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  1. Content Article
    Key facts: A population-based epidemiological study Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care and Patient Episode Database for Wales were used Data on NHS funded-treatment in the private sector was also captured Redirection of resources to COVID-19 efforts has led to operation cancellations Surgical activity was reduced by 33.6 % in 2020 More than 1.5 million operations were cancelled Data suggests waiting lists for surgery is growing
  2. News Article
    Millions of people may be affected for years to come by the disruption to surgery across England and Wales, possibly for many years ahead. It has been reported that hospitals have performed around 1.5 million fewer surgeries which may also be in part because people have not attended for their operation or treatment. Those who have not come forward for their surgeries or treatments it had been found, could be due to fear of contracting COVID-19, or that there were fewer accidents that caused significant injury requiring surgery. Findings showed surgeries that involved gall bla
  3. News Article
    A new survey by the BMA was conducted throughout the UK on moral distress from 18 March 2021 to 12 April 2021. It was found that those doctors who worked with Covid-19 patients and doctors who were from ethnic backgrounds, were more likely to say moral distress was a feeling they had experienced. It was also found doctors from ethnic backgrounds were also more likely to say moral injury resonated with their experiences. The results of the survey has raised concerns for staff wellbeing with the BMA asking that the government increase staffing to the NHS, and provide emotional and p
  4. News Article
    As services return to normal, Chief executive of NHS Wales has warned the Welsh NHS is under "substantial pressure". As safety measures are needed to remain in place, the resuming of normal services has created a challenge, with patient waiting lists becoming longer and A&E attendance returning to pre-pandemic levels. There is now some concern the new Delta variant may increase hospital admissions, adding more strain to the already strained system. Read full story Source: BBC News, 17 June 2021
  5. News Article
    It has been found that follow-up appointment cancellations have climbed to 60% during the height of the pandemic. People from older, ethnic and poorer backgrounds were the worst hit according to the data. According to the report, the impact was only partially offset by the use of telehealth sessions. Read full story. Source: Healio Rheumatology, June 10 2021
  6. Content Article
    At the NHS Confederation Conference on the 15 June 2021 Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the NHS, announced a further package of support for Long Covid for 2021/22. This includes a £100 million investment, £30 million of which will go towards an enhanced service for general practice to support Long Covid care. The remaining £70 million will be used to expand other NHS Long Covid services and establish 15 ‘paediatric hubs’ to coordinate care for children and young people. This investment underpins The Long Covid Plan 21/22. This aims to build on the previous five-point plan announced
  7. News Article
    It has been found there are 10,000 fewer patients starting treatment for breast cancer over the past year in England. Experts are advising patients to go to their GP if they notice anything unusual and not to wait to get screened or checked. Although breast cancer deaths were found to be at an all time low during the pandemic, experts are worried there may be more to the low figures than previously thought. Read full story. Source: Sky News, 15 June 2021
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    Can you tell us a bit about yourself and why you have a particular passion for improving care for people with learning disabilities? I’m a GP working at Brownlow Health which is within the Central Liverpool Primary Care Network (CLPCN). My interest in improving care comes from my parents who both work with people with learning disabilities; my mum is a support worker my dad and is a manager of two day services. I have heard from them about the barriers that exist when accessing healthcare for people they support. This has inspired me to try and do something to help, especially now th
  9. News Article
    An urgent call for action has been issued in order to help prevent learning disability deaths. Life expectancy among people with learning disabilities is at least 25 years less than the rest of the population. A report comparing data found that while life expectancy had increased, inequality was still an issue. Data findings have showed there was a higher incidence of death among those with learning disabilities during the pandemic, with April 2020 showing 59% of all deaths were due to the virus. Moreover, the pandemic has seen further access to healthcare inequalities, in on
  10. News Article
    The NHS has been advised to change the way they identify patients who are sick from coronavirus and those who test positive. Up until now, hospitals have recorded patients sick from the virus and those who tested positive together, whether they presented with symptoms or not. The new advice has been given with the hope that it will reduce the numbers of patients in hospital for the virus. Read full story. Source: The Independent, 9 June 2021
  11. Content Article
    Frontline healthcare staff have undoubtedly been disproportionately affected by Covid-19 infections.[4][5][6] Issues with PPE supplies at the start of pandemic and a failure to respond to the virus as airborne, meant that many were working without adequate protection. This left thousands of staff and patients vulnerable to hospital acquired infections, and increased the risk of the virus being transmitted to loved ones at home.[7][8] It is essential now that all measures are taken to prevent further avoidable harm. In this article, I talk about the dangerous holes that remain in current P
  12. News Article
    Dozens of acute trusts have operated at very high levels of bed occupancy in the past month, as they deal with a surge in non-covid patients with thousands fewer beds than normal. At one point in May, 49 general acute trusts out of 145 — the most since before covid — operated at occupancy of 95 per cent or more in adult acute beds. Up to eight trusts at a time were operating at 99 or 100% occupancy during May, according to analysis of published data. NHS England, prior to covid, told trusts to keep occupancy below 92%, and others believe even this is dangerously high, although trust
  13. News Article
    An NHS trust has become the first in the country to individually contact every family of patients who caught coronavirus while they were in hospital in a large-scale bid to be transparent over the scale of infections. Bosses at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHS Trust have set up a team to work through hundreds of cases where patients caught coronavirus in hospital. At least 99 patients are known to have died after becoming infected with more cases still to review. In a unique approach to transparency the trust is sending a letter by recorded delivery to every affected
  14. News Article
    Most people who are reluctant to be vaccinated against Covid are worried about side-effects and whether the vaccines have been adequately tested, a survey in 15 countries has shown. Other reasons cited in the survey of 68,000 people, led by Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation in collaboration with YouGov, were the uncertainty that people would not get the vaccine they preferred and worries about efficacy. The survey was carried out in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the Unite
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    The number of people suffering from symptoms of long covid more than a year after their initial Coronavirus infection has jumped to almost 400,000. New data from the Office for National Statistics based on a survey of patients found the numbers of patients with persistent symptoms after 12 months jumped from 70,000 in March to 376,000 in May. Overall, the ONS said an estimated one million people had self-reported signs of long Covid which last for more than four weeks. The effects of long Covid were reported to be affected the day-to-day activities of 650,000 people, with 192,00
  16. News Article
    More than 20 healthcare organisations, including those representing nurses, doctors, surgeons and therapists, are calling for stricter UK guidelines to be introduced on face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE). In a virtual meeting with officials, they will say existing rules leave them vulnerable to infection through the air, especially by new Covid variants. The unprecedented appeal will see them argue that other countries, such as the United States, protect their health workers with higher-grade equipment. It is thought to be the first time health and care org
  17. News Article
    Thousands of hospital patients were allowed to return to their care homes without a Covid test despite a direct plea to the government from major care providers not to allow the practice, the Observer has been told. As the crisis began to unfold in early March 2020, providers held an emergency meeting with department of health officials in which they urged the government not to force them to accept untested residents. However, weeks later, official advice remained that tests were not mandatory and thousands of residents are thought to have returned to their homes without a negative Covid
  18. News Article
    The number of people being admitted to hospital with COVID-19 is rising in some regions but "few, if any" are from care homes, according to an NHS leader. Younger people are making up most of coronavirus hospital admissions, with 70% of admissions in one hospital consisting of under-45s, NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson said. Although the number of hospital admissions is "ticking up" in areas most affected by the Indian Covid variant, the rise is small compared with the levels seen earlier in the year. Speaking to Times Radio, Mr Hopson said most hospitalisations were
  19. News Article
    Family doctors are being forced out of their jobs after developing long Covid, prompting demands for the government to compensate NHS staff with the debilitating condition who cannot work. GPs struggling with the condition have told the Observer they felt “shocked and betrayed” when their colleagues removed them from their posts because of prolonged sick leave. “I received a lawyer’s letter on behalf of the other partners in the GP surgery telling me that they were ending my partnership. I understood why they did what they did, because I was too sick to work at the time. But it was a
  20. News Article
    Almost as soon as the pandemic struck early last year, NHS England recognised that patients catching Covid-19 while they were in hospital for non-Covid care was a real risk and could lead to even more deaths than were already occurring. Unfortunately their fears have been borne out by events since – every acute hospital in England has been hit by this problem to some extent. Over the last 15 months various NHS and medical bodies have looked into hospital-acquired Covid and published reports and detailed guidance to help hospitals stem its spread. They include the Healthcare Safety Investi
  21. News Article
    Hospitals have been accused of “unnecessary secrecy” for refusing to disclose how many of their patients died after catching Covid on their wards. The Patients Association, doctors’ leaders and the campaign group Transparency International have criticised the 42 NHS acute trusts in England that did not comply fully with freedom of information request for hospital-acquired Covid infections and deaths. The Guardian revealed on Monday that up to 8,700 patients lost their lives after probably or definitely becoming infected during the pandemic while in hospital for surgery or other treat
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