Today's health news headlines

21 Oct 2021

The UK’s top health news on Thursday 21 October 2021


Latest health news  

Covid: WHO warns pandemic will drag on into 2022 – BBC News  

Viability of general practice this winter in doubt, warns BMA – GPonline  

British Medical Association says ‘time is now’ for Covid plan B – The Guardian  

Covid: Doctors call for Covid Plan B to start in England – BBC News  

UK government secures groundbreaking COVID-19 antivirals – GOV.UK  

First Minister admits rising Covid cases are ‘worrying’ but says there is no need yet for ‘dramatic actions’ – Wales Online  

NHS in Wales under highest pressure ever, says chief executive – BBC News

Health service exceptionally busy, says NHS England’s national medical director – Yahoo News  

Why are Covid cases so high in the UK? What’s driving rise in infections amid calls for Plan B restrictions – iNews

Covid cases could double by Christmas unless Plan B restrictions are put in place, Sage warns – iNews  

Covid: New ‘Child of Delta’ variant is spreading in the UK but not clear if it will become dominant strain – iNews

Covid: How to book in for booster jab with NHS – The Independent

Complacency slowing England’s Covid booster jabs rollout, says NHS leader – The Guardian  

Get Covid jab or restrictions more likely, Sajid Javid says – BBC News  

Scottish Covid booster programme ‘needs big push now’ to help protect NHS – The Times

Deep within the UK’s shocking Covid data, there may be reasons for optimism – The Guardian  

Face off: the government versus GPs – The Guardian  


Covid-19: UK needs more doctors to support post-pandemic recovery, say leaders – The BMJ  

Majority of GPs ‘would consider leaving NHS’ amid inadequate Government support – Pulse Today  

Doctors in south Wales ‘scared to come to work’ over safety fears – The Guardian  

Recruitment drive for NHS staff launched – Evening Standard

Covid: How to cope with anxiety over another ‘winter crisis’ – The Independent
Health and politics
The government’s response to the Health and Social Care Committee report: safety of maternity services in England – GOV.UK
Health and science/technology
Gene silencing medicine transforms crippling pain – BBC News
Only 14% of promised Covid vaccine doses reach poorest nations – The Guardian
Opinions and letters
The Guardian view on the Covid surge: no more room for complacency – The Guardian

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