Unison Waltham Forest remember all those who have died because of their work – and renew our pledge to fight for the living.......

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Coronavirus: London’s NHS Nightingale ‘treated 51 patients’......

London’s NHS Nightingale hospital treated 51 patients in its first three weeks, sources have told the BBC.

The temporary field hospital was built in east London’s ExCel centre to hold as many as 4,000 Covid-19 patients.

The NHS would not confirm the figures, though the BBC believes 13 people have died at the hospital.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: UK failed to stockpile crucial PPE......

The government failed to buy crucial protective equipment to cope with a pandemic, a BBC investigation has found.

There were no gowns, visors, swabs or body bags in the government’s pandemic stockpile when Covid-19 reached the UK.

NHS staff say they are being put at risk because of the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE).  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: Bereaved frontline families entitled to £60,000......

Families of front line NHS and social care staff in England who die from coronavirus will be entitled to a £60,000 payment, the government says.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed 82 NHS and 16 social care workers had died so far during the outbreak.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: Immunity passports ‘could increase virus spread’......

Governments should not issue so-called “immunity passports” or “risk-free certificates” as a way of easing lockdowns, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

It said there was “no evidence” that people who had developed antibodies after recovering from the virus were protected against a second infection.

Such a move could actually increase virus transmission, it warned.  Click here to read more.

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Revealed: UK ministers were warned last year of risks of coronavirus pandemic......

Ministers were warned last year the UK must have a robust plan to deal with a pandemic virus and its potentially catastrophic social and economic consequences in a confidential Cabinet Office briefing leaked to the Guardian.

The detailed document warned that even a mild pandemic could cost tens of thousands of lives, and set out the must-have “capability requirements” to mitigate the risks to the country, as well as the potential damage of not doing so.  Click here to read more.

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Poverty continues to be higher in London than in any other region in the UK......

Even before Covid-19, London had the highest poverty rates in the UK according to figures released today in London’s Poverty Profile (LPP).

The report shows how the increase of poverty in the private rented sector, the higher costs of living in the capital, and the rise of in-work poverty had left many Londoners struggling before the Covid-19 crisis.  Click here to read more.

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Workers’ Memorial Day 28th April 2020......

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Waltham Forest Council could lose more than £38 million due to coronavirus......

Waltham Forest Council has warned it could lose more than £38 million due to the pressures of responding to the coronavirus pandemic.  Click here to read more.

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Record numbers join UNISON......

‘People are joining the union for advice and security at this worrying time,’ notes Dave Prentis as growth this year tops 15,000.  Click here to read more.

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