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Social distancing measures in the UK could be relaxed within weeks if there are signs the coronavirus epidemic is slowing, a leading scientist and government adviser has said.

Professor Neil Ferguson - of Imperial College London, which is advising the government on its coronavirus response - said the UK's epidemic was expected to plateau in the next week to 10 days, but said people's behaviour was critical to determining what happens next.


He told BBC Radio 4: "The critical thing first is to get case numbers down, and then I'm hopeful... in a few weeks' time we will be able to move to a regime which will not be normal life, let me emphasise that, but will be somewhat more relaxed in terms of social distancing and the economy, but relying more on testing."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP
Hancock: 'Stay in this weekend'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock have urged people to "stick with the guidance" to stay at home and resist the temptation to break the COVID-19 outbreak social distancing rules this sunny weekend.

Asked what would happen if people flouted the lockdown rules, Prof Ferguson replied: "That moves us to a slightly more pessimistic scenario.

"We still think things will plateau but we'll be at quite high levels of infection for weeks and weeks rather than seeing quite a rapid decline as the type seen in China."


The government ramped up measures against the coronavirus epidemic last month after a report by Prof Ferguson's team predicted the UK could otherwise have seen 250,000 deaths.


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The number of people who have died in the UK after contracting coronavirus has risen by 43 to 465.

It represents the smallest rise in the number of deaths since 17 March - more than a week ago.

But there was the biggest increase in the number of infections across the UK - up 1,542 to 9,529.

In England, 28 people died in 24 hours.

There were four deaths at Barts Health NHS Trust in London and four others at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.

The others who died, including one person aged 93, did have underlying health conditions.

Six more deaths in Scotland take the total there to 22, and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said there are 51 people now in intensive care who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are suspected to have it.

has announced five more coronavirus deaths, also taking its total to 22, and Northern Ireland said its total had increased from four to seven.

The UK's coronavirus numbers as it stands:

  • England - 414 deaths and 7,973 confirmed cases
  • Scotland - 22 deaths and 719 confirmed cases
  • Wales - 22 deaths and 628 confirmed cases
  • Northern Ireland - seven deaths and 209 confirmed cases


Among those confirmed to have tested positive is Prince Charles, whose diagnosis was announced earlier.

The Ministry of Justice has also announced that 19 prisoners across 10 jails have been diagnosed with the infection, plus four prison staff across four jails and three prisoner escort and custody services staff.

The Department for Health and Social Care will update the UK total for deaths, confirmed cases and tests later.

The number of cases and deaths is expected to continue to keep rising as the UK waits to feel the impact of a nationwide lockdown enforced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday.

Imperial College Professor Neil Ferguson, whose work on the epidemic has informed the government's policy, has said his research team is "moderately confident" that demand for intensive care beds will peak in two-and-a-half to three weeks' time if the measures have the desired effect.

The prime minister remains under pressure to further strengthen the lockdown to stop non-essential construction workers heading to building sites, so as not to overwhelm public transport.

NHS staff have complained of being met with packed London Underground services so far this week because so many people are continuing to go to work.

The government is still working to boost the health service's resources as the UK prepares for a surge in serious coronavirus cases, with 250,000 volunteers being sought to help vulnerable people.

The ExCel Centre in east London is also being converted into a field hospital with 4,000 beds to cope with demand.

Military personnel have been seen at the huge exhibition centre to begin work on transforming it into NHS Nightingale, which was announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Tuesday.


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The UK government is planning to introduce emergency laws next week to ban mass gatherings of more than 500 people in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus.

A Whitehall source said the government has drafted emergency legislation to stop mass gatherings and compensate organisations.


The laws could also give police and immigration officers the power to detain people if they are suspected of being infected and the ability to direct schools to stay open, The Times reported.

The newspaper said the laws could remain in place for two years.

 Key Points

  • The London Marathon is among a number of sporting events cancelled
  • Anyone entering New Zealand will have to self-isolate for 14 days
  • US President Donald Trump has declared the outbreak a national emergency
  • More than 145,000 cases and almost 5,500 deaths have been declared worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University
  • Italy recorded 250 cases in a day, bringing its total to almost 18,000

So far, ministers have resisted a move to ban mass gatherings even though some major sporting events including the London Marathon and all Premier League matches have already been postponed.


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The UK government is trying to tackle fake news about the coronavirus outbreak by setting up an expert team to counter disinformation.


False claims about a coronavirus vaccine and bogus cures have circulated on social media, often attracting hundreds of shares.

Ministers hope the new team will help to limit the spread of disinformation, which refers to the deliberate creation and spread of false or manipulated information intended to deceive and mislead audiences.

One such rumour is a Facebook post which claimed a vaccine exists for the new form of coronavirus, which is false.

The post has been shared more than 500 times.

Another claim is that a Chinese respiratory expert found saline solution can kill the virus, and that people should use it to rinse their mouths out.



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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 08:19

Silent privatisation of the health service


Treating healthcare as a market commodity has its risks, writes Dr John Puntis, while Liam Clegg is angered that access to treatment is increasingly linked to the ability to pay

 Your report (Beauticians’ mole removals letting skin cancers grow and causing burns, 12 February) highlights dangers to patients from interventions performed outside the NHS. In 2019, NHS England (NHSE) published guidance for commissioners on restricting a number of NHS procedures. “Removal of benign skin lesions” was in fact the major target for predicted reduced activity/anticipated savings. While the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence was involved in the NHSE consultation, it has not endorsed the recommendations to reduce activity through withdrawal of funding.

In the light of your report, it’s ironic that one of NHSE’s stated objectives was to “reduce avoidable harm to patients”. It appears that the law of unintended consequences was not given due consideration. Increased risk to patients is an example of what happens when healthcare is treated as a market commodity.
Dr John Puntis
Co-chair, Keep Our NHS Public

 A recent appointment with a healthcare professional at my GP confirmed that wax build-up explained my recent hearing loss. I was initially told that the practice had no syringing appointments currently available, but later they called and said they had decided to no longer offer this service, and that the cheapest option they recommended is £60 at Boots. I’m angered that access to health is increasingly linked to ability to pay. Silent privatisation of the NHS, I guess.
Liam Clegg



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Friday, 31 January 2020 08:31

11 charts on the problems facing the NHS

 The NHS faces a number of challenges and often tops the list of concerns voiced by the public, but what state is it actually in?

1. We spend more on the NHS than ever before...

Last year more than £156bn was spent on health across the UK - about 12 times the figure that was spent 70 years ago.

And that's after you adjust it for inflation.

It means today about 30p out of every £1 spent on public services goes on health.

How the NHS budget has grown

UK health spending from 1949 to 2019

Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies

2. ...but spending has slowed

Ever since the early 1950s the budget has been increasing, but the scale of those rises has varied quite considerably.

The average rise has been just over 4%. The biggest rises were seen under the Labour governments between 1997 and 2010 when the average annual rise was about 6%.

This dropped to 1% under the post-financial crisis coalition government between 2010 and 2015 - a figure which then rose under the majority Conservative government of recent years.

The Conservatives have said their five-year funding plan for the NHS will see the budget rise by an average of 3.4% a year above inflation. It means that by 2023-24 there would be £149bn of funding available.

By comparison, during the 2019 General Election, Labour proposed increasing it by 3.9% - bringing the budget to £155bn by 2023-24. The Lib Dems were marginally behind this coming in at £154bn.

3. Use of private companies has increased

Labour often talk about the risk of privatisation of the NHS, accusing the Conservatives of wanting to do a deal with US President Donald Trump.

Private firms are already involved in providing NHS care. Just over 7% of the budget goes on private providers, up from just over 5% in 2011-12.

Percentage of NHS budget spent on private providers


Source: Department for Health and Social Care, Full Fact research

These can be deals to run a specific service or to take on some NHS patients for routine treatments like hip and knee replacements.

But it still leaves the overwhelming majority of care provided by the state and state-employed staff.

Actually, GPs are technically independent small businesses contracted to provide a service to the NHS - but they tend not to be considered as private providers.

NHS money also goes to the private sector to purchase drugs and equipment.

Nearly all of this is bought centrally so the NHS can use its bargaining power to negotiate good deals. A recent example of this was the agreement reached with Vertex to fund its cystic fibrosis treatments.

The NHS got a significant saving on the price the drug manufacturer originally wanted. Fears have been raised that US firms would want the NHS to agree more lucrative deals - they get more money for their drugs in their own country. But given the cost to the NHS of such a concession many doubt this is likely.

4. Waiting times are getting worse

There are three key targets for hospitals: covering A&E, cancer care and routine operations, such as knee and hip replacements.

All parts of the UK have been struggling to hit them.

The way they are measured differs between the UK nations.

The A&E target is the most directly comparable - in that each nation expects 95% of patients to be treated or admitted in four hours.

A&E performance across UK

% of patients dealt with inside four hours

Source: NHS England, Information Analysis Directorate, ISD Scotland, Stats Wales

Performance is worse in Wales and Northern Ireland than it is in England and Scotland.

Scotland is the last nation to have hit the target - back in the summer of 2017.

Meanwhile, in cancer care patients are meant to start treatment within 62 days of an urgent GP referral. But that too is being missed, while waiting lists for routine treatments are rising.

In England it has topped 4.4 million - the highest on record. Some 15% have waited more than the target time of 18 weeks.

5. The population is ageing

The ageing population is certainly a major factor for the growing pressures - and it is one with which all health systems in the world are struggling.

Medical advances have meant that people are living longer. When the NHS was created, life expectancy was 13 years shorter than it is now.

Percentage of the population by age group

Past and projected UK population

Source: ONS

This is something to celebrate. Infectious diseases are no longer a significant threat. Heart attacks do not claim the lives of people early in the same numbers.

Even cancer is not the death sentence it once was - half of people now survive for a decade or more.

But this progress has come at a cost. People are living with a growing number of long-term chronic conditions - diabetes, heart disease and dementia. These are more about care than cure - what patients usually need is support.

6. Care for older people costs much more

That level of ill-health means the average 65-year-old costs the NHS 2.5 times more than the average 30-year-old.

A 90-year-old costs more than seven times as much.

Relative cost of treating a 90-year-old compared to a 30-year-old

Relative cost in £

Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies

As the number of older people continues to rise so will the cost to the NHS.

This is compounded by other factors, including the rising cost of new drugs and high levels of obesity. A third of adults are so overweight they are risking their health significantly.

All this contributes to what health economists call health inflation - the idea that the cost of providing care outstrips the normal rise in the cost of living across the economy.

This is why health has tended to receive more generous rises than other areas of government spending.

7. The UK spends a lower proportion on health than some other EU countries

But despite this the UK has been left trailing some other parts of Europe when it comes to spending as a proportion of GDP, which is a measure of the size of the economy.

It is a gap that has widened since the previous Labour government was in power from 1997 to 2010.

How the UK compares to other EU countries

Comparison of spending on public and private health and care as a % of GDP, 2017

Source: OECD

The result, as you would expect, is fewer beds, doctors and nurses per patient in the UK than the big spenders, which tend to tax people more.

Germany, for example, has almost twice as many nurses per capita than the UK.

8. The number of vacancies is high...

But the lack of staff in the NHS is not just because of less spending, the health service cannot even fill the posts for which it has got funding.

The NHS in England has nearly 100,000 jobs unfilled at the moment.

The total represents one in 12 of all the posts in the health service and would be enough to staff 10 large hospitals.

It includes about 40,000 nurse posts and nearly 10,000 doctor vacancies.

NHS vacancies by staff group

NHS England, Jan-Mar 2019

Source: NHS Improvement

Some of the gaps are filled using overtime and agency staff, but some simply go unfilled.

There are various initiatives in place to recruit and retain staff.

And the number of training places for doctors and nurses are increasing.

9. ...and building works are falling behind

While the government has been able to put more money into the NHS, one element of the budget that has been cut is the money set aside for capital projects.

That covers the cost of infrastructure, such as building works and IT.

Cost to clear maintenance backlogs

NHS England, £bn

Source: NHS Digital; high risk backlog means urgent attention is required to avoid serious injury, whilst low risk means lowest attention required.

In recent years that has resulted in a growing maintenance backlog with hospitals having to contend with leaky roofs, out-of-date equipment and crumbling buildings.

The capital budget increased by £1bn for 2019-20, bringing the budget up to £7bn.

10. Not many older people get free care

The NHS is also under pressure because of the problems in the social care system.

Social care includes day centres, help in the home for tasks such as washing and dressing, and good quality care in care homes during the final years of life. It is seen as essential to keep people well and living independently - and out of hospital.

The system is means-tested in England, which means only the poorest receive help from councils towards the cost of care.

But even then it is heavily rationed. The result is growing numbers of older people going without care.

Where older people with care needs get help


Source: Age UK, Laing Buisson, NHS Digital, Carers UK

According to Age UK, 1.4 million people over the age of 65 are not getting the care they need.

That represents one in seven of all older people and is a rise of nearly a fifth in two years.

This lack of care in the community has been directly linked to the growing pressures on hospitals by the Care Quality Commission, the body responsible for regulating standards across health and social care.

The regulator believes that without reform of the system, the extra money being put into the NHS could be swallowed up without a noticeable improvement in performance.

The other parts of the UK can make a case for being more generous in this respect - home care is capped in Wales and free for the over-75s in Northern Ireland, while Scotland provides free personal care (washing and dressing) in both care homes and people's own homes.

11. Satisfaction remains high

Despite the challenges being faced by the NHS, the majority of the public say they are satisfied with services.

The British Social Attitudes poll of nearly 3,000 people found 53% of people in England, Scotland and Wales were satisfied with services in 2018.

Patient satisfaction with the NHS

Great Britain

Source: British Social Attitudes survey

But levels of satisfaction are falling.

The latest score was a three percentage point drop since 2017 and the lowest level since 2007. A peak of 70% was seen in 2010.


Experts say waiting times and a lack of staff were major concerns as ratings for GPs dropped to an all-time low.



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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 08:29

CQC Consultancy Service



Recently Panashe has successfully began to explore a second side of the business. We now proudly offer ‘one to one’ consultancy meetups between companies starting their own care businesses and Patience Oyeniran, the Managing Director of Panashe Homecare.

Patience will assist companies in areas of the CQC registration such as:

  • Completing forms
  • Mock Interviews
  • Insuring all details are correct and ready to begin care

So Contact us today for a chat about how Panashe can help you



Where will you meet patience?
That’s completely up to you. Patience does recommend that she will travel to you so that she can see the Office you’re working from and she can get a better sense of the business you’re running. However if you’re more comfortable with coming to our office in Leicester, then that’s fine with us.

Introduction to yourselves and the company:
Patience will first introduce herself and understand who you are, your staff hold and what areas of care you’re looking at, amongst other things. The more she knows about the employers and business the more help she can give.

CQC Process
Then she’ll discuss with you where you are regarding the CQC process. Have you started the forms? Have you already submitted the forms and/or failed them?  Remember, it doesn’t matter where you are at, Patience will guide you through this as it can seem tricky and nerve wracking. Please feel free to ask questions at any point as this is all about you and your understanding of CQC.

What happens after?
If you’ve decided to carry on with the Consultation Patience will book the next meeting with you at the end of each consultation. The time gap is up to you, whereas many prefer one consultation per month others benefit from fortnightly sessions. Again it’s completely up to you to decide what suits you and your business.

Patience will also set ‘tasks’ for you to complete by the next time she visits. These can vary from drafting the forms to designing and inputting spreadsheets to hold your companies data.

Shortly after you will receive the minutes of the meeting with all key elements, tasks set and next date of consultation.

Need any more details, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or telephone Patience herself on: +44 7468 490972

Visit our price page to see what package is suitable for you.



Ideal for new Homecare Businesses going through CQC!

Patience Oyeniran will meet with you and any other team mates to discuss the CQC process, set Targets for the next meeting and send a typed copy of the minutes.

To book please contact Patience via email to discuss and set up a date.  Or if you’d prefer ring her personally on: 07468490972



Buy/ Book 5 sessions and only pay for 4!

Each session is taylored to your companies needs, whether proof reading your paperwork or setting up a mock interview. Patience will help in everyway.

To book please contact Patience via email to discuss and set up a date.  Or if you’d prefer ring her personally on: 07468490972



Buy/ Book 10 sessions and only pay for 9!

Each session is taylored to your companies needs, whether proof reading your paperwork or setting up a mock interview. Patience will help in everyway.

To book please contact Patience via email to discuss and set up a date.  Or if you’d prefer ring her personally on: 07468490972

People with minor injuries are being turned away from a hospital that has seen up to a 12-hour wait in A&E for beds.

Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske, Truro, said it had been forced to make the "unprecedented" move following "sustained pressure".

It is urging all non-emergency patients to consult their GPs or go to one of 11 minor injuries units in the county.

An outbreak of norovirus has led to the partial closure of two wards.

Allister Grant, medical director at Royal Cornwall Hospital, said turning people away was "absolutely unprecedented, we have not had to do before".

"The A&E Department has been under continuous sustained pressure over the Christmas period and New Year period.

"We have had patients waiting in the emergency department for beds for up to 12 hours and queues in the corridors," he said.

Mr Grant said an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus, had closed two wards and meant some staff members were also off sick.

"We are in a very dire situation," he said, adding extra staff had been drafted in at "extra rates" to fill the gaps.

He added: "We are urging people to use alternative services where they can and we have made significant provision elsewhere in the county for minor injuries.

"There are 11 minor injury units around the county and people will get a much faster service at these minor injury units. Lots of them have extended hours."

He urged patients to contact their GPs "as their first port of call for anything not life threatening".



Friday, 08 November 2019 20:33

House of Lords – 21.06.2016

On the 13th June 2016 , I was privileged to attend the House of Lords by special invitation from Lord Wei of Shoreditch. The purpose of the visit was to talk about the good work of Panashe Homecare Services and how I became an Entrepreneur. In essence I’ve been there, seen it, done for the sake of ‘Panashe Homecare Services’, ‘Danai Fransica Children’s Home Buffhill Harare’ and self. For this I give God all the Glory.

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Alternatively read the Article published about the Event:


It was a pleasure meeting Christine Blackledge not only for myself but the entire Care Giving community. She has made all Care companies stronger and helped us grow with both determination and passion.

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