Nearly two million days lost in NHS staff absences

NHS trusts in England lost nearly two million days in staff absences due to long Covid in the first 18 months of the pandemic.

Richard Meddings CBE new chair of NHS England

Richard Meddings will be the new chair of NHS England, focusing on the health service’s recovery from the pandemic and expanding its workforce.

New weight loss support to be found on the high street

People struggling to lose weight will now be offered help from their local high street pharmacy to help tackle rising obesity levels and type 2 diabetes.

Increase in school leavers entering nursing education

A record number of 18-year-olds applied to study nursing in England in 2021, with the pandemic playing a significant factor in their decision to apply.

NHS leaders warn over axing of all restrictions

The government has announced that England will fully return to Plan A on 27 January thanks to the success of the booster programme.

Data shows NHS cancer checks at record high

Record numbers of people are coming forward for cancer tests, with almost a quarter of a million referrals in one month.

Health department warning over vaccine mandate

Ministers have been issued with a stark warning over mandatory coronavirus vaccines for NHS workers, with doubts cast over the new law’s ‘rationality’.

Grab A Jab accelerates with record number of walk-in sites

NHS England has urged people to Grab A Jab this week with a record number of walk-in sites available across the country.

Failures of specialist mental health unit exposed by patients

There are serious concerns over the standards of specialist care being provided to patients with the most complex mental health needs.

Famous faces urge people to take up a career in care

The public are being urged to consider a career in care as celebrities pledge their support for the sector, as part of a new government recruitment campaign.

Nearly 284,000 heart patients waiting for vital care

Nearly 284,000 people were waiting for time critical heart operations and other heart procedures at the end of November 2021.

Increasing workloads causing extreme tiredness among medics

A survey has found that one in four doctors in the NHS are so tired that their ability to treat patients has become impaired.

Vital booster jab available for thousands of teens

Every eligible 16 and 17-year-old is now able to book their vital booster jab as the vaccination programme continues to expand.

Private beds contract threatens private patients’ safety

The British medical Association has expressed concern over the government’s new contract with private practice providers.

NHS launches landmark mental health campaign

The NHS is launching a new campaign using the iconic Beatles song ‘Help!” to get the nation taking better care of their mental health.

MFT joins Smart Hospital Alliance to improve patient care

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust has joined the Smart Hospital Alliance to drive the expansion of cutting-edge digital health technologies.

Leaders warn of dangerous Omicron complacency

Health leaders urging politicians to avoid complacency around the ongoing threat posed by the virus, with the NHS still facing several weeks of intense winter pressures.

Six million people on hospital waiting lists in England

Latest NHS data shows that the number of people on a hospital waiting list in England has reached six million for the first time.