UK government fails to publish details of £4bn Covid contracts with private firms | World news | The Guardian


Good Law Project and MPs call for independent inquiry over apparent breach of UK law

Source: UK government fails to publish details of £4bn Covid contracts with private firms | World news | The Guardian

Government Guidance on Covid safe visits for care home residents and families | Care Industry News


• Visits should be tailored to residents and facilities and should prioritise residents and staff’s safety to limit the transmission of Covid-19 • Care homes, especially those who haven’t allowed visits since March, will be encouraged and supported to provide safe visiting opportunities as new national restrictions come into effect • Measures put in place should provide Covid-secure opportunities for families to meet using visiting arrangements such as floor to ceiling screens, visiting pods, and window visits

Source: Government Guidance on Covid safe visits for care home residents and families | Care Industry

 

 

Team Biden’s mood changes dramatically as vote counts shift | TheHill


Joe Biden’s campaign breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday morning, as the Democratic nominee, in a dramatic turnabout, was able to overtake President Trump in key battleground states that could

Source: Team Biden’s mood changes dramatically as vote counts shift | TheHill

Donald Trump and Masculinity as Motivator | History Matters


Thank you, a great insight to the image, ego, etc. of Trump. How anyone can support him is beyond my comprehension, but support him they do.

In addition to your insight, is it not true, that his supporters have no one other than Trump to cling to and to cast him out would mean they are on their own, which they feel they have been for far too long.

He is their last hope, in some ways their ‘Messiah’.

I do feel sorry for his supporters, that they have felt so alone and have to cling to Trump, the worst of ‘Mankind’.

Source: Donald Trump and Masculinity as Motivator | History Matters

Social care challenge appears to be getting worse – By Silva Homes | Care Industry News


Indeed Social Care is in crisis and has been for many years, this is down to a number of factors

lack of Government investment
abysmal staff salaries
lack of care workers
unsocial hours
poor working conditions
no staff sick pay scheme
and many others

I put lack of Government investment at the top because if this was solved then some of the others could also be.

As to investment in social care, this has never been sufficient, but 10 years of austerity cuts and now COVID-19 have made the crisis very more serious.

So, lets look at social care, before 1970 social care was administered by a ‘mishmash’ of organisations

local authorities
charities
voluntary sector
health
and many others

But in 1970 the Government of the day decided to bring all social care to be administered by local authorities, but true to form, the Government did not provide anywhere near the funding that was required and over the years the gap from what funding is provided to what is actually required has been increasing.

Many Governments in the last few years have promised to solve the funding process and a considerable amount of the work required as already been done.

In fact, in the David Cameron Governments they were prepared to go ahead in 2015, but decided to defer until April 2020.

Now in April 2020 we were in the COVID-19 pandemic and still are, so was this the reason for no action, who knows.

But, urgent action needs to be taken, not just for care homes, but the whole of Social care which includes home care, respite, supported living, hospices for both children and adults as well as care homes.

Well some action has occurred for in July 2020, an advisor was appointed on the proposal for the NHS to take over social care.

So, action has been taken, but how is it proceeding, who knows?

Governments are ‘ace’ at putting proposals forward and creating working groups, but they are not good at putting proposals into action and thereby solve the crisis and they could well be lost in the ‘black hole’ of Government.

To ensure actions are finalised, I created the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care.

Please consider looking at the petition and, if you agree, please sign and share.

Should you require more information this can be found here.

 

 

Source: Social care challenge appears to be getting worse – By Silva Homes | Care Industry News

Covid: Antibodies ‘fall rapidly after infection’ – BBC News


So, this research is saying that immunity from COVID-19 does not last long, maybe only for 6 months, so this should quell the call for ‘herd immunity’. Those persons who feel the current lockdowns should be ignored or not even be put in force and people should be allowed to have COVID-19 as a means to have more immunity within the UK, should now stop making those comments, as their thinking has been disproved.

However, I feel the question of conspiracy theories could be put forward, so they may continue in their beliefs, which they are entitled to have.

So, more work is required in this research, for if true, it could mean an immunisation programme be introduced every 6 months.

But the take up of the Flu immunisation programme, which is currently taking place, is far from good, see for the period 2018/2019.

See Table 1

 

Patients aged 65 years and over
Vaccine uptake in patients over 65 years old was 72.0% in the 2018 to 2019 season, compared to 72.9% last season (Table 1). This season saw a phased delivery of the recommended, newly licenced adjuvanted vaccine for the 65 and over population. 40% of the vaccine was supplied in September followed by 20% in October and 40% in November.

Some may say 70% is a good turnout, but is it and what about the figures for under 65s which are far from good.

So what does this hold for any COVID-19 vaccine, which will more likely be every 6 months rather than yearly, it does not look good.

So, COVID-19 could be with us for years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Covid: Antibodies ‘fall rapidly after infection’ – BBC News

 

Source: Covid: Antibodies ‘fall rapidly after infection’ – BBC News

How teenagers ended up operating crucial parts of England’s test and trace system | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian


As one whistleblower tells me, a vital public health service is being bungled by private contractors, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot

Source: How teenagers ended up operating crucial parts of England’s test and trace system | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian