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Safety concerns for 50 million facemasks.

  Fifty million facemasks bought by the government in April will not be used in the NHS because of safety concerns. The government says the masks, which use ear-loops rather than head loops, may not fit tightly enough. Labour MP Rachel Reeves called...

Concern for babies born in lockdown.

Concerns are being raised for the wellbeing of babies born in lockdown, as parents struggle to access regular support services. England's children's commissioner, Ann Longfield, highlighted pressures facing mothers caring for babies without the...

NHS Trusts 'not consulted' about changes to face coverings.

NHS trusts were not consulted before the government announced changes to the use of face coverings and visitor policy in English hospitals on June 6, a leading figure in the NHS has said. Chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, said trust leaders...

PM challenged over care home deaths.

  Boris Johnson must account for official figures showing 10,000 "unexplained" deaths in care homes in April, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told the House of Commons. Sir Keir said there were 18,000 more deaths in April than the average for...

Diagnosis and treatment delays for children.

Concerns have been raised by a senior NHS official that children with illnesses unrelated to Covid-19 are being taken to hospital too late during the pandemic and suffering as a result, a leaked email seen by the BBC says. The possible reasons for the late...

Pandemic disrupts treatment for heart conditions.

The postponement of tens of thousands of hospital procedures is putting the lives of people with long-term heart conditions at risk, according to the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The coronavirus pandemic has created a backlog that will only get larger as...

Pandemic delays cancer testing and treatment.

About 2.4 million people in the UK are waiting for cancer screening, treatment or tests, as a result of disruption to the NHS during the pandemic lockdown, according to Cancer Research UK. The charity estimates that 2.1m people have missed out on screening,...

Doctors purchasing own PPE - according to BMA survey.

Almost half of doctors in England might be buying their own protective equipment or are relying on donations, according to a survey by the British Medical Association (BMA). The survey of more than 16,000 doctors also found that 65% feel they are only...

PHE accused of 'playing Russian roulette' with care home residents.

The Chair of a York residential care company has accused Public Health England (PHE) of ‘playing Russian roulette’ with some of her homes’ most vulnerable residents. Rachel Beckett, Chair of Wellburn, which has homes at Grimston Court,...

PPE shortages hamper dental care.

  Dentists face "critical shortages" of personal protective equipment (PPE), forcing patients with urgent problems to "take matters into their own hands", their professional body says. More than half (54%) of dentists in England...
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