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Campaigning to protect hospital beds......

The Covid-19 pandemic has starkly highlighted that having sufficient hospital capacity is vital for our community.

Before the pandemic, Whipps Cross Hospital was running at between 98% and 99% bed occupancy, sometimes with no free beds. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance states that once bed occupancy goes above 90%, increased infections, re-admissions and mortality are likely. It is fair to describe Whipps Cross as an overstretched hospital.  Click here to read more.

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Grenfell insulation was sold at almost 50% discount, inquiry hears......

Inexperienced project manager says he did not check it complied with fire safety regulations.  Click here to read more.

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Children urged to strike against lack of action on climate emergency......

Schoolchildren to protest on Friday in first such action since coronavirus pandemic struck.  Click here to read more.

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Fighting blockades & COVID-19: Why US sanctions in Latin America must end online event 3 October......

Hosted by Cuba Solidarity Campaign.

In the depths of a global health crisis international co-operation can save lives. But while Cuba has sent medical brigades to help fight COVID-19 in 38 countries, the US government under Donald Trump has tightened sanctions against Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, preventing access to vital PPE and ventilators. In the run up to the presidential elections, Trump has courted the most right-wing and reactionary sectors of the Latino diaspora with promises of more intervention and aggression.  Click here to read more and register.

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Protect Retail Workers from Abuse, Threats and Violence petition......

Enact legislation to protect retail workers. This legislation must create a specific offence of abusing, threatening or assaulting a retail worker. The offence must carry a penalty that acts as a deterrent and makes clear that abuse of retail workers is unacceptable.  Click here to read more.

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London coronavirus cases surge threatens to see 10pm curfew and local lockdowns brought in......

A surge of Covid-19 in London is to be confirmed in official figures today – putting the capital city on track for curbs on socialising and nights out in around a fortnight.  Click here to read more.

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TUC Housing network discussion......

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London coronavirus cases: Number of weekly cases up in 23 boroughs as Enfield sees infections surge by 145%......

Infection rates in 21 boroughs are above the Government’s threshold for imposing travel quarantine restrictions.  Click here to read more.

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Women lose state pension age appeal against government......

Two women affected by the state pension age being changed from 60 to 66 for women have lost their appeal against a High Court ruling.

Campaigners claim women born in the 1950s have been treated unfairly by rapid changes to their pension age, due to reach 66 later this year.  Click here to read more.

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Whipps Cross’ trust explains why new hospital will have fewer beds......

A newly released report on the Whipps Cross Hospital rebuild explains why bed numbers could be cut by more than 50 despite a growing population.  Click here to read more.

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