This is the latest newsletter from the BMJ (British Medical journal). As ever, it draws on a good range of voices and opinions and provides a good overview of the issues of the day (medical and medical-related).
Who decides when covid-19 restrictions are lifted? A government might lay out plans for reopening society. It might even emphasise the importance of data, not dates. But, as with any exercise in project management, the milestones tend to loom more powerfully…
Further evidence of the success of minimum unit pricing of alcohol in reducing consumption has led to renewed calls for the policy to be introduced in England.
Doctors’ leaders have urged the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to rethink “crude” inspection ratings after it published a new strategy for regulating health and care in England.
I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the government has decided to withdraw its guidance on emergency parking passes for NHS staff, health and social care workers, and NHS volunteer responders in England.
The UK government’s assertion that it placed a protective shield around care homes in the first wave of the covid-19 pandemic is “complete nonsense,” the prime minister’s former chief adviser has claimed.
The government and senior officials fell “disastrously short” in their response to the covid-19 pandemic, the prime minister’s former chief aide has said.
The prime minister’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings has launched an incendiary attack on England’s health secretary’s handling of the covid-19 pandemic, accusing Matt Hancock of “lying to everybody on multiple occasions.”
England is set to remove all legal limits on social contact from 21 June and allow nightclubs to reopen, although masks may still be required in some public spaces and the test and trace system will continue.
Campaigners demanding an intellectual property waiver on covid-19 vaccines and treatments stage a protest at the Department for International Trade, in London, at the start of the two day virtual meeting of G7 trade ministers last week.
The recommendations of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response do not go far enough
Unhelpful, potentially harmful, and should be abandoned
When it comes to covid-19 therapeutics, the UK is the world leader, spearheaded by the largest, most successful trial in the world. Chris Stokel-Walker looks at Recovery, and why it has proved hard to replicate elsewhere
Covid 19: How harm reduction advocates and the tobacco industry capitalised on the pandemic to promote nicotine
Scientific papers suggesting that smokers are less likely to fall ill with covid-19 are being discredited as links to the tobacco industry are revealed, report Stéphane Horel and Ties Keyzer