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Health and care sector latest developments

Latest developments affecting the health and care sector.

25 November 2022

Daily COVID-19 statistics

The latest COVID-19 data for England:

  • In the seven days up to Monday 21 November, 3,321 patients were admitted to hospital with COVID-19.  
  • On Wednesday 23 November, 4,600 COVID-19 patients were still in hospital.  
  • On Wednesday 23 November, 117 COVID-19 patients were in ventilation beds.  
  • The total number of people who had received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine up to and including Sunday 20 November was 45,351,924.
  • The total number of people who had received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine up to and including Sunday 20 November was 42,842,246.  
  • The total number of people who have received their COVID-19 booster or third dose up to and including Sunday 20 November was 33,804,868.
  • In the seven days leading up to and including Saturday 19 November, 433 people died up to 28 days after a positive COVID-19 test.   
  • In the seven days leading up to and including Saturday 19 November, there were 19,386 new cases of COVID-19.     

RCN strikes

Nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are to strike for two days next month in what is set to be their biggest walkout in the NHS's history.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) announced strikes on 15 and 20 December in its pay dispute with the government. Nurses will still provide emergency care, but routine services will be hit.

The RCN said it had been given no choice after ministers would not reopen talks, but the government said the 19 per cent pay rise demanded was unaffordable.

Matthew Taylor chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:

“Now that the NHS has the two dates in December for when the RCN intends to facilitate industrial action, health leaders will be reviewing their plans and waiting for confirmation on the specific organisations that will be affected..."

An open letter to the Prime Minister on the cost-of-living crisis

Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network at the NHS Confederation has signed a joint open letter to the Prime Minister urging him “to act with speed and compassion to tackle the root causes of destitution and in doing so prevent suicide and an inevitable rise in mental ill health”.