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Minister asked in the Lords by the opposition whether govnt is planning any campaign re current risks and booster jabs; and whether it has plans to re-introduce mandatory mask-wearing in hospitals

No answer so far - minister Kamal says govnt follows and depends on @UKHSA
@UKHSA Asked by @LordPhilofBrum in #lords about current impact of covid on the elective backlog

Minister says "they [the nhs] are still focusing on the backlog. If it gets to a point where it is affecting the backlog then clearly new [covid control] measures may have to be introduced"
@UKHSA @LordPhilofBrum [a pretty odd statement as ongoing covid circulation, admissions and transmission is having a clear impact on the backlog: The number of planned procedures happening remains below pre-covid levels - eg see hsj.co.uk/story.aspx?sto…]
@UKHSA @LordPhilofBrum Minister says advice/decision from JCVI on autumn booster programme expected this week
@UKHSA @LordPhilofBrum Minister Lord Kamall says government - "ready to stand up measures which we need to stand up, if the number of cases dictates on the advice of the JCVI and the UKHSA" -- but no mention of publicity campaigns or hospital mask wearing per question from Baroness Merron

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Dec 29, 2021
NEW Today's covid hospital numbers: The number of covid patients in English hospitals as topped 10,000 for the first time since the beginning of March.

Up nearly 1,000 on yesterday, again.

No clear sign of a slowdown in London, unfortunately.

ICU covid numbers up notably across England today - but that is not part of a long-term pattern: generally these have been flat, which is a big part of the good news on omicron.

The other good news, again, is hospital chief execs still seeing the omicron situation as manageable.

Concern is what omicron does next, high levels of staff absences, combination of pressures in coming weeks as omicron and normal winter pressures come together.

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Dec 27, 2021
NEW today's daily figures - the number of covid-positive patients in hospitals across England up by nearly 1,000 in a day. From 7,536 reported yesterday to 8,474 today.

To point out the obvious: If that growth rate continues for long, there will soon be a big problem Image
In London, growth remains faster than England overall, but has stopped accelerating. Image
NB What's going on in hospitals, and the data, might be affected in various ways by Christmas effects
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Mar 17, 2021
Hancock @10DowningStreet presser: says around 90% in older age groups now have antibodies, thanks to vaccination programme
@10DowningStreet "let's keep getting the numbers through the doors, but it's critical we loop back and invite again all those in vulnerable groups who haven't yet been vaccinated...it is worth that extra effort."
@10DowningStreet MH says government will do what they can to secure the full supply of vaccine they are contractually entitled to
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Mar 17, 2021
BREAKING - NHS has just been told "Government's Vaccines Task Force have now notified us there will be a significant
reduction in weekly supply available from manufacturers beginning in week
commencing 29 March, meaning volumes for first doses will be significantly
"They now currently predict this will continue for a four-week period, as a
result of reductions in national inbound vaccines supply"
Letter says: "the supply constraint means vaccination centres and community pharmacy... vaccination services should close unfilled bookings from the week commencing 29 March and ensure no further appointments are uploaded... from 1 to 30 April."
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Mar 15, 2021
Handy timing ahead of Matt Hancock's appearance in front of the health committee on the subject of the white paper tomorrow
I wonder if MH will also be asked about these comments from Simon Stevens to @Jeremy_Hunt health committee last week - which indicated he had undertaken to publish a public interest reason given each time government wishes to direct NHS England, which would be 'justiciable'
...and maybe whether there will be any exclusions listed of things on which the SofS could not direct NHS England - such as directing funds to particular areas or organisations, perhaps
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Dec 30, 2020

NHS plans dated November, seen by HSJ at the time, included it now ramping up to peak rate of vaccination - 4.5-5.5 million doses given per week
It assumed, at 75% uptake, 66.9m doses needed for whole population (risk and not) who want it.

IF the supply is there, then at 4.5m/week - it would take less than 15 weeks to complete the estimated 75%.
NHS has so far publicly committed only to completing over 50s and risk groups by 'late spring'.
Nothing said about under 50s
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