Health

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

6 October 2022

Protestors did not close Bristol vaccination clinic ‘for the foreseeable future’

A group of protesters made a video claiming they ‘closed’ the centre. It reopened three days later.

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Protestors did not close Bristol vaccination clinic ‘for the foreseeable future’
4 October 2022

Article on impact of voice assistants on children is not ‘new research’

An article which suggests voice assistants may hinder children's cognitive and social development is not based on original research, and has been criticised by experts.

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Article on impact of voice assistants on children is not ‘new research’
30 September 2022

Bayer executive wrongly said mRNA vaccines are gene therapy

A spokesperson for Bayer said Stefan Oelrich’s comments were an ‘obvious slip of the tongue’.

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Bayer executive wrongly said mRNA vaccines are gene therapy
28 September 2022

Claims about vaccine adverse events based on article since-deleted over inaccuracies

An Express headline is being shared to claim the truth about the Covid-19 vaccine is “starting to unravel”. The article in question was deleted after the Express acknowledged it was …

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Claims about vaccine adverse events based on article since-deleted over inaccuracies
26 September 2022

Flu vaccines may contain harmless levels of formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is naturally present in our bodies, and there isn’t enough in vaccines to harm us.

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Flu vaccines may contain harmless levels of formaldehyde
23 September 2022

Will 16 million patients be left without a GP by 2030?

Figures projecting a shortfall of 8,800 GPs by 2030 don’t necessarily suggest that one in four people will be without a GP by the end of the decade.

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Will 16 million patients be left without a GP by 2030?
23 September 2022

Claims exaggerate the number of Covid-19 deaths in 2022

Far fewer people are dying of Covid-19 in 2022 compared with 2021 and 2020—although some sources of data make the numbers look higher.

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Claims exaggerate the number of Covid-19 deaths in 2022
23 September 2022

Poll didn’t find 20% of Britons are resorting to ‘DIY dentistry’

Headlines in the Telegraph and MailOnline claimed that a fifth of people had been forced to attempt their own dental treatment.

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Poll didn’t find 20% of Britons are resorting to ‘DIY dentistry’
22 September 2022

Two week waiting time for GP appointments not official requirement

Health Secretary Thérèse Coffey has described calls for a two week waiting time for GP appointments in England as an “expectation” rather than a requirement.

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Two week waiting time for GP appointments not official requirement
22 September 2022

Health secretary’s claim on health spending fact checked

Dr Thérèse Coffey said health and social care account for 40% of government day-to-day spending. That’s only true if you don’t count spending on things like pensions.

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Health secretary’s claim on health spending fact checked

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