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Specialist nurse declares pandemic preparations ‘inadequate’ at COVID inquiry

The UK government planned for the wrong pandemic, didn't act on learnings from previous outbreaks and failed to prepare the right protective equipment for respiratory infections like COVID-19,...

RCN to ballot members on further strike action

The RCN has written to Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay to inform him that the union will ballot its 280,000 members in England's NHS over further strike action to be held between June...

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The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has confirmed the spring COVID-19 booster campaign will be rolled out. Boosters should be offered to:.

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Statistics from the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID, 2023) show that while demand for long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) is increasing, provision has not returned to...


Around 4.6 million women have not come forward for their latest cervical screening, figures from NHS England show. This comes after the NHS sent out a record number of invites in 2021/22 – over 5...

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UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) analysis suggests that nasal flu vaccine may also help reduce the rate of group A strep infections (Sinnathamby et al, 2022)..

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Data published by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA, 2022) has shown that there were 148 severe antibiotic-resistant infections a day in 2021..

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Companies offering private blood tests for a range of health conditions and vitamin deficiencies are piling the pressure on general practice, according to the BMA..

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Health and Social Care Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister Thérèse Coffey has outlined her plan to ‘ensure the public receives the best possible care this winter and next’, with a focus on general...

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Social prescriptions, including walking, wheeling and cycling, will be offered by general practice as part of a new trial to improve mental and physical health and reduce disparities across the...

Over 50s to be offered COVID-19 booster and flu jab this autumn

The programme of COVID-19 boosters is expected to start in early autumn, but further details have not been provided yet. Commenting on the autumn COVID-19 booster programme, Professor Anthony Harnden,...


New legislation has been introduced to allow nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists to certify fit notes. The change aims to take pressure off of GPs and cut bureaucracy....

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