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March 2020

Global Health Leaders  Coronavirus Fears for Nurses 

Barriers preventing nurses from receiving the right personal protective equipment to protect them catching coronavirus must be removed, one of the world’s most senior doctors have stated. The World Health Professions Alliance fears that nurses may die due to shortage of personal protective equipment in the UK. 

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March 2020

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. 

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March 2020

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.

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February 2020

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. 

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February 2020

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.

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February 2020

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. 

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February 2020

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. 

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February 2020

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. 

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February 2020

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. 

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February 2020

Hospital receives one hygiene rating and asks patients and visitors to help maintain good food safety 

Glan Clywd  has received food hygiene rating of one after an unannounced  inspection. Food safety officers found that a number of fridges holding leftover food and drinks were not being managed in compliance with the Food Safety Act . An audit has been carried out across the health board on this type of fridges and processes have been strengthed for checking fridge temperatures. 

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