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GPs facing ‘appalling’ racism, HEE report reveals

There is ‘shocking’ evidence of ‘appalling’ levels of racism towards GPs in London, a report by Health Education England has revealed. The report, published today, found that more than one in three GPs said they experienced racial discrimination from patients in the past 12 months, and one in five experienced racism from other staff. The […]

NHSE: Paused Covid vaccine sites to resume ‘at pace’ within 5-10 days if required

‘Paused’ Covid vaccine sites will be expected to resume administering shots within five to 10 days when required, NHS England has said. New guidance published this week indicated that those paused sites may be asked to ‘stand up at pace (within 5–10 days) when required, with the agreement of the local commissioner’. NHS England has […]

Healthwatch England chair to step down

Sir Robert Francis QC has announced he is to step down as chair of Healthwatch England in November this year. He also confirmed he will retire from the board of the CQC, of which he has been a member since 2014. No replacement has yet been named, with the DHSC confirming it will soon start […]

Record 2.7m people referred for cancer checks following pandemic downswing

Nearly 2.7 million people were referred for cancer checks during the last year, according to NHS England, marking the highest year on record. However, it noted that there are still at least 30,000 who haven’t started treatment due to the pandemic. According to the health service, as many as 2.65 million patients were referred for […]

Health Bill passed into law, with ICBs to take over from CCGs in July

The Health and Social Care Act has received Royal Assent, meaning CCGs are set to be replaced by integrated care boards (ICBs) this summer. Following the passing of the Bill into law yesterday (28 April), the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England have agreed for ICBs to formally take commissioning responsibilities […]

ICSs to support IPPR commission into improving health policy

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has launched a year-long commission into improving the working relationship between the NHS, public services and local government. Supported by the NHS Confederation, the commission – which launched today (28 April) – will see integrated care systems (ICSs) work in ‘close collaboration’ with the IPPR. It will also […]

Discharging untested patients to care homes was ‘unlawful’, rules High Court

Early pandemic policy to discharge patients into care homes in England without testing them for Covid was unlawful, the High Court has ruled today. Judges found that the Government ‘failed to take into account the risk to elderly and vulnerable residents from non-symptomatic transmission’. Two women, Dr Cathy Gardner and Ms Fay Harris, had taken […]

MPs again reject Health Bill workforce amendment despite Lords’ backing

Healthcare staff have been led to ‘despair’ after MPs have again rejected a Health and Care Bill amendment mandating Government transparency on the NHS workforce, the BMA has said. The amendment, which would have ensured the Government published regular independent reports on workforce numbers, was voted through by the House of Lords last month and […]

Women born in poorest areas spend an extra two decades in bad health

Women born in the poorest areas of England are expected to live nearly two fewer decades in good health compared to those in the most well-off areas, according to the ONS. According to the latest available data (25 April), healthy life expectancy at birth among women in the most deprived areas was 19.3 years fewer […]

Waiting times driving patients from NHS, nine-in-10 private staff say

Nearly nine-in-10 private acute healthcare staff cite growing NHS waiting times as the most important factor driving patients to private healthcare services. According to a survey of around 125 clinical and non-clinical staff, 89.5% said they expected NHS waiting times to be the most significant factor affecting the self-pay market over the next three years. […]