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UK Covid: second vaccine doses accelerated as Indian variant threatens easing – as it happened
Prime minister announces acceleration of vaccination programme as Indian variant threatens June lockdown easing

Nadeem Badshah (now); Mattha Busby and Rachel Hall (earlier)

14, May, 2021 @6:09 PM

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Paul Harker obituary
Other lives: Paediatrician and public health doctor dedicated to reducing health inequalities

Lisa Harker

14, May, 2021 @5:18 PM

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India variant could lead to serious third wave of Covid in UK
Analysis: If B.1.617.2 proves highly transmissible, hospitalisations could peak again, models show

Ian Sample Science editor

14, May, 2021 @3:58 PM

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UK women forced to wear face masks during labour, charity finds
Survey of 936 women in December shows nearly one in five made to cover up, despite official guidance to contrary

Hannah Summers

14, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Boost self-isolation payments or risk Covid resurgence, experts say
Thinktanks urge UK government to fund system that would cover wages on a similar basis to furlough scheme

Denis Campbell Health policy editor

13, May, 2021 @11:01 PM

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UK politics: Cameron does not deny using Greensill’s private jet to fly to holiday home in Cornwall – as it happened
Former prime minister to be questioned by two committees; Boris Johnson has suggested the government is considering a range of measures to deal with Covid variant first discovered in India

Andrew Sparrow

13, May, 2021 @6:06 PM

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Almost 5m people now waiting for hospital treatment in England
NHS England figures show record numbers in queue with surgery delayed at least a year for 400,000

Pamela Duncan and Denis Campbell

13, May, 2021 @5:51 PM

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‘Almost indescribable pain’: life stuck on an NHS waiting list
Brenda Pugh has been waiting for a double hip replacement to treat her arthritis for 11 months

Denis Campbell Health policy editor

13, May, 2021 @5:10 PM

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Michael Atkinson obituary
Other Lives: Professor of gastroenterology who developed the Atkinson tube, which helps people with oesophageal cancer to swallow

John Bennett

13, May, 2021 @3:26 PM

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NHS to receive £160m to tackle backlog of care built up during Covid
Money will pay for mobile CT and MRI scanning trucks, extra evening and weekend surgery, and home-based ‘virtual wards’

Denis Campbell Health policy editor

13, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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UK Covid: work from home guidance to be lifted on 21 June, Johnson indicates – as it happened
No 10 did not say whether Whitty and Vallance backed the move; No 10 won’t commit to Covid inquiry ending before next general election

Andrew Sparrow

12, May, 2021 @4:48 PM

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Test-and-trace workers are paying the price for the government’s outsourcing zeal | Allyson Pollock
The creation of a contracted-out workforce with insecure jobs threatens to reinforce existing health inequalities, says clinical professor of public health at Newcastle University Allyson Pollock

Allyson Pollock

12, May, 2021 @12:30 PM

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