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February 2022

Radical action needed to tackle racial health inequality in NHS

Radical action is needed urgently to tackle “overwhelming” minority ethnic health inequalities in the NHS, leading experts have said, after a damning study found the “vast” and “widespread” inequity in every aspect of healthcare it reviewed was harming the health if millions of patients.

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February 2022

NHS race review should be cue to finally tackle health inequalities

The creation of the NHS Race and Health Observatory, which has compiled a devastating review of inequalities suffered by people of colour within the health system, came after it emerged that people from different minority ethnic groups were at higher risk of dying from Covid. According to an Office for National Statistics analysis, black people were four times as likely as white people to die from coronavirus early in the pandemic.

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February 2022

Government confirms U-turn on mandatory vaccination policy

BBC, Express, Mail Online, Metro reports that the government is seeking to “revoke” its mandatory Covid-19 vaccination requirements for health and care staff in England. Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid told the House of Commons this evening that he believes it is “no longer proportionate” to require vaccination against Covid-19 as a condition of deployment for health and care workers.

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February 2022

Measles warning for young children as MMR jab rate drops in England

BBC reports that more than one in 10 school entry-age children in England are at risk of measles because they have not had their vaccine jabs, data reveals. Coverage for the two doses of MMR that helps protect five-year-olds against measles, mumps and rubella is currently at 85.5%.

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January 2022

Concern over ‘consistent net loss’ of nursing students in South of England

Nursing Times reports that too few student nurses are choosing to study in the South of England, where cost of living is typically more expensive than other regions and university offerings are more sparse. Data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) shows over the past five years the South East and South West have “consistently experienced a net loss in nursing students”.

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January 2022

Covid-19: Military medics deployed to help hospital pressures

BBC reports that up to 60 military medics are to be deployed in Northern Ireland’s hospitals to help deal with Covid-19 pressures. The news comes as education, Translink and the prison service announced moves towards more normal service.

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January 2022

Small period changes after Covid jab seen to be short-lived

BBC reports that more than one in 10 school entry-age children in England are at risk of measles because they have not had their vaccine jabs, data reveals. Coverage for the two doses of MMR that helps protect five-year-olds against measles, mumps and rubella is currently at 85.5%.

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January 2022

Patient safety watchdog launches community mental health care inquiry

The Independent  also reports that the NHS patient safety watchdog has launched an investigation into community mental health care following the death of a 56- year-old woman. The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB), which has recently been hit with its own scandal, has begun examining how patients in crisis with severe mental health needs are assessed by NHS services.

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January 2022

New national body to take powers from scandal-hit watchdog

The health secretary has announced a new national body to carry out ‘independent’ and ‘family-focused’ investigations of maternity services. Sajid Javid told the Commons today that a new special health authority would be established to run the national maternity investigation programme, which is currently a responsibility of the Healthcare Safety Investigations Branch.

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January 2022

NHSE warns of significant variation in pregnant women’s vaccination uptake

HSJ reports that an NHS England letter has warned of “significant variation” in the uptake of the covid-19 vaccine amongst pregnant women, and called on systems to enable more “spontaneous” antenatal vaccination. NHS England says there’s “significant variation in uptake between regions and systems and in every system, between women of different ethnicities, decile of deprivation in their local area, and age groups.

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January 2022

Mandatory vaccination: we’ll keep it under review, says minister

The Independent reports that the health and social care secretary has said the requirement for patient-facing nursing and other NHS staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will be kept under review. Sajid Javid told the Commons health and social care committee that it is the professional duty of every NHS worker to be vaccinated but added it was right to keep COVID-19 policies under review. Please check that this info above is in the actual link below

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January 2022

Trainee nurses: Covid inspires record numbers to sign up

The work of NHS nurses during the Covid-19 pandemic has inspired record numbers of students to apply to join the profession, a report has found. Universities admissions service UCAS, based in Cheltenham, said the number of 18-year-olds choosing to study nursing has increased by 38% since 2019.

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