Health News Digest

31st July 2020

(covering news from the 24th July 2020)

This weekly digest contains details of the latest health-related news/articles in the general media and press releases from Public Health England and other health related bodies.Blue Tape Measuring on Clear Glass Square Weighing Scale




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Public Health England

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

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings

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

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

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

Notifiable diseases: last 52 weeks

Notifiable diseases: weekly reports for 2020

Gastrointestinal infections and foodborne outbreaks in humans

Notifiable diseases: causative agents report for 2020

PHE statistics: ad-hoc analyses and data releases

Excess weight and COVID-19: insights from new evidence

High consequence infectious diseases: monthly summaries


Local Government Association

Local planning authorities: developing a recovery and resilience planning package post-pandemic

Adult social care: seven principles for reform

LGA: water safety vital as accidental drownings peak in summer holidays

LGA responds to publication of NHS People Plan 2020/21

Coronavirus: information for councils

1,400 per cent increase in child modern slavery referrals made by councils

LGA responds to EFRA Committee on COVID-19 and food supply

LGA responds to Children’s Society report

Vast majority of councils say sector-led improvement is right approach

An Independent Evaluation of Sector-Led Improvement in Local Government

Evaluation of the LGA Sector Led Improvement programme for Children’s Services

Sector-led improvement: reviews

LGA responds to health foundation report on social care during coronavirus

COVID-19 recovery communications

LGA responds to PAC report on social care during coronavirus

LGA responds to cycling and walking measures

Reset, not restart: shaping the future of social care in light of COVID-19

Community health and care discharge and crisis care model: an investment in reablement

One year on from PM’s pledge: social care needs a reset

LGA responds to HCLG Committee report on social housing

Councils respond to obesity strategy

Alcohol and COVID-19: tackling problem drinking after lockdown

The impact of COVID-19 on culture, leisure tourism and sport

Copyright © Local Government Association 2020


The King’s Fund

The new NHS and mental health: where are we going wrong?

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The Health Foundation

New analysis lays bare government’s failure to protect social care from COVID-19

As we face potential future waves of COVID-19, we must urgently understand how the UK differs from its neighbours and why

NHS People Plan provides a stop-gap but leaves glaring omissions

The government’s strategy is likely to be a missed opportunity to address the root causes of obesity

Low income workers at greater risk of unemployment and mounting ill-health as furlough scheme unwinds

Copyright © The Health Foundation


Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Nothing to report

Copyright © Joseph Rowntree Foundation


The Nuffield Trust

Nuffield Trust: Pushing power out from the centre key to cutting red tape and supporting NHS people plan

Chart of the week: NHS staff pay and the cost of living

Copyright © The Nuffield Trust


National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

New combination treatment for patients with advanced kidney cancer

NICE publishes new COVID-19 rapid guideline on arranging planned care in hospitals and diagnostic services

Copyright © 2020 National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. All Rights Reserved


Care Quality Commission (formerly Healthcare Commission)

New agreement between CQC and Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT)

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Statistics and Surveys



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The Independent

Will a heatwave kill off or slow down coronavirus?

Doctors call for research into Covid-19 clot risk for women on birth control

Coronavirus: wearing a face mask does not lead to a ‘false sense of security’, study finds

© 2020


The Guardian

‘I’d rather lose my job than my life’: vulnerable people on the end of shielding

‘Heartless and reckless’ to force shielding people back to work, says TUC

Lifestyle changes could delay or prevent 40% of dementia cases – study

‘Remote first’ GP appointments must be handled with care

UK extends coronavirus isolation period from seven to 10 days

All GP consultations should be remote by default, says Matt Hancock

New push to raise Covid-19 testing capacity in England to 500,000 a day

UK study finds digital treatment for insomnia more effective than face-to-face therapy

One in three children have dangerous levels of lead in their blood

Thousands of UK public sector jobs to be created in recruitment drive

Coronavirus: UK signs deal for 60m doses of potential vaccine

Average BAME Covid-19 patient decades younger than white Britons in study

Coronavirus: English care homes policy ‘reckless’, MPs say

Bike repair voucher website for England struggles at launch

‘One big wave’ – why the Covid-19 second wave may not exist

Huge growth in free school meals urged to tackle food poverty crisis

National food strategy set out: banishing pollution and poverty for sustainability

Hopes raised for early blood test to help fight Alzheimer’s disease

Covid-19 test a week after UK arrival ‘could halve quarantine time’

Why are weekly deaths in Wales and England now below average?

Cycling ambitions for England move up a gear with No 10 plans

Revealed: NHS could take over social care, swelling budget to £150bn

New UK obesity plan fails to address underlying problems

Web ads for junk food could be banned under UK government plans

Ease restrictions on medical psychedelics to aid research, experts say

Face-mask wearers do not stop washing their hands, study suggests

Over-40s in UK to pay more tax under plans to fix social care crisis

Concern for England’s mental health patients discharged at start of lockdown

‘Eat Out to Help Out’ risks undermining obesity campaign, say experts

Only 19 bereaved families approved for NHS staff coronavirus compensation scheme

UK demand for new vegan food products soars in lockdown

Copyright © 2020 The Guardian




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