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Government announces extra £60 million for adult social care over January 2022

As cases of Omicron rise rapidly around the country, Minister for Care Gillian Keegan announced yesterday (29 December 2021) that the government will provide an extra £60 million to local authorities to support the adult social care response to COVID-19 in January. This is on top of £388 million already being provided to prevent infections …

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Vaccination Programme – Extension to self-certification cut-off

The main focus of 2021 in tackling COVID-19 has been the vaccination programme. At the start of the year, we all anticipated the COVID-19 vaccination becoming mandatory. It became a reality on 11 November 2021 when the COVID-19 vaccination became mandatory for anyone entering a care home in a work capacity. In my latest article …

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Care Home Visitors limited to three amidst Government Review on its Winter Support Package

Care home residents are set to be limited to three visitors plus an essential care giver under new COVID-19 guidance announced by the government. The definition of an essential care giver is stated on the government’s website as an individual who visits more often, to support the resident’s health and wellbeing. This could include a …

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Ofsted Accelerating Plan to Inspect Schools in England Sparking Fury

Headteachers among the country have strongly criticised the policy of ensuring all schools are inspected by the summer of 2025. Ofcom’s plan to accelerate inspections have been condemned by teaching unions, which have highlighted the extraordinary pressure schools are currently still under due to Covid. Headteachers have reacted with fury and disbelief to government plans, …

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Plea for £1000 Social Care Worker Bonus to Protect NHS

Pleas have been made urging government ministers to consider a £1000 bonus to prevent further care staff quitting ahead of a difficult winter. This knock on effect will put even more pressure on the NHS. The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and NHS Providers, which represents hospitals, say emergency payments would help …

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Who’s Right, Who’s wrong – Should COVID-19 Vaccines be Mandatory?

Following speculation and reports that the Secretary of State has decided to mandate Covid 19 vaccination for NHS workers, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said the following: “The Covid vaccination programme has been a huge success with almost 45 million over 16s fully vaccinated In the UK, showing that overall …

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