Almost 30,000 surgical patients caught Covid in hospital, with one in five dying

Academics have called for the suspension of daily Covid-19 testing trials in schools amid a range of concerns including their effectiveness in picking up the virus. In an open letter to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson they criticised the approach, branding it “deeply concerning” that daily testing trials are “being presented as a solution for educational disruption”. … Read more

Vaccine drive has ‘flipped the age distribution’ of Covid, says NHS chief 

Just 1% of hospital beds are taken by Covid patients: Vaccine drive has ‘flipped the age distribution’ of the virus, says NHS chief Just one in 100 hospital beds is taken by Covid-19 patients, thanks to vaccines  There are 1,030 Covid patients in hospital in England – from 34,336 in January NHS England chief Sir … Read more

Covid jabs plunge to under half their peak of 844,000 a day as doses become ‘tight’

A shortage of vaccines could threaten a further Freedom Day delay as supplies of Pfizer and Moderna jabs are ‘tight’ amid an increased demand – as young people are taking alternatives to AstraZeneca.  The Covid vaccine rollout has now slowed to under half its peak speed despite Boris Johnson stressing the urgent need to jab as … Read more

The Covid data that will decide if England’s lockdown can come to an end on June 21

A series of Covid data will determined whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce on Monday if a final easing of coronavirus restrictions in England will go ahead on June 21. The last stage of the road map out of lockdown is due to see an end to all legal limits on social contact, a … Read more

Gongs for Britain’s jab heroes in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 

Experts behind Britain’s world-beating vaccination programme take centre stage in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Venture capitalist Kate Bingham receives a damehood for leading the UK Vaccines Taskforce and obtaining millions of doses of six different jabs. Professor Sarah Gilbert, who led the team behind the trailblazing Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is made a dame, and her colleague, … Read more

Hospital worker stole dead patient’s bank card and used it just minutes after her death

A healthcare worker in the UK used a patient’s bank card just 17 minutes after she was pronounced dead from Covid-19. A healthcare assistant working on a Covid ward used a dead patient’s bank card to buy crisps from a vending machine 17 minutes after she died. Ayesha Basharat, 23, was spared jail after taking … Read more

Fixing NHS waiting times ‘could cost £40bn’ as waiting list tops 5m

T he cost of fixing NHS waiting times could reach £40bn, according to unpublished Downing Street estimates. Figures drawn up for Boris Johnson by the Cabinet Office set out that No 10 might have to spend anything between £2bn and £10bn a year for up to four years, reports The Guardian. The estimate is in … Read more

NHS waiting list breaches 5MILLION for first time ever

More than 5million people in England are now waiting for NHS hospital treatment – the highest number ever recorded since records began in 2007.  The number now stands at 5.12million and has risen consistently since the Covid pandemic began. Hospitals turned their attention to focus on treating coronavirus patients amid both the first and second … Read more