Friday Five

End to all Covid rules, lower cancer risk for vegetarians, virtual wards and link between hot days and mental health emergencies – this week’s Friday Five

End of legal need to self isolate in England All remaining legal Covid restrictions have been removed in England, nearly two years after the first rules were introduced. This means people are no longer legally required to self-isolate if they test positive for Covid – although they are still advised to do so. The changes…

Friday Five

Jabs for five to 11-year-olds, drinking wine health risks, catching Covid link with depression and Lassa fever case – this week’s Friday Five

England to offer Covid jab to five to 11-year-olds Children aged between five and 11 in England will be offered a low-dose Covid vaccine, the government says. Official scientific advice concludes the move would help protect the “very small” number of children who become seriously ill with Covid. Northern Ireland also said on Wednesday it…

Friday Five

Self-isolation rules to be scrapped, record long waits for hospital bed, Sam Jones appointed to COO and calls for new mental health hospitals – this week’s Friday Five

Self-isolation rules in England could be scrapped this month Boris Johnson told MPs this week that all remaining Covid restrictions in England – including the legal rule to self-isolate – could end later this month. This would include the current rule, that anyone who tests positive must self-isolate for at least five full days. Whilst…


Saying goodbye to NHSX

By Alec Harris Last week, NHSX the organisation responsible for driving the digital transformation of health and social care ‘retired’ its brand after a three-year tenure. Alongside NHS Digital, the two brands will now be incorporated into NHS England and the NHS Transformation Directorate under plans to help speed up the health service’s digital transformation….