Offers put in on Calderdale properties to create new children’s homes

Calderdale could soon have two more small-scale children’s homes, enabling the authority to house more of its looked-after children who need placements to remain in the borough. One home opened earlier this year and will soon house a fourth young person, while work is under way to buy two more properties to convert into similar […]

Covid vaccine to become mandatory for care home staff in England

The rule will also apply to anyone entering a care home such as healthcare professionals, CQC inspectors, tradespeople, hairdressers and beauticians It will be compulsory for all staff working in care homes in England to have coronavirus vaccinations by November 11, according to new guidance. Following the change in law, which applies to all people […]

Permanent exclusions up 5% before Covid school closures

But overall exclusions and suspensions fell in the year 2019-20 as schools closed to most students in March 2020 Exclusions and suspensions increased in the autumn term of the 2019-20 school year, new statistics reveal. Permanent exclusions increased by 5 per cent in autumn 2019 compared with the same period the previous year, from 3,000 to […]

CQC examination reveals South East hardest hit by care home coronavirus deaths

A woman who lost her father in the worst days of the covid pandemic has welcomed a new report by the Care Quality Commission into the deaths in residential homes. The CQC admitted that the virus has been ‘devastating’ for so many homes and said that lessons have been learned. Jean Adamson, whose father Aldrick […]

Queen awards George Cross to NHS to mark 70 years of public service

The Queen has awarded the George Cross, the UK’s highest award for gallantry and heroism, to the NHS to mark its public service over seven decades, Buckingham Palace has announced. The NHS marks its 73rd birthday on Monday following a year of unprecedented challenges. It is only the third time the award has been given to a […]

Call for action as Shropshire patients struggle to arrange GP appointments

Patients in Shropshire are struggling to arrange GP appointments while remote meetings threaten to ‘shut out’ the elderly and those lacking technical skills, a health watchdog has found. Healthwatch Shropshire has made a series of recommendations to health and social care services in the county after a survey on the impact of the pandemic revealed […]

Heartbreak as lockdown forces club to close

A popular club set up to bridge the gap between children with and without disabilities is closing due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Telford’s thriving My Friend and Me (MyFAM) project was set up three years ago to create a safe space for children of all abilities to socialise and have fun. It […]

Mastercard Announces $10 Million in Aid to Combat Covid Crisis in India

Mastercard has recently announced a $10 million (approximately 75 crore rupees) commitment to directly address critical Covid-related needs in India. Over the past few weeks, the country has seen a spike in both Covid diagnoses and deaths, with the healthcare system being stretched to its limits as more than 350,000 new cases are identified each day. […]

Doctors are thinking of leaving the NHS due to pandemic pressures, says BMA

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, says it is a ‘deeply worrying’ situation involving experienced professionals who the NHS needs more than ever. Thousands of exhausted doctors in the UK are planning to leave the NHS in the next year as they battle stress and burnout due to the demands of the pandemic. Of 2,099 […]