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Chart of the week: Weekly deaths once again exceeding 20-year average during pandemic’s second wave

Data story 03/12/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, as the second wave of coronavirus leads to the start of another major spike in overall deaths, John Appleby and Billy Palmer take a look at historic trends in weekly mortality and find...

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Chart of the week: Test and Trace and tiers – what’s the connection?

Data story 25/11/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. As we await a return to a tiered system of restrictions, this week Billy Palmer looks into whether there is any association between the effectiveness of contact tracing in a local area and the ti...

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How will Brexit affect the supply of drugs to UK patients? A Q&A

Blog post 16/11/2020Mark Dayan

As we near the end of the Brexit transition period, Mark Dayan looks at the potential effect of leaving the European Union on the supply of medicines to UK patients. This Q&A was originally published in the BMJ on 6 November 2020.

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Chart of the week: Patients' use of urgent care has changed over the pandemic – but long-term impact unclear

Data story 06/11/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, as a whole-country lockdown takes hold, Sarah Scobie takes a look at patients' use of urgent care services to ask how regular patterns of use have held up since Covid-19 arrived – an...

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Chart of the week: The number of medicines that were hard to access grew during the first national lockdown

Data story 22/10/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, Miranda Davies considers the difficult issue of the NHS's ability to get hold of basic drugs for patients who need them - and how the pandemic may be affecting this.

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Measuring mortality during Covid-19: a Q&A

Blog post 20/10/2020Sarah Scobie

As a second wave of Covid-19 infections is underway in the UK, Sarah Scobie answers some key questions on how mortality figures are collected and measured during the pandemic. How do the numbers relate to the daily figures reported, and are all the extra deaths due to the coronavirus? This explainer...

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Chart of the week: Lockdown loneliness and anxiety across the generations

Data story 15/10/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, with the country moving through varying states of a second lockdown phase, Sally Gainsbury looks at how the last period of national confinement affected individual wellbeing, finding t...

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How will Brexit affect the UK’s response to coronavirus?

Report 14/10/2020Mark Dayan

As the European Council meets to review the state of negotiations on the future EU-UK partnership, a new Nuffield Trust briefing assesses how leaving the single market might affect UK health and social care services just as they are grappling with a second wave of Covid-19 and the biggest health cri...

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Chart of the week: Pillars of strength? The capacity and veracity of our national testing programme

Data story 05/10/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. With news of thousands of Covid-19 cases going unreported for a week, Billy Palmer looks at the overall capacity of our testing programme across its various pillars, and considers how this is tra...

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