Public services policy

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Act now against Omicron to stop new Covid wave, UK ministers warned
Government privately being urged by advisers to tell people to work from home as UK cases of variant hit 134

Ian Sample, Nicola Davis, Heather Stewart and Jessica Elgot

03, Dec, 2021 @10:59 PM

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Covid in England: how the NHS could be hit this winter
Hospitals may have fewer Covid-19 patients now but the statistics point to worrying times ahead for the NHS

Pamela Duncan, Niamh McIntyre, Tobi Thomas and Ashley Kirk

02, Dec, 2021 @9:22 PM

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Jeremy Hunt and Labour attack ministers’ social care plan
Tory MP says proposals will do nothing to stop hospital wards being full of people who should be discharged

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

01, Dec, 2021 @3:56 PM

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The urinary leash: how the death of public toilets traps and trammels us all
Britain has lost an estimated 50% of its public toilets in the past 10 years. This is a problem for everyone, and for some it is so acute that they are either dehydrating before going out or not leaving home at all

Emine Saner

01, Dec, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Ministers should face misconduct charges over Covid crisis, say UK campaigners
Unofficial inquiry by NHS campaign group claims governance failures contributed to thousands of deaths

Jamie Grierson

01, Dec, 2021 @11:56 AM

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New social care plans risk backlash over failure to tackle England’s winter crisis
Exclusive: long-awaited white paper provides no new funding to help with care providers’ immediate problems

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

30, Nov, 2021 @6:04 PM

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Omicron infections: eight further cases found in England
Health agency reports new B.1.1.529 coronavirus cases and carries out targeted testing at specific location

Andrew Gregory Health editor

30, Nov, 2021 @4:32 PM

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The Guardian view on vaccines and Omicron: upping the antibodies | Editorial
Editorial: The best weapon against the new Covid variant is boosters. But ministers should take aim at misinformation too


29, Nov, 2021 @7:07 PM

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Call Cobra meeting over England’s ambulance crisis, urge Lib Dems
Push for action comes as it emerges all regional services moved to top alert level in September and October

Denis Campbell Health policy editor

24, Nov, 2021 @4:26 PM

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Jeremy Hunt calls social care plan ‘stingy’ but urges Tories to back it
Ex-health secretary says parts of proposals are a big disappointment but could be improved in future

Robert Booth, Jessica Elgot, Jamie Grierson and Peter Walker

22, Nov, 2021 @2:18 PM

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England’s Covid test and trace spending over £1m a day on consultants
Exclusive: revelations follow MPs’ criticism of flagship service as ‘eye-watering’ waste of taxpayers’ money

Andrew Gregory Health editor

21, Nov, 2021 @3:30 PM

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Bias in medical devices may have led to avoidable UK Covid deaths, says Javid
Health secretary announces review to examine why people of colour and women have worse health outcomes

Robyn Vinter

21, Nov, 2021 @12:56 PM

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