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Metro Mayor responds to
reports that Government could introduce further restrictions for the North
RESPONDING to reports that the
Government could introduce further restrictions across the North, on Monday, 12
October 2020, Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:-
"It is deeply disappointing to wake up this morning to reports that new Covid19
restrictions affecting millions of people in our City Region, and across the
North, could be in place within days, rather than hearing it during a genuine
dialogue between Ministers and local leaders. At the moment we have a patchwork
of local measures across the country and too much confusion for the public as a
result. So, clarity and consistency are certainly needed about what the
different levels of restrictions are, when they will be imposed and, crucially,
how and when they can be lifted again. Significant restrictions, like those
being proposed, must also come with significant financial support for local
businesses that will be affected, Local Councils who are leading our public
health efforts and for NHS test and trace. When the country locked down in
March, the Chancellor's actions showed that such significant measures required
financial support on a similar scale. If it was right then, it certainly is now;
so we need to be seeing local furlough schemes, business grants and financial
support for the self employed and those who cannot work from home. Otherwise the
money spent earlier in the year to protect jobs and businesses earlier in the
year will have been wasted, because we haven't done similar now. It's clear
looking at the data and speaking to public health teams in our city region that
the spread of this virus continues to go in the wrong direction. We are seeing
infection rates increase significantly, while hospital admissions are already
moving towards the levels we saw back in April. Once again, I would urge
everyone in the City Region to exercise extreme caution. Please follow the
guidance on social distancing, face coverings and washing hands and play your
part in keeping all of us as safe as possible."
Right Support, Right Care,
CQC have published their revised
guidance on how they register and inspect services for autistic people and
people with a learning disability entitled:- 'Right Support, Right Care,
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:-
"Although we welcome the redrafted guidance, more could be done to demonstrate
the importance of evidence in the revised approach. Care providers need to know
that decisions made around the regulation of their services are evidence based."
CQC published a revised and retiled draft of the guidance on their participation
platform Citizen Lab, on 31 January 2020. This consultation followed a scoping
review which took place between March 2019 and August 2019. Registering the
Right Support has been re-worked and the name has changed, to:- 'Right
Support, Right Care, Right Culture,' however
policy on regulating and checking on providers that support autistic people and
people with a learning disability has not changed.
In Care England's consultation response in January, it sought to highlight
several key themes which it felt the draft guidance did not adequately address,
including:- size of services; commissioning; use of case studies; and how CQC
applies the policy. Care England has reiterated these issues through further
stakeholder meetings with CQC in advance of the final publication of their
revised guidance. We will now need to reflect in detail on the new guidance and
consider the impact on how future services are registered and monitored.
Professor Green concluded:- "We implore CQC to adopt a greater degree of
transparency with the sector as to their own approach. This will foster a
dynamic process whereby providers are fully able to understand the basis upon
which decisions regarding services are made."
Constructive Intervention by
Sefton Council helps Bootle Business to re-open
SEFTON Council's Environmental
Health officers have been working with the owner of a Bootle business, closed
for not implementing the required precautions to protect staff and customers
against Covid19, to enable it to re-open again safely. The Council has issued a
Closure Notice to the owner of Skin Kerr in Bootle after visits to the premises
by the Council's Environmental Health team raised concerns that current
restrictions and public health guidance were not being adhered to, meaning
customers and staff were being put at risk from infection by Covid19. After
meetings described as 'productive', Council officers were assured that the owner
is willing to comply with the regulations and put the required measures in
place. This means that the imminent threat of infection has been removed. Under
a new Direction Order, the business can re-open and trade provided the
conditions agreed remain in place. Ongoing inspections will be carried out and
any breach of the Direction Order's requirements would result in the business
being ordered to close again. Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council's Cabinet
Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said:- "I am
pleased that our Environmental Health team has been able to work constructively
with the owner of this Bootle business to put the measures in place that enable
it to re-open. As we have made clear, Sefton Council will not hesitate to take
action against businesses refusing to put in place measures to keep staff and
customers safe, but equally we will do all we can to work with them to resolve
the issues and enable them start trading again. The vast majority of our local
businesses have been doing their utmost to meet their legal duty of ensuring
they are COVID Secure and since the start of the pandemic in March we have been
providing advice and support. We appreciate the efforts and sacrifices they have
made and would encourage them to get in touch if they are struggling to meet the
RCEM issues urgent warning
as Hospitals near capacity
RESPONDING to the publication of
performance data for Emergency Departments in England, in September 2020,
President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Dr Katherine Henderson
said:- "We need to be clear about the scale of what we face as we go into
winter. If we do not come together and take effective precautions, Covid will
continue its explosion across the country; a devastating consequence of which
could be the implosion of our NHS this winter. While performance is not near its
worst, we are seeing extremely worrying signs as we head into winter. Our
Emergency Departments must be safe places for our most vulnerable patients, and
we cannot go back to the status quo of crowded departments and long waits.
However, the data shows that we are gradually returning to this, which will put
lives at risk. In Quarter 1 of 2020/21 there were 118,451 beds in the NHS in
England. On 1 October 96% of these beds were occupied."
Data for September 2020 also shows that:-
beds occupied by confirmed Covid-19 patients has quadrupled over past month.
times as many patients are on ventilators than the previous month.
hour performance at Emergency Departments is down by 6 percentage points since
hour waits have nearly quadrupled since May 2020.
Dr Katherine Henderson added:- "It is extremely concerning to see Covid
continue to spread at an increasing rate throughout the population. This will
have serious repercussions for both the NHS and many families. Covid doesn't
just effect those who catch it. Its continued existence has very real and tragic
outcomes for others. Emergency Departments frequently see patients who should
not need to be there but have to because they've had their surgery or treatment
postponed and are experiencing complications. While EDs will always be open to
those seeking emergency care, if Covid cases continue to rise the NHS may be
forced to scale back other routine activity to focus on the fight against it.
This may mean that someone you love; your elderly asthmatic grandma, your
brother with a heart condition, your 2 year old niece with leukaemia; may not be
able to receive the regular treatment they desperately need. To prevent this
situation, we need to look to each other, and look after each other, to make
sure we all take basic precautions: maintain social distancing, wash your hands
regularly, wear a mask. Doing these things could save the life; directly or
indirectly; of someone you care about. Life for most of us is hard right now and
will continue to be for some time. It is made harder when others seemingly
ignore the rules, but the behaviours of others is no excuse not to stick to
them. Those rules are intended to save lives and those rules will save lives if
we all do our bit. We must look to ourselves to lead. At the start of the
pandemic the Government asked us to protect the NHS to save lives. It needs to
make this message clear again to the public and set out a comprehensive and
consistent strategy for the winter. Without this, we fear our Emergency
Departments and the NHS will be overwhelmed."
Good Business Festival highlights power of business to affect change in a post Covid world
MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner
has welcomed ₤1m of Government funding to assist the Police during the Covid19
epidemic, but says it is not enough given the costs already incurred by the
Force. Costs to Merseyside Police has already reached ₤4.7m over normal running
costs for Policing the Coronavirus Pandemic since March 2020 and while it is
hoped that the Region's Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, will be able to
recoup approximately ₤2.5m from Central Government for the purchase of PPE, this
still leaves a significant shortfall. The Government's announcement of the extra
₤30m of 'surge' funding for Police forces across England and Wales to assist
their enforcement of Coronavirus regulations, with ₤999,776 has now been
allocated to Merseyside Police. However, this funding cannot be used to cover
the costs already incurred and has been provided to assist Forces going forward.
Jane said:- "While this allocation of funds is welcome, it does not cover
Merseyside Police's outgoings so far and will, I hope, be followed through by
more assistance. In the last 6 months, Merseyside Police has incurred nearly
₤4.7m in extra costs by policing this epidemic. This includes paying for PPE,
specialist equipment and new cleaning regimes, and overtime. While I am
confident we will get at least ₤2.5m paid back for the PPE that still leaves a
significant shortfall. I am continuing to lobby government to fully reimburse us
for the full cost of Covid19 to date. As a blue light service of last resort,
the public rely upon the Force to continue working, keeping us safe, enforcing
the law and engaging with the public regarding the epidemic and the regulations
surrounding it. Nearly half a million pounds has already been spent covering
overtime costs to increase patrols across Merseyside. I hope and expect that the
Government will commit to covering the full costs of policing Covid19 to ensure
Police forces around the country and the communities they serve are not left
with a substantial shortfall affecting the services that the Police provide."
More major issues for Sefton
Businesses applying for EU money via the Business Recovery Grant
WE are getting lots of complaints
about the application system on the Business Recovery Grant website. The grant
in question is aimed at assisting businesses within Liverpool City Region with
Covid19 recovery and not:- 'business as usual,' personal
protection equipment (PPE), social distancing or other regulatory activity or
for projects that have already been started. The Business Recovery Grant is open
to all SMEs based in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, and Wirral,
who have been trading since before 1 March 2020 and have been impacted by
Covid19. Sadly businesses who have been referred to the application process by
Sefton, for the Business Recovery Grant,
have yet again experienced trouble with the online application process. A
statement put out by the Growth Platform after applications closed read:-
"Our sincere apologies for the technical issues experienced with the Recovery
Grant applications. We have identified 330 completed or part completed
applications within our system and are working through these as quickly as
possible. However, we regret there may be some delay in you receiving your
response. Please bear with us as we endeavour to respond to all enquiries. To
allow us to work though these applications we have now closed for further
applications. We understand this is an extremely difficult time for businesses
and regret any additional frustrations this process may have caused. At Growth
Platform we are committed to supporting all businesses within Liverpool City
Region and our Local Growth Hub service is here to help your business please
contact us to find out what additional support may be available to you."
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LGA responds to
the latest Test and Trace figures
RESPONDING to the publication of the latest NHS Test
and Trace and Coronavirus testing figures, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the
Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "Rising
Coronavirus cases across the country mean that we all now, more than ever, have
a responsibility to get ourselves tested when needed and for sharing our
contacts on request. These latest figures prove again that councils' public
health teams, with their unique expertise and understanding of their
communities, have more success in reaching complex close contacts of positive
cases, where NHS Test and Trace has been unable to do so. Many Councils have or
will shortly launch their own locally supported contact tracing arrangements. To
build upon these local efforts and reduce the spread of infection, councils need
clearer, more precise information on who they should be trying to contact as
soon as possible. This should include details such as occupation and workplace,
working with police and others to share local intelligence, alongside the right
resources including funding and recruiting extra personnel to work on the ground
and respond quickly to outbreaks."
Total UK cases COVID19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
THE total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19)
infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the
UK, has risen by:- 17,540 cases and the total number now stand
at:- 561,815, that includes tests carried out by commercial
partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.
The total number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added
to the total, was sadly reported to be:- 77, within 28 days
of positive test, according to the Department of Health. The
total number of deaths of people who have had a positive
test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory
is:- 42,592, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with
Covid19 on the death certificate:- 57,347.
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
3,412. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 442. Daily
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 609.
In England, there are a total of 480,656 confirmed cases.
North West - total of 114,175 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number of confirmed cases:-
ARE NOW IN EFFECT FOR LIVERPOOL CITY REGION
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21 to 30
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number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
Blackburn with Darwen,
3,278 confirmed cases.
Bolton, 5,889 confirmed
Bury, 3,452 confirmed
Cheshire East, 3,655
Cheshire West and
Chester, 3,374 confirmed cases.
Oldham, 5,241 confirmed
2,896 confirmed cases.
4,434 confirmed cases.
4,257 confirmed cases.
3,683 confirmed cases.
3,816 confirmed cases.
3,289 confirmed cases.
3,215 confirmed cases
Covid19 deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that
occurred within 28 days of the 1st laboratory confirmed
positive Covid19 test. Daily and cumulative
numbers of COVID19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are
not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are
not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID19 patients
while the other nations include only confirmed cases.
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