What follows may not come as a total surprise, given that the Government has leaked most of its good news about transport, health and education in advance. This is why Chancellor Rishi Sunak was sharply reminded by the Deputy Speaker, Dame Eleanor Laing, that MPs expect to hear the news from him, not the media.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid has announced "new” funding of £5.9 billion to help clear the record backlog of people waiting for tests and scans, which has been worsened by the pandemic.
Following the Government’s decision that Covid-19 vaccination is required of people entering a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered adult care home unless exempt, the consultation on whether such vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) should be extended to other health and care settings for Covid-19 and flu came to an end on 22 October.
New infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance has said GP practices should reduce social distancing from two metres to one metre, providing the continued use of face coverings is in place, to help improve access.