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September 2021

Fear of more baby deaths as ministers stand firm on jailing pregnant women

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September 2021

Damning report published into death of baby born to teenager in prison cell

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September 2021

CQC: Maternity services “require improvement” at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford

ITV reports that maternity services at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford are no longer rated as good, after an unannounced inspection by the CQC (Care Quality Commission) identified a number of issues with the service. The CQC said that until changes are made to maternity services, the rating has dropped to “Requires improvement”. The inspection, which took place in May this year, highlighted a number of areas of concern. The BBC has covered the same story.

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September 2021

Covid: Schools aren’t ‘infection hubs’ says public health Medical Director

The BBC reports that Public Health England’s medical director has said schools are not “drivers” or “hubs” of Covid infection. Dr Yvonne Doyle said she understood parents’ nervousness about schools returning after the summer in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. She stressed that lots of measures to reduce the risk of Covid spread remained in place. But Prof Callum Semple, a government scientific adviser, said with most adults vaccinated, schools were likely to be a “greater part of the problem”.

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September 2021

Jeremy Hunt MP: Taxpayers must pay more to fund social care

The BBC reports that the former Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, has said taxpayers should pay more to help fund social care. But Mr Hunt, who led the  NHS between 2012 and 2018 and is now Chair of the Health Select Committee, warned against raising national insurance or income tax. Instead he said he favoured a new “health and care premium” paid by all including working pensioners.  Some media reports have suggested the government is looking at a rise of at least 1% in national insurance rates. In their 2019 election manifesto, the Conservatives pledged not to increase the rate of income tax, VAT or national insurance.

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September 2021

Rise in national insurance could fund post-Covid boost for NHS

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September 2021

#CarryTheirNames

The impact of the death of a baby during childbirth or shortly after birth is indescribable for the mother, the family and those who support maternity care. The #CarryTheirNames campaign run by MAMA Academy is an opportunity for all those families who have been affected by the loss of a baby to honour and remember them, and to hear about the important maternity safety work led by MAMA Academy .

Please join me in supporting this campaign. Find out more here.

August 2021

Strain on mental health care leaves 8m people without help, say NHS leaders

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August 2021

Covid-19: More than 75% of UK adults now have had both vaccinations 

BBC Online reports the Government said more than 75 percent of UK adults have now received two Covid-19 vaccinations. A total of 39,688,566 people have now received both doses, while another 7 million have only had a single dose, according to the latest figures. Meanwhile, Sky News Online reports government data shows the UK has recorded 23,510 new COVID-19 cases and 146 more coronavirus-related deaths in the latest 24-hour period. The figures compare with 25,161 infections and 37 deaths reported on Monday, while last Tuesday 21,691 cases and 138 deaths were announced.

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August 2021

BMA calls for ‘honest conversation’ with the public to halt abuse against healthcare staff

The Nursing Times reports a survey of more than 2,400 doctors and medical students carried out by the British Medical Association (BMA) in early July this year found 37 percent had experienced verbal abuse from patients or their friends or families in the past month, while 16 percent reported they had been threatened and 2 percent physically assaulted in the same time period. More than half (53 percent) said no action was taken following these experiences.

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August 2021

Worrying’ numbers of pregnant women in intensive care with Covid

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August 2021

Women not receiving NHS support after miscarriage, say campaigners

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