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Royal Society calls for higher sick pay and flexible furlough to reduce health and economic risks

In a new report, the Royal Society has recommended that statutory sick pay is increased, and the furlough scheme is extended on a flexible basis.

NHS Test and Trace to offload 6,000 staff

The government has said that 6,000 staff will be cut from the NHS Test and Trace system in England by the end of the month, following criticism of its efficiency.

Williamson: "Little evidence" that Covid-19 is "transmitted at school"

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has said that there is “little evidence” of Covid-19 transmission occurring in schools, as educational institutions prepare to reopen.

Preston among the latest areas to impose local lockdown restrictions

Preston Council has told residents of the city to abide by restrictions currently in place elsewhere in the north west and West Yorkshire following a rise in cases in the area, the Telegraph reports.

ODEP and Beyond Compliance respond to Cumberlege Review

The publication of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review titled First Do No Harm on July 8 was a key moment for the healthcare sector, as it honed in on three interventions which have caused avoidable harm to thousands of people. Writing for The Parliamentary Review, chairman of the Orthopaedic Data Evaluation Panel [ODEP] and the Beyond Compliance Advisory Group, Keith Tucker, welcomed the long-awaited findings of the report, after it had been commissioned two-and-a-half years ago during Jeremy Hunt's stint as health secretary.

New system for assessing health targets to be introduced

A new system is to be established to enable the Commons Health Committee to assess whether health targets are being met in England.

Health secretary calls for non-urgent GP consultations to be conducted remotely

Health secretary Matt Hancock has said that patients should have phone or video consultations with their GP unless there is a clinical requirement for a face-to-face appointment.

Government extends virus self-isolation period to ten days

The government has changed its Covid-19 self-isolation guidance, telling individuals displaying symptoms to self-isolate for ten days as opposed to seven.

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