Biggest death total since UK was coming down from winter spike
The number of deaths from Covid-19 reported in the UK today was the highest since early March.
'N Verdere 263 deaths after testing positive were reported by the government. The last time daily deaths were higher was at the tail end of the winter spike on 3 Maart, wanneer 315 were reported.
Prof Lucy Chappell, chief scientific adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care, told a parliamentary committee that further measures beyond plan B had been “proposed”.
Ministers have denied reports that the government was preparing measures such as banning household mixing in England this winter if cases continued to rise.
The government was earlier accused of trying to “scupper” its plan B by leaking the economic cost to the press.
Leaked Treasury and Cabinet Office documents showed the measures could cost the economy up to £18bn over five months.
Ministers had been reluctant to adopt the measures. Opposition politicians said the leak aimed to delay “meaningful action” against the virus.
Highest daily deaths since March
'N Verdere 263 deaths after testing positive for Covid-19 were reported today, the highest figure since March.
The last time daily deaths were higher was at the tail end onf the winter spike on 3 Maart, wanneer 315 were reported.
Today’s figure includes three days of deaths in Wales due to technical issues yesterday, by 31. If the Wales figure for today is subtracted, the last time deaths were higher was 6 Maart.
Give GPs extra cash to see patients in-person, says MP
A Conservative MP has called for GPs to be given cash incentives to see patients in person this winter.
Joy Morrissey, Beaconsfield MP, said greater support for GPs could take pressure off other NHS services during the busy winter period.
She said the payments could mitigate the cost of additional PPE that seeing patients in person would require as well as rewarding GPs for taking the risk.
The MP pointed to similar incentive schemes which had been set up at some GP surgeries to screen for diabetes and cervical cancer.
Professor Mike Griffin, president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, backed up Prof Price’s evidence to the Health and Social Care Committee.
He said that while there had been a 10 per cent improvement in cancer survival in the 15 years to 2019, it was unlikely to continue over the next decade because of the pandemic.
“I think that Professor Price is absolutely right to have an aspiration to go back to where we were in 2019, I would love to go back to where we were in 2019, but it still wasn’t good enough.”
Back to normal for cancer survival ‘not OK’
Professor Pat Price told the Health and Social Care Committee: “Back to normal is not OK, we went into this pandemic the lowest of the league in all the high-income countries, so our ambition is to get back to being the worst.
“We have got to do something, we have got to have a radical new plan. Otherwise this goes on and on.”
Cancer survival rates ‘could stall over next decade’ due to Covid
Cancer survival rates could stall over the next decade due to the impact of coronavirus, MPs have been warned.
The Health and Social Care Committee heard that pausing a lot of major cancer surgery during the first wave of the pandemic had created huge delays and some radiotherapy services were now struggling to cope.
Professor Pat Price, chair of the Action Radiotherapy charity, said the “main problem” was that cancer treatment was “not ring-fenced and prioritised” during the first wave.
Covid plan C has been discussed in government, top health official admits
A senior scientific adviser to Boris Johnson’s government has admitted that so-called ‘plan C’ restrictions have been discussed should the surge in Covid cases get worse, Adam Forrest berigte.
Ministers have denied reports that the government is preparing plan C curbs that would ban the mixing of households in England this winter if cases continued to rise.
But Prof Lucy Chappell, chief scientific adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care, told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday that further measures beyond plan B had been “proposed”.
Asked by MPs if there was a plan C in government, Prof Chappell said: “It has been proposed. The name has been mentioned. It is not being extensively worked up. People have used the phrase.”
‘It has been proposed … It is not being extensively worked up,’ says health department scientist
Dentist backlog being felt all over UK, say cross-party MPs
A lack of access to dental services is being felt “in every corner of the country”, a cross-party group of MPs has warned.
The group of more than 40 cross-party MPs wrote to the Treasury with concern that funds to tackle healthcare backlogs built up due to Covid-19 will not be used to fix the “unprecedented challenge” NHS dentistry faces.
There have been 30 million fewer dentist appointments than expected since the first lockdown and dental services will continue to feel the impact of the pandemic for “years to come”, the MPs said as they called on the Treasury to take action in tomorrow’s budget.
The letter comes after the British Dental Association and Healthwatch England warned that some children are struggling to access NHS dental care and risk being left in pain as dentists grapple with the Covid backlog.
Healthwatch England said some people will need to wait for up to three years for dental care and patients have reported pulling out their own teeth or being told to use “DIY filling kits”.
Should the government be enforcing another lockdown? Tell us in our poll
As Covid infection rates soar across the UK questions are being asked in high places about what measures are being put in place to stem the rise.
But what do you think? Should the government be imposing another lockdown? Should restrictions be increased? Or do you think sticking with the government’s ‘Plan A’ is the best course of action at the moment?
Please tell us in our poll that can be found at the link below (we will publish the results at the end of the week)
We want to know if you think it is time for another lockdown as Covid infection rates rise
Cop26 inevitably risks Covid spread, says Sturgeon
Cop26 will “inevitably” risk more Covid-19 transmission despite measures to mitigate the effects, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
Sy het gese: “The hosting of Cop26 would always have been a significant challenge for the UK and Scottish governments and Glasgow City Council.
“Maar, the fact it is happening amidst the global pandemic makes it even more so.
“It is inevitably the case that it poses a risk of increased Covid transmission.
“I want to assure Parliament and the public, egter, that the Scottish government has been working closely with the United Nations and the UK government to mitigate these risks as far as possible.”
World Health Organisation expert says MPs should wear masks
Masks should still be worn by everyone, “including our leaders”, according to a World Health Organisation expert.
Dr David Nabarro, the WHO’s special envoy for Covid-19, was asked whether MPs should wear masks in the House of Commons during tomorrow’s budget speech.
Many Tory MPs have stopped wearing masks in recent months, drawing criticism from opposition members and health experts.
Dr Nabarro said masks were “not a party political issue” but were one of the best ways to stop the virus.
Hy het gesê: “There’s no difference in how you deal with the virus when you vote for this party or that party.
“So everybody, wear masks when you are in close confinement, it’s the right, sensible, proper thing to do, and everybody should be doing it, including our leaders.”