PROTECT ALL FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS 31/03/2020 cllralanhall Blog, Press Leave a comment Personal Protective Equipment, known as PPE is in demand. There are reports that there is a shortage in hospitals and care facilities. The Daily Mirror reports that hospitals listed as having shortages include Rotherham General Hospital, Bristol Children’s Hospital, Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and at St Thomas, Lewisham and two other unnamed hospitals in London. “The correct PPE must be made available at every site that might require it. This is vital in order to protect our patients but also to protect the lives of the life-savers.” DAUK’s Dr […]
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Britain’s charities and voluntary organisations urgently require a financial support package from government so they can play their part in the coronavirus fight  and help some of the most vulnerable affected by the pandemic. The call came from Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, today (Tuesday 31 March), which represents tens of thousands of not for profit workers, as charities experience a dramatic slump in funding at a time when demand for their services, from housing to mental health, is soaring because of the virus. Unite has joined forces with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) in calling for […]
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Health visitors and community nurses going into the homes of families with children and babies urgently require personal protective equipment (PPE), Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Tuesday 31 March). Unite also wants PPE to go to the thousands of staff working in social care settings, such as care homes, who feel forgotten by ministers. Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “Health visitors and community nurses need PPE equipment today as they offer high-level professional advice on home visits to the parents of tomorrow’s generation of adults.” Unite, which embraces the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association […]
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The Socialist Health Association (SHA) published its first two Blogs on the COVID-19 pandemic on the 17th March and 24th March 2020. A lot has happened over the past week and we will address some of these developments from our political perspective. A global crisis The pandemic continues to spread around the world and we are seeing that while Europe remains a global hotspot the epicentre is now shifting to North America. It remains to be seen how the Trump administration ‘handles’ the situation but global leadership and best practice will not emanate from the White House and we will […]
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COVID-19 and the NHS – “a national scandal”, comments the Lancet. “The gravity of that scandal has yet to be understood.” Reports Richard Horton in the Lancet 28 March 2020 : “When this is all over, the NHS England board should resign in their entirety.” So wrote one National Health Service (NHS) health worker last weekend. The scale of anger and frustration is unprecedented, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the cause. The UK Government’s Contain–Delay–Mitigate–Research strategy failed. It failed, in part, because ministers didn’t follow WHO’s advice to “test, test, test” every suspected case. They didn’t isolate and quarantine. They didn’t contact […]
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The Socialist Health Association (SHA) published its first Blog on the COVID-19 pandemic last week (Blog 1 – 17th March 2020). A lot has happened over the past week and we will address some of these developments using the lens of socialism and health. Global crisis This is a pandemic, which first showed its potential in Wuhan in China in early December 2019. The Chinese government were reluctant to disclose the SARS- like virus to the WHO and wider world to start with and we heard about the courageous whistle blower Dr Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist in Wuhan, who was […]
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All hospital car parking charges for NHS staff in England should be abolished this week as they combat the coronavirus, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Monday 23 March). Unite, which has 100,000 members in the health service, said that NHS trusts in England were charging employees an estimated £50-to-£200 a month for the privilege of parking at their place of work. Unite contacted shadow Labour health and social care secretary Jon Ashworth this afternoon asking him to raise the issue of abolition of the parking charges for NHS staff for the duration of the coronavirus emergency with […]
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I sent this letter to the Scottish First Minister and health spokesperson with the PQs attached and and copied it to Welsh First Minister and Health spokesperson.21 March 2020Dear Nicola and Jean,I am writing as a public health physician who is increasingly concerned about the apparent failure to implement fundamental public health measures to address the COVID-19 outbreak – specifically, community contact tracing and testing – and about what seems to be one of the knock-on effects of this failure, namely the blanket closure of schools.   Tracing and testing of contacts, isolation and quarantine are the classic tools and approaches […]
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We have now launched another collaborative petition with the people at Change and have support from Health Campaigns Together and Socialist Health Association.  It is likely other campaigns will support too in the next few days. Here is the link  Change.org/NHS4all Please sign and share widely. Please not only post on your own social media networks (though this is vital) but please include in your local group newsletters and prominently on your local group facebook and twitter pages – it might even be an idea to pin the post to the top of your timelines or facebook walls. Also please take […]
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Fire and rescue service personnel must receive priority testing and vaccination for coronavirus, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has said after some brigades reported losing hundreds of staff to self-isolation. In a letter to ministers in Westminster and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the FBU has said that without testing, firefighters and control staff could be self-isolating unnecessarily, when they could be on hand to protect the public. The union also says that testing could help reduce the risk of frontline staff transmitting the infection to vulnerable members of the public. London Fire Brigade has at […]
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20/03/2020   OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER FROM THE SOCIALIST HEALTH ASSOCIATION Dear Mr Johnson, The pandemic has exposed the steady destruction of our public services and welfare state which has happened over the last 10 years. This is the most unprecedented health challenge in 100 years which is complex and difficult – but as voiced by many experts in the field, we have significant concerns about the way the UK government has hitherto been approaching this national emergency. We hope from now on this will be better co-ordinated. We support frontline staff at this worrying time. However the public […]
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Unite, which has 100,000 members in the health service, strongly supports the call for retired nurses, those who have left the register and students in the last stages of their undergraduate training to volunteer for the fight against the coronavirus. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), chief nursing officers of the four UK countries, and the Council of Deans of Health as well as health trade unions issued the call today (Thursday 19 March). The two key requests are for: Nurses and midwives who had left the profession in the last three years to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council […]
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