SACN statement on nutrition and older adults

This position statement by SACN provides an overview of the currently available evidence on nutrition in older adults and its impact on healthy ageing. It considers evidence relating to adults aged 65 years and over living in the community. Nutrition and older adults was last considered by the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy (COMA, the predecessor of SACN) as a dedicated topic in the report on “The nutrition of elderly people” (COMA, 1992). You can access this report on the COMA reports web page. Since then, the age structure of the population has undergone considerable change with growth in the proportion and number of…

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Daily contact testing in schools: statement from PHE and NHS TT about next steps

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Speech: Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 18 January 2021

Welcome to Downing Street for todays coronavirus briefing. And Im joined by Professor Steven Powis, the Medical Director of NHS England and by Dr Susan Hopkins, the Chief Medical Adviser to Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace.And I want to bring you up to date with the latest data on the disease and on our vaccine plan in order to combat it.Today, 37,535 positive cases of coronavirus were recorded. The NHS is under significant pressure in all parts of the country.There are 37,475 people in UK hospitals with coronavirus that is the highest that its been throughout the pandemic and someone is admitted to hospital every…

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Statement to Parliament: We must bring the Mental Health Act into the 21st century

With permission, Id like to make a statement on reforming the Mental Health Act.Even in the midst of the pandemic, I am enormously grateful for the work that my team and the NHS have done, led by Sir Simon Wessely and Claire Murdoch, and my honourable friend the Minister for Mental Health, to deliver this white paper which we publish today to bring mental health legislation into the 21st century.Were committed as a government and as a nation to see mental health treated on a par with physical health.We are increasing funding of mental health services to record levels, with 2.3 billion extra each year being invested through…

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Statement to Parliament: Update on the government’s response to the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review

The report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (IMMDS Review) was published on 8 July last year. I would like first to sincerely thank Baroness Cumberlege and her team for their work on the review. I also pay tribute to the women and their families who bravely shared their experiences and brought these issues to light. Without their tireless efforts to have their voices heard, this review would not have been possible.The overriding question investigated by the review is how the health and care system listens and responds to patient concerns raised by patients, and women in particular. We must not forget that the Cumberlege…

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Speech: Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 11 January 2021

Good afternoon and welcome back to Downing Street for todays coronavirus briefing.Im joined by Professor Steve Powis, the National Medical Director of NHS England.Before I turn to our vaccine delivery plan, which weve published today, I wanted to go through the latest coronavirus data.As we know, the new strain of this virus is highly contagious, and it is putting our NHS under very significant pressure.Yesterday 46,169 positive cases of coronavirus were recorded across the whole of the UK.As the slide shows, 32,294 people are currently in hospital with coronavirus thats across the UK and as you can see that is up sharply, its up 22% from this time…

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Statement to Parliament: A vaccine delivery plan for everyone

Madam Deputy Speaker, with permission, I would like to make a statement on the UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan.The plan, published today, sets out the strategies that underpin the development, manufacture and deployment of our vaccines against COVID-19.It represents, Madam Deputy Speaker, a staging post in our national mission to vaccinate against the coronavirus.And a culmination of many months of hard work from the NHS, our armed forces, Public Health England and every level of local government in our Union.There are many miles to go on this journey, Madam Deputy Speaker, but armed with this plan, our direction of travel is clear.And we should be buoyed by the…

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Press release: Statement from Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty on national alert levels

We have faced several grave moments during our battle against coronavirus. But right now, the country is perhaps facing the most serious yet.The new, more transmissible variant of this disease is spreading rapidly across the country and having tragic consequences. On Monday the 4 UK Chief Medical Officers and the NHS Medical Director recommended raising the national alert level to the maximum of level 5 for the first time. This means that without further action there is a material risk of our healthcare services being overwhelmed within 21 days. Since then the situation has deteriorated further.Hospitals are always busy in the winter but the NHS in some parts…

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Press release: Statement from Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock on testing and vaccinations

We begin 2021 knowing that vaccines are our way out of this pandemic. Human ingenuity and phenomenal scientific advances make it a case of when, not if, we will return back to normal life.The cavalry is here courtesy of our vaccination programme and we have already protected more people through vaccinations than any other European country.Alongside this pivotal work, we must not lose focus on our system of testing, which we know is another important weapon in our fight against this virus, and can bring down the R number by between 0.3 and 0.6.Over the past months, we have been regularly testing our colleagues in health and social…

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Press release: Statement from Chief Medical Adviser for NHS Test and Trace, Susan Hopkins on community testing

We now know that around one in three people who have coronavirus never show any symptoms but that does not mean they are not infectious.We need to use everything at our disposal to find these individuals without symptoms and support them and their contacts to isolate in order to break the chains of transmission.That is why the community testing offer is being expanded to all local authorities with a particular focus on workplace testing. This expansion will help keep workers safe by finding those who are infectious while protecting vital services and supporting employers to ensure their businesses to operate. Community testing plans are designed by local authorities…

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