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Estimated £17bn needed to clear backlog on top of primary care investment

The Government will have to spend nearly £17bn if it intends to clear return hospital waiting times to 18 weeks during this parliament, analysis by the Health Foundation has shown. It comes after the Government yesterday announced a £5.4bn package of emergency funds to help the NHS deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and tackle the […]

Antibody levels beginning to decline in over-70s

The percentage of adults testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies is beginning to decline among older age groups despite remaining high overall, new data has shown. Published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the data (1 September) indicates more than nine-in-10 adults (94%) in England would have tested positive for antibodies in the week beginning […]

‘No surprise’ study shows LGB people experience poorer health

Research suggesting that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people are more likely to experience long-term health conditions comes as ‘no surprise’, leaders have told Healthcare Leader. Earlier this week, a study published in BJGP Open (31 August) found that sexual minority adults – especially bisexual adults – are at elevated risk for multimorbidity. It found […]

Risk of long Covid cut in half after two doses of vaccine, study finds

Adults who have been double vaccinated against Covid have half the chance of developing long-Covid if they do contract the disease, than those who have not been vaccinated, research has found.   The large study, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal on Wednesday (1 September), included more than one million adults in the UK, and found that those who had received both vaccines of […]

Autumn budget: Sunak must make good on mental health commitments

The upcoming spending review must dedicate ‘critical capital investment’ to the mental health sector to tackle the most immediate challenges caused by the pandemic, NHS Providers has said. The half-yearly budget update – to be delivered by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on 27 October – is expected to outline longer-term public spending plans coming out of […]

Clinically important blood tests ‘at risk’ without immediate action to tackle tube shortages

Even the most clinically important blood tests are at risk if the NHS does not immediately reduce its usage, the BMA has said. Earlier this month, NHS England told GP practices told to suspend non-essential blood tests because of the global supply chain crisis caused in part by ‘UK border challenges’. But in a new […]

Walk-in Covid vaccinations increase uptake among ethnic minorities

The walk-in Covid vaccination centres have helped increase uptake of the vaccine among ethnic minority communities, new official data has shown. The data, analysed by NHS England, indicated that in one July weekend, twoin-five of the 80,000 walk-in doses administered were to people from ethnic minority groups. The fastest growth in vaccinations was from people […]

Child mental health should be represented on ICS boards as services hit ‘tipping point’

Representation for mental health must be ensured on ICS boards, the NHS Confederation has urged after finding such services for children and young people are reaching a ‘tipping point’. The warning comes as its latest report (24 August) found 1.5 million young people may need new or additional mental health support as a result of […]

NHS leaders should offer greater support to new midwives and nurses

NHS leaders and the Government need to give greater support to newly qualified health staff, after a Unison survey found more than two-thirds of midwives and nurses feel under-prepared for their roles thanks to the pandemic. The survey, led by the trade union and published yesterday (25 August), found that 70% of newly qualified midwives […]

Nine in 10 female doctors experience work sexism, reveals ‘concerning’ BMA report

More than nine in 10 (91%) female doctors have experienced sexism at work, with 42% feeling unable to report it, a study by the BMA has found. Women told the BMA they suffer ‘patronising comments, are being judged on their appearance, can be overlooked in their career progression or are ignored by patients and other […]