Tories cover up ‘jaw-dropping’ cuts to health and social care spending when we need it most

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered this year’s much-anticipated budget on 3 March. Surprisingly – in a year in which Britain saw over 100,000 people die from coronavirus (Covid-19) – the chancellor didn’t mention plans for health and social care during his announcement. Meanwhile, Labour claims the government has quietly cut health and social care funding – a £9bn cut to the NHS England budget and a £30.1bn cut to the department for health and social care’s budget. “Jaw-dropping” cuts to health and social care funding Having called on the government to step up and provide for the nation’s struggling health service, shadow health and social care secretary Jonathan Ashworth said…

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The NHS and care workers who have died during the coronavirus pandemic

At least 244 frontline health and care workers have been identified after dying with coronavirus (Covid-19). This chronological list contains people who were working in roles shortly before their deaths where they were likely to come into contact with patients. The figure is likely to be lower than the true number of workers who have died, as the names of some victims will not yet be in the public domain. Through tributes from loved ones and confirmation through sources such as local NHS trusts and other authorities, the names of health and social care workers who have died after contracting Covid-19 since March 11 2020 have been compiled…

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Care home group considering if staff without vaccine can work with residents

One of the UK’s largest care home providers has said it is considering whether staff who have refused a vaccine for non-medical reasons can continue in roles where they are in contact with residents. Barchester Healthcare, which runs more than 200 care homes, said it is considering an option where staff make themselves “unavailable for work” in resident/patient-facing roles “by reason of their own decision” on not getting vaccinated. The group had previously announced that it would not hire new staff if they had not had the vaccine for non-medical reasons, citing the vulnerability of its residents and patients. The government has encouraged everyone who is called on…

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Ten people have died after coronavirus outbreak at a care home

We need your help ... The coronavirus pandemic is changing our world, fast. And we will do all we can to keep bringing you news and analysis throughout. But we are worried about maintaining enough income to pay our staff and minimal overheads. Now, more than ever, we need a vibrant, independent media that holds the government to account and calls it out when it puts vested economic interests above human lives. We need a media that shows solidarity with the people most affected by the crisis – and one that can help to build a world based on collaboration and compassion. We have been fighting against an…

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“This Is How Black People Get Killed”: Dr. Susan Moore Dies of COVID After Decrying Racist Care

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: As the United States reports world record deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 in the final days of 2020, we look at how the pandemic that’s ravaged the country this year has shone stark new light on racism in medical care. We begin with a now-viral video recorded by Black physician Dr. Susan Moore and posted to her Facebook earlier this month, in which she describes racist treatment by medical staff at a hospital in Indianapolis who did not respond to her pleas for care despite being in intense pain and being a doctor herself.…

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Black Critical Care Dr. Taison Bell of UVA on Fighting COVID, Racism & Securing Fair Vaccine Access

More than 40 countries have temporarily suspended some or all travel from the United Kingdom after British health officials announced a highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus has been spreading in the country. South Africa has detected a similar variant. The new variant is believed to be 70% more contagious, but health experts say existing vaccines will still be effective against it. “What’s important to remember is that mutations will naturally happen in the course of a virus that’s in the community and circulating,” says Dr. Taison Bell, critical care and infectious disease physician at the University of Virginia. “It’s not unexpected to have these changes.” Bell…

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COVID-19: guidance for care of the deceased

Published 31 March 2020 Last updated 14 December 2020 + show all updates 14 December 2020 Updated self-isolation period to 10 days. 31 July 2020 Changed stay at home period from 7 to 10 days. 8 July 2020 Added a loss of, or change in, the normal sense of taste or smell as a COVID-19 symptom. 15 May 2020 Added clarification on guidance and legislation. 12 May 2020 Updated guidance on sharing information with others, residual risk of infection from the deceased and the use of body bags, and the use of PPE for those who are responsible for care of the deceased. 20 April 2020 Added translated versions…

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COVID-19 vaccination: care home and healthcare settings posters

COVID-19 vaccination first phase priority groups poster (print version) Ref: PHE gateway number 2020355 PDF, 256KB, 1 page This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Source link

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COVID-19 vaccination: consent form and letter for social care staff

COVID-19 vaccination consent form for social care workers Ref: PHE gateway number 2020370 PDF, 51KB, 1 page This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. COVID-19 vaccination consent form letter for social care staff (open source version) ODT, 22.3KB This file is in an OpenDocument format This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.…

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