GPs in England threaten industrial action over in-person appointments

Family doctors reject plan to force them to see any patient who wants face-to-face appointment GPs in England are threatening industrial action in protest at the government’s attempt to force them to see any patient who wants a face-to-face appointment. The British Medical Association’s GPs committee voted unanimously to reject the plan by the health […]

England and David Willey handling wet balls in T20 World Cup buildup | Simon Burnton

With dew and sweat set to be factors in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, players are preparing for a slippery ball With all but one of England’s games at the Twenty20 World Cup to be played in the evening, the team have taken extreme measures to prepare for the amount of dew that is […]

Buttler and Rashid excel as England beat New Zealand in World Cup warmup

England 163-6; New Zealand 150 all out; England win by 13 runs Buttler hits 73 from 51 balls, while Rashid takes three for 18 Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid starred in England’s final warmup before beginning their T20 World Cup campaign this weekend as they defeated New Zealand by 13 runs in Abu Dhabi. Buttler’s […]

England’s Anthony Watson and Luke Cowan-Dickie ruled out of autumn Tests

Eddie Jones also waiting for update on Maro Itoje’s injury World champions South Africa without Faf de Klerk Eddie Jones’s best-laid plans have already been disrupted following the news that two of his likely starters will miss England’s entire autumn series. Luke Cowan-Dickie and Anthony Watson have both been ruled out of all their country’s […]

Interest rates dilemma puts spotlight on Bank of England’s credibility

As markets bet on an increase, economists give their view after Andrew Bailey’s mixed messages UK bond yields soar as markets brace for interest rate rise Less than a month ago Andrew Bailey warned the “hard yards” were still to come. Britain’s economic recovery from Covid-19 was fading, inflationary pressures stalking the country would prove […]

Vunipola brothers and Jamie George left out of England’s autumn Test series

Trio’s Saracens teammate Owen Farrell continues as captain Sale No 9 Raffi Quirke among four uncapped players selected Eddie Jones has stood by his captain, Owen Farrell, for the Tests against Tonga, Australia and South Africa next month, saying he is “the best man for the job”, but several other mainstays of his tenure are […]

Covid news live: UK records 45,140 new cases; daily jump is UK’s highest since July; Russia sees 997 deaths as cases continue to soar

Follow all the latest on the coronavirus pandemic from the UK and around the world UK records highest daily jump in Covid cases since mid-July England plans walk-in vaccine clinics for children aged 12 to 15 Gordon Brown urges emergency Covid vaccine airlift to Africa Russia records record level of coronavirus cases See all our […]

Itoje, Watson and Cowan-Dickie all doubts for England’s autumn squad

Trio picked up injuries over weekend matches Saracens director puts case for call-up of Vunipola brothers England are sweating on the fitness of Maro Itoje, Anthony Watson and Luke Cowan-Dickie before their autumn squad announcement on Monday. Itoje and Watson both left the field early during Saracens’ 71-17 thrashing of Bath at the Recreation Ground, […]

England squad not thinking about possible Stokes return, says Mark Wood

Bowler says thoughts are solely with Stokes’s wellbeing ‘Not once has it crossed anyone’s mind about the Ashes’ Mark Wood says the possibility of a healthy Ben Stokes bolstering England’s squad for the Ashes has not crossed the minds of the players preparing for the Twenty20 World Cup, despite speculation over the 30-year-old’s availability increasing […]

More than 1,400 firms went bust last month in England and Wales, figures show

Highest level since March 2020 amid predictions that end of government support could lead to surge of insolvencies The number of businesses going bust in England and Wales jumped last month to its highest level since the start of the pandemic, as experts predicted that the end of government support for indebted firms would lead […]

Travellers to England able to take lateral flow Covid tests from 24 October

Requirements for a PCR test will be dropped for vaccinated people arriving from non-red list countries Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Fully vaccinated international passengers arriving in England from countries not on the red list can take a cheaper and quicker lateral flow test from 24 October instead of the PCR […]

Stop demonising England’s family doctors – we are on our knees | Nishma Manek

A GP says the appointments crisis is what happens when an increase in patients is not met with more resources I am losing hope. I know my patients are too. Many of them are on the phone for hours trying to get through, and many feel aggrieved when they wait so long to see us. […]

Jack Grealish must play the system to be an England regular for Southgate | David Hytner

There is a feeling that Manchester City’s recent signing has to produce a lot for his country to justify his selection Jack Grealish could not hide the frustration. And nor could pockets of the England support inside Wembley on Tuesday night, some of whom booed the decision. There were 62 minutes on the clock, the […]

Dylan Hartley backs Marcus Smith to start at No 10 for England this autumn

Former captain backs Owen Farrell to continue as his successor Hartley sees an England side with Smith at 10 and Farrell at 12 Owen Farrell is only getting better as he enters his 30s and deserves to lead the England team into the 2023 Rugby World Cup, according to his predecessor, Dylan Hartley. However, Hartley […]

Hungary fans fight with police inside Wembley at start of England match

Police use batons to restore order in away section Hungary recently punished by Fifa and Uefa Hungary supporters were involved in more ugly scenes as they clashed with police officers at the start of their team’s World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley on Tuesday night. Fifa is likely to launch an investigation after trouble […]

Stones saves England against Hungary on a night of violence at Wembley

It was a night when violence erupted in the Wembley stands and England felt a rare form of tension run through a disjointed performance. It was impossible to get away from the terrible scenes inside the area that hosted the Hungary fans, with the abiding image being that of a Metropolitan police officer repeatedly striking […]

Reported hate crimes in England and Wales up 9% since start of pandemic

Home Office report shows that more than 70% of the 124,091 recorded incidents were racially motivated Reported hate crimes have risen by 9% to a record number of more than 124,000 across England and Wales since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to official figures. Racially motivated crimes, which are nearly three-quarters of the […]

Woakes dismisses Botham’s claim England used Covid as Ashes excuse

Ian Botham ‘starting to wonder if guys don’t fancy ultimate test’ England’s squad was announced on Sunday for Ashes series Chris Woakes has dismissed Ian Botham’s suggestion that England’s Test players had used Covid restrictions as an excuse to avoid committing to the forthcoming Ashes series, insisting that, “if we were living in a normal […]

Met police to increase presence at Wembley for England v Hungary

FA putting in place procedures to deal with possible trouble Extra measures despite lack of tickets sold to Hungary fans The Metropolitan police are to increase their presence outside Wembley stadium on Tuesday night in the lead-up to the visit of Hungary. Following the racist abuse directed at England players last month in the World […]

Life expectancy gap in England ‘a growing chasm’ exacerbated by Covid

Difference in expected lifespan between some of wealthiest and poorest areas has more than doubled since early 2000s, research finds Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage England’s richest people are living for a decade longer than the poorest, and the life expectancy gap between them has widened to “a growing chasm”, research […]

Multiple factors point to an Australian Ashes win but England still have hope | Emma John

Chris Silverwood’s team is behind where he hoped it would be, but India’s series victory can provide a blueprint for success There was a slightly anticlimactic feel to the announcement of England’s squad for the upcoming Ashes tour. Maybe it was only natural. The England management had, after all, spent a good two years talking […]

Two-fifths of police forces in England and Wales lack rape units

Exclusive: campaigners concerned after FoI revelation that 17 forces do not have specialist Rasso units At least two-fifths of police forces in England and Wales do not have specialist rape and serious sexual offence (Rasso) units, the Guardian can reveal. Campaigners against gender-based violence said the lack of such units was deeply worrying at at […]

Sajid Javid working on radical plan to merge social care with health in England

Proposal aimed at freeing up NHS beds and offering home care could be included in white paper on reform Radical plans for a new national care service under which health and social care would be delivered by the same organisation are being actively considered by the government for inclusion in a white paper next month, […]

More than 2 million people in England have had Covid booster jab

Priorities for third dose of vaccine are those over 50, health and social care workers and anyone with a weakened immune system Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage More than two million people have been given the coronavirus booster jab in England so far. Booster jabs are being given at least six […]

Delays set to push Covid jabs for teens in England into Christmas period

Headteachers call for more resources to speed up vaccinations of 12- to 15-year-olds Delays to the Covid-19 vaccination programme for 12- to 15-year-olds could push immunisations into the Christmas period as local health teams target vaccine-hesitant parents with Zoom sessions and “mop-up” clinics are planned for isolating pupils who miss jabs in schools. Headteachers have […]

Jack Grealish jinks through to seal England’s stroll past Andorra

Perhaps, the fire that laid waste to the TV gantry on Friday at this quirky stadium was a portent. When the action started, it was Phil Foden who channelled its fury, producing a scorching performance that was simply too much for Andorra. The England midfielder called the tune from start to finish, driving the team […]

Not enough black headteachers in England, says Nadhim Zahawi

Education secretary says schools must be inclusive and representative and should reflect their communities There are not enough black headteachers working in schools in England, and more are needed to improve inclusivity and representation, the new education secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, has told a conference of school leaders. In response to a question on diversity and […]

The Saudi takeover of Newcastle United is a symptom of England’s political failures | David Goldblatt

We shouldn’t single out football fans: the country has long since made its peace with the power of capital, whatever its origins Football, no longer merely the national game, is England’s political theatre. The way in which the spasm of fan protest stopped the European Super League in its tracks in April, and which the […]

England set to name full-strength squad after Ashes tour gets ECB approval

ECB confirms Ashes will go ahead, subject to conditions Senior players commit to two-month tour of Australia Joe Root is set to be handed a full strength squad for this winter’s bid to regain the Ashes after the two-month tour of Australia was on Friday granted conditional approval by the England and Wales Cricket Board. […]