Breast cancer patients facing lengthy delays

Over 1,500 breast cancer patients could be facing ‘extremely upsetting’ delays for reconstructive surgery of many months, possibly years.

24hr testing target being missed in majority of cases

Almost nine in 10 of all coronavirus tests in England are now taking longer than 24 hours to produce results.

Funding to help seven hospitals introduce digital prescribing

Seven hospital trusts receive a share of £8.7 million to introduce digital records and e-prescribing.

Government announces new Lighthouse Labs

Two new Lighthouse Labs have been announced in Newcastle and Bracknell to help scale up testing capacity ahead of winter.

A million downloads for Scotland's tracing app

More than one million people have downloaded the Protect Scotland contact tracing app since its launch last week.

Nursing shortages could leave staff safety at risk

The Royal College of Nursing is calling for urgent action to address the shortage of nursing staff across the health and care system.

NHS 111 piloted as ‘front door’ for urgent care

A new offer to patients is being piloted in trusts across England, with NHS 111 being the first point of contact for accessing urgent medical care.

£150 million to help 25 A&Es expand and upgrade

Matt Hancock has announced that A&Es in 25 hospitals across England will receive an additional £150 million to expand and upgrade.

NHS launches ‘vital’ health worker flu vaccination drive

The health service’s most senior leaders have urged their frontline colleagues to get their annual flu jab as soon as possible.

Stress, anxiety and depression far above normal levels

Restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus has driven stress, anxiety and depression far above normal levels, with warnings that they may rise again.

BMA says government has ‘moral imperative’ to act on racism

The BMA has called on the government to act now to address health inequalities and racism in the NHS and across the UK.

Labour says winter social care plan must be priority

The Labour Party has written to Matt Hancock setting out five key areas where action is needed to protect care homes this winter.

Investment needed in addiction services post-pandemic

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned that addiction services must receive a multi-million-pound funding boost in the upcoming Spending Review.

Government must be honest about scale of NHS backlog

The government needs to develop a public information campaign on the NHS backlog and likely timescale for returning to normal services.

Maximum jail term for attacking emergency workers to be doubled

The MoJ has announced that the maximum penalty for assaulting frontline health workers is to be doubled from one to two years.

Doctors warn of winter ‘triple whammy’

Dr Chaand Nagpaul has warned of the impact of the non-coronavirus backlog, the ongoing risk of a second spike and winter pressures.

Winter preparation at risk from current testing shortages

Trust leaders are concerned that current testing shortages are starting to impact on NHS service recovery and winter preparations.

Staff shortages left cancer care in crisis pre-coronavirus

Macmillan Cancer Support says that cancer care across the NHS was already at ‘crisis level’ before the emergence of coronavirus.

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Following the 2017 Naylor Report into NHS estates, it has been estimated that estate upkeep costs have reached approximately £10bn in annual funding for 2019/2020.

More recently, ERIC (Estates Returns Information Collection) data collection has contained some deeply alarming news about the condition of NHS buildings and equipment.

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