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The NHS surcharge debacle reveals a government both cruel and useless......

Voters will occasionally forgive a government they deem heartless, if they reckon it has the steel to get the job done. They might even, though rarely, forgive a government they deem incompetent, if they believe its heart is in the right place. What they will never forgive is a government that is both uncaring and useless. And yet that is precisely the judgement that now hovers over Boris Johnson and the administration he leads.  Click here to read more.

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Bereavement scheme extended to all NHS support staff and social care workers after backlash......

A bereavement scheme set up to support the families of workers who die of coronavirus.has been extended to the families and dependents of all NHS support staff and social care workers.

The Home Office made the announcement following criticism that care workers, cleaners and porters had been left out of the scheme, which only applied to certain occupations including nurses, biochemists and radiographers.

 

Under the scheme announced in April, families of health workers who have died after contracting Covid-19 have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.  Click here to read more.

 

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Coronavirus: Serco apologises for sharing contact tracers’ email addresses......

Outsourcing firm Serco has apologised after accidentally sharing the email addresses of almost 300 contact tracers.

The company is training staff to trace cases of Covid-19 for the UK government.

It made the error when it emailed new trainees to tell them about training.

Serco said it had apologised and would review its processes “to make sure that this does not happen again”.  Click here to read more.

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London bus driver deaths to be examined in coronavirus study......

The pattern of coronavirus infections and deaths among London’s bus drivers and other transport staff will be examined in a new study after 33 lost their lives.

Transport for London has commissioned the research, which mayor Sadiq Khan said would ensure every possible measure was taken to protect “heroic” staff.

The two-part study will see TfL work with University College London (UCL) to “better understand the pattern of coronavirus infections and deaths among London’s bus workers”.  Click here to read more.

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Bereavement scheme extended to all NHS support staff and social care workers after backlash......

A bereavement scheme set up to support the families of workers who die of coronavirus.has been extended to the families and dependents of all NHS support staff and social care workers.

The Home Office made the announcement following criticism that care workers, cleaners and porters had been left out of the scheme, which only applied to certain occupations including nurses, biochemists and radiographers.

 

Under the scheme announced in April, families of health workers who have died after contracting Covid-19 have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.  Click here to read more.

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NHS trust which runs Whipps Cross now has most coronavirus deaths in London......

Barts Health NHS Trust, which manages Whipps Cross and four other hospitals, has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in London.

The east London trust has overtaken London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, the previous worst-affected in the capital.

Since the start of the pandemic, the trust has confirmed 589 deaths among people who tested positive for the virus.

The worst day for deaths, according to current figures, was April 8, when 30 people died from the virus.  Click here to read more.

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Schools Health & Safety......

UNISON Waltham Forest understands many members have been sent letters from their head teacher advising them that the school will reconvene on 1st June 2020.

Many of you are worried that there has been no appropriate H&S risk assessment undertaken or yet put in place, to support you individually and or pupils.

UNISON has been battling on your behalf to ensure your safety is paramount and cannot support the action of sending our members into a school where the risk of CV19 contagion cannot be safely controlled. Continue reading

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Coronavirus: Young people ‘most likely to lose work’ in lockdown......

Young people are most likely to have lost work or seen their income drop because of Covid-19, a report suggests.

More than one in three 18 to 24-year-olds is earning less than before the outbreak, research by the Resolution Foundation claims.

It said younger workers risk their pay being affected for years, while older staff may end up involuntarily retired.  Click here to read more.

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Huge rise in number of people claiming benefits......

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in the UK soared to 2.1 million in April, the first full month of the coronavirus lockdown.

The total in April jumped by 856,500, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Before the lockdown began, employment had hit a record high.

The benefit claimant count does not include everyone who is out of work, since not all can claim assistance, but it does indicate the trend.

In another indication of the bleak employment landscape, the number of job vacancies fell by nearly a quarter to 637,000 in the three months to April.

Meanwhile, claims for universal credit – the benefit for working-age people in the UK – hit a record monthly level in the early weeks of lockdown.  Click here to read more.

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Nursing staff still under pressure to work without PPE and gowns......

More than a third of nursing staff (34%) say they’re still under pressure to care for patients with possible or confirmed COVID-19 without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE).  Click here to read more.

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