New guideline on arranging planned care in hospitals

NICE has published a guideline on the arrangements the NHS should put in place for patients needing elective surgery.

Pilot sees 300 patients treated at NHS Louisa Jordan

A pilot at the NHS Louisa Jordan has seen 315 patients receive orthopaedic and plastic surgery outpatient consultations.

Prime Minister announces cycling prescription plans

Boris Johnson has announced new plans to overhaul cycling and walking in England, as part of his ongoing bid to protect the NHS.

New ‘generalist’ training for doctors from next year

Health Education England has said that new ‘generalist’ training for doctors will be launched next year to overhaul the way clinicians work.

Government unveils new Obesity Strategy

The Department of Health and Social Care has unveiled its new Obesity Strategy to help beat coronavirus and protect the NHS.

Weight loss advice for those at risk of diabetes

People who are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes will be fast-tracked into the flagship Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention programme.

Armed Forces to hand over Mobile Testing Unit control

Military support to the National Testing Programme will be handed over as the government pursues a long-term plan to deliver coronavirus tests.

Mental health patients discharged at start of lockdown causes concern

Close to 2,500 patients were discharged from mental health units across England at the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown.

GPs to prescribe cycling to help tackle obesity

The government is to announce that GPs will be encouraged to prescribe cycling as a way for patients to lose weight.

Only 19 bereaved families approved for compensation scheme

Only 19 families of NHS and social care workers who died from coronavirus have been approved for the government's compensation payment.

Childcare costs for doctors to be covered

The NHS has launched a new scheme offering help towards the costs of caring for children or family members of doctors.

BMA supports collaborative research during Brexit

The BMA is backing calls for UK and EU Brexit negotiators to find compromises which will not jeopardise medical research.

NHS at risk of slower path to coronavirus recovery

The NHS is at risk of a slower and more fraught path to recovery than most due to its starting position going into the pandemic.

People must be encouraged to be immunised, says BMA

The BMA has welcomed the government’s flu vaccination programme, but stressed that people must be encouraged to be immunised.

Comprehensive flu programme to be rolled out this winter

The government has announced that providers will work to vaccinate more than 30 million people during this flu season.

Coronavirus walk-in centres to help during winter

A network of coronavirus-testing walk-in centres are to be set up to persuade more people to come forward for testing.

Coronavirus exposed dilapidated mental health wards

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has called for additional investment to significantly improve mental health facilities.

Mental health leave for paramedics triples since 2011

The number of paramedics in England taking time off with mental health conditions has almost tripled over the last decade.

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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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