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Universal credit cut risks ‘exacerbating’ health inequalities

The Government’s plan to cut universal credit and working tax credit at the beginning of October is likely to ‘exacerbate’ existing regional health inequalities, as the areas with the worst health are likely to experience a greater reduction in support, charity the Health Foundation has said. The plans will see the £20-a-week uplift in universal […]


Covid booster and flu co-administration recommended by regulators

All patients in groups 1-9 of the first phase of the Covid vaccination campaign should have a Covid booster jab six months after their second dose, the JCVI has said. This includes everyone over 50 and people with underlying health conditions which make them vulnerable to Covid. It also includes adult household contacts of immunosuppressed […]


Children aged 12-15 to be offered one dose of Covid vaccine

A school-based vaccination programme is to start next week, offering children aged 12-15 years old one dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine, ministers have confirmed. It comes after unanimous advice from the UK’s four chief medical officers (CMOs) which recommended the move earlier this week. The programme will be supported by GPs and community pharmacies. […]


BMA backs motion calling for doctors to have Covid jab

The BMA has backed a motion calling for ‘all doctors’ to have the Covid jab. The motion, which was up for debate at yesterday’s (13 September) Annual Representative Meeting (ARM), passed with a majority of around three quarters of the vote. Proposed by the BMA’s Islington Division, the motion said: ‘This meeting believes that all doctors should […]


Exclusive: Government 50m appointment pledge must distinguish between GP and primary care roles

Government plans to introduce more than 50 million additional general practice appointments must distinguish between GPs and primary care roles to prevent overwhelming practitioners, a leading GP has told Healthcare Leader. As part of its NHS recovery plan – announced earlier this week and voted to pass last night (8 September) – the Government pledged […]


Flu and Covid jabs could be made compulsory for NHS staff

The Government has today (9 September) launched a consultation on making it mandatory for all frontline health and social care staff in England to have a flu and Covid vaccine. The consultation proposes that only health workers who are fully vaccinated against Covid should be deployed to deliver health and care services in order to […]


Primary care diabetes drug bill rises 62% in five years

Prescribing for diabetes in primary care now accounts for 12.5% of the total spend on all prescription items in England, NHS figures show. In all there were 57.9 million drugs used to treat diabetes in primary care in 2020/21 at a cost of £1.19 billion, a report from the NHS Business Services Authority shows. This […]


MPs back health and social care levy

MPs have voted in favour of an increase to National Insurance (NI) to fund the NHS and social care, despite criticism from the opposition and within the Tory party. The vote, which was held last night (8 September), came just over 24 hours after prime minister Boris Johnson first proposed the tax increase. Despite an […]


PM announces National Insurance hike to fund social care

National Insurance contributions will rise by 1.25% from next April to pay for the social care system and tackle the NHS backlog, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today announced. The social care plan, which Mr Johnson called ‘the biggest catch-up programme’ in UK history, will mean no one in England will have to pay more […]


Suicide rates fell during first lockdown, new data suggests

Rates of suicide were ‘statistically significantly lower’ during the first lockdown in 2020, compared to the same period in the previous three years, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). However, this may not demonstrate the ‘true scale of the pandemic’, mental health charity Mind has said. The new dataset is the […]