Government accused of being ‘wilfully negligent’ after ruling out Covid Plan B

D octors have accused ministers of being “wilfully negligent” after the Health Secretary ruled out immediately implementing the Government’s coronavirus “Plan B”. Sajid Javid said people must get their Covid-19 vaccines and any booster shots, as well as doing things like wearing masks in crowded places as he repeated a warning that cases could reach … Read more

UK’s Covid cases spike by another 15% in a week to brink of 50,000

Sajid Javid today left the door open for No10 to adopt its ‘Plan B’ in the fight against amid growing fears about the situation heading into winter.  The Department of Health’s daily update showed there were 49,139 positive tests across the country in the last 24 hours, up by 15 per cent on the previous … Read more

Bring in Plan B winter Covid measures or face crisis, says NHS chiefs

T he Government must urgently implement “Plan B” winter measures to help curb the impact of Covid-19, the head of the NHS Confederation has warned. In the past, Mr Johnson has said he would roll out plan B if the measures fail to stop “unsustainable pressure” being put on the NHS. Plan B includes face … Read more

NHS chiefs call for return to WFH and compulsory facemasks as daily deaths rise again 

Britain must immediately enforce a ‘Plan B’ which would bring back mandatory face masks and more working from home in order to avoid a ‘winter crisis’, a senior NHS boss has warned.    Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, has urged the Government to implement the back-up strategy amid rising Covid-19 cases. The NHS … Read more

NHS pressure sees No10 hint at return of Covid restrictions

The spectres of compulsory face masks, vaccine passports and working from home were raised yesterday as increased Covid hospital cases sparked a Downing Street warning. Officials said Britons should prepare for a ‘challenging few months’ after 49,156 infections were recorded yesterday – the highest figure in three months. Experts are concerned the booster programme was … Read more

Covid booster jabs need to be sped up or medical units could become swamped this winter

The uptake of Covid booster jabs may be too slow to prevent hospitals from becoming overcrowded this winter, experts have warned as cases soar by 30 per cent.  One month into the booster programme, only half of eligible over-80s have received a third dose, despite being at heightened risk, NHS figures suggest.  Of the 2.2 million who … Read more

Total bill for gold-plated public sector retirement funds stands at £2.4 TRILLION, study suggests 

Cost of public sector pensions eclipses national debt: Total bill for gold-plated retirement funds stands at a whopping £2.4 TRILLION, study suggests Retirement packages for state workers has left the country with a £2.4trillion bill, a study suggests – and the national debt is already at £2.2trillion These costs will have to be met by … Read more

Covid booster jabs ‘must speed up to avoid winter hospital overcrowding’

Only half of eligible over-80s have received a third dose of a Covid vaccine as cases soar to highest daily number since mid-July Only half of eligible over-80s have received a third dose of Covid vaccine one month into the programme ( Image: Getty Images) The Covid booster programme may be moving too slowly to … Read more

Police force ‘disappointed’ after unlawful killing verdict at inquest

H umberside Police say they are disappointed by a jury’s finding of unlawful killing in the death of a man shot by officers in 2016, saying a recent law change has made it easier for such verdicts to be reached. Lewis Skelton, 31, died in November 2016 when shot twice in the back by an … Read more

Thursday evening UK news briefing: The GP workload backlash

Sajid Javid, pictured above visiting a south east London medical centre, spent much of the day insisting his winter plan would support doctors and nurses.  But the Health Secretary was accused of being “too frit” to appear before the Royal College of GPs’ annual conference in Liverpool today. Other doctors reacted angrily to the apparent … Read more