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Almost 800 medical graduates could be denied the chance to train as doctors in the NHS this year, despite the health service’s crippling shortage of medics.
A total of 791 medical undergraduates who have applied to start training as junior doctors at the start of August have been told there are no places for them – the highest number ever.
The risk that young would-be doctors may not be allocated to start their training at a hospital in the UK has sparked concern among the medical students affected, as well as medical organisations.
Pressure is growing for action to close the gap between the number of training places available across the NHS and the number of graduates seeking one, so medical talent is not wasted and hospitals hire as many fresh recruits as they can to help tackle the widespread lack of medics.
Doctors are worried that the mismatch between demand for and supply of training places will lead to the NHS missing out on medics it sorely needs and that some of those denied a place will either go to work abroad instead or give up medicine altogether. The most recent official figures showed that the NHS in England is short of almost 8,200 doctors.


ITV News
Some 43,000 people in Britain have signed up to host a Ukrainian refugee after a government sponsor scheme was published earlier today, government sources have said.
Communities Secretary Michael Gove set out details of the scheme in the House of Commons and told MPs that people across the UK will be rewarded with £350 a month if they commit.
The ‘Homes for Ukraine programme’ in a nutshell:
Britons will be able to sponsor Ukrainians to seek sanctuary in the UK, even if they have no links to Britain.
People will be expected to sign up to host a Ukrainian for a minimum of six months and will receive £350 for every month they house a refugee or family.
There’s no limit on the number of Ukrainians who could enter the UK under this scheme although it is not clear how many Britons would be able to help.
Some 1,500 had signed up to the scheme within an hour of the website going live, Mr Gove said.
Ukrainians given a visa under the scheme will be allowed to remain and work in the UK for up to three years and will have full access and unrestricted access to benefits, health care, employment and other support.

More than 43,000 people have registered their interest in sponsoring Ukrainian refugees to stay in their homes – just hours after the government website went live.
Offering those who provide sanctuary a monthly payment of £350, the scheme was formally launched on Monday after days of criticism over the government’s handling of the humanitarian crisis following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Michael Gove told MPs it will allow Ukrainian’s with no family links to come to the UK and benefit from “unrestricted access” to benefits, employment and healthcare.
The levelling-up secretary added there would be “no limit” to the number of Ukrainian’s who can benefit from the scheme.
As of 9.30pm – five hours after being launched – more than 43,000 people had registered their interest in the programme, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities said.

The government has officially unveiled a scheme for Brits to take families fleeing Ukraine into their homes.
Communities secretary Michael Gove told MPs there will be no limit to the number of people who can benefit from the Homes for Ukraine plan.
UK sponsors will be asked to sign up for six months and will receive a tax-free £350 allowance to help offset the costs.
The policy offers refugees a place to stay for up to three years but it’s unclear what will happen beyond that date.
People interested in taking part can now register their interest via a government website.
Mr Gove said red tape will be kept to a minimum to speed the process up but said security checks would be necessary for Ukrainians and sponsors.
He told the Commons: ‘The scheme will allow Ukrainians with no family ties to the UK to be sponsored by individuals or organisations who can offer them a home.

Anti-war protest

Sky News
An anti-war protester has interrupted the main news programme on Russia’s foremost state TV station, holding a sign which told viewers: “They are lying to you.”
During the live broadcast on Channel One, the woman, who is thought to have worked for the company for years, walked on to the set behind the presenter with a placard denouncing the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
In English, it read: “No war. Russians against war.”
And in Russian it said: “NO WAR. Stop the war. Don’t believe propaganda. They are lying to you here.”
While she stood behind the host who continued to read from her autocue, the demonstrator – who has been named as Marina Ovsyannikova – could be heard saying: “Stop the war! No war! Stop the war! No war!”
She could still be heard after the broadcast was switched to alternative output.

A woman burst onto Russia’s most-watched live nightly newscast with a protest sign condemning the war in Ukraine.
In the footage, an anchor is reading the news on Monday when a woman shows up in the background holding a sign that says “NO WAR”.
“Stop the war. Don’t believe propaganda. They’re lying to you,” the sign reads.
She chanted “stop the war, no to war” behind the newscaster.
According to Financial Times Moscow Bureau Chief Max Seddon – himself citing Russian media sources – the woman is Marina Ovsyannikova, an editor at Channel One. She has reportedly already been arrested and charged with “discrediting the Russian armed forces”. Channel One’s legal defence foundation is planning on defending her against the charges.

BBC News
A woman holding an anti-war sign ran on to the set of a Russian evening news programme on the state-controlled Channel 1 on Monday evening.
The sign, clearly visible behind the presenter, read: “No war, stop the war, don’t believe the propaganda, they are lying to you here.”
The woman has been named as Marina Ovsyannikova, an editor at the channel.
Russian TV news is tightly controlled by the Kremlin and reflects only the Russian version of events in Ukraine.
Ms Ovsyannikova is believed to be in police custody.
Her voice could be heard during the broadcast saying, “No to war! Stop the war!” before the programme director cut early to a recorded news report.


Large explosions rocked Kyiv early on Tuesday even as Ukraine and Russia inched closer to a diplomatic truce for the ongoing war.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said the talks between Ukraine and Russia’s delegations will continue today as well, a day after he signalled minor success in the peace talks.
The negotiators, Mr Zelensky said, have taken a technical pause.
Meanwhile, attacks battering Ukrainian city Mariupol continued but a convoy of 160 civilian cars was able to escape the port city via a humanitarian route. Mariupol is facing a grave crisis with multiple attacks paralysing the access of civilians to food, medicines and essential supplies.
Russia has reportedly asked China for help with food packets of “ready-to-eat” for its troops currently in Ukraine.
Beijing, however, has denied the call for assistance and called it a “malicious disinformation” being spread by Washington.
Marking its 20th day in Ukraine, the Russian military invading the country has “stalled”, a senior US defence official has said.

Evening Standard
Russia’s advance has stalled and made little progress over the weekend, US intelligence officials said.
According to officials in Washington, Russian troops have been unable to take Kyiv city centre, despite another night of heavy airstrikes on the capital.
Ukrainian and Russian officials are preparing to hold another round of peace talks on Tuesday.
Assaults on Chernihiv and Khakiv have also been stalled US officials have claimed, while Ukrainian sources have stated that Mariupol is still being defended.
Such is the staunch defence, Oleksiy Arestovich, an advisor to the Ukrainian president’s chief of staff, said a peace agreement may soon be reached: “I think that no later than in May, early May, we should have a peace agreement.”

Defiant Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky warned Russian soldiers they ‘will not take anything from Ukraine except lives – and lose your own”.
The illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine has ‘stalled’, according to US defence officials., but the Kremlin says they have seized the region of Kherson.
Kherson city fell 12 days ago but there was fierce Ukraine resistance in the wider area. The Kremlin says Russian troops now have full control of the region.
Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky has encouraged Russian soldiers to surrender.
In new message, Zelensky said: “You won’t take anything from Ukraine. You will take lives. But we will take your lives too.
“We offer you choice: if you surrender, we will treat you as people should be treated. With dignity. Not like your army has treated you”.
Vladimir Putin’s troops have been accused of blocking a humanitarian aid convoy sent to relieve the besieged port city of Mariupol.

Ukraine’s capital ‘resembles a disaster movie’ today after Russian forces brutally blitzed an apartment block and debris rained down from an intercepted missile on to the city in Putin’s latest barbaric attack.
One person was killed and a dozen were injured after the residential building in the north of the capital was hit this morning, narrowly avoiding a passing pedestrian.
Later, a missile was intercepted by Ukrainian air defence systems, but debris fell on a bus and a car, killing another person and injuring six.
Ukraine’s defence minister Oleksii Reznikov said: ‘Kyiv. One of the most beautiful cities in the EU today looks like a frame of an apocalypse movie.’
Russian troops are edging closer to the capital and fighting is still raging in the suburbs, with two killed and seven injured at a nearby aircraft factory.
Speaking after this morning’s attack, Volodymyr Zelensky vowed to rebuild every destroyed Ukrainian street and building.

RUSSIAN troops have been met with strong resistance as they “walked into an ambush” on their advances to Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.
Drone footage from Ukrainian armed forces shows Russian tanks being ambushed outside Kyiv, something that Russian drones should have warned them about.
A report by CNA, Washington-based non-profit research and analysis organisation, revealed that Russian drone capabilities did not appear well-coordinated at the start of the war.
But author Samuel Bendett added that the military is like to adapt drones as the war rages on, with most of Russia’s drone fleet being small enough to “disappear” in the sky.

China is willing to supply weapons to Russia, according to US intelligence officials, as Moscow admitted for the first time that the war was not going to plan.
The claims made in US diplomatic cables and handed in person to Nato allies prompted Washington to threaten Beijing with economic sanctions if it tried to help Vladimir Putin.
It followed reports that Russia had requested military equipment, including drones from China, to make up for losses suffered in the first 19 days of the war.
In addition to drones, the US reportedly told allies that Russia had asked China for surface-to-air missiles, armoured vehicles and items linked to intelligence gathering. The US did not confirm the suggestion.
Any Chinese involvement would risk the outbreak of “World War Three” and seriously escalate a conflict that has already claimed thousands of lives.

THE UNITED KINGDOM has claimed Vladimir Putin could “possibly” use chemical weapons as the United Nations issues a “bone-chilling” warning about Russian nuclear forces.
Russia could escalate efforts in Ukraine by turning towards chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, the West has warned. Vladimir Putin’s troops have spent the last 20 days stationed in Ukraine in what the Kremlin has described as a “special military operation”.
Russian forces have been spotted attacking civilian locations and have even launched an airstrike on a maternity ward at a hospital in the city of Mariupol.
However, in an intelligence update, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has claimed Russia could be planning to use chemical or biological weapons in yet another ‘false-flag’ operation.

Social care

Lateral flow tests could cost care home visitors £73 a month, a leading UK charity has said, as it renewed calls to keep the devices free in such settings.
The government has previously announced that free testing for the general public will end from 1 April, and that this will include care home visitors.
However, charities have warned the shift away from free tests could place a heavy financial burden on those visiting care homes, where testing is still advised.
Boots has announced it will offer the devices at £2.50 for one or £12 for a pack of five, or £17 for a pack of four with the extra option to send results to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
James White, the head of public affairs and campaigns at the Alzheimer’s Society, said the proposed charge on lateral flow tests for visitors to care homes was a cruel tax on care.


All remaining coronavirus travel measures will be axed in the UK at the end of the week, paving the way for more stress-free holidays.
Travel bosses have celebrated the announcement, which brings two years of ever-changing restrictions to an end.
But the move comes as Covid cases rise in all four UK nations for the first time since the end of January.
Unvaccinated people will no longer need to be tested to travel to the UK from 4am on Friday.
Passenger locator forms, which normally track people after outbreaks of the virus, have been scrapped.
From the end of March, the UK will fully end its hotel quarantine capacity, with there currently being no red list countries requiring their use.

Covid cases have risen by 48 per cent in a week, with new hotspots emerging across the UK.
Latest data shows that the worst-affected areas are in Scotland, with Na h-Eileanan Siar recording a rate of 2,252.8 cases per 100,000 people – 2.5 times the rate in England’s worst hotspot.
In the past seven days 444,201 people have tested positive for the virus – a rise of more than 144,000 compared to the previous week.
Nearly 12,000 people are in hospital with Covid across the UK, although NHS trusts say more than half in England are being treated primarily for something else.
Somerset West and Taunton is the local authority area with the highest infection rate in England, followed by Hastings and Worthing.

A surge in Covid cases was always to be ‘expected’ following the easing of England’s final Covid restrictions, the Health Secretary insisted today as he urged caution over the rising statistics.
Sajid Javid said the UK remains in a ‘very good position’ — despite hospital admissions also starting to creep up in the last week — but he urged adults eligible for a booster vaccine to come forward and get the jab.
Mr Javid told Sky News: ‘Whilst the rate [of cases] has gone up modestly in the last few days, that’s to be expected as we are now open as a country and there’s more social mixing, but there’s nothing in the data at this point in time that gives us any cause for concern.’
He insisted that officials were continuing to monitor case numbers, hospital admissions and NHS capacity, telling Times Radio: ‘Taking all of that together, we remain in an overall very good position.’
Government dashboard data shows cases have been rising since March 2 — just days after England’s ‘Freedom Day’ on February 24 saw the legal requirement to self-isolate after testing positive scrapped.
But the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Covid Infection Survey estimates infections were starting to climb days before, suggesting the transition towards ‘living with Covid’ is not solely to blame for the latest surge.

Sajid Javid has said there is no “cause for concern” despite the number of people in hospital with Covid climbing back above 10,000.
The Health Secretary said on Monday that a rise in infections was to be “expected” following the easing of coronavirus restrictions in England.
“We are now open as a country and there’s more social mixing, but there’s nothing in the data at this point in time that gives us any cause for concern,” he told Sky News.
More than half of all Covid patients in hospital trusts in England are being treated primarily for something else, up from a quarter in autumn 2021.
All patients who have tested positive for Covid need to be treated separately from those who do not have the virus, regardless of whether they are in hospital primarily for Covid or not.
But the growing proportion of patients who are in hospital “with” Covid rather than “for” Covid – 57 per cent as of March 8 – is another sign that the current wave of the virus has not led to the same sort of pressure on critical care as in previous waves.
A total of 10,576 people were in hospital as of 8am on March 14, up 19 per cent week-on-week, according to NHS England.

AS Britons flock back to their offices, the pre-covid traditions of mugs, hugs and after-work pints have also returned, a new study has found.
After two years ‘Working From Home’, two thirds of the nation have packed up makeshift desks in their kitchens, bedrooms and studies and darted back to their offices. And new research by sanitising solutions firm INEOS Hygienics found that’s seen the return of coffee and tea-runs, bosses ordering in buffet-style treats for staff, colleague hugs and even after-work drinks.
Overall, 15 per cent of office staff are happy to be hugged by colleagues and 20 per cent are okay with the use of communal company mugs – as long as they are washed in a dishwasher.
Around one in five (22 per cent) said they would be happy to have a quick face-to-face natter at the watercooler – a situation previously banned by social distancing rules.

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