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New RCGP president to lead from November

Professor Dame Clare Gerada will take over as the new president of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) from 20 November, the College has announced. She is set to take over from Professor Amanda Howe, after 84% of members voted in her favour after she ran unopposed. Professor Gerada was College chair between 2010-2013, […]


JCVI recommends offering Covid vaccine to 16- and 17-year-olds

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that all 16- and 17-year-olds should be offered a Covid vaccine. Last month, the JCVI recommended that only children aged 12-15 who are deemed at ‘increased risk of serious Covid-19 disease’ should be offered the vaccine. However, the new guidance will allow all 16- and […]


NHS Digital pledges to become more diverse

NHS Digital has set new diversity targets in order to ‘better represent our customers, health and care staff and the communities’ they work in.   The technology and data arm of the NHS is aiming for 19% of its staff to be black, Asian, or from minority ethnic groups, 14% to be disabled and 50% to be female by […]


Government funds new Covid study into vaccine interval for pregnant women

A new study has launched to investigate the best Covid vaccine dose interval in pregnant women.   The clinical trial, funded by the government, has launched in England today (3 August) after data published last week found that no pregnant women who have had both doses of a vaccine have been admitted to hospital with Covid.   The Preg-CoV study, which will […]


NHS Covid app tweaked to ‘ping’ fewer contacts

The NHS Covid app has been updated today to reduce the number of people that are ‘pinged’ and asked to self-isolate. Health secretary Sajid Javid, who has led a review of the app, said the move was taken to reduce ‘disruption’ to people and businesses. But the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) stressed […]


HPV vaccine to change for 2021/22 academic year

The HPV vaccine to be used during the 2021/22 academic year is to be changed ‘at some point’ during the school year with a need for ‘robust’ communications around consent for the new jab, Public Health England (PHE) has told commissioners. In a letter sent to CCGs and NHS England leaders, PHE outlined that the […]


New ONS data gives false impression of health inequalities facing ethnic minority groups

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which found that ethnic minority groups had higher life expectancy than the white population ‘bely a complex picture’ of disproportionate causes of death, the King’s Fund has said. The data set, which was published earlier this week (26 July), suggested that people in white and mixed […]


RCGP sounds alarm with emergency action plan as GPs reach ‘breaking point’

General practice is at ‘breaking point’ and urgent action is needed from the Government to help GPs deal with the aftermath of Covid and prevent them and their staff from burning out, the RCGP has warned. Launching an emergency action plan for recovery today, the college said the set of proposals ‘sends out an SOS […]


Amanda Pritchard to replace Simon Stevens as NHS England chief

Amanda Pritchard is set to replace Sir Simon Stevens as the chief executive of NHS England at the end of this week. Ms Pritchard, who has been chief operating officer of NHSE and chief executive of NHS Improvement since 2019, was appointed today (28 July) as Sir Stevens’ successor by the NHSE board. Prime Minister […]


Covid testing support for 12 north east local authorities

The Government has now made additional Covid-19 testing support available to 12 local authorities across the north east of England. Made available for five weeks from yesterday (26 July), the support package will include the option to deliver extra testing, logistical support for the vaccine programme, and help for local public health campaigns. The decision […]