11 new integrated care systems confirmed by NHS England

Sir Simon Stevens has confirmed that 11 more parts of the country will be formally designated integrated care systems from 1 April 2021.

UK surpasses 60,000 deaths from coronavirus

Official figures show that more than 60,000 people in the UK have now died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.

Proposals for new hospitals to be delivered more speedily

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced unprecedented reforms to speed up the delivery hospitals and other NHS buildings.

The proportion of contacts reached by the NHS Test and Trace service has increased from 60.5 per cent to 72.5 per cent.

The government has opened a new walk-through coronavirus testing centre at Bruce House Car Park in Arbroath, Scoltnad, which is easily accessible for people without a car.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published an interim report from its review into the application of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scotland’s first community testing site for people without symptoms to get tested for Covid-19 has opened in Johnstone, Renfrewshire.

The revised guidance sets out the baseline for visiting hospitals in Wales during the pandemic, but allows health boards, trusts and hospices to have more flexibility to depart from the guidance.

The government has accepted the recommendation from the MHRA to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use as early as next week.

True pressures on trusts not being reflected in statistics

A briefing for MPs and peers from NHS Providers shows why national NHS statistics do not reflect the true pressures on the health service.

£500 bonus for Scottish health and social care staff

Nicola Sturgeon has announced a one-off payment for Scotland’s lifesavers and care-givers on the frontline throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

More GPs to receive electronic notifications of flu vaccinations

An NHS Digital service which sends information about flu vaccinations electronically to GP practices has been expanded ahead of winter.

Two thirds would be likely to have vaccination

An online survey has found that 64 per cent of people would be likely to have a coronavirus vaccination when one became available.

Hospitals face being overwhelmed without new tiers

Michael Gove has warned that hospitals risk being ‘overwhelmed’ with coronavirus cases if MPs do not back new tier restrictions.

Pandemic to delay cancer advances by nearly 18 months

Advances for patients could be delayed by almost a year and a half because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, a survey suggests.

Use ‘window of opportunity’ to improve public health

A new report says that, in the wake of the pandemic, there is a window of opportunity to build an improved public health system.

Free winter supply of vitamin D for at-risk groups

More than 2.5 million vulnerable people across England will be offered free vitamin D supplements for the winter.

NHS to enlist celebrity help to promote coronavirus vaccine

NHS bosses are planning to enlist celebrities and influencers with big social media followings to persuade people to have the coronavirus vaccine.

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