Lockdown prompts staff mental health sickness rise

The proportion of people applying for fit notes from their GP for mental health reasons rose by six per cent during lockdown.

Testing for care home visitors in Scotland underway

Coronavirus testing for designated visitors of care home residents will start this week with a trial across five Scottish local authority areas.

Local contact tracing system launched in Leeds

A new local contact tracing system for Leeds is set to boost the city’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Community testing for tier 3 regions announced

Details have been set out by the government to help local areas detect asymptomatic cases and offer a route out of the toughest restrictions.

Food bank users having money taken for benefit payments

Nearly half of households surveyed at food banks during the summer owed money to the DWP due to loans and overpayments of benefits.

Public trust councils more than government in pandemic response

A new public opinion poll has reinforced support for councils, councillors and council workers who have responded to coronavirus.

Hospitals face being overwhelmed without new tiers

Michael Gove has warned that hospitals risk being ‘overwhelmed’ with coronavirus cases if MPs do not back new tier restrictions.

Regions set to miss out on millions from key business support

Tier 3 communities in North and Midlands set to miss out on millions from key business support grant in run up to Christmas.

Use ‘window of opportunity’ to improve public health

A new report says that, in the wake of the pandemic, there is a window of opportunity to build an improved public health system.

Local tracing partnerships helping test turnaround times

The DHSC has said that people taking PCR swab tests are receiving their results faster, thanks to improving turnaround times.

Whole of North East in Tier 3 lockdown

The government has revealed the full list of local restriction tiers by area from 2 December 2020.

£3 billion cash increase in NHS spending next year

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £6.3 billion cash increase in NHS spending in 2021-22, compared to 2020-1.

Increased PPE price cost taxpayers £10 billion

The National Audit office has found that price rises for personal protective equipment earlier this year cost taxpayers about £10 billion.

Rough sleepers may be forced into the cold to avoid infection

Some people sleeping rough in some areas could be forced to stay out in the cold this winter to avoid a risk of infection in unsafe settings.

Johnson gives detail of Covid Winter Plan

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has provided further details of the government’s Covid Winter Plan to MPs, setting out post-lockdown rules.