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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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March 2020

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. 

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March 2020

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. 

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March 2020

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. 

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March 2020

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.

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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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