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Covid-19: Lessons from Liverpool

1 December 2020

The news that Liverpool is to enter Tier 2 when the current restrictions end this week is a challenge to the government’s default top-down, we-know-what’s-best-for-you approach to dealing with the pandemic.

Behind the vaccine breakthroughs

23 November 2020

The scientists involved in developing vaccines against Covid-19 coronavirus – wherever they are based – are part of a global collaboration that has achieved the near impossible in record time.

Training professionals during the pandemic

12 October 2020

Professional training must continue despite the current pandemic. The need for essential face to face teaching must not be overlooked, otherwise students will be delayed in qualifying and entering the workforce.

NHS prepares

11 September 2020

As well as preparing for winter and a second wave of Covid-19, the NHS must look at how it has dealt with other conditions and plans for the future.

UCU under fire over 'nonsense' Covid-19 claim

9 September 2020

There has been a strong reaction to universities union UCU’s tweet of a non-peer-reviewed paper saying that without strong controls, students' return to campuses would cause at least 50,000 deaths. 

Speak for the children

15 August 2020

The case for opening schools to all children in September is compelling. We know how the benefits for children of attending school vastly outweigh any risks. 

Back to school, urge paediatricians

19 June 2020

More than 1,500 paediatricians have signed a letter to the prime minister urgently calling for the government to publish a clear plan for getting all children back to school.

Start the music!

7 June 2020

The world famous Abbey Road studios started recording again on 4 June. Musicans are actively working to get back to work safely and practically.

Scrap student nursing fees, say unions

5 June 2020

Student nurses and midwives stepped up when they were needed. Their unions are calling for an end to their tuition fees. This will remove barriers to new students created in 2017 by cuts in financial support.

Back to school, at last

5 June 2020

The phased wider opening of schools which began on 1 June was marred by confusion and concern. Take-up will grow when parents see that Armageddon has not been unleashed

Moving forward

15 May 2020

For the foreseeable future – for years – there will be no such thing as 100 per cent safe. Only workers can assess what is reasonably safe in their workplace, and every workplace is different, including every school.

Chaos and cost ahead as EU looks for more money

11 May 2020

Coronavirus is tearing the EU apart. The European Commission has a plan to grab money from members, and which threatens Britain with unknown extra costs if the Brexit transition is extended.

Fighting Covid-19: from north to south

30 April 2020

Stories are beginning to emerge which point to the resourcefulness and humanity of ordinary people in extraordinary times. When workers use their initiative, there is no end to what they can achieve.

Glasgow marks Workers Memorial Day

30 April 2020

Glasgow Trades Union Council marked Workers Memorial Day on 28 April by taking part in the Britain-wide “one-minute silence” tribute to those who have died in the health and caring professions during the current crisis.

PPE shortage exposes folly of relying on imports

30 April 2020

Last week Nissan started to make gowns for NHS trusts at its Sunderland plant. The development attracted wide press coverage – but in fact it is a sign of a serious problem with government policy.

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