ‘lack of competence’ could ‘endanger both patients and the doctor’, and ‘exacerbate’ their health concerns, Medical Protection has said. The statement was made today (15 June) in response to proposals to remove ‘health’ as a ground for launching a fitness to practise (FTP) investigation, with the […]