Public services policy

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Fully vaccinated people in England may not need to isolate, Hancock says
Health secretary looking to drop 10-day ‘stay at home’ order for those in close contact with person infected with Covid

Aubrey Allegretti Political correspondent

21, Jun, 2021 @11:57 AM

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Government postpones ‘do or die’ meeting on social care in England
Talks between Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak and Matt Hancock called off as calls grow for plan to tackle crisis

Peter Walker Political correspondent

21, Jun, 2021 @9:09 AM

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Why is Israel lifting Covid restrictions as England extends them?
Analysis: both are viewed as running successful vaccine campaigns, but case numbers are very different

Oliver Holmes

15, Jun, 2021 @1:37 PM

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UK government admits ministers can use self-deleting messages
Exclusive: Civil servants also able to delete messages instantly, as fears grow about accountability

Haroon Siddique Legal affairs correspondent

13, Jun, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Lifting restrictions in England on 21 June: what are the alternatives?
As doubt grows that government will end Covid controls on planned date, we look at the other options

Peter Walker Political correspondent

11, Jun, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Rapid Covid tests used in mass UK programme get scathing US report
Innova tests’ performance not proven and they should be returned to manufacturer or thrown in bin, says FDA

Natalie Grover and Aubrey Allegretti

11, Jun, 2021 @12:24 PM

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Why I back the NHS patient data-sharing plan | Polly Toynbee
The benefits could be immense – just look at the Covid vaccine. But this proposal needs cast-iron assurances, says Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee

11, Jun, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Fixing NHS waiting times could cost £40bn, leaked No 10 estimates show
Downing Street thinks spending can wait because public not ‘distressed’ about long delays yet, source says

Denis Campbell and Pamela Duncan

10, Jun, 2021 @7:37 PM

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Hancock tells MPs: Cummings’ lack of evidence is ‘telling’
After allegations over Covid policy, health secretary defends record on care homes, testing and PPE

Jessica Elgot Deputy political editor

10, Jun, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Matt Hancock ‘was warned of Covid care home risk in March 2020’
Exclusive: leading UK operators say they repeatedly raised concerns about not testing people discharged from hospital

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

09, Jun, 2021 @7:54 PM

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Oxygen shortages are killing thousands. Why aren't we doing more about this? | Charlotte Summers
As with vaccines and drugs, the pandemic has shown how access to this life-saving resource is deeply unequal, says intensive care specialist Charlotte Summers

Charlotte Summers

08, Jun, 2021 @1:47 PM

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Dido Harding to head the NHS? Her position would be untenable | Polly Toynbee
She presided over the test-and-trace debacle. But it seems Boris Johnson is hellbent on embedding Torydom, says Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee

07, Jun, 2021 @5:12 PM

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