Health

Fact checks about medical conditions, the NHS, social care and government funding of national health services

1 February 2023

Government fails to back up PM’s claim that A&E patient flow is 'faster than ever'

The Prime Minister recently claimed the flow of patients through emergency care and the discharge rate were at record highs.

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Government fails to back up PM’s claim that A&E patient flow is 'faster than ever'
31 January 2023

Installing defibrillators in schools is not proof that Covid-19 vaccines are unsafe

Defibrillators were being installed in schools prior to the pandemic and there is no evidence linking vaccines to cardiac arrest.

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Installing defibrillators in schools is not proof that Covid-19 vaccines are unsafe
31 January 2023

Vaping harms overstated in viral video

A widely shared video on TikTok and Instagram exaggerates and misrepresents the risks of vaping.

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Vaping harms overstated in viral video
24 January 2023

False claim persists that flu vaccine caused strep A in mice

It’s based on a misreading of a paper that found a different bacteria in the upper respiratory tract of vaccinated mice.

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False claim persists that flu vaccine caused strep A in mice
24 January 2023

Current flu vaccines don’t use mRNA technology

A post on Facebook wrongly suggests that mRNA technology used in two Covid-19 vaccines has also been used in the flu vaccine.

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Current flu vaccines don’t use mRNA technology
24 January 2023

Test and Trace spend wouldn’t fund a 15% pay rise for NHS staff until 2058

A viral claim on social media wrongly suggests that the amount spent on the NHS Test and Trace scheme would fund a 15% pay rise for all NHS staff until …

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Test and Trace spend wouldn’t fund a 15% pay rise for NHS staff until 2058
23 January 2023

Insufficient evidence fenbendazole cures cancer says Cancer Research UK

Although studies have been done in cancer cells in the lab, and in mice, there isn’t sufficient evidence that it can cure cancer in humans.

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Insufficient evidence fenbendazole cures cancer says Cancer Research UK
23 January 2023

How many excess deaths are A&E delays causing?

Earlier this month the Royal College of Emergency Medicine estimated delays are causing 300-500 deaths a week - but NHS leaders say they “don’t recognise these numbers”.

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How many excess deaths are A&E delays causing?
20 January 2023

Flu is not responsible for all ‘flu and pneumonia’ deaths

The Mirror suggested that flu was responsible for about one in 10 deaths at the beginning of this year. But these are deaths from flu or pneumonia—not necessarily both.

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Flu is not responsible for all ‘flu and pneumonia’ deaths
17 January 2023

Are more dentists now working in the NHS?

We look at conflicting claims about the state of NHS dentistry made by the Prime Minister and the British Dental Association.

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Are more dentists now working in the NHS?

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