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Seven days in medicine: 15-21 September 2021

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2309 (Published 23 September 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2309

Covid-19

Wales introduces covid passes for nightclubs

From 11 October people wishing to enter nightclubs and other large gatherings in Wales will need to show that they are fully vaccinated or have had a recent negative lateral flow test. The first minister, Mark Drakeford, said, “Across Wales, coronavirus cases have risen to very high levels over the summer as more people have been gathering and meeting. Tragically, more people are dying from this terrible virus. The very strong advice we have from our scientific advisers is to take early action to prevent infections increasing further.” In England vaccine passports are being kept in “reserve” should they be needed in the coming months.

Mental health backlog is “catastrophic”

The Royal College of Psychiatrists called for significant investment on top of commitments in the NHS long term plan to tackle the effects of the pandemic on mental health. An extra £3bn (€3.5bn; $4.1bn) over three years is also needed to improve the mental health estate and invest in digital technology and research, it said. New referrals among people of all ages in June 2021 were up by 24% on June 2020. Adrian James, president of the college, said, “We mustn’t overlook mental health when tackling the NHS backlog. The pandemic has been catastrophic …

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