Covid news – live: Millions of ‘hidden’ patients this year as union warns nurses could leave NHS in pay row
Matt Hancock defends 1% pay rise for NHS staff
A former Conservative health minister has said it is the “wrong time” to be restraining the pay of NHS workers who have gone “above and beyond” during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a sign that a Conservative rebellion over the government’s 1 per cent pay rise recommendation may be brewing, MP Dr Dan Poulter called for a rethink on the proposal.
Dr Poulter, who has been assisting on the NHS frontline during the pandemic, said it was “very valid” for ministers to turn their attention to paying back the £400bn borrowed during the coronavirus crisis – but that it was the “wrong time to be making this decision”.
The government, meanwhile, has finally revealed details of the new “Declaration to Travel” – less than 60 hours before an unprecedented exit permit will be required from outbound travellers.
From Monday, anyone who enters “a port of departure to travel internationally” in England without a completed form will be committing a criminal offence – even if they are legally entitled to travel.
Six million ‘hidden’ patients could flood NHS waiting lists
As many as 6 million “hidden” patients could join the queue for NHS treatment in the coming months, swelling official waiting lists to records not seen for more than a decade, health chiefs have warned.
In the wake of a Budget that offered no new investment for the health service ministers must level with the public that previous guarantees on waiting times are now impossible to meet, the head of the NHS Confederation has said.
In an interview with The Independent, Danny Mortimer said some patients should expect to wait many months, or possibly even beyond a year, for their treatment.
Applause broke out in the US Senate on Saturday afternoon as senators voted 50-49 to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion (£1.3 trillion) Covid relief package.
Not one Republican senator voted for the sweeping package, which provides direct payments to the majority of Americans and funding for states to distribute Covid-19 vaccines and ramp up testing for the coronavirus.
But Democrats remained unified in their support for the bill after the White House brokered a deal with centrists like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) that made relief payments and further economic aid more targeted than previous plans passed under former President Donald Trump.
A total of 19,258,271 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and March 5, according to provisional NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 422,916 on the previous day’s figures.
Of this number, 18,491,771 were the first dose of a vaccine, a rise of 385,681 on the previous day, while 766,500 were a second dose, an increase of 37,235.
Piers Morgan has first Covid jab and praises ‘efficient’ NHS staff
Piers Morgan has praised his “amazingly efficient” experience of being vaccinated against coronavirus today.
The presenter was given the jab at the Violet Melchett Centre in Chelsea, southwest London, and even found time to joke it was not as painful as working alongside his Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid.
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Chiara Giordano6 March 2021 15:03
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