Coronavirus: PM to hold emergency Cobra meeting
The prime minister will chair an emergency Cobra meeting later to review measures to delay the spread of coronavirus in the UK. The meeting is expected to consider whether “social distancing” measures should be phased in. These could include closing schools and encouraging home working.
Coronavirus: Concerns that UK hospitals are running out of protective equipment for staff
UK hospitals are beginning to run out of vital equipment needed to protect staff from catching coronavirus from infected patients.. NHS staff have said they are unable to get hold of specialist personal protective equipment (PPE) which is needed to prevent them from being infected and some hospitals are only weeks away from running out of equipment.
Inspections suspended at hospitals and care homes
Hospital visits have been suspended by CQC and HSIB during coronavirus outbreak. The CQC have also suspended all inspections of care homes with immediate effect.
Full border closure planned in Europe
European Commission is planning to ban all non-essential travel throughout Europe’s Schengen free-travel zone to limit the spread of coronavirus alongside other countries.
Death toll fears make UK change course
Researches have warned change course or a quarter of a million people will die of coronavirus in this catastrophic epidemic. The nation are now facing profound changes to their daily lives.
Trust procurement leads have raised concerns over dwindling gown supplies. It was reported that there are barely any gowns left in the system, the supply situation is extremely bad and it was not known when more would be available.
Social care crisis risks ‘two-tier’ blow to the disadvantaged
The Guardian describes a growing crisis in adult social care which risks creating a “system for the rich” that leaves poor and less advantaged communities unable to access the essential help they need.
Hospital vascular service leaves patients fearful
North Wales Community Health Council’s report into vascular services at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board states that the public has no confidence in the health board to deliver treatment in a safe or timely way. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are taking the concerns seriously and are reviewing services.
No Visas allowed for low-skilled workers
The government is urging employers to invest in retaining staff and developing automation technology rather than relying on cheap labour. It also plans to include a points-based system to encourage people with the right talent to come to the UK.
Patients at risk in crumbling mental health wards
Patient safety is at risk in crumbling NHS mental health hospitals. Significant resources are needed to improve dilapidated buildings. Vulnerable mentally ill patients are still being cared for in old dormitory-style wards some 20 years after the NHS were told to provide patients with en-suite rooms.
More people are being encouraged to consider a mental heath nursing career
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has a shortage of mental health nurses. A senior nurse from North Wales is encouraging more people to consider a career in mental health nursing.
Boris Johnson’s pledge for 50,000 nurses faces backlash from the civil service
PM’s pledge to deliver 50,000 nurses to the NHS has been thrown into doubt after civil servants expressed concerns over weak plans following a leaked email.