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Weight management programmes: Greater initial weight loss associated with quicker regain

Greater initial weight loss in a behavioural weight loss programme is associated with a faster regain in weight, a study has found. Published in the BMJ today (17 August), the systematic review set out to identify whether specific characteristics of behavioural weight loss programmes influence the rate of change and lasting effect after it ends. […]


Study: Frontline NHS staff less distressed than public during pandemic

Frontline NHS staff and other first responders working during the height of the pandemic appear to have experienced less distress than the general public, a new study has suggested. The study, published in the British Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (16 August), surveyed more than 12,000 people in Wales – including 2,167 NHS staff […]


Tackling backlog has put trusts ‘under the highest pressure they have ever known’

Complications caused by the backlog of care is just one factor placing the NHS ‘under huge pressure’, as new data reveals the NHS waiting list has increased further. Published today (12 August), the latest monthly performance statistics for NHS England indicated that 5.5 million patients were waiting to start treatment at the end of June […]


Refugees struggle to access general practice due to bookings systems and language barriers, study finds

Language ability, lack of interpreters and telephone booking systems act as barriers to accessing general practice for refugees and asylum seekers, a study has suggested. Published in BJGP Open (10 August), the study saw 50 asylum seekers and refugees interviewed about barriers to health care they face in Wales. The study found that when a […]


Two-fifths of primary school parents want their child to have a Covid vaccine

As many as 40% of primary school parents would ‘definitely’ want their child to have a Covid-19 vaccine if offered, the latest survey results show. The latest round of the Schools Infection Survey (12 August), which was conducted in June among 1,728 parents of children below 16-years-old, found that this number rose to 54% among […]


Cardiac waiting lists alone could take five years to clear, new analysis shows

The number of people waiting for heart care and diagnosis could more than double within two years if left unchecked, taking up to five years to clear, new analysis shows. In its new report, published yesterday (9 August), the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said that cancelled procedures, missed appointments and growing waiting lists have all […]


NHS waiting list could exceed 13 million due to Covid backlog

Concerns that the NHS waiting list could reach and exceed 13 million people are ‘well within the realms of possibility’, new analysis has suggested. A modelling tool, constructed and posted online by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (8 August), revealed that preventing the Covid backlog extending to 13 million ‘crucially’ depends on the NHS’ ability […]


Dido Harding to step down as NHS Improvement chair

Baroness Dido Harding will leave her position as chair of NHS Improvement in October, HCL understands. Having held the role since October 2017, Baroness Harding is also a Conservative peer and the wife of Conservative MP John Penrose. During the Covid pandemic, she  ran the Government’s Covid-19 test-and-trace programme, which the Government continued to defend […]


NHS drops in global healthcare rankings due to delays in accessing care

The NHS has fallen from its top spot to fourth place in a ranking of health services globally due to delays in accessing care, a thinktank’s analysis has judged. In its new report (4 August), the Commonwealth Fund ranked the UK’s health care system at number four: three spots lower than its 2017 ranking. The […]


Managers expected to cover staff shortages caused by mandatory vaccines

Care home managers and service providers are expected to cover employee shortfalls caused by mandatory vaccination of staff themselves, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has instructed. The new policy – which will now come into force on 11 November – will require care home staff in England have two doses of a […]