Care homes can impose ‘no jab, no job’ contracts on new staff

  • Chris Easom
  • March 5, 2021

Care homes can impose ‘no jab, no job’ contracts on new staff, the Justice Secretary has confirmed. Robert Buckland said care homes must have “obvious rationale” to require employees to be vaccinated. He added that the Government would not be adopting a “blanket approach” to care homes imposing “no jabs, no jobs” policies.

Nurses may have to wait beyond Budget for pay rise news

  • Chris Easom
  • March 2, 2021

The NHS risks an “exodus” of nurses after the pandemic abates if Rishi Sunak fails to offer a decent pay rise to staff, union bosses have warned. Nursing leaders said staff are “exhausted and morale is on the floor” after nearly a year of gruelling shifts battling coronavirus. The RCN urged the Chancellor to use next week’s Budget to boost central NHS funding for the explicit purpose of increasing staff pay levels or risk staff shortages which could hit patient care.

Age not job prioritised in second phase of Covid jab roll-out

  • Chris Easom
  • March 2, 2021

Vaccinating people in order of age is the fastest way to cut Covid-19 deaths in the next phase of the roll-out, say experts advising the UK government. People in their 40s will be next, once the current phase is completed. Priority based on jobs would be “more complex” and could slow down the programme, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation said.

World’s first human trials given green light in UK

  • Chris Easom
  • February 28, 2021

Healthy, young volunteers will be infected with coronavirus to test vaccines and treatments in the world’s first Covid-19 “human challenge” study, which will take place in the UK.

The study, which has received ethics approval, will start in the next few weeks and recruit 90 people aged 18-30.

They will be exposed to the virus in a safe and controlled environment while medics monitor their health.

33%  of social care staff not had Covid vaccine

  • Chris Easom
  • February 25, 2021

33% of social care staff have not had the Covid-19 vaccine, despite them being among the groups prioritised. Matt Hancock said it was “important” for the staff, patients and wider society that they get the vaccine. The government says everyone in the top four groups has been offered a jab with 15 million people getting a first dose

Face-to-face care home visits could resume within weeks, minister suggests

  • Chris Easom
  • February 20, 2021

Face-to-face visits in care homes could resume within weeks as England’s lockdown is eased, a minister has suggested. Care minister Helen Whately says she wants to see a return to more “normal” visits as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed. People would not have to wait for their relatives to receive their second vaccine dose before seeing them, she suggested.

More than 12 million in UK have had first jab

  • Chris Easom
  • February 18, 2021

More than 12 million people in the UK have now had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, after 550,000 first jabs were given out on Saturday. The government is aiming to offer first doses to 15 million people in the top four priority groups by 15 February. At the current rate, about 16 million people would receive a first jab by that date.

How much are care home fees in your area?

  • Chris Easom
  • February 15, 2021

The weekly cost of staying at a care home is £848 on average but varies dramatically across the country, new research reveals. At the extremes, prices range from £1,488 a week in Islington in London to £621 in Blaenau Gwent in Wales, according to figures from insurer Legal & General. The local cost breakdown comes as politicians urge the Government to launch a long-term plan to fund social care, and to integrate the system more closely with the NHS.

A fitting end to a remarkable man

  • Chris Easom
  • February 11, 2021

A new hospital named in Captain Sir Tom Moore’s honour is reportedly in the works as Downing Street considers ideas of a fitting permanent memorial. The WW2 veteran, who captured the hearts of the nation with his incredible NHS fundraising during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, died on Tuesday at the age of 100 after a brief battle with Covid-19 and pneumonia. Boris Johnson has informed the Moore family that he is “enthusiastically looking” at plans for a permanent memorial. The family will have the final say after consultation with ministers.

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