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Routine inspections of healthcare providers that were suspended during the covid-19 crisis will restart this autumn, England’s healthcare regulator has announced. The Care Quality Commission will also conduct inspections of higher risk providers over the summer, it announced. The CQC stopped all routine inspections of hospitals, GP surgeries, and care providers in March to allow services to focus on the covid-19 crisis.1 In the interim period it has been checking up on providers remotely through...
NHS emergency departments cannot return to having patients waiting in corridors as the service recovers from the covid-19 pandemic, the head of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine has told MPs. In an oral evidence session with the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee on Tuesday 16 June, Katherine Henderson said that a return to overcrowded departments risked causing “enormous” harm to patients because of the danger of covid-19 spreading. She told the committee, “We didn’t start ...
The UK government will belatedly publish recommendations for protecting minority ethnic groups from covid-19, amid claims that parliament was misled about the existence of additional material produced alongside a much criticised1 review by Public Health England (PHE). The announcement came after Raj Bhopal, a professor of public health at Edinburgh University, told BBC News 2 that proposals to safeguard ethnic minorities were laid out in a separate 64 page document that PHE asked him to review f...
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No, it’s got nothing to do with West Ham United or their favourite song.1 The term actually refers to the latest step in the government’s relaxation of the lockdown rules that have been in place during the covid-19 pandemic. This one was definitely cooked up in Whitehall, with the PM Boris Johnson announcing that from 13 June people that live by themselves or single parents …
Many patients in hospitals with covid-19 may have been discharged to care homes in March and April because of a lack of testing capacity at the time in England, auditors have reported. The National Audit Office said that actions taken by the NHS to increase capacity meant there were enough beds and respiratory support nationally at the peak of the outbreak in April.1 Actions included postponing elective procedures, contracting with private hospitals to secure extra beds, and advising hospitals o...
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Future testing programmes for covid-19 or other diseases must be designed so that all results can be swiftly accessed by clinicians in primary and secondary care, the Royal College of Pathologists has urged In its national blueprint for testing, the college warned that problems such as slow turnaround of results and lack of clinical oversight must be �urgently addressed� in future testing programmes, as the UK moves beyond the peak of the pandemic 1 The document outlines seven key principles for...
An independent investigation into working conditions at a unit of the NHS’s blood and organ transplant service has concluded that it is “systemically racist” and “psychologically unsafe.” The internal investigation1 was commissioned in response to numerous complaints from ethnic minority staff working in a unit of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) in Colindale, north London. The report, carried out by the workplace relations company Globis Mediation Group, concluded that the environment was “toxi...
Drug industry leaders have warned the UK government that stockpiles of some drugs have been eroded by covid-19, leaving supplies even more vulnerable if a no deal Brexit occurs. In a briefing paper prepared by various industry bodies, obtained by BBC News,1 manufacturers reported a surge in demand for medicines during the pandemic, which had left stocks depleted, particularly for drugs used in critical and respiratory care. They warned that it would be difficult for manufacturers to build stocks...
A government review promised to discover why covid-19 has a disproportionate effect on people from ethnic minorities, but advocacy groups say their input was ignored, Gareth Iacobucci hears
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Doubts have emerged about the validity of widely cited research papers that have informed global health policy during the covid-19 pandemic. On 2 June the Lancet issued an expression of concern1 relating to a study2 it published on 22 May suggesting that hospital patients with covid-19 being treated with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine were at increased risk of dying and of ventricular arrhythmia than patients who did not receive the drugs. The study prompted the World Health Organization to ...
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