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Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) deaths Three of the four NHS workers reported to have died from Covid-19 in Oxfordshire to date were from a BAME background.[1] The first ten doctors to die of Covid-19 infection were BAME, many of them born outside the UK. This situation among health workers[2] reflects the pattern for deaths in the general population – the ONS has just found that Black people in the UK are four times more likely to die from Covid-19 than White people[3] –  as well as for deaths among people working in the NHS (including outsourced workers) and, […]
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From Mark Ladbrooke, of Oxford SHA branch, and formerly chair of Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust (OUHT) Joint Union Committee Oscar King, Jr. and Elbert Rico, porters at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, and union activists, died two weeks ago of suspected Covid-19. Both of them are married to members of the nursing team at the hospital and Twilight, Oscar’s wife, was admitted to hospital, while their 10-year old daughter is being cared for. Oscar and Rico came from the Philippines and had worked at the hospital since they arrived. The Filipino community is extremely important to the NHS – after […]
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29th February 2020 the chairman of the Commons Health Committee, and former Tory health secretary, Jeremy Hunt said that we need to consider the ‘social and economic trade-offs’ we are willing to make to contain Covid-19. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has said: Employers have a duty of care to support workers affected by coronavirus. No one should have to worry about making ends meet if they have to self-isolate or if they fall ill. They should be able to focus on getting better. The threat of coronavirus shows why sick pay should be a day one right for everybody. It’s unacceptable that millions […]
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Jon Ashworth MP Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Health addressed the meeting and took questions. He has been in role for 5 months – shares Bevan’s vision of the NHS. Health Service dominates many issues in British politics. Its not only fair but an efficient service. NHS is being pushed to the brink of disaster – the Red Cross has spoken of a humanitarian disaster, Sir Robert Francis QC has warned financial and demand pressures on the NHS have created an environment in which a care scandal equal to that at Mid Staffordshire is “inevitable”. Ashworth reports that next years […]
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