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UK's daily Covid cases breach 50,000 for first time since JULY in 15% weekly jump with infections now rising in four-fifths of areas and hospitalisations up by a third to brink of 1,000 - as Boris issues plea for people to come forward for booster jab

How do I book a booster? And who's eligible for a third shot?. Who is eligible for a booster? Anyone over the age of 50 who had their second dose at least six months ago. Younger people with health conditions that put them at greater risk of getting very ill from Covid are also due a booster, as well as frontline NHS and care home staff.
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Should the government do more to protect the NHS?

Doctors and health service leaders are warning the NHS is on the edge of a crisis, staff are burnt-out and Covid cases are rising sharply - but, in England, the government says there is no reason to change tack. So far, ministers have refused to budge from their Plan A...
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NHS under huge but sustainable pressure - minister

As we've been reporting, cases of coronavirus are rising sharply, frontline doctors say they are under huge pressure and some healthcare staff report being burnt out. But the government in England says there's no reason to change tack right now. Moving to Plan B on tackling the pandemic would involve...
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Nursing Times

NHS England launches fourth annual nurse recruitment campaign

The NHS in England has today launched its annual recruitment drive that is set to feature testimonials from real nurses about their experiences of “life on the frontline”. The We are the NHS campaign is now in its fourth year and seeks to shine a light on career opportunities in nursing, allied health professional and healthcare support worker roles.
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Can GPs take industrial action and how might it affect patients?

The British Medical Association’s GPs committee (GPC) has voted to reject an attempt by the health secretary, Sajid Javid, to force family doctors in England to see any patient who seeks an in-person appointment. Significantly, the GPC, which negotiates family doctors’ conditions with the Department of Health and NHS England, has also decided to move towards holding a ballot on industrial action.
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Covid: What could a ‘Plan C’ involve?

Ministers are reportedly considering additional Covid measures that could amount to a “Plan C”, as England prepares for another winter during the Covid pandemic.While the government has so far resisted calls to implement new Covid measures, the health secretary has warned restrictions could return in England in the run-up to Christmas. According toThe Telegraph, Cabinet Office ministers are discussing proposals which could potentially form a “Plan C” involving even tougher measures than the existing “Plan B”. The newspaper reported this extra contigency plan could see a ban on household mixing. But Edward Argar, health minister, denied on Thursday there was...
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Slow rollout of third vaccine doses ‘putting patients with weak immune systems at risk’

The government’s failure to quickly roll out third doses of the Covid vaccine to clinically vulnerable people and those with weakened immune systems is endangering thousands of lives, patient groups and experts have warned.Immunocompromised individuals currently account for one in 20 Covid patients being admitted to intensive care, according to a new analysis by Blood Cancer UK.These people are less able to mount an immune response after two doses, so are therefore being offered a third to keep them protected. This is separate from the ongoing booster programme, applicable to all over-50s and health care workers.However, a recent Blood Cancer...
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GPs threaten industrial action over No10's £250million 'name and shame' plan to get patients more face-to-face appointments

Doctors in England have threatened to take industrial action in protest against plans to strongarm them into seeing more patients face-to-face. Health Secretary Sajid Javid published proposals last week to use league tables and 'name and shame' surgeries that fail to meet in-person appointment targets. Before the pandemic, around eight...
WORLD

Is this why No10 is holding its nerve on Plan B? NHS has plenty of 'headroom' heading into winter with 6,000 spare beds for Covid, health minister reveals... but half of trusts are already 90% full

NHS England has 6,000 spare beds for Covid patients, a health minister revealed today as they shot down health bosses' calls for the Government to enact its winter 'Plan B'. Edward Argar insisted that hospitals still have a 'degree of headroom' despite rising case numbers and growing pressure in the health service for face masks, vaccine passports and other measures to be introduced.
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pharmaceutical-journal.com

UK government orders 730,000 doses of COVID-19 antivirals for this winter

Health secretary Sajid Javid has announced what he called “landmark deals” to secure hundreds of thousands of doses of two antiviral treatments, which have not yet been approved by the medicines regulator. At a press conference at Downing Street on 20 October 2021, Javid said that he was aiming to...
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gponline.com

GPs head for industrial action ballot as BMA backs 'support package' boycott

The BMA's GP committee met on 21 October for an emergency meeting to discuss the profession's response to the 'support package', which sparked fury among GPs after it threatened a fifth of practices with direct intervention over face-to-face appointments and imposed a string of new demands. GP leaders at the...
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