Mental health staff recruitment plan for England

Mental health staff recruitment plan for England

Thousands more mental health workers are to be recruited by the NHS in England, the health secretary has said. Jeremy Hunt said it was time to end the “historic imbalance” between mental and physical health services. The aim is to recruit enough nurses, therapists and consultants to treat an extra one million patients by 2020-21. But the Royal College of Nursing said the plans did not add up, and more “hard cash” would be needed…

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent into Kensington and Chelsea council

Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent into Kensington and Chelsea council

Government staff have been drafted in to manage the response to the Grenfell Tower fire after criticism of Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council. A team of civil servants has been embedded in the council office after residents complained they had been left with little support or information from officials. At least 58 people are dead or presumed dead, and many others are homeless. The council says it will cooperate “in full” with the government’s inquiry….

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Heroic public sector staff deserve more pay – Hunt

Heroic public sector staff deserve more pay – Hunt

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has indicated he will press the chancellor to give public sector staff more pay. He made the comments following a speech in which he praised the way NHS staff and the other emergency services responded to the recent terrorist attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire. He said, in particular, he had “a great deal of sympathy” for the case made by nurses for an end to the pay cap. The cap…

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Uber fires 20 staff after harassment investigation

Uber fires 20 staff after harassment investigation

Uber has fired more than 20 people, and is taking other actions against staff, after a harassment investigation. The taxi-app firm said the sackings related to sexual harassment, bullying and issues about poor company culture. Uber has been under fire over its treatment of women staff since a former employee wrote a scathing blog post about her experience. It led to two investigations and the uncovering of 215 complaints about harassment and other allegations. Uber…

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General election 2017: Labour promises pay rises for NHS staff

General election 2017: Labour promises pay rises for NHS staff

NHS staff will get higher pay and there will be no tuition fees for student nurses and midwives under a Labour government, the party is promising. Labour said the policies would help address staffing shortages in England that had become a “threat to patients”. The promises mark the first of what are expected to be a series of policy announcements on the NHS by Labour. But the Conservatives said Labour’s nonsensical economic policies would put…

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Northern, Southern rail and Merseyrail staff on strike

Northern, Southern rail and Merseyrail staff on strike

Rail staff from three firms across England have started 24-hour strikes in a dispute over the role of guards. The RMT’s 30th strike day in its dispute with Southern over plans to make trains driver-only-operated (DOO) has spread to the north of England. Guards and drivers working for Merseyrail and Northern are taking action over similar DOO proposals. Management at all three companies say they want a negotiated solution and deny jobs will be lost….

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NHS Health Check: 'Most staff have been attacked', doctor says

The body set up to advise hospitals on staff safety is to end that work at the end of March, the BBC has discovered. This is despite figures showing almost 200 assaults on doctors, nurses and other NHS staff in England every day. One A&E doctor said “most NHS staff” could say they had been attacked or felt unsafe at work. NHS Protect said it could not comment before a staff consultation ended but the…

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NHS staff trigger Google cyber-defences

NHS staff trigger Google cyber-defences

NHS staff using Google’s search engine has triggered one of its cybersecurity defences. NHS Digital confirmed so many NHS staff use the search engine that it had started asking them to take a quiz to verify they were “not a robot”. News site the Register reported one NHS Trust had told staff to “use Bing” instead. Google indicated its systems were designed to spot unusual traffic and were working as intended. Detecting suspicious traffic from…

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