Coronavirus: UK testing to be ramped up to 150,000 per fortnight

Coronavirus: UK testing to be ramped up to 150,000 per fortnight More people across the UK will be offered coronavirus tests in a bid to keep track of local outbreaks and reduce infection rates ahead of winter. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey will test 150,000 people per fortnight by October and will extend to cover Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Currently, 28,000 people are tested for coronavirus per fortnight in England. Health Secretary Matt Hancock described it as "one of the biggest expansions [...]

NHS figures reveal long waits for routine ops in England

NHS figures reveal long waits for routine ops in England. GETTY IMAGES Attendances at A&E in England were 30% lower last month than in July 2019 The number of patients admitted for routine treatment in hospitals in England was down 67% in June compared with the same time last year, NHS figures show. The number of people going to accident and emergency units in England in July was also down on last year, by 30%. The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption to many areas [...]

British Dental Association members targeted by hackers

British Dental Association members targeted by hackers. GETTY IMAGES Dental patient case notes and dentists' bank details are feared to have been stolen in a hacking attack. The British Dental Association has admitted to its members that it is still not sure exactly what was accessed in the breach on 30 July. The BDA's website has been offline since the hacking, and it is contacting those it thinks had data compromised. It has urged members to be cautious of any correspondence claiming to be [...]

Coronavirus: How schools in England are keeping staff and pupils safe

Coronavirus: How schools in England are keeping staff and pupils safe. Smaller classes, staggered start times and individual desks are among measures recommended by the government as schools reopen. A sign reminds pupils about social distancing at a primary school. Schools across England are beginning to reopen after they were shut to most pupils in March to prevent the spread of coronavirus. But children who have returned to school have found things very different to when they left, with a host of new safety measures [...]

Coronavirus: Restarting NHS services will be a major challenge, warn experts

Coronavirus: Restarting NHS services will be a major challenge, warn experts. ‘We need an honest and open debate on priorities and how quickly we can restart all NHS services,’ says a health service chief Medical staff in full PPE at Southampton General ( Getty ) Restarting NHS services will be an even greater challenge than coping with the first coronavirus infections, health think tanks and hospital chiefs have warned. Since March, the NHS has freed up more than 33,000 beds to prepare for an influx of Covid-19 patients [...]