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  1. Content Article
    The webinar featured a number of presentations: France Duvivier, Vice President of the Belgian Oncology Pharmacist Practitioners (BOPP) presented the results of a survey of Belgian pharmacists conducted in 2020 Daniel Schuermans, Vice President of the Belgian Association of Nurses spoke about the changes to the European Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers against the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work and what this looks like in practice in Belgium Ian Lindsley, Secretary of the European Biosafety Network, gave a presentation outlinin
  2. News Article
    NHS staff face unacceptable health risks as a result of “retrograde” changes to the government’s guidance on preventing spread of Covid-19, doctors’ leaders have warned. The BMA said on 16 March it was concerned over updated guidance issued by the UK Health Security Agency covering use of personal protective equipment. It said the guidance failed to properly acknowledge that SARS-CoV-2 infection can spread in the air during the routine care of patients as they cough or sneeze and not just when specific processes known as aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) are being undertaken. “Thi
  3. News Article
    Nearly one in five items of personal protective equipment (PPE) the government bought during the pandemic are not fit for purpose and cannot be used by the NHS, it has been revealed – including 1.2 billion items that cannot be used at all. As of December, almost 7 billion items of personal protective equipment bought for frontline services – 19.1% of the 36.4 billion items bought since February 2020 – had been marked “do not supply” to the NHS by the Department of Health and Social Care. The number is more than three times the figure quoted last September, when health minister Lord B
  4. News Article
    The draft terms of reference for the UK public inquiry into the government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic have been published. The inquiry, due to start in the spring, will play a key role in "learning lessons" from the pandemic and for the future, it said. The terms of reference were published after a consultation with inquiry chairwoman and former High Court judge Baroness Hallett, and with ministers in the devolved nations. The Scottish government has already published the terms of reference for its own Covid-19 inquiry, to be led by Judge Lady Poole. The UK-wide i
  5. News Article
    Up-to-date registers of clinically vulnerable patients must be created to ensure that those who are most at risk during Covid-19 and any future pandemics are protected and can access the support they need, a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Vulnerable Groups to Pandemics has recommended. The report considered vulnerable people’s experiences during the pandemic and makes 16 recommendations on what the government and the health service can do better to plan and prioritise extremely vulnerable patients during further Covid-19 outbreaks and future pandemics. These
  6. Content Article
    Recommendations Guidance and information 1. For the UK Health Security Agency, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, and Department of Health and Social Care: To more intensively and widely communicate facemask exemptions to the public and guidance about employment legislation to employers. 2. For the UK Health Security Agency, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, and Department of Health and Social Care: To improve the timeliness, clarity, and medical accuracy of shielding guidance. This includes the publication of guidance alongside announcements and providin
  7. Content Article
    Roopa Farooki’s stream of consciousness relates 40 days in her life as a junior doctor. An award-winning author, she retrained as a doctor and was in her first year working at an English seaside hospital when SARS-CoV-2 arrived here. Forty days is the period Venetian ships were kept at anchor to reduce transmission when they docked from disease-infected ports in the 14th century, but during the chaotic opening stages of the Covid-19 pandemic Farooki is in constant motion, walking along dual carriageways and fields from her family home with her husband and children, to the hospital and its
  8. News Article
    As surges of COVID-19 cases driven by the highly infectious Omicron variant recede, parts of the United States, Canada, and Europe are moving swiftly to lift constraints on a pandemic-fatigued public. Sweden, Denmark, and Norway have abolished nearly all ­COVID-19–related restrictions in recent weeks, and the United Kingdom announced it would do the same this month, dropping even the legal requirement that people quarantine after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2. In the United States, despite persistently high numbers of COVID-19–related deaths and busy hospitals, 10 governors, many known for b
  9. Content Article
    In this report, the Coroner states his concerns as follows: The Junior doctor Instructed to administer phenytoln did not know the required dosage and asked his more senior colleague for advice. The senior doctor's reply 15kmg/kg was heard by the Junior doctor as 50mg/kg resulting in administration of a significant overdose. This Is a readily foreseeable confusion which could apply in any hospital and could be avoided by use of clearer and less confusable means of communication and expression of number.
  10. News Article
    Masks worn by doctors "aggravated" a miscommunication over the dose of an anti-epileptic drug that resulted in a man's death, a coroner has warned. John Skinner died at Watford General Hospital in May 2020. A coroner has written a Prevention of Future Deaths Report (PFDR) saying he feared the same could happen at other hospitals if action was not taken. Assistant Coroner for Hertfordshire, Graham Danbury, said in the report: "As a result of failure in verbal communication between the doctors, aggravated as both were masked, a dose of 15mg/kg was heard as 50mg/kg and an overdose
  11. News Article
    The government has written off £8.7bn it spent on protective equipment bought during the pandemic, accounts show. The Department for Health and Social Care documents show items costing £673m were unusable, while £750m of equipment was not used before its expiry date. The largest write-off - £4.7bn - was because the government paid more for it than it is currently worth, now that global supplies have recovered. No 10 said the purchases were justified - with 97% of items suitable for use. A further £2.6bn of equipment was judged to be unsuitable for use in the NHS, the 2020/2
  12. News Article
    The self-isolation period for positive cases is being cut and the limit on visitors lifted from next week. Residents who test positive will have to self-isolate for up to 10 days, with a minimum isolation period of five full days followed by two sequential negative lateral flow tests – as is already the case for the rest of the population. Isolation periods for those having care after an emergency hospital visit will also be reduced to a maximum of 10 days, while a requirement for residents to test or self-isolate after normal visits out will be removed. Care homes will have to
  13. News Article
    Over 30 trusts are now mandating FFP3 masks are used beyond settings stipulated in national rules, amid calls for system leaders to clarify the national position on the key staff and patient safety issue. Fresh Air NHS, a group of frontline staff who campaign for better protection against Covid-19, said it now knows of 32 trusts which have already introduced enhanced infection prevention control policies that mandate FFP3 use beyond national guidance. News that a growing number of trusts are mandating more stringent PPE use comes amid fresh confusion around the national guidance afte