Author - Ashley Tavirima

‘Do not resuscitate’ orders caused potentially avoidable deaths, regulator finds

‘Do not resuscitate’ orders caused potentially avoidable deaths, regulator finds Care Quality Commission says orders were wrongly applied in English care homes in early part of pandemic Do-not-resuscitate orders were wrongly allocated to some care home residents during the Covid-19 pandemic, causing potentially avoidable deaths, the first phase of a review by England’s Care Quality Commission has found. The regulator warned that some of the “inappropriate” do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) notices applied in the spring may still be in place [...]

NHS to trial blood test to detect more than 50 forms of cancer

NHS to trial blood test to detect more than 50 forms of cancer The NHS is to trial a simple blood test that may help identify more than 50 forms of cancer years before diagnosis, in what it hailed as a potential “gamechanger”. If successful the blood test, known as Galleri, could revolutionise early diagnosis of cancer and save many lives by identifying symptoms quickly enough for prompt treatment to make the difference between life and death. The blood test will be offered to [...]

Adults, children must move more to stay fit in pandemic era – WHO

Adults, children must move more to stay fit in pandemic era - WHO GENEVA (Reuters) - All adults should do a minimum of 150 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week, even more vital for well-being and mental health in the COVID-19 era, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday in its first guidance in a decade. It recommended that children and adolescents have an average of one hour of daily physical exercise and limit time in front of electronic [...]

Test and trace fails to contact 110,000 in English Covid hot spots

Test and trace fails to contact 110,000 in English Covid hot spots The government’s £22bn test-and-trace system has failed to reach more than 100,000 people exposed to coronavirus in England’s worst-hit areas since the second wave began, official figures show, with four in 10 not asked to self-isolate. A Guardian analysis found that the privately run arm of the test-and-trace programme had reached 58% of the close contacts of infected people in the country’s 20 worst-hit areas since 9 September, having [...]

COVID-19: Link between spreadsheet blunder and 1,500 coronavirus deaths dismissed as ‘misleading’

COVID-19: Link between spreadsheet blunder and 1,500 coronavirus deaths dismissed as 'misleading' Public Health England has described as "misleading" research which suggests a link between an estimated 1,500 coronavirus deaths and a spreadsheet glitch that delayed thousands of people being referred to the Test and Trace system. The figure accounts for around 21% of all COVID-19 related deaths in the six weeks following the discovery of the problem on 3 October, according to a University of Warwick study. Over the same period, the error [...]