Coronavirus: The inside story of how UK’s ‘chaotic’ testing regime ‘broke all the rules’

Coronavirus: The inside story of how UK's 'chaotic' testing regime 'broke all the rules' Insiders reveal that data collection was haphazard, as officials went against accepted practice and "buffed the system". As Britain sought to assemble its coronavirus testing programme, all the usual rules were broken. In their effort to release rapid data to show the increase in testing capacity, officials from Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) "hand-cranked" the numbers to ensure a constant [...]

Coronavirus could cause 35,000 extra UK cancer deaths, experts warn

Coronavirus could cause 35,000 extra UK cancer deaths, experts warn. Delays to cancer diagnosis and treatment due to coronavirus could cause up to 35,000 excess deaths in the UK within a year in a worst case scenario, research suggests. Up to two million routine breast, bowel and cervical cancer screenings may have been missed. Urgent referrals and treatments have also been delayed or cancelled. Scientists examined data from eight hospital trusts and shared their findings exclusively with BBC Panorama. The study, conducted by DATA-CAN, [...]

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 [...]

New study finds Covid-19 can cause severe brain complications

New study finds Covid-19 can cause severe brain complications. Severe Covid-19 can damage the brain, with most common effect being stroke CREDIT: MATT YORK/AP A preliminary study of patients hospitalised with Covid-19 has found the disease can damage the brain, causing complications such as stroke, inflammation, psychosis and dementia-like symptoms in some severe cases. The findings are the first detailed look at a range of neurological complications of Covid-19, the researchers said, and underline a need for larger studies to find the mechanisms behind them [...]