NHS Covid jab booking site leaks people’s vaccine status

Exclusive: Health service revising its process in England as ‘shocking failure’ allows access to medical data Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage NHS Digital is revising its process for booking Covid vaccinations in England after the discovery of a “seriously shocking failure” that leaked medical data from the site. The website lets […]

Non-NHS healthcare providers given £96bn in a decade, says Labour

Exclusive: Analysis reveals amount of money flowing to for-profit firms, voluntary groups and not-for-profits More than £96bn of health service funding has gone to non-NHS providers of care over the last decade, including private firms such as Virgin Care, research has revealed. The amount of money flowing out of the NHS in England to for-profit […]

NHS faces exodus of doctors after Covid pandemic, survey finds

Long hours and the impact of the pandemic are taking their toll on medics, BMA findings show Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Thousands of UK doctors are planning to quit the NHS after the Covid pandemic because they are exhausted by their workloads and worried about their mental health, a survey […]

The NHS is being privatised by stealth under the cover of a pandemic | Andrew Fisher

From PPE contracts to political appointees, the government is embedding private providers at the heart of the health service Cronyism and outsourcing have defined the government’s response to the pandemic, from the “VIP lane” for personal protective equipment (PPE) suppliers with connections to the Tory party to the privatised track and trace system so flawed […]

NHS England draws up plan to give Covid jabs to children 12 and over

Contingency planning in place to vaccinate secondary school pupils at start of new academic year Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The NHS has drawn up contingency plans to vaccinate secondary school children against Covid later this year, in a move that could help prevent school closures if infections rise after the […]

Tavistock trust whistleblower David Bell: ‘I believed I was doing the right thing’

The psychiatrist behind a critical report on the gender identity unit at the NHS trust on the efforts to silence him and his concerns about children’s access to treatment To talk to David Bell is to have some small sense of what it might be like to be his patient. At 70, his energy puts […]

Extra testing to start in east London after overseas Covid variants detected

Officials say cases of South African and Brazilian variants picked up in Tower Hamlets Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Surge testing will begin in parts of east London after several cases of the South African and Brazilian variants of coronavirus were detected, according to the Department of Health. NHS test and […]

Nearly a quarter of British health workers wary of Covid-19 vaccine

Study of 11,584 staff found hesitancy was higher among BAME workers, as well as younger staff Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Up to a quarter of British healthcare workers have expressed hesitancy towards Covid-19 vaccines, the first comprehensive study of NHS and care staff suggests. Conspiracy beliefs, a paucity of black […]

The Guardian view on the NHS: the boss is leaving at a dangerous time | Editorial

Simon Stevens’ departure from NHS England was expected, but there is cause for concern about the reorganisation to come Huge changes to the NHS are coming. A bill to be set out in the Queen’s speech next month, and accompanied by a national digital strategy, will make official what has been on the cards for […]

Simon Stevens to step down as NHS England boss at end of July

Chief executive says it has been his ‘privilege’ to lead service through one of its toughest challenges Sir Simon Stevens is standing down as the head of the NHS in England after seven years marked by tussles with ministers over money and the successful rollout of the Covid vaccination programme. NHS England said Stevens, 54, […]

Tourism to EU countries this summer may require multiple Covid certificates

Bloc warns of ‘fragmentation’ if member states fail to agree on common travel pass Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage British and European holidaymakers should be able to visit EU countries this summer but may have to deal with multiple, potentially unconnected health certificates unless the bloc can agree on cost, privacy […]

Q&A: Covid vaccines offered to people 42 and over in England – what happens next?

Younger people invited to get jab at more than 1,600 sites across country Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has been extended in England for the second time in two days. Adults aged 42 and over are now able to book their jab. Here are your questions answered […]

Mental health patients ‘missed out on care’ during Covid

Survey reveals remote consultations often felt inadequate and may have made symptoms worse Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Mental health patients found their conditions deteriorated during the pandemic because the NHS switched from in-person help to support by telephone, video and text messages, new research reveals. Many reported a lower quality […]

NHS increases surgery sessions to tackle hospital waiting lists

Four trusts in London join forces to treat each other’s patients to address huge numbers seeking care Hospitals are putting on extra surgery sessions in the evenings and at weekends to tackle the NHS’s spiralling waiting list and cut waiting times for patients. Health trusts in England are taking the unusual step after a rise […]

Covid: Lancashire firm wades into Dyson ventilators row

NorVap says it has been unable to sell devices it created in response to Hancock’s ‘ventilator challenge’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A small medical ventilator firm has hit out at the apparent special treatment given to the engineering firm Dyson on tax, after it was left unable to sell more […]

PM to create No 10 unit to push through policy agenda

NHS Covid vaccine chief to run unit from the summer in revival of Tony Blair-era initiative The prime minister is reviving a Tony Blair-era initiative in announcing the creation of a delivery unit to take charge of pushing through his policy agenda after more than a year dominated by dealing with Covid-19. The unit will […]

Pregnant women need better Covid safety at work, say campaigners

Husband of UK nurse Mary Agyapong, who died in 2020, says government still not doing enough Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Five pregnant women wearing “I Am Mary” T-shirts in memory of the nurse Mary Agyapong protested in Parliament Square on Wednesday after figures revealed nearly 1,000 pregnant NHS staff were […]

BMI is no way to diagnose eating disorders. So why is it still being used? | Agnes Ayton

A surge in cases during the pandemic has shone a light on how poor policymaking is in this area of mental health Agnes Ayton is chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ eating disorders faculty Eating disorders are one of the deadliest mental illnesses, but they are also highly treatable. The key is ensuring people […]

Pills in the post: how Covid reopened the abortion wars

Lockdown revolutionised women’s access to home treatment – and strengthened the anti-abortion backlash Kay, 34, realised her period was late a month into Britain’s lockdown. The coronavirus death count was spiralling across the country. Covid-19 was putting the NHS under unprecedented strain and Boris Johnson had given the British people what he described as “a […]

Lockdown baby boom may be on the way as NHS antenatal bookings rebound

Appointments in third quarter of 2020 at five-year high despite dip earlier in pandemic Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Contrary to fears that the coronavirus pandemic could cause a “baby bust”, the numbers of women in England expecting a baby appear to be on the rise. Maternity statistics collected by the […]

Spire Healthcare boss awarded bonus worth over £300,000 after NHS Covid revenue boost

Chief executive Justin Ash saw the private hospital company benefit from revenues of over £360m during pandemic The boss of a private hospital company has been awarded an annual bonus worth more than £300,000 after the business he leads benefited from an NHS contract worth £360m during the Covid-19 pandemic. Spire Healthcare Group’s chief executive, […]

Fears frontline NHS staff are refusing to get Covid vaccine

Concerns grow after sharp drop in numbers coming forward, with almost 15% of staff still unprotected Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Nearly 15% of health service workers in England remain unvaccinated, and the numbers coming forward for a jab have decreased sharply in the last two weeks, NHS figures have revealed, […]

How the UK government sidestepped the data on coronavirus – video explainer

This time last year, NHS bosses asked doctors and nurses to ‘wear aprons’ and work without protective full-length gowns when treating Covid-19 patients, as hospitals were within hours of running out of supplies. This is just one example of how the UK government has been slammed for its handling of the pandemic, through a series of missteps, […]

What did Greensill Capital actually do? | Adam Leaver

Behind David Cameron’s lobbying lies a surreal web of ‘supply chain financing’ and ‘factoring’ The focus on David Cameron’s role in lobbying for Greensill Capital’s involvement in NHS payment systems has obscured a less glamorous question: how did a firm involved in such a mundane part of the financial services ecology became so significant, so […]

SNP manifesto: Nicola Sturgeon plans NHS boost and income tax freeze

First minister says Scottish election result is ‘on a knife-edge’ as she unveils ‘unashamedly optimistic’ manifesto The Scottish National party has committed to a £2.5bn boost to frontline NHS spending, a freeze on income tax throughout the next parliament and the abolition of NHS dentistry charges, in what Nicola Sturgeon described as an “unashamedly optimistic” […]

Hope, humour and zero-hours contracts: what four months as a vaccinator has taught me

After sitting alone in my flat for most of last year, I jumped at the chance to deliver Covid vaccines. This is what I’ve learned Pushing a needle through fake skin is not much like the real thing. So I discovered when I vaccinated my first patient at a mass vaccination centre in north London. […]

No rise in suicides in early months of Covid pandemic, study suggests

Researchers find no increase, though results are based on data from wealthier countries The number of suicides did not increase in the early months of the Covid pandemic, at least in wealthy countries, researchers have found. This month the Royal College of Psychiatrists warned the NHS was struggling to cope with demand for mental health […]

Gambling firms will never take responsibility for addiction | Letter

A former CEO of the Responsibility in Gambling Trust knows well the intransigence of the industry and its failure to recognise and fund treatment for problem gambling Your report (Tax gambling firms to fund addiction treatment, says NHS director, 7 April) is deja vu and depressing in equal measure. From 2004 to 2006, I was […]

Covid: 4.6m people missed out on hospital treatment in England in 2020

Exclusive: millions of ‘missing patients’ could send overall NHS waiting list soaring to nearly 10m ‘It was one big whirlwind’: artist on being denied access to cancer treatment Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage More than 4.5 million people missed out on hospital treatment in England last year due to the disruption […]

Tories accused of corruption and NHS privatisation by former chief scientist

Exclusive: Boris Johnson’s ‘chumocracy’ is using Covid crisis to sell off health service by stealth, says Sir David King Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Boris Johnson’s government has been accused of corruption, privatising the NHS by stealth, operating a “chumocracy” and mishandling the pandemic and climate crisis, by Sir David King, […]