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Building the Best Health System In the World
Health, Health & Social

Building the Best Health System In the World

Speech The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock spoke at the virtual NHS Confed Conference. Department of Health and Social Care and The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP 17 June 2021 Delivered on: 17 June 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) If I think about the last 18 months, one of the most striking moments for me was a nightshift I did at Basildon hospital in January. For me, nothing captures the extraordinary highs and lows of the past 18 months more than when I joined a night shift at Basildon Hospital. It was January – the height of the second wave. Our vaccine programme was still in its infancy. I started the evening by joining NHS colleagues as they got their jabs. It was right at the start of the vaccine programme And ...
Reintroduce Face Coverings
Education, Health, Health & Social

Reintroduce Face Coverings

08-06-2021 Government must ​reintroduce face coverings to minimise Covid disruption in schools, say education unions Four education unions representing teachers and support staff are today (Tuesday) calling on the government to reinstate face coverings in schools to limit coronavirus spread. With infections on the rise once more, the unions have issued a joint statement demanding a range of safety measures to keep education on track and reduce the risk of further closures. The unions that have signed are UNISON, GMB, UnFour education unions representing teachers and support staff are today (Tuesday) calling on the government to reinstate face coverings in schools to limit coronavirus spread.ite and NEU. The joint statement says: "Education unions are deeply concerned that second...
International COVID-19 Response Heroes Feature in Birthday Honours 2021
Europe, Health, Health & Social, World News

International COVID-19 Response Heroes Feature in Birthday Honours 2021

The 2021 Birthday Honours list recognises achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people for their exceptional efforts abroad. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office 11 June 2021 the Queen’s Birthday Honours has recognised 129 people for their exceptional service to the UK overseas or internationally awards recognise extraordinary people across a range of fields recipients include the British scientist Dr Michael Houghton, who discovered the Hepatitis C virus and the Irish vaccinologist Professor Adrian Hill, Director of The Jenner Institute in Oxford The Overseas and International Birthday 2021 Honours List published today, recognises 129 extraordinary people in a wide range of fields. These include business, charity and voluntary work, culture, develop...
Over 70 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Administered in UK
Europe, Health, Health & Social, World News

Over 70 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Administered in UK

More than 55.4% of people in the UK vaccinated with both doses for the fullest possible protection. Department of Health and Social Care 11 June 2021 Over 70 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the UK, with more than 41 million people receiving at least one jab Public urged to come forward for their first and second doses when eligible Over 70 million COVID-19 vaccines have now been administered to adults in the UK, the latest figures published today (Friday 11 June) show, as the vaccination programme continues at unprecedented pace and scale. With 70,253,625 doses administered in total, 41,088,485 people across the UK have now been vaccinated with a first dose (78%), while 29,165,140 people have had both doses (55.4%). The government met i...
100,000 Help Shape Women’s Health Strategy with More Urged to Come Forward Before Close
Health, Health & Social

100,000 Help Shape Women’s Health Strategy with More Urged to Come Forward Before Close

Women from under-represented groups urged to respond to government’s call for evidence to shape the future of women’s healthcare. Department of Health and Social Care 9 June 2021 The call for evidence will close on Sunday 13 June Already 100,000 women, organisations, clinicians and carers have responded so far Women from Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those living in the Midlands and East of England and women between 16 and 18 years old and those over-50 are being urged to respond to the government’s call for evidence. There has already been an incredible response to the call for evidence, with over 100,000 women, organisations, clinicians and carers sharing their experiences of the health and care system, to help inform the first ever government-led Women’s Healt...
Honeymoons and Wake-Up Calls
Health, Health & Social

Honeymoons and Wake-Up Calls

A blog from National Data Guardian, Dr Nicola Byrne, covering her first few weeks in post and the General Practice Data for Planning and Research programme. National Data Guardian 9 June 2021 Welcome to my second blog. My first eight weeks as National Data Guardian (NDG) have been my ‘honeymoon period’ and what I somewhat grandly titled my ‘listening exercise’. I’ve been meeting many people and organisations for the first time in role and getting to know the excellent Office of the National Data Guardian team. I’ve been excited and inspired, taken aback (sometimes at the same time) and curious hearing the range of sometimes very polarised views on data sharing, use, and risk / benefit balance. Many thanks to those I’ve met for their time. I’ve also found it striking the degree...
Over 3 Million Medicines and Devices Seized in UK as Part of Global Crackdown
Crime, Health, Health & Social

Over 3 Million Medicines and Devices Seized in UK as Part of Global Crackdown

Operation Pangea - Officers from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have seized millions of illegally traded medicines and medical devices. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency 8 June 2021 Over 3 million medicines and medical devices valued at over £9 million have been seized by UK officers as part of a global operation tackling the illegal online sale of medicines and medical devices. In the UK, 113,000 illegally operating websites were also removed, or had their URLs blocked. 8 search warrants were executed, with 7 criminals arrested. In a week of action coordinated by Interpol, this year’s ‘Operation Pangea’ ran from 18 to 25 May and saw over 100 countries joining forces to seize non-compliant medical products and also to identify and...
Surge Testing to be Deployed in Calderdale
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Surge Testing to be Deployed in Calderdale

Working with the local authority, NHS Test and Trace is providing additional testing in areas across the Todmorden, Park and Warley wards of Calderdale. Department of Health and Social Care 7 June 2021 NHS Test and Trace – in partnership with the local authorities – is launching additional testing and genomic sequencing in Calderdale. Additional testing is being offered in the Todmorden, Park and Warley wards of Calderdale. This surge testing is being deployed from Tuesday 8 June following the identification of a small number of confirmed cases of the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant. All the confirmed cases have been instructed to self-isolate and their contacts have been identified. Everyone aged 12 and over who lives or works in these areas is strongly encouraged to take a COVID-1...
Labour’s Children’s Recovery Plan
Education, Health, Health & Social

Labour’s Children’s Recovery Plan

02-06-2021 Labour is right to recognise that children need to recover through play and through greatly improved mental-health support. Commenting on a new education plan for the immediate post-Covid period, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: “This is good thinking from the Labour Party. Their education recovery plan meets the needs of the nation’s children and young people now and is ambitious for the future.  Breakfast clubs, expanded extra-curricular activities and greater opportunities for children to play and socialise will develop their interpersonal skills. Labour is right to recognise that children need to recover through play and through greatly improved mental-health support. Research has shown that high-quality individual and smal...
Surge Testing to be Deployed in Derbyshire
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Surge Testing to be Deployed in Derbyshire

Surge testing being deployed in Derbyshire following the identification of a small number of confirmed cases of the variant first identified in India, B1.617.2 Department of Health and Social Care 3 June 2021 NHS Test and Trace – in partnership with the local authority – is launching additional testing and genomic sequencing in Gamesley Ward, High Peak in Derbyshire. This surge testing is being deployed following the identification of a small number of confirmed cases of the variant first identified in India, B1.617.2. All the confirmed cases have been instructed to self-isolate and their contacts have been identified. Everyone aged 5 and over who lives or works in this area is strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test from today, whether they are showing symptoms ...