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Nurse and midwife numbers jump by record amount

Image copyright PA Record numbers of nurses and midwives have registered to work in the UK with 18,000 more than a year ago. By the end of March, there were 716,600 nurses, midwives and nurse associates on the register, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Despite this the NMC is worried coronavirus will hit […]

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Lives ruined as damage viewed as ‘women’s problems’

Image caption June Wray had chronic pain after a vaginal mesh repair Many lives have been ruined because officials failed to hear the concerns of women given drugs and procedures that caused them or their babies considerable harm, says a review. More than 700 women and their families shared “harrowing” details about vaginal mesh, Primodos […]

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Coronavirus: Airborne transmission cannot be ruled out, WHO says

Image copyright AFPImage caption Scientists have accused the WHO of underestimating the possibility of airborne transmission The World Health Organization has acknowledged there is emerging evidence that the coronavirus can be spread by tiny particles suspended in the air. The airborne transmission could not be ruled out in crowded, closed or poorly ventilated settings, an […]

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New government unit to take over Covid response

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The Joint Biosecurity Centre is being asked to develop new ways to respond to coronavirus outbreaks The government’s new Joint Biosecurity Centre is to take a more prominent role in co-ordinating the response to Covid-19, the BBC understands. The JBC will be asked to develop novel ways to quickly identify […]

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Robust plan for PPE ‘must be in place for winter’

Image copyright Getty Images Supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) must be guaranteed ahead of winter when the UK could face a second wave of coronavirus, say MPs. The cross-party committee says it is not convinced there is a robust plan or “sufficient urgency” from government. It comes after an official assessment of the supply […]

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Cumberlege review: The patients who fought for answers

Image caption Daniel’s mother was given Primodos – hormone tablets – when pregnant Over six decades, three very different treatments have been the subject of thousands of complaints from women. Initially, medical professionals rejected reports of side effects linked to: oral pregnancy test Primodos anti-epilepsy drug sodium valproate pelvic mesh repairs And it took years […]

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Coronavirus: Majority testing positive have no symptoms

Image copyright Getty Images Only 22% of people testing positive for coronavirus reported having symptoms on the day of their test, according to the Office for National Statistics. This hammers home the role of people who aren’t aware they’re carrying the virus in spreading it onwards. Health and social care staff appeared to be more […]

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Coronavirus: Three England pubs close after positive tests

Image copyright GoogleImage caption The Fox and Hounds in Batley, West Yorkshire, said a customer phoned to say they had tested positive for coronavirus A number of pubs in England have shut after customers tested positive for coronavirus. At least three establishments announced they had shut their doors again just days after reopening at the […]