BAME health workers need extra care during second Covid wave, says minister

Black, Asian and minority ethnic health workers require extra care during the coronavirus second wave, a minister has said as the human rights watchdog launches a structural inequality investigation.  Care minister Helen Whately made the warning in a speech at the annual Association of Directors of Adult Services conference on Thursday.  She said the Covid pandemic has “highlighted” inequalities […]

Hospital intensive care no busier than normal, leaked documents show

Critcon levels 3 and 4 are enacted during a ‘full stretch’ and ‘emergency’, when other wards need to be used for critical care.  But 146 units out of 222 (65 per cent) are still at ‘Critcon 0’, which is defined as ‘business as usual’ by the NHS. Just 29 units (13 per...

Care staff ordered to work in one home only

Amnesty International raised fears on Wednesday that these errors are being repeated, with leaked documents from councils to care homes asking them how many beds they can provide for Covid-positive patients.  While the documents ask care homes to set out their...