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Agency staff in the NHS need full selfisolation pay

At the start of the pandemic NHS England, understood the need to ensure everyone carrying out duties in NHS premises had rights to follow public health advice to self-isolate on full pay. Without this right, workers are under huge financial pressure to come to work when they should be self-isolating, creating avoidable risks of infectionContinue reading “Agency staff in the NHS need full selfisolation pay”

NHS Employers admit: workers rights essential for infection control

NHS Employers have put out a statement on 27th March: “It is essential for infection control purposes that staff members who are told to self-isolate, do so as quickly as possible. NHS England and NHS Improvement wrote to chief executives on 2 March 2020, stating staff should receive full pay whilst in self-isolation. This includesContinue reading “NHS Employers admit: workers rights essential for infection control”

Gordon Hospital Westminster: surprise shutdown! What’s going on?

Workers at the Gordon Hospital in Westminster report that all the patients have been shipped out to other hospitals or discharged. CNWL management appear to be using the COVID19 crisis to push through a hospital closure at breakneck speed.There is little transparency about what is going on or why. Haven’t NHS bosses got enough problemsContinue reading “Gordon Hospital Westminster: surprise shutdown! What’s going on?”

Why nurses should act without delay over zero hours contracts

The NMC code of conduct (section 16) instructs us to “Act without delay if you believe that there is a risk to patient safety or public protection.”  Section 19.3 includes a duty to: “promote recommended practice in relation to controlling and preventing infection”.At this time of the Coronavirus pandemic, extreme social distancing measures are inContinue reading “Why nurses should act without delay over zero hours contracts”

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