Health News Digest

27th March 2020

(covering news from the 19th March 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

National ambulance syndromic surveillance: weekly bulletins 2020

Emergency department: weekly bulletins for 2020

GP in hours: weekly bulletins for 2020

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

Remote health advice: weekly bulletins for 2020

Syndromic surveillance: weekly summaries for 2020

Health Protection Report volume 14 (2020)

Respiratory infections: laboratory reports 2020

Group A streptococcal infections: activity during the 2019 to 2020 season

Flooding and health: national study

Notifiable diseases: causative agents report for 2020

Notifiable diseases: weekly reports for 2020

Notifiable diseases: last 52 weeks

Tetanus in England: annual reports

Diphtheria in England: annual reports

NHS entitlements: migrant health guide

Liver disease: applying All Our Health

Improving outdoor air quality and health: review of interventions

Behavioural insights: public health

Family weight management: changing behaviour techniques

Weight management: guidance for commissioners and providers


Statistics and Surveys

Crisis communications: looking for silver linings



Latest Health-Related News Links

BBC Health News Online

See Coronavirus supplement

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Please note that hyperlinks to some newspaper articles may be withdrawn or amended during the day or following week.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

See Coronavirus supplement

© 2020


National Institute For Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

NICE updates rapid COVID-19 guideline on critical care

NICE publishes first rapid COVID-19 guidelines

Copyright © 2020 NICE.  All rights reserved.


Care Quality Commission (formerly Healthcare Commission)

Registration with CQC and changes to statements of purpose during COVID-19

Using machine learning in diagnostic services

Impact of COVID-19 on restraint, segregation and seclusion review and Right Support, Right Care, Right Culture

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


King’s Fund

NHS hospital bed numbers: past, present, future

The material featured on this site is subject to King’s Fund copyright protection unless otherwise indicated.


Local Government Association

Adult Safeguarding and Homelessness: a briefing on positive practice

Rise in coronavirus fraudsters offering support to elderly for cash upfront

Copyright © Local Government Association 2020


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