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How antivirals provide hope to vulnerable Covid patients

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The recent decision by regulators to approve the antiviral agent Paxlovid for use in the UK adds a formidable new weapon to the arsenal of treatments for Covid-19. Pfizer says the drug has almost 90% success in preven...

Hospitals outside London ‘expect more Covid patients than last January’

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Hospitals outside London could end up treating even more Covid patients than at the peak of the pandemic last January, a senior NHS leader has said. Soaring infection rates in the north of England mean that one NHS tr...

Heart attack patients told to make own way to hospital as Covid surge hits northern England

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Heart attack patients calling 999 in parts of northern England are being asked to get a lift instead of waiting for an ambulance as hospitals in the region experience more than double the growth rate in numbers of Cov...

Rising number of blood cancer patients dying of Covid in England and Wales

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Ministers have been accused of failing to protect the most vulnerable people from rising Covid cases after it emerged that people with blood cancer now account for a higher proportion of coronavirus deaths than earlie...

Covid: NHS in crisis mode as hospitals told to discharge patients where possible

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The NHS was put on a crisis footing tonight as hospitals in England were told to discharge as many patients as possible while estimated daily Omicron cases hit 200,000 and the variant claimed its first life in the UK....

Number of healthy patients ‘stranded’ in English hospital wards rises by 80%

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The number of patients stuck in hospital in England despite being medically fit to leave nearly doubled between February and November this year. The rise is worrying health experts, who say it is more evidence that th...

GPs in England may stop monitoring vulnerable patients

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Ministers may allow GPs in England to halt regular monitoring of millions of patients with underlying health problems as part of the urgent new blitz on delivering Covid booster jabs. Sajid Javid and NHS bosses are lo...

NHS ambulance delays leaving patients stuck at GP surgeries for hours

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Patients experiencing life-threatening emergencies such as heart attacks, strokes or major breathing problems are becoming trapped for many hours in GP surgeries, unable to get to hospital, because ambulances are taki...

Thousands of UK breast implant patients missing off register

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Thousands of women are missing from the breast implant register set up as a result of the PIP breast implant scandal, new figures suggest. The list was recommended after thousands of women were fitted with faulty impl...

Singapore to start charging Covid patients who are ‘unvaccinated by choice’

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Singapore will no longer pay the Covid-19 medical bills for people “unvaccinated by choice”, the government said, as the country grapples with a surge in cases. The government currently covers the full Covid medical c...

UK launches trial of drug to tackle fatigue in long Covid patients

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The first trial of a drug to target the fatigue and muscle weakness experienced by more than half of people with long Covid has been launched in the UK. It is also the first drug trial in long Covid patients who were ...

After 30 years in obstetrics, Covid vaccination has made me reassess my advice to pregnant patients

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Pregnant women try to do the best for their baby’s health and development, yet, when something is new – such as Covid-19 vaccinations – it can be hard to make decisions for yourself, let alone for your unborn child. I...

The WHO is letting down long Covid patients

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The WHO recently released its clinical case definition for what it called “post-Covid-19 condition”. This definition is too little too late, its myopic scope does not recognize the breadth of disability and disease ca...

A&E crisis leaves patients waiting in ambulances outside hospitals for 11 hours

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Doctors are warning that accident and emergency departments are on the “edge of a precipice”, with patients forced to wait in ambulances for up to 11 hours outside hospitals. Paramedics across Britain have reported up...

England’s GPs to get £250m boost if they see more patients face-to-face

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GPs in England will be handed £250m to improve their services but only if they increase the number of patients being seen face-to-face under a new government and NHS action plan. The move follows an increasingly heate...

Some US patients waiting for organ transplants must get Covid vaccine or be removed from list

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Health systems in Colorado and Washington are removing unvaccinated patients from organ transplant lists, given research that unprotected recipients are much more likely to die from Covid-19. UCHealth in Colorado told...

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