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Seven days in medicine: 25 Nov to 1 Dec 2020

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4681 (Published 03 December 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4681

Covid-19

NHS will get £3bn “recovery” funding

The NHS will receive an extra £3bn (€3.34bn; $4bn) next year to help services recover after the pandemic, the UK chancellor announced in his spending review. Rishi Sunak said that this would include £1bn to tackle the elective care backlog, around £1.5bn to help ease existing pressures in the NHS caused by covid-19, and around £500m to improve access to mental health services and invest in the NHS workforce. Andrew Goddard, president of the Royal College of Physicians, welcomed the funding but said that it would not solve longer term problems such as workforce shortages. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.m4651)

Most of England will be in toughest two tiers

The vast majority of England will be placed under high or very high alert levels when the country’s national lockdown ends on 2 December, said the health secretary, Matt Hancock, on 26 November. Under the revised tier system, areas with the toughest restrictions (tier 3) will include Greater Manchester, Bristol, the West Midlands, and Kent. Most areas in England will enter tier 2, including Liverpool and London. Only Cornwall, the Isle of Wight, and the Isles of Scilly will be in tier 1. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.m4661)

Lighter restrictions didn’t work, study suggests

Tier 1 restrictions that applied to areas of England with lower rates of covid-19 before the most recent lockdown had …

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