THE NHS will use its world-beating Covid jab roll out as a blueprint to take on other killer diseases.
Sir Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS in England, said that bin men will also be asked to look out for vulnerable people on their rubbish runs.
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The NHS will use its world-beating Covid jab roll out as a blueprint to take on other killer diseasesCredit: Getty
Sir Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS in England, said that bin men will also be asked to look out for vulnerable people on their rubbish runsCredit: Alamy
Health workers will then contact those who are vulnerable to help them stay healthy before they get sick.
Doctors will find those most at risk of heart attacks and councils will also be allowed to contact people who miss cancer screenings to ask them to get checked.
The new reforms have been laid out by Sir Simon in The Times, hailing the successful vaccination programme in Britain as a “blueprint for the future”.
Regional areas will be told to identify the people most likely to develop cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other serious illness, work out how to reduce the risk and encourage them to get help.
Sir Simon wrote: “Vaccination is demonstrably working.
“We are determined to apply those lessons to the way the NHS supports targeted prevention and tackles other big killers such as cancer, heart attacks and strokes, as well as mental health.
“Refuse collectors are playing their part in Chorley, Lancashire, by identifying residents who have difficulty putting their bins out.
“GPs and council teams can then provide help to those who are frail or housebound.”
Sir Simon said the Covid pandemic had “accelerated the join-up of [medical] services and shown the practical benefits of doing so”.
He wrote: “Prevention and integration are the holy grail sought by health systems everywhere.
“The NHS vaccination process has shown the practical benefits and provided a blueprint for the future.”
It comes as the former boss of NHS England claimed that patients could be writing up to two years for vital operations because of a “truly frightening” backlog.
Speaking to the Guardian, Sir David Nicholson said: “The backlog is truly frightening. We can very easily get to the next election with people waiting over two years. It’s easy to do that.
“The whole issue of access [to care] is a greater threat to the NHS than privatisation because poor access undermines confidence amongst those people who fund the service – taxpayers.”
UK daily Covid cases have fallen to the lowest level since mid-September – as the infection toll increased by 3,402 today.
In the last 24 hours, 52 coronavirus deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of Covid deaths in the UK to 126,816.
Today’s coronavirus case toll brings the total to 4,353,668.
The last time the daily infection figure was this low was on September 17, 2020, when 3,395 Covid cases were recorded.
NHS England data shows that the total number of first doses of the vaccine given throughout the whole of the UK now stands at 31,301,267.
The UK’s blitz vaccine campaign will hopefully be the key to bringing the country out of full lockdown within the next few months.
The new reforms have been laid out by Sir Simon, who is pictured getting his Covid jabCredit: PA