BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s executive said on Thursday that “significant divergences” persisted in its talks with Britain on their new relationship from 2021.
Britain left the EU in January and is in a standstill transition period with the bloc to give the two sides time to forge a new relationship on everything from trade to security.
Source: EU executive says ‘significant’ differences in Brexit talks – Reuters
Nursing Times has explored its impact on people with mental health issues and learning disabilities and the staff who care for them.
According to Royal College of Nursing mental health professional lead Catherine Gamble, there was already a lack of understanding about the “fragility” of people with mental health illnesses, which was highlighted by a shortfall of support for the sector during the Covid-19 crisis.
Although efforts had been made to protect people physically from the virus, the same attention was not given to those needing mental health care, Ms Gamble said.
Likewise, she said the needs of mental health nurses were not considered in the same way as colleagues in physical health services, with visits from high-profile leaders mostly focused on general hospitals, for example.
One of the biggest challenges for the sector was the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the lack of specific guidance tailored to mental health services.
The wearing PPE by staff was not only “extremely frightening” for some patients, it also posed safety risks during restraints.
“You expect to see it in intensive care, but you don’t expect to see it if you’re at a psychiatric hospital,” said Ms Gamble.
Source: Covid-19 crisis has exposed inequalities for mental health and learning disabilities | Nursing Times
A parliamentary debate is scheduled to take place tomorrow in response to calls for nurses and their colleagues to be given a pay rise for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
On Thursday MPs are set to debate a series of e-petitions submitted to the government on the topic of giving health and social care professionals appropriate recognition and reward for their work.
One of the petitions in question – titled Increase pay for NHS healthcare workers and recognise their work – has received more than 160,000 supporters, exceeding the 100,000 signatures needed to be considered for discussion in parliament.
The debate, organised by the Petitions Committee, will also consider three other petitions focused on the immigration health surcharge for overseas health staff, citizenship for non-British staff, and parity of esteem for social care:
Source: MPs to debate petitions on ‘recognising and rewarding’ nurses | Nursing Times
Four years ago this month, the British public narrowly voted to leave the European Union. What followed – years of protracted debate and animosity – painted a picture of a country utterly divided. But a deal was finally reached and the United Kingdom did leave on January 31 this year.
While the UK has settled its divorce, it remains in a transition period until the end of this year. A year in which it must abide by the rules of membership, while enjoying the privileges. Ultimately though, the transition period is about achieving an orderly settlement on what the future relationship will be.
Source: Coronavirus Briefing: Remember Brexit? It’s back : euronews