BMA could ask for QOF suspension if coronavirus cases rise

BMA could ask for QOF suspension if coronavirus cases rise. (Photo: Mike Kemp/Getty Images). The BMA confirmed on Friday that it had called on NHS England to allow practices to ignore a contractual requirement to make 25% of appointments bookable online and shift to a model where all booking would take place by phone. Calls to suspend online booking came amid fears that allowing patients to book online could prevent triage needed to ensure potential coronavirus cases do not visit practices. BMA emergency [...]

New Chief Medical Officer warns UK is sitting on a health timebomb

New Chief Medical Officer warns UK is sitting on a health timebomb because the NHS is struggling to cope with a surge in the number of elderly patients. Chris Whitty says drastic action needed to cope with number of patients 65+ Countryside districts are often poorly served by GPs and hospital clinics he says Professor Whitty proposes a series of radical solutions to our ageing crisis The NHS risks being overwhelmed by an old-age health crisis, the new Chief Medical Officer warns today. Chris Whitty says [...]

Ninth case diagnosed in the UK as coronavirus spreads to London

Ninth case diagnosed in the UK as coronavirus spreads to London. The new case comes as the businessman at the centre of the UK outbreak is sent home after being given the all-clear. The patient is believed to be being treated at St Thomas' Hospital The first coronavirus case has been confirmed in London - the ninth person to be diagnosed with the illness in the UK. The patient - believed to be a Chinese national who flew into London - is being [...]

What’s happening with coronavirus in the UK?

What's happening with coronavirus in the UK? With every day seeming to bring more cases of coronavirus across the globe, it's easy to fall into a state of panic. This isn't helped by the fact that the Department of Health has labelled the illness as a "serious and imminent threat." To stop widespread anxiety around the virus, here's exactly what's going on with coronavirus in the UK. Coronavirus sounds terrifying because it's never been seen before in humans, per the Guardian. A virus originating from [...]

Coronavirus: Five things you need to know

Coronavirus: Five things you need to know. GETTY IMAGES Myths around the risks of coronavirus in the UK are doing the rounds. We put the facts straight. Face masks aren't that useful You might be starting to see people wearing them in the UK, but there is limited evidence that they work. That's because they are generally too loose, don't cover the eyes and can't be worn for long periods. Face masks need to be changed frequently (because they get sweaty) if they are to offer [...]