Stress and anxiety-related absence among NHS staff soared after the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, new analysis shows.More than half a million (510,281) days were lost to absence due to anxiety, stress, depression or other psychiatric illnesses in May 2020, the month that followed the worst of the pandemic so far in terms of death rates.Those issues accounted for more than a quarter (28.3%) of all absences, and represented a 37% increase on the days lost in the previous year, when 371,242 full-time equivalent days were lost.The Liberal Democrats said official figures showed thousands had “endured life-altering trauma and immeasurable excess stress” while working under strict Covid protocols and watching many patients die.The party, which analysed the figures, urged the government to respond with proposals to provide “world class” mental support for health and care staff.Lib Dem members are expected to pass a motion at the party’s conference on Friday pushing to strengthen services for “under pressure and overstretched” staff, including ancillary workers such as porters and cleaners.They will demand that the Covid-19 support hotline is available 24/7, to scrap HR practices which encourage staff to work when they are not feeling up to it, and to introduce an “occupational health passport” so workers do not have to relive mental health traumas when they change jobs.Lib Dem health spokesperson Munira Wilson said: “This dreadful pandemic has taken more than just a physical toll. “It has had hugely negative consequences for people’s mental health too. “As these figures make clear, this has been especially true for health and care workers, who have been on the front line of the crisis. “Thousands have endured life-altering trauma and immeasurable excess stress. “Even before the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of days were lost each year due to absence related to mental health conditions.“To ensure our health and care service is resilient going forward, we need to expand the support available.“These dedicated staff keep our healthcare system running 24/7 and we need to make sure they have 24/7 support too. “As well as a hotline that operates all day, every day, the Liberal Democrats want to see effective signposting to mental health support and the scrapping of HR practices that penalise people seeking treatment for mental ill health.” Related...
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Phones ringing off the hook, councillors scrambling for details and anxious families worrying about how their jobs and children will be affected – these are the scenes local leaders have described in the wake of strict local lockdown restrictions being announced by the government. A series of Labour councillors and politicians have told HuffPost UK how, by unveiling sweeping new restrictions late at night on social media, without details of the rules and without giving councils times to prepare, the government is undermining public confidence and sparking widespread anxiety. “They need to think more about the real world – real families in their homes hearing that kind of announcement,” Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham told HuffPost UK. “I don’t think they think enough about those things.” In Newcastle – where a sharp uptick in Covid-19 infections has seen the coronavirus rate reach 108 cases per 100,000 people in recent days – local leaders asked the government for a series of additional restrictions to help curb the spread of the potentially deadly virus. But when health secretary Matt Hancock announced in the Commons on Thursday that large swathes of the north-east would be under new, stricter coronavirus directives, local politicians – including Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes – were in the dark about the exact regulations. Yes, there would be a 10pm curfew for bars and restaurants and a ban on people socialising outside of their households – but what did the announcement mean for public transport? For weddings? For organised sports? “The secretary of state made an announcement in the Commons at 11.30am, but we didn’t actually get the final version of the regulations until 6pm,” Forbes said. “So we had maybe seven hours of people speculating wildly about what was going to be announced and we didn’t know because we hadn’t seen the final list of restrictions.” The council knew what it had asked for, “but we didn’t know exactly what we were going to be given”. The delay led to some people “frankly making rubbish up”, Forbes said. “That did nothing to ensure we had clarity and consistency in messaging. In fact, it undermined what we were trying to achieve.” The hold-up followed leaks and speculation in the local press about what would be announced by ministers, Forbes said. “It caused a great deal of anxiety – for about a 48 hour period, the phone rang more or less non-stop, with worried people – and in some cases very angry people – either demanding answers or shouting.” The Government announced restrictions for the North East at 11.30am this morning, effective from Midnight, but the regulations have still not been published. The longer this goes on the greater the info vaccuum and the more alarmed people are getting. We need clarity, now.— Nick Forbes (@nick_forbes) September 17, 2020The three main things people were calling about? Visiting family members, the rules around going to pubs and restaurants and people’s upcoming nuptials. “I think we had about eight calls from people asking if their wedding was going to be cancelled,” Forbes said. “Of course, we hadn’t asked for any changes around weddings, but we didn’t know what the government was going to say, so we couldn’t give them a clear answer. That was deeply frustrating.” But it’s not just in the north-east where councillors have been left reeling by the government’s handling of local lockdown restrictions. Andrew Western, the Labour leader of Trafford Council, described how he and other leaders in Greater Manchester were given just hours to prepare for drastic changes to social distancing rules at the end of July following a spike in coronavirus cases. They only found out about the new restrictions after Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham received a call from Matt Hancock around 4.30pm on July 30 saying he was “minded to act and put in place some restrictions”. By “pure chance”, Burnham – who was himself health secretary between 2009 and 2010 – had a meeting scheduled with local Labour leaders that evening. “The difficult thing is, I only got engaged late on Thursday and the health secretary was about to go into a meeting,” the mayor told HuffPost UK. “I said to him that I would have to consult the leaders – I can’t say on their behalf that something is fine. “I’ve said throughout this, they have the primary and statutory responsibility for their borough with regard to public safety. So I have to coordinate their voice, but their voice really matters here.” If there hadn’t already been a meeting in the diary, most leaders would not have been able to attend a last-minute gathering, he said. “I think that isn’t understood enough in Whitehall. If there’s a big change coming that’s going to affect millions of people’s lives, you have to really get on board the people who are going to front up that change.” The government “haven’t thought enough about all that”, Burnham added. Just hours after Burnham, Western and other local leaders were first informed about the new restrictions, Hancock announced the new rules – which came into force at midnight – on Twitter. 3/4 The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding to social distancing. So from midnight tonight, people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors in these areas. pic.twitter.com/Yy7wLbdh9V— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) July 30, 2020“It’s ridiculous,” Western – who has led Trafford Council since 2018 – said, branding it a “comms disaster”. “Who announces something late at night on Twitter that’s going to come in at midnight?” By the time the mayor was informed of the changes, it was already the end of the working day, Western said. “By that time, my staff had finished for the day. We’re responsible for enforcing this – we need to get relevant public health messages out and there’s a void basically, because nobody is around. “You can’t expect people to be scrambling at that time of night to get messages together.” It’s a thought that is echoed by Burnham. “Councils are used as a trusted source of information by residents,” he said. “They will turn to the council quite a lot.” When government changes are coming, councils need time to create a messaging campaign for local people to make sure the rules are clear and easy to understand. “But they’re not allowing time for all of that to take place,” Burnham said. “It isn’t working.” He continued: “We are the ones who have to deal with these messages on the ground and the consequences of them.“I don’t think the government is thinking enough of the reality of what we have to do – the inquiries we get, the public’s reaction etc. The government makes an announcement and goes on to something else and we’re left.“If they involved us, worked with us, consulted us, their messages may even land better for them. So it’s not like us asking for something from them – we could actually give them something by helping them land their messages better.” But Western has been blindsided more than once by new restrictions during the pandemic. At the start of September, the government ignored appeals from Trafford Council to keep local lockdown restrictions in place in the areas and lifted the rules – only to reimpose them hours later. “At 12.30pm in the afternoon– 12-and-a-half hours after the restrictions had been lifted, they reimposed them, having sent us a copy of the press release about 20 minutes before they did so,” Western said. “And that was the notification that we got.” Alyson Barnes, leader of Rossendale Borough Council, said it was clear that the government “likes big announcements”. “We’re all left trying to work out what that means,” she said. Rossendale, a borough in Lancashire, was among the areas where even stricter lockdown measures came into force on Tuesday, replacing previous rules. Under the new guidelines, residents are banned from mixing with anyone outside their household or bubble in a bid to halt the spread of Covid-19. “This latest announcement has not been any different,” Barnes said. “We have got hospitality venues contacting us about the 10pm curfew – ‘Is that 10pm sharp, doors shut? Or is it last orders at 10pm?’” She added: “You just get people contacting you all the time about different aspects of this… It just comes at you from all sorts of directions, because the announcement is made so quickly, you just don’t have time to get any of the detail in place. So we’re always playing catch up with it.” None of this can be easy for ministers, Barnes said. “It’s a new territory for UK government – they haven’t had to deal with a pandemic since the early 1900s. “So I’m quite sympathetic in a way to that fact, I get that. But I do think if they gave themselves just a little bit longer on some things, to think the detail through, that would help them in the long run. “They seem to be a bit of a hair trigger – they have got to be saying it now, not waiting till they have worked it through for a day or so. It’s got to be done now.” A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care told HuffPost UK that ministers and experts were “constantly” reviewing evidence about the spread of Covid-19. “The government, working alongside scientific and public health experts and local leaders constantly review the epidemiological evidence and we are prepared to take swift and decisive action to cut the transmission of the virus and protect communities,” they said. “Everyone has a part to play - you can protect yourself, loved ones and the public by washing your hands, wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, practice social distancing and, if you may have come into contact with this virus, self-isolating.”More on coronavirus...
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Brits who do not have symptoms of Covid-19 are taking advantage of the already overstretched NHS testing service so they can jet off on holiday to Cyprus. The island in the Mediterranean, which has recorded less than 2,000 cases of coronavirus, requires travellers from the UK to hand over a negative Covid-19 test result upon arrival. The government has explicitly told Brits not to use up NHS tests to get the green light to go on holiday, with the Test and Trace system already so backed up that sick people are being asked to travel hundreds of miles to be swabbed for the virus. Guidelines say that Brits looking for some Cypriot sun should instead fork out for their own private Covid-19 tests, which usually cost between £100 and £200 – and many are. But a number of people are actively fiddling the system in order to get the negative result they need to guarantee their trip to Cyprus. In a Facebook group about travelling to Cyprus, one man described how he and his partner had used the NHS testing service in Scotland to go on holiday. “The tests centres are empty at the moment and the results were received after 25 hours only,” he wrote. “Yes it’s true you are not supposed to be using these tests for travel purposes but in many cases like ours we had no choice. Get a free test and get the results quickly or lose £1,800.“The price for private tests in the UK right now is nothing but a joke. £150 a head in most cases where Cyprus offer tests at 60 euros each and guarantee results in 24 hours.” Meanwhile, a second person tweeted: “I’m in Cyprus, had a free test on NHS, great service. Finally repaid some of the thousands I invest in it.” Another wrote on Facebook: “I did use the NHS for a test when I went in September but now I’m going back in October I have booked a private test.“If people want to use the NHS it’s up to them and people should keep their nose out of other people’s business, especially when they have done exactly the same thing. Maybe some people are on a very tight budget and can not afford a private test.” The High Commission of Cyprus in the UK has also confirmed that the country will accept NHS test results from British travellers. In an update on its website, the commission wrote: “NHS for #covid19 will be accepted in order to travel from UK to Cyprus.“Travellers with negative NHS test need to have both their NHS test appointment booking and the NHS COVID-19 negative result notification. Result not more than 72 hours before departure.” But the government has warned that holidaymakers should not be taking advantage of the NHS system.A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care told HuffPost UK: “Only people with symptoms should be requesting a test – we all need to play our part to protect the NHS Test and Trace service for those who really need it.“If you’re not eligible to get a test you can continue to protect yourself, loved ones and the public by washing your hands, wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, practicing social distancing and self-isolating if you may have come into contact with the virus.”Related...
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Denmark, Slovakia and Iceland have been removed from the UK’s travel corridor list, Transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced.The Caribbean island of Curacao has also been removed. Any travellers arriving in the UK from these countries as of 4am on Saturday will need to self-isolate for 14 days.Data shows we need to remove DENMARK, SLOVAKIA, ICELAND, and CURACAO from the Travel Corridor list. If you arrive in the UK from these destinations after 4am this Saturday, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days. [1/3]— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) September 24, 2020The new rules come amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in these countries, with the Department for Transport warning there had been a 921% increase in infections per 100,000 people in Iceland over the past week. Meanwhile, the government warned there had been a 115% increase in cases in recent weeks in Slovakia and a 508% jump in Denmark over the past month. In Curaçao, a small Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela, there had been a 481% increase in newly reported coronavirus cases between September 2 and 23. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office now advises against all but essential travel to all four countries. Related...
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