Today's health news headlines

The UK’s top health news on Wednesday 26 January 2022


Latest health news

Two-thirds with Omicron say they have had Covid before – BBC News

Only half of adults have seen NHS dentist in last two years, report shows – The Independent

UK ovarian cancer death rate down 17% since 2017, study suggests – The Guardian

About 300,000 in UK have potentially deadly aortic valve condition, study finds – The Guardian

Covid-19: Be realistic about elective recovery plan, say leaders – The BMJ

Covid in Wales: Self-isolation to be cut to five days minimum – BBC News

Keeping eye tests free on the NHS –

Mesh reimbursement scheme to be set up –

What are the isolation rules for unvaccinated people? How long to self-isolate after a postive Covid test – iNews

How long does Covid take to show? When Omicron symptoms start, incubation period and how long it’s infectious – iNews

George Fox: Hope fading for boy with brain tumour, says mum – BBC News


Scottish nursing in crisis with record staff vacancies and six in ten thinking of quitting – HeraldScotland

Covid vaccines: No evidence English NHS staff applying for Scottish jobs – HeraldScotland

Health and politics

NHS staff have duty to be vaccinated – Javid – BBC News

‘Virginity repair’ surgery to be banned in Britain under new bill – The Guardian

Health and science/technology

Pfizer and BioNTech start trials of new Omicron-specific jab – BBC News

‘Unproven and unethical’: experts warn against genetic embryo tests – The Guardian


Unvaccinated man denied heart transplant by Boston hospital – BBC News

Other health news

Bedford: Man died after mental health service neglect, report says – BBC News

Middle-age spread: it might not be as bad as you think – The Guardian

Opinions and letters

In future, living with Covid could mean boosters only for our most vulnerable – The Guardian

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News this week

Key priority areas

Workforce Recovery and Transformation
Health services in many parts of the world are over-stretched due to workforce shortages, rising demand for services and difficulties in retaining staff.
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A healthy healthcare workforce is essential for patient care. When the workforce is exhausted, experiencing burnout, and struggling to balance their work and personal lives, it impacts on everyone.
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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to standing up for equality, diversity and inclusion. We want our College to reflect the diversity in the NHS workforce and in the patients that we care for.
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Climate Change and Sustainability
Climate change has caused great harm to our planet and warnings of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding will all place a significant burden on our health outcomes.
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Health Inequalities
The health inequalities in our society have been both highlighted and exacerbated by the covid pandemic. There is a need to do things differently.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the lives of healthcare professionals, and the urgent need to learn whilemfocusing on delivering the best care for our patients has been an enormous challenge.
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