The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has confirmed that it will be looking at issues faced by general practice services led by GPs from an ethnic minority background as part of its Equality Objectives 2021 to 2025 strategy.
NHS England and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have said pulse oximeters may sometimes overestimate oxygen levels and warned that the devices can work less well in those with darker skin.
Public Health England (PHE) has revealed that the first-ever national cervical screening campaign, which ran in 2019, led to a 25% increase in the number of women aged 50 to 64 attending a smear test at their GP practice.
Employers, healthcare professionals and the general public have been warned to take care when purchasing infrared thermometers online and to familiarise themselves with warning signs for poor quality products.
New advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is that children aged 12 to 15 who are deemed at increased risk of serious Covid-19 disease should be offered the Pfizer vaccine.
The British Medical Association (BMA) has responded to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announcement that from 19 July, double vaccinated frontline NHS and social care staff in England who have been told to self-isolate can attend work with testing mitigations in exceptional circumstances.
The Government’s response to the consultation on making the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for all care home workers in England has been published, and regulations are now approved and will come into force on the 11 November.
The Government has announced that, as part of its new Autism Strategy, NHS England will be trialling a primary care health check for autistic adults in the North East to try and identify health needs earlier.