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Coronavirus inquiry ‘could transform racial inequality in UK’

Coronavirus inquiry ‘could transform racial inequality in UK. Government race adviser says pandemic has exposed issues facing BAME people. NHS nurses protest outside Downing Street last month highlighting a higher death rate from coronavirus among BAME people. Photograph: Barcroft Media/Getty Images Britain has a once in a generation chance to transform racial inequality through a public inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Lord Woolley, the chair of the government’s race disparity unit’s advisory group. Calling for a full statutory inquiry which Downing [...]

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust could face criminal charges after maternity ‘scandal’

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust could face criminal charges after maternity 'scandal'. An initial review in 2017 focused on just 23 cases but since then, hundreds more families have come forward with claims. Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust are facing criminal charges over their alleged maternity care failures Police are investigating whether criminal charges should be brought against a hospital trust where hundreds of cases of poor maternity care are being examined, including allegedly avoidable deaths of babies and mothers. Failures in care [...]

No evidence that vitamin D prevents coronavirus, say experts

No evidence that vitamin D prevents coronavirus, say experts. Nice says topic is under review, but still advises taking supplements for bone health Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Nice said that, having examined five studies, it had not found evidence to support the use of vitamin D supplements to treat or prevent Covid-19. Photograph: pinkomelet/Getty Images/iStockphoto No evidence exists to support taking vitamin D supplements to prevent Covid-19, UK public health experts have found. A rapid review of evidence for claims that [...]

Peers call for tougher regulation of digital and social media in UK

Peers call for tougher regulation of digital and social media in UK. Misinformation ‘pandemic’ erodes trust in politics and institutions, warns Lords committee. The committee called on ministers to push ahead with the online harms bill. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Ministers are being urged to toughen up the regulation of digital and social media because “a pandemic of misinformation and disinformation” is eroding trust in politics and public institutions. A House of Lords committee on democracy and digital technologies, chaired by the film producer [...]

Hating lockdown? A third of Brits have actually enjoyed it

Hating lockdown? A third of Brits have actually enjoyed it. Sunbathers in London in May, during the UK's coronavirus lockdown A third of British people have enjoyed coronavirus lockdown, according to a massive study that tracked the emotions of more than 70,000 people in the last 14 weeks.One in three respondents told researchers at University College London (UCL) that, on balance, they had enjoyed the period of restrictions. But the survey highlighted the social inequalities that impacted people's experience during the lockdown, with [...]