Hepatitis C: risk in healthcare workers pre 2007 clearance review

United Kingdom Advisory Panel for healthcare workers infected with bloodborne viruses (UKAP) prepared this report as supporting evidence to recommend the Chief Medical Officers of the 4 countries in the UK with concerns over the hepatitis C risk: UKAP demonstrated no evidence, at that point in time, of transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections from HCW to patient since 2007, although the possibility of undetected transmission event(s) could not be ruled out. UKAP recommended that the 2007 health clearance guidance should not be amended to include the pre 2007 cohort. Source link

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PHE publishes COVID-19 vaccine guidance for health and social care workers

There is a new chapter in Immunisation against infectious disease, also known as the Green Book, a vital guide for public health professionals administering vaccines in the UK. The new coronavirus (COVID-19) chapter includes: guidance on the storage, dosing and schedule of the vaccines provisional priority groups recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), to help the NHS with its deployment planning advice on vaccination of high risk groups guidance on potential adverse effects, which current evidence suggests are mild and short-term The new training and information materials are designed to help train and inform the workforce who will deliver the COVID-19 vaccine. They include…

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Betting Pool? Tyson Managers Bet on How Many Workers Would Get COVID. Advocates Call It Grim Pattern

The family of a former meatpacker who died from COVID-19 alleges in a lawsuit that managers at a Tyson Foods plant in Iowa knew working conditions would result in illness, and even placed bets on how many workers would be infected. The family of Isidro Fernandez, who died in April, says the plant manager set up a winner-take-all betting pool for supervisors and managers to wager on coronavirus infections. Since the start of the pandemic, at least six workers have died and more than 1,000 tested positive for COVID-19 at the Iowa facility. Tyson Foods has suspended the managers involved in the alleged betting scheme, but worker rights…

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Betting Pool? Tyson Managers Bet on How Many Workers Would Get COVID. Advocates Call It Grim Pattern

The family of a former meatpacker who died from COVID-19 alleges in a lawsuit that managers at a Tyson Foods plant in Iowa knew working conditions would result in illness, and even placed bets on how many workers would be infected. The family of Isidro Fernandez, who died in April, says the plant manager set up a winner-take-all betting pool for supervisors and managers to wager on coronavirus infections. Since the start of the pandemic, at least six workers have died and more than 1,000 tested positive for COVID-19 at the Iowa facility. Tyson Foods has suspended the managers involved in the alleged betting scheme, but worker rights…

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Mass coronavirus testing for Merthyr Tydfil’s residents and workers

Scores of people have turned up at a pilot scheme of mass coronavirus testing in Merthyr Tydfil.Rapid Covid-19 tests are being offered to the area’s residents and workers even if they do not have symptoms, a week after the town registered the highest rate of new cases in the UK.Merthyr Tydfil has since seen the biggest drop in cases in Wales from around 770 cases per 100,000 to now below 260 as the effect of the country’s 17-day firebreak begins to work. A lateral flow immunoassay diagnostic device, which shows the presence of SARS-CoV-2, which is being used on the public in Merthyr Tydfil (Ben Birchall/PA)The test scheme…

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British Gas workers to vote on strikes over ‘playground bullying tactics’ on pay and conditions

Thousands of British Gas workers are to be balloted on strikes in a dispute over new contracts. The GMB warned that industrial action could be held over Christmas if there is a yes vote, although it has pledged to exempt the elderly and vulnerable in homes without heating. The union has accused the company of threatening to fire and rehire 20,000 workers if they do not accept changes to their pay and conditions. An indicative ballot in August showed that most members would be in favour of industrial action if there was a vote. GMB national officer Justin Bowden said: “British Gas issued an ultimatum in July to…

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Dead Before Christmas: As U.S. Passes 250K COVID Deaths, Healthcare Workers Brace for Holiday Surge

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: The official U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has passed a quarter of a million people as the virus rages out of control from coast to coast, with 172,000 infections and nearly 2,000 deaths reported on Wednesday alone. U.S. hospitalizations continue to shatter records, with over 73,000 COVID-19 patients. The average daily death toll is rising in 33 states. But as COVID breaks every record here in the United States with expected holiday spikes still to come, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday he will not work with President-elect Joe Biden until…

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Dead Before Christmas: As U.S. Passes 250K COVID Deaths, Healthcare Workers Brace for Holiday Surge

As the official U.S. COVID-19 death toll breaks worldwide records and passes 250,000, hospitals are at capacity, and overwhelmed healthcare workers still lack personal protective equipment. Health officials say conditions will worsen further with holiday travel and family gatherings for Thanksgiving. “I can’t really overemphasize how important the next few days are,” says Ed Yong, science writer at The Atlantic. “The people who get infected at Thanksgiving, they are going to slam into those hospitals in the two weeks after that, and some of those people are going to be dead before Christmas.” Source link

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Tata Steel funding plans ‘extremely worrying’ for workers

Tata Steel’s announcement that it will split its combined UK and Dutch operations is “extremely worrying” for UK workers, Wales’ minister for the economy has said. Jobs on the line Ken Skates said the steel industry was waiting for the UK government to take action to protect jobs for the company’s 8,000 workforce, with most in Wales and around 4,000 alone at the firm’s Port Talbot site. On 13 November, Tata Steel said it would sell the European arm of its business and attempt to make its UK business “self-sustaining without the need for any funding support from Tata Steel India in the future”. It follows its chairman…

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The Tories plan to cut a vital learning fund for workers

The Conservative Party has announced plans to cut one a key education programme for workers. Unions have warned cutting the Union Learning Fund (ULF) will limit worker opportunities. The Department for Education (DfE) contacted unions earlier in October to announce it would no longer run the ULF. The DfE will stop the fund in March 2021. In response, unions and employers have urged the government to reverse the decision, citing concerns that workers will be left unable to pursue qualifications. Nearly 30,000 people have signed a petition to reverse the cut. Sean Dixon, union learning representative, and petition starter, said: I saw first-hand the difference union learning made…

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