Health care systems

Fact checks related to the infrustructure of health care and potential impacts of privateistaton

8 December 2021

Lorraine Kelly and her guests were wrong about Covid-19 patients

The majority of people in hospital with Covid are vaccinated—but early reports suggest that the majority in intensive care are unvaccinated.

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Lorraine Kelly and her guests were wrong about Covid-19 patients
13 October 2021

Daily Mail report on GPs seeing fewer patients on Fridays needs more context

There are some important caveats to figures showing GP appointments drop off later in the week.

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Daily Mail report on GPs seeing fewer patients on Fridays needs more context
11 March 2021

Has the NHS had its budget reduced by £30 billion?

Labour claims that the Budget took £30bn out of day to day health spending, this is true if you include the withdrawal of last year’s Covid money.

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Has the NHS had its budget reduced by £30 billion?
10 March 2021

What happens when pupils test positive for Covid-19?

There’s been some confusion over whether pupils can return to school after a positive lateral flow test but a negative PCR result.

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What happens when pupils test positive for Covid-19?
5 January 2021

Millions—not thousands—caught Covid last year

Doctors only report a small fraction of Covid infections through the NOIDs system.

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Millions—not thousands—caught Covid last year
31 July 2020

Viral Facebook post incorrectly claims that a list of PPE contracts are all unfulfilled

PPE procurement is under scrutiny but claims that all these contracts were unfulfilled is not evidenced.

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Viral Facebook post incorrectly claims that a list of PPE contracts are all unfulfilled
29 May 2020

Covid-19 may not be a “high consequence infectious disease”, but it is a real emergency

The new coronavirus can cause many thousands of deaths even though Covid-19 is no longer considered a “high consequence infectious disease”.

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Covid-19 may not be a “high consequence infectious disease”, but it is a real emergency
14 May 2020

Covid-19 deaths in care homes have started to fall

Keir Starmer was right, in one way, to say that deaths in care homes were rising. In another way, Boris Johnson was right to disagree.

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Covid-19 deaths in care homes have started to fall
23 February 2017

The number of NHS hospital beds has fallen

It’s hard to say exactly how far NHS bed numbers have fallen in the past ten years, since the count before 2010 included different things.

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The number of NHS hospital beds has fallen
27 January 2017

The NHS: low cost healthcare?

Recent OECD figures show that the UK spends more than the average for the 35-member club, but less than many individual members.

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The NHS: low cost healthcare?

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