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Reaction to waiting times data: NHS will struggle to recover from Covid

The latest performance data reveals that hospital waiting lists in England are longer than at any time since records began, and nearly 388,000 people have...

“Failings of Test and Trace contributed to higher death toll”

The new report by the Public Accounts Committee lays bare the huge failings of the Test and Trace system and the scandalous, eye-watering sums of money wa...

Sunak’s Budget fails to address the long-term funding needs of the NHS

The Chancellor had a lot to prove in this Budget, but sadly he has once again left funding for health and social care services desperately wanting. NH...

“Coronavirus vaccine an incredible achievement but hurdles remain”

The news that the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been approved in the UK is most welcome and marks an incredible achievement of modern science. ...

F2 doctor recounts traumatic story of becoming COVID-19 intensive care patient

A 26-year-old trainee doctor with no pre-existing medical conditions has told the traumatic story of how he himself became a COVID-19 patient, eventually ...

Backlog of cancer cases due to Covid-19 requires emergency national response

Our worst fears about a significant build-up of cancer cases due to Covid-19 have now become a reality. Cancer Research UK revealed that there are now...

Reporting Covid-19 Deaths in England and Wales – what are doctors’ obligations?

The tragic deaths of healthcare and other frontline workers due to Covid-19 are being reported on an almost daily basis. Meanwhile, concerns continue to b...

What is a hospital’s duty of care to staff during the pandemic?

The duty of an employer to identify and evaluate the risks to an employee’s health applies to hospitals – public or private – as it would any other ...

Back on the NHS frontline: what’s it like to return to help during Covid-19?

I have found returning to clinical medicine a bit like riding a bike - wobbly, some stabilisation needed but generally smooth unless you hit a pot hole. ...

NHS needs to improve collaboration and feedback to avoid clinical errors

It was recently revealed that NHS England faces paying out £4.3bn in legal fees to settle outstanding claims of clinical negligence, with the Department o...

Government must tackle ‘shocking rate’ of burnout among doctors, says BMA

A new study reveals almost a third of doctors could be suffering burnout or stress. These findings are alarming and strongly reinforce precisely what ...