Coronavirus testing hit by struggle to match results with NHS records

Coronavirus testing hit by struggle to match results with NHS records. Problem affects up to 350,000 samples from drive-through centres in England and Scotland           Up to 350,000 test samples carried out at drive-through centres between 2 April and 6 May are believed to be affected. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/AFP via Getty Images Efforts to prevent the nationwide spread of coronavirus have been dealt a blow after it emerged that health officials in England and Scotland are struggling to match hundreds of thousands of coronavirus test results [...]

Coronavirus: NHS will get whatever it needs, says chancellor

Coronavirus: NHS will get whatever it needs, says chancellor. The NHS will get "whatever resources it needs" to cope with a coronavirus epidemic, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said ahead of Wednesday's Budget. He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show "strong" economic foundations meant he could provide additional funding. The chancellor also said he was looking at extra financial help for individuals and businesses if measures against the virus meant they were out of pocket. On Sunday UK cases rose to 273, up from [...]

Call for new safety training fund in wake of maternity scandals

Call for new safety training fund in wake of maternity scandals. An open letter to Boris Johnson has demanded the reinstatement of the "maternity safety training fund" in next week’s budget. The letter also called for funding allocations to be based on the specific needs of each NHS organisation and for “rigorous” annual audits from independent bodies into maternity training. "The cost in lost and broken lives is indefensible" Sir Robert Francis It was signed by several influential health safety voices, including Donna Okenden, who is leading [...]

Faster access to cannabis medicines in UK

Faster access to cannabis medicines in UK Patients needing cannabis-based medicines should no longer face long delays in accessing their prescriptions, says the government. Changes to importing restrictions mean UK companies can now order and hold more stocks from abroad. That should make the treatments available to patients in days, rather than months. The changes will help people with conditions such as rare, serious forms of epilepsy or multiple sclerosis. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the move was a "tremendous step forward", but that there [...]

West Suffolk Hospital staff ‘feared raising concerns’, says CQC

West Suffolk Hospital staff 'feared raising concerns', says CQC. WEST SUFFOLK HOSPITAL - West Suffolk Hospital has gone from being rated as outstanding to requiring improvement in two years Staff at a hospital accused of conducting a "witch hunt" to identify a whistleblower felt a lack of "freedom to speak up", a report has said. The husband of Susan Warby, who died at West Suffolk Hospital in 2018, received an anonymous letter about her care. Bosses reportedly asked doctors for fingerprints and handwriting [...]