GPs in England have been told to arrange more face to face appointments, as the government unveiled an emergency winter rescue plan aimed at improving access. (Subscribe:
New figures show that some 5.7 million people in England are waiting for routine hospital treatment, the highest level on record.
All this, against a background of rising Covid cases in all areas of the country and across all age groups, especially children.
In the last 24 hours, there were 45,000 new infections and a further 157 deaths.
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