Health

MPs call for transport workers to get death-in-service payouts

May 17, 2020

MPs have urged Boris Johnson to extend the £60,000 NHS death-in-service payments to transport workers on the coronavirus frontline as people return to work in increasing numbers. Forty-two MPs have written to the prime minister also calling for greater personal protection for hundreds of thousands of transport workers who are instrumental to ministers’ desire to […]

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Tube drivers told they can refuse to work if they feel their safety is at risk

May 16, 2020

A union has told London Underground drivers they have the right to refuse to work if they believe they are at risk of serious danger during the coronavirus crisis. Trade union for train drivers Aslef said it wanted to see Tube services increase, but only in a way that was safe for staff and passengers. […]

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Landlord hikes rent for NHS workers and tells them to move out if they don’t accept it

May 15, 2020

Frontline workers living in discounted homes feel ‘unappreciated’ after their housing association said it is raising the rent in less than a month, despite the coronavirus lockdown. Residents at the block of flats in Brixton, south London, feel like they’ve been put in a tight spot by Notting Hill Genesis, who have told them to […]

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London could be ‘coronavirus free’ by June as daily cases plummet

May 15, 2020

The capital could be rid of coronavirus sooner than you think, as new modelling suggests the city is recording only 24 new cases a day. The ‘R’ reproduction rate has fallen to 0.4 in London, with the number of new cases halving every 3.5 days, according to analysis by Cambridge University and Public Health England. […]

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UK coronavirus live: Britain claps for carers on the Covid frontline – as it happened

May 14, 2020

8.32pm BST20:32 Nicola Slawson I’m closing our UK live blog for the day. Thanks so much for joining us. Please follow our global live blog for all further developments this evening. 8.31pm BST20:31 Boris Johnson appeared with his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, for the first time since they announced the birth of their son, Wilfred. The […]

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‘It is tragic’: family tell of lost battle to take father out of care home

May 14, 2020

Dr Koohyar, left, with Shirin, right, had lived an active life and even took up roller-skating in his eighties. Photograph: Family Handout When Covid-19 struck west London, Shirin Koohyar and her siblings decided they had to get their father out of his nursing home. It was easier said than done. Dr Ameer Koohyar, a 91-year-old […]

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Nurse given 50/50 chance of survival gives powerful speech after beating virus

May 12, 2020

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video A nurse who was left fighting for her life after contracting the UK’s first case of coronavirus-related laryngitis has given an emotional speech to her NHS colleagues. Community nurse Nancy, who appeared in last night’s episode of […]

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