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The risks and rewards of vaccinating UK children against Covid

Analysis: official advisers have called for jabs to be given to children aged 16 and 17 in a rethink of policyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJust weeks ago, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended that children over the age of 12 should only be vaccinated if they were extremely vulnerable or lived with someone at risk, citing concerns about an inflammatory heart condition linked to the Pfizer/BioNTech jab. Now the JCVI has tweaked that ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Children, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, JCVI, Coronavirus


Covid vaccines to be offered to all UK 16- and 17-year-olds

JCVI decision comes two weeks after body recommended against routine vaccination of childrenCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid vaccines will be offered to all 16- and 17-year-olds after new recommendations by the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which said they will not need the consent of parents.The JCVI said 16- and 17-year-olds should be offered a first dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and that advice on when to offer the second vaccine dose...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Children, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Young People, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, JCVI, Coronavirus, Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation


We have no confidence in Priti Patel, says Police Federation

Police officers in England and Wales furious at pay freeze after months on frontline of Covid crisisRank-and-file police officers have overwhelmingly supported a vote of no confidence in the home secretary, Priti Patel, the first such move in more than a decade.In a scathing announcement, the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW), which represents 130,000 officers, said Patel and the government “could not be trusted” and warned “warm words were not enough”. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, England, Wales, Police, UK News, Public services policy, Home Office, Public sector pay, Police Federation, Patel, Priti Patel


Public consent for test and trace in England at risk, says Jeremy Hunt

Scrap self-isolation for people fully vaccinated, former health secretary urges amid ‘pingdemic’ chaosCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government “risks losing social consent” for its test-and-trace programme if it does not immediately allow fully vaccinated people to avoid isolation, the former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. His comments came as it was revealed that a record 618,903 people in England and Wales were sent self-isolation alerts in the week to...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, England, Wales, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Supermarkets, Retail industry, Public services policy, NHS, Economic policy, Health policy, Jeremy Hunt, Vaccines and immunisation


Napier Barracks staff feared asylum seekers might die from Covid

Some residents at Kent facility were known to have health conditions but others had not been screenedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageStaff at Home Office barracks accommodation feared that some asylum seekers placed there might die during the mass Covid outbreak earlier this year, the Guardian has learned.Meeting notes released following a freedom of information request to Kent county council reveal that public health officials and those working at the barracks were ...
Tags: Health, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Public services policy, Home Office, Refugees, Kent, Freedom Of Information, Coronavirus, COVID, Napier Barracks


Public alarm grows at Boris Johnson’s plan for Covid ‘freedom day’

Poll shows 50% want rules to stay in place, as mayors urge masks on public transportCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson faces a growing revolt over plans to end most Covid restrictions on 19 July – including the mandatory wearing of face masks on public transport and in hospitals – as half of the public now say they want “freedom day” to be delayed.Last night, as doctors and other NHS workers demanded that mask-wearing continue in hospitals, regional politic...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK News, Public services policy, NHS, Transport, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Andy Burnham, Johnson, Sadiq Khan, Coronavirus


Why living with Covid would not be the same as flu

Analysis: coronavirus is more contagious and more lethal than influenza, and we lack the same global protection mechanismCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs England prepares to ease coronavirus restrictions further, the messaging from ministers has changed. We have reached, it seems, a tipping point in the pandemic where rules will be replaced by personal decisions. The mantra now is about living with coronavirus, much as we do with seasonal flu.The pandemic has invite...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, UK News, Public services policy, NHS, Health policy, Flu, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


‘Idea of commuting fills me with dread’: workers on returning to the office

Staff warily contemplate going back to work as business leaders say it is vital to boost urban economySee all our coronavirus coverageWith the lifting of coronavirus restrictions in England probably two weeks away, the prospect of returning to offices means the revival of the daily commute.In a push to bring back more people to town and city centres to boost the urban economy, a group of 50 business leaders, including the Canary Wharf executive chair, Sir George Iacobescu, the bosses of Heathrow...
Tags: Health, Business, England, Money, Bt, Employment, Canary Wharf, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Work & careers, Work-life balance, Rail Travel, Working From Home, Heathrow, Gatwick


Why is Israel lifting Covid restrictions as England extends them?

Analysis: both are viewed as running successful vaccine campaigns, but case numbers are very differentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIsrael and the UK were viewed as world leaders in their coronavirus vaccine campaigns but whereas the former is lifting almost all pandemic limitations, the latter is now glumly extending its restrictions in England amid a sharp rise in infections.Despite starting its mass inoculation programme after the UK in December, Israel has sped ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Israel, Society, UK News, World news, Public services policy, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Lifting restrictions in England on 21 June: what are the alternatives?

As doubt grows that government will end Covid controls on planned date, we look at the other optionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDowning Street is due to announce its decision on the next stage of Covid reopening in England by Monday, a week ahead of 21 June, which was set as the earliest date to bring in what is officially stage four of the Covid unlocking process. The original aim was to remove “all legal limits on social contact”, allowing the reopening of remai...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Scotland Wales, Coronavirus


Rapid Covid tests used in mass UK programme get scathing US report

Innova tests’ performance not proven and they should be returned to manufacturer or thrown in bin, says FDACoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has raised significant concerns about the rapid Covid test on which the UK government has based its multibillion-pound mass testing programme.In a scathing review, the US health agency suggested the performance of the test had not been established, presenting a risk to health, and that the tests sh...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, California, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Innova, Coronavirus, US Food and Drug Agency FDA


US health agency gives lateral flow Covid tests scathing report

Innova rapid tests’ performance not proven and they should be returned to manufacturer or thrown in bin, says FDACoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has raised significant concerns about the rapid Covid test on which the UK government has based its multibillion-pound mass-testing programme.In a scathing review, the US health agency suggested the performance of the test had not been established, presenting a risk to health, and that the te...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, California, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Innova, Coronavirus, US Food and Drug Agency FDA


Cupid’s needle? UK under-30s wooed with dating app vaccine bonus

Apps such as Hinge and Bumble will offer benefits to vaccinated users amid fears of low take-up Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFirst came the idea of making Covid vaccinations mandatory to go to the pub, while Israel offered free pizza and beer with a shot. Now UK officials have hit on what they hope is an even more persuasive reason for young people to get their jab: more chance of getting a date.In an eye-catching policy coinciding with the rollout of vaccinations ...
Tags: Health, Apps, Politics, UK, Technology, Tinder, Israel, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Dating, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Bumble, Department of Health and Social Care DHSC


Third wave of Covid may be under way in UK, scientists say

With new infections at level last seen in March, experts have cautioned against lifting restrictions too soonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have warned ministers that a third wave of coronavirus may have already begun in Britain, casting doubt on plans in England to lift all lockdown restrictions in three weeks’ time.Experts cautioned that any rise in coronavirus hospital admissions could leave the NHS struggling to cope as it battles to clear the huge bac...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, UK News, Public services policy, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Coronavirus, COVID


India variant could lead to serious third wave of Covid in UK

Analysis: If B.1.617.2 proves highly transmissible, hospitalisations could peak again, models showCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt was all looking so good. After a brutal second wave in the winter, the lockdown combined with the swift rollout of vaccines forced infections, hospitalisations and deaths down to levels not seen since last summer. The vaccines performed better than expected, not only in preventing deaths, but in hampering the spread of the virus. Scienti...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, Biology, India, UK News, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Scientists launch search for genetic test to spot killer prostate cancer

Gene-screening, as is used to detect some breast cancer risks, could save thousands of livesScientists have begun work to create a prostate cancer screening service for the UK. In a few years, middle-aged men could be tested to reveal their genetic susceptibility to the condition, with those deemed to be under significant threat of developing it being offered treatment or surgery.The service would tackle a disease that has become the nation’s most commonly diagnosed cancer and would parallel Bri...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, World news, Public services policy, Prostate Cancer, Genetics, Medical Research, Britain, Health policy, Men, Cancer Research


Global shortfall of nearly 1m midwives due to failure to value role, study finds

Investing in midwifery could prevent two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, but investment and training are urgently neededThe world is facing a shortage of 900,000 midwives, with more than half the shortfall in Africa, where nearly two-thirds of maternal deaths occur, according to a new survey.Insufficient resources and a failure to recognise the importance of the role mean there has been little progress since the last study in 2014, according to the State of the World’s Midwifery report, w...
Tags: Health, Politics, Africa, Women, Society, World news, Public services policy, Global development, Health policy, World Health Organization, Reproductive Rights, Midwifery, Maternal mortality, Maternal health, Global Health, Women's rights and gender equality


Ministers urged to reveal details of £2bn Covid deals with private health firms

Contracts to increase capacity handed to 17 companies, some of whom had donated to ConservativesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has been urged to publish details of up to £2bn in Covid-19 contracts awarded to private healthcare companies, including some that have helped fund the Conservative party.Contracts to provide extra capacity during the pandemic have been handed to 17 firms since March 2020. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, Public services policy, Hospitals, NHS, Health policy, Private healthcare, Coronavirus


Outrage as No 10 rules out urgent inquiry into Covid mistakes

Exclusive: bereaved families are told that ‘people who would need to give evidence’ are ‘working round clock’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has caused anger among bereaved families by telling them it will be too busy to start an inquiry into the UK’s handling of the Covid pandemic for months.In a six-page letter to lawyers for thousands of families calling for an immediate statutory public inquiry, the government said “an inquiry now is not appropriate...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


UK government’s claim it is too busy for Covid inquiry prompts anger

Exclusive: bereaved families are told that ‘people who would need to give evidence’ are ‘working round clock’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has caused anger among bereaved families by telling them it will be too busy to start an inquiry into the UK’s handling of the Covid pandemic for months.In a six-page letter to lawyers for thousands of families calling for an immediate statutory public inquiry, the government said “an inquiry now is not appropriate...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


Use ‘garlic-breath distancing’ to stay Covid-safe, says expert

‘If you can smell your friend’s lunch’ it is too close, says Julian Tang as he proposes ‘space, space, hands’ message Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople should use the “garlic-breath distance” to decipher whether they are close enough to another person for coronavirus transmission to occur, an expert has said.Dr Julian Tang, a consultant virologist at Leicester Royal Infirmary and the author of a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), stressed t...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Leicester Royal Infirmary, British Medical Journal BMJ, Coronavirus, Julian Tang


Enjoy freedoms but stay wary of risks, PM says as England reopens

Boris Johnson says easing of restrictions will be welcome relief for businesses that have been closed Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople should enjoy new freedoms but remain wary of the risks, Boris Johnson has said, as beer gardens, alfresco restaurants, shops and salons prepared to reopen across England on Monday for the first time in almost four months.The prime minister hailed the reopening – a major and “irreversible” step in the roadmap of easing restriction...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, England, Pubs, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Hospitality Industry, Coronavirus


UK ministers silent on AstraZeneca vaccine shipment to Australia

Downing Street will not confirm or deny report that more than 700,000 Covid jabs were sent after EU blocked exportCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritish ministers and officials did not deny that more than 700,000 shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine were secretly dispatched from the UK to Australia a few weeks ago as the EU blocked the drug’s export.The Sydney Morning Herald reported that 717,000 AstraZeneca doses were dispatched in late February and March from the compa...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Australia, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Australia news, Public services policy, European Commission, Health policy, Astrazeneca


Salisbury locals still advised not to litter pick over novichok fears

Local leaders call for Public Health England to rescind guidance issued after attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in 2018Health officials have refused to rescind guidance to people living in and around Salisbury not to pick up litter, as fears linger over the dangers posed by the novichok poisonings more than three years ago.Local leaders have called for people in rural areas surrounding the city to be allowed to resume litter picking so they can clean up those areas. But Public Health E...
Tags: Society, UK News, Public services policy, Pollution, Poison, Local Government, Health policy, Public Health England, Salisbury, Chemical Weapons, Sergei Skripal, Novichok poisonings


How will England's Covid restrictions be changing from 12 April?

Next stage of easing of lockdown will mean non-essential retail can reopen, among other changes Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage England is gearing up for the next stage of coronavirus restrictions being eased from 12 April. So far, step 1 of the proposed roadmap has been completed: on 8 March, pupils and college students returned to the classroom, and care home residents were allowed to receive one regular, named visitor; then on 29 March, outdoor gatherings of up tw...
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How will Covid restrictions change in England from 12 April?

Next stage of easing of lockdown will mean non-essential retail can reopen, among other changes Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage England is gearing up for the next stage of coronavirus restrictions being eased from 12 April. So far, step 1 of the proposed roadmap has been completed: on 8 March, pupils and college students returned to the classroom, and care home residents were allowed to receive one regular, named visitor; then on 29 March, outdoor gatherings of up tw...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Coronavirus


How will Covid restrictions be changing in England from 12 April?

Next stage of easing of lockdown will mean non-essential retail can reopen, among other changes Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage England is gearing up for the next stage of coronavirus restrictions being eased from 12 April. So far, step 1 of the proposed roadmap has been completed: on 8 March, pupils and college students returned to the classroom, and care home residents were allowed to receive one regular, named visitor; then on 29 March, outdoor gatherings of up tw...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Coronavirus


High court to rule on legality of Covid contracts for PM's 'chums'

Campaigners claim Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock acted unlawfullyClaims that Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock acted unlawfully by appointing their “chums” to three top jobs in the fight against Covid-19 – without opening the processes to competition – are to be the subject of an official legal challenge in the high court.Campaigners won an initial victory in the case last Thursday, when Mr Justice Swift granted their applications for a judicial review. In court, they will argue that the prime mini...
Tags: Health, Politics, Law, UK News, Public finance, Public services policy, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Swift, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


Unions urge Sunak to reconsider 1% pay rise for NHS England staff

BMA, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwives and Unison say pay recommendation ‘fails the test of honesty’The government is under mounting pressure to reconsider its proposed 1% pay rise for NHS staff in England, with four trade unions writing a joint letter to the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to express their “dismay” and calling for a fair pay deal.The British Medical Association (BMA), the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing and Unison said the pay deal “fails the ...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Public services policy, NHS, Trade unions, Doctors, Nursing, Public sector pay, Midwifery, NHS england, Unison, Industrial Action, British Medical Association BMA


Anger grows at offer of 1% pay rise for NHS staff

Nurses leaders set up industrial action fund as Tory MPs fear another U-turn by the governmentMinisters are on a collision course with millions of NHS staff as they insisted the country could not afford a more than 1% pay rise for health workers even as nurses leaders raised the prospect of strike action.The health secretary, Matt Hancock, on Friday insisted the decision to recommend such a small increase was due to an assessment of “what’s affordable as a nation” after the economic toll taken b...
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