Clinical Governance

UK COVID-19 “alert” system overseen by UK spy chiefs

UK COVID-19 “alert” system overseen by UK spy chiefs. More than half of England's population are under tougher social restrictions, due to the three-tier localised COVID-19 framework introduced by the Johnson government. The restrictions are largely ineffectual as educational institutions and workplaces—the largest source of infections—remain open in every tier. These localised tiers are part of the national alert level, currently set at four, which is set by the Joint Biosecurity Centre. Established in May, little is known about the JBC, except [...]

Hope of COVID-19 vaccine deployment in UK by New Year: Report

Hope of COVID-19 vaccine deployment in UK by New Year: Report. All COVID-19 vaccines must undergo three stages of clinical trials and be assessed for safety and effectiveness by the regulator before they are given to patients Hope of COVID-19 vaccine deployment in UK by New Year: Report   |  Photo Credit: iStock Images London: One of the UK's senior-most medical chiefs has indicated that a vaccine against COVID-19 could be ready to be deployed by the start of the New Year, according to [...]

Coronavirus: Government warned over ‘reckless’ plan to set up COVID units in care homes

Coronavirus: Government warned over 'reckless' plan to set up COVID units in care homes. There are fears that people could be transferred to facilities that are not able to offer proper support. Care home providers have branded the decision 'reckless' Plans are being made to set up coronavirus units within existing care homes, Sky News can reveal – something multiple providers have described as "reckless" and an attempt to keep the elderly out of hospitals. Sky News has obtained a copy of a [...]

Leaking vials supplied for NHS test and trace, say whistleblowers

Leaking vials supplied for NHS test and trace, say whistleblowers. Exclusive: claims raise further questions about government’s Covid crisis response Life Science Group was contracted to supply more than 1m vials to the Covid testing programme. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters Leaking vials and suspected contamination were identified in a batch of more than 500,000 test tubes produced for the NHS Covid test and trace operation over the summer, whistleblowers have said. The test tubes were provided by a small UK-based company, Life Science Group (LSG), which [...]

NHS migrant healthcare charges are hampering the fight against Covid-19

NHS migrant healthcare charges are hampering the fight against Covid-19 Checking a patient’s immigration status puts people off seeking treatment and is a waste of much-needed resources ‘Emergency services are the first and only contact some asylum seekers and migrants have with the health system.’ Photograph: Benjamin John/Alamy Stock Photo During an outbreak of infectious disease, it is crucial that everyone can access healthcare services to help stop it spreading. Public health responses can’t discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, [...]