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How Immigration may Help Alleviate Staff Shortages in Adult Social Care

Adult Social Care (“ASC”) has been facing staff shortage issues. Brexit and the pandemic only compounded workforce problems faced by ASC providers. The Migration Advisory Committee (“MAC”), which is an independent, non-departmental public body, reviewed these issues and published a report (“Report”) in April 2022 with recommendations to the Government on how to tackle them. …

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High Street Chemists suffer a hay-fever pill shortage

High Street chemists in the UK are running out of some hay-fever medicine, as a UK industry-wide shortage has hit supplies. At the end of April, the Government also appointed a hormone-replacement therapy (“HRT”) tsar to tackle drug shortages affecting products used by women with menopause symptoms. This drug shortage is now also affecting stocks …

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NHS Hospitals to encourage retired staff to return to work to help tackle backlog

NHS bosses in England have asked hospitals to offer staff more overtime and have asked retired employees to return to work, with the purpose of tackling NHS waiting lists. A letter sent by NHS England dated 5 May 2022 to Hospitals, explains that the waiting list backlog had grown during the pandemic and would require …

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Care Sector employers seeking to provide jobs to the people of Ukraine

Adult social care sector employers are working together to explore the possibility of providing employment opportunities for the people of Ukraine who are fleeing the conflict. The National Care Forum (“NCF”) along with the Care Provider Alliance (“CPA”) are liaising with a range of partners to identify which roles in the care sector need filling. …

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Calls for the Government to Reinstate the Infection Control Fund

Care Provider Alliance (“CPA”) and UNISON have written to Health Secretary Sajid Javid urging the Government to reinstate the Infection Control Fund (“ICF”). The £1.75 billion fund, which allowed health and social care providers to continue to pay staff full wages while they were off due to COVID-19 isolation, was terminated on 1 April 2022. …

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MPs want a major reform of NHS clinical negligence claims in England

MPs in England want to reform the current system for clinical negligence claims against the NHS which they believe is failing. It is their view that the current system does not encourage a culture where there is learning from mistakes made in the NHS. The current claims system is expensive with costs predicted to double …

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Pharmacists urge Government to amend law to ease HRT supply

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (“RPS”) has urged the Government to consider a law change regarding HRT prescriptions.  Currently, many types of hormone-replacement therapy (“HRT”) are in high demand and the short supply is not meeting this, leaving some women who rely on this medicine to have reported to be suicidal. The RPS’s proposal would aim …

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