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The Telegraph and The Sun reported that health and social care spending would account for around 40% of “all public spending.” The i newspaper went with 44%.

Whilst health spending will amount to around 40% of day-to-day public spending, that doesn’t include the large amount spent on welfare payments, like pensions and benefits. Were these included, then health is forecast to account for around 20%.

How the government spends money

Sky News, the Evening Standard and the Independent reported that 9,472 people were admitted to hospitals in England with the Delta variant of Covid-19 in the week up to 29 August 2021

The news sources incorrectly reported Covid hospitalisations over seven months as over seven days. Additionally, PHE told us not all cases of Covid-19 in hospital are sequenced to determine which variant is present.

What the data actually shows

The i newspaper has reported new data claiming to show that 64 frontline healthcare workers died by suicide at the beginning of the pandemic

New healthcare workers suicide figures should be treated with caution. There is often a long gap between a suicide occurring and being registered. Because of this, the majority of all deaths by suicide which were registered in the first half of 2020

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