Health News Digest

22nd May 2020

(covering news from the 15th May 2020)

This weekly digest contains details of the latest health-related news/articles in the general media, new publications of interest and press releases from the Department of Health.  The digest has 6 key sections,

•  Public Health England
•  Practice Based Commissioning
•  Legislation
•  Latest Health-related News Links
•  Newspapers
•  ‘Other Sources’ which are less frequently updated

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Public Health England

Notifiable diseases: last 52 weeks

Notifiable diseases: weekly reports for 2020

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK

Emergency department: weekly bulletins for 2020

National ambulance syndromic surveillance: weekly bulletins 2020

Remote health advice: weekly bulletins for 2020

GP in hours: weekly bulletins for 2020

GP out-of-hours syndromic surveillance: weekly bulletins for 2020

Syndromic surveillance: weekly summaries for 2020

COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC)

COVID-19: guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for educational settings

Accessing Public Health England data

Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes

Respiratory virus circulation: England and Wales

Position statement regarding COVID-19 tests evaluated by PHE

PHE statistics: ad-hoc analyses and data releases

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Notifiable diseases: causative agents report for 2020

COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol

COVID-19: guidance for food businesses

COVID-19: investigation and initial clinical management of possible cases

COVID-19: guidance for first responders

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic

Measles elimination work programme: West Midlands


Statistics and Surveys

Nothing to report



Latest Health-Related News Links


Please note that hyperlinks to some newspaper articles may be withdrawn or amended during the day or following week.  This is outside the Library’s control.


The Independent

Do UK parents need to be concerned about Johnson & Johnson talc scandal?

Coronavirus: lesser-known symptoms that could be linked to Covid-19

The doctor will skype you now: How telemedicine could transform the healthcare sector

© 2020


The Guardian

UK Covid-19 saliva test to be trialled on 5,000 key workers

Pollutionwatch: how bike roads can reduce exposure to toxic air

NHS groups ‘nervous’ about lockdown easing without contact tracing

English death rate now at normal winter levels as coronavirus deaths fall

‘It’s great for morale’: doctors welcome NHS surcharge U-turn

UK’s first coronavirus contact-tracing group warns of difficulties

Bereaved families call for urgent inquiry into UK Covid-19 response

AstraZeneca could supply potential coronavirus vaccine from September

Covid-19: did the UK government prepare for the wrong kind of pandemic?

NHS coronavirus bereavement scheme extended to low-paid workers

Millions in UK smoking more amid coronavirus crisis, study suggests

Boris Johnson pledges UK-wide coronavirus tracing by 1 June

Covid-19: people with type 1 diabetes more likely to die than those with type 2 – study

Thousands of cancer patients could die early due to coronavirus delays, study finds

UK bulk buys hydroxychloroquine as potential Covid-19 treatment

Fifth of patients with Covid-19 may have caught it in hospital, study finds

UK coronavirus home test kits run out as eligibility list is expanded

How student anxiety evolved: from nuclear war to sexual violence

WHO to agree deal over future coronavirus inquiry

UK gambling addiction much worse than thought, says survey

Thousands of Covid-19 cases missed due to late warning on smell loss, say experts

China backs ‘comprehensive review’ of pandemic

Over three-quarters of BAME doctors fear they will contract Covid-19

Coronavirus crisis ‘increases suffering of most vulnerable refugees’

‘Like losing control’: fears eating disorders on rise amid lockdown

US and UK ‘lead push against global patent pool for Covid-19 drugs’

More young people using UK text counselling service since lockdown

UK’s 7,000 gyms prepare for post-lockdown health warning

UK lockdown causing ‘serious mental illness in first-time patients’

Is chronic pain affected by the weather?

Copyright © 2020 The Guardian


Other Sources


Care Quality Commission (formerly Healthcare Commission)

Care Quality Commission and Association of Directors of Adult Social Care Services joint statement on CQC’s Emergency support framework

Sharing insight, asking questions, encouraging collaboration: CQC publishes first insight document on COVID-19 pressures

The material featured on this site is subject to CQC copyright protection unless otherwise indicated.


Coronavirus: LGA statement on schools reopening plans

Coronavirus: LGA statement on local government funding crisis

LGA responds to HCLG Committee report on homelessness and rough sleeping

HM Treasury Public Works Loans Board, future lending terms, response to the consultation from Local Government Association May 2020

Loneliness, social isolation and COVID-19: practical advice

LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

Barchester Healthcare – employee wellbeing in care homes

Central Bedfordshire – employee wellbeing in care homes

LGA responds to ADASS survey on adult social care provider support

Coronavirus: LGA responds to expansion of testing and contact tracing announcement

LGA responds to Barnardo’s report on children’s services

Coronavirus: LGA statement on local government funding crisis

LGA responds to coronavirus care home resilience plan

Copyright © Local Government Association 2020


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