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This page last updated on 12 November 2020
crowding and corridor care has returned to Emergency Departments in England
NHS England Performance figures for
October 2020 show that patients waiting for treatment on trollies has increased
by 50%, with patients waiting longer than 12 hours from decision to admission
having quadrupled from September 2020.
The data also shows:-
Patients waiting longer than
12 hours (from decision to admit) has nearly doubled from the same month last
The proportion of patients
attending A&E who require admission is up by 3 percentage points on last year.
The number of ambulances
dispatched by NHS111 is higher than last month.
Ambulances response times are
up on last month and the same month last year.
Performance of the 4 hour
target is down by 4.1% points in type 1 Emergency Departments from last month,
with nearly 1 in 4 patients waiting longer than four hours to be seen.
Dr Katherine Henderson, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine,
said:- "I am appalled and alarmed; the data is massively worrying. Despite
our repeated calls for action, crowding and corridor care is back and it has to
stop. It is a dangerous and unsafe situation that puts enormous pressure on
staff and departments and now increases the risk of Hospital acquired infection
to patients. We simply cannot leave patients for hours in crowded corridors
without social distancing, making infection prevention control measures
impossible; potentially exposing them to infections. Hospitals and trusts must,
as a necessity, implement and follow strict IPC guidance ensuring staff are
using the right PPE and are trained in how to fit it correctly to maximise
safety for themselves and their patients. We welcome the news that there will be
regular staff tests and look forward to hear how this will be operationalised.
We need patients to be confident they are not being seen by staff who might be
carrying the virus. But this only tackles part of the problem. To function as it
should and provide the best care possible for patients, the Emergency Care
system must have good flow. Without it ambulances are stuck waiting to offload
patients and paramedics are unable to return to the community; waiting times
increase across the board and patients suffer. The recent rise in Covid
infections in the community and a rise in general Hospital admissions means
there has been an increase in the number of patients in Hospital. We already had
a bed base far smaller than required, and the consequence of too few staffed
beds is that patients are becoming stranded in EDs, putting them unnecessarily
at risk. Hospitals need to be given guidance about how to prioritise the
multiple demands they are trying to balance. Winter has only just begun and with
the rise in community Covid transmission it is only likely to get worse. We must
stop crowding and corridor care now, we must ensure patients and staff are safe,
we must ensure there is good flow so ambulances can admit patients into EDs
quickly and waiting times are reduced. If these practices continue and we do not
act I dread to think of the suffering this winter will bring."
LGA responds to
latest weekly 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:- "It
remains a huge concern that the national test and trace system is only picking
up six out of every ten contacts of people who tested positive, when we need to
reach the recommended 80% benchmark to get this virus under control. Local
health protection teams have reached 99.1% of contacts who were asked to self
isolate, compared to 59% of close contacts managed either online or by Call
Centres. We need to do all we can to prevent this second wave from escalating
further. Councils across the country have launched their own locally supported
contact tracing arrangements, to complement the national system and successfully
trace many hard to reach cases. Councils continue to need clearer, more precise
information on who they should be trying to contact as soon as possible,
including details such as occupation and workplace, alongside the funding and
extra personnel to respond quickly to outbreaks."
further expand number of apprenticeship roles in the 2021
THE Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has been
recognised as 1 of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in England in a new
table published detailing the country's outstanding apprenticeship employers.
Over 400 employers from a wide range of industries and business sectors entered
for the inaugural rankings this year with entries independently assessed and the
data used to compile a new national leader board of top apprenticeship
employers. The Combined Authority made the top 100, after being judged on the
number of apprentices currently employed, the number of new apprenticeships
created over the last 12 months, the diversity of these new apprentices, and the
progression of apprentices onto further apprenticeships and employment. There
are 65 staff members at the Combined Authority currently undertaking
apprenticeships, with 28 having already completed theirs. There are plans to
expand this even further during the current business year.
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said:- "Apprenticeships are a crucial way into
the world of work as I well know as a former apprentice. I have always backed
apprenticeships as a great way for individuals to progress and for businesses to
develop the skills they need. It's fantastic that the Combined Authority has
been recognised for the early work that we have done to get more apprenticeships
into the organisation, but this is only the start. I've committed to guarantee a
job, training or apprenticeship opportunity to anybody under the age of 25 and
I'd encourage businesses to talk to us about the support we can give to help
take on apprentices or expand what they are currently doing. This recognition
complements the work that we have already done to develop the online resource
"Be More", a one stop shop for apprentices and employers, and in supporting
large companies to transfer their unspent Apprenticeship Levy to smaller
Peter Mucklow, Director, Apprenticeships, Education and Skills Funding Agency
added:- "During such a difficult year it is encouraging to see that
apprenticeships continue to be critical to business performance and success.
This announcement shows that there are outstanding employers delivering
apprenticeships across all sectors, and the Top 100 apprenticeship employer
rankings rightly give recognition and thanks to those who have shown, and
continue to show, huge commitment to apprenticeships. I look forward to seeing
how these 100 employers use their status to showcase the many benefits of
apprenticeships, whilst encouraging other employers to consider recruiting an
Beginning in 2020, the annual rankings have been developed by the National
Apprenticeship Service, in partnership with High Fliers Research. They showcase
the nation's Top 100 employers that have done the most to provide successful
apprenticeships over the previous 12 months. Apprenticeship employers from many
different industries and sectors appear in the Top 100 including the public
sector, the 3rd sector, Hospitality, telecommunications and accountancy. More
information can be found on the Top 100 by visiting the
Mr Esterson has spoken up for the
"Excluded" group several times in Parliament
SEFTON Central MP Bill Esterson called on a Government
Minister to take his words back to the heart of Government as he spoke out in
support of a group referring to themselves as:- "The
The Excluded group includes workers and business owners who have not
been able to access any meaningful Government support during the Coronavirus
Pandemic, such as company:- Directors, Freelancers and those who were between
jobs at the beginning of March 2020. Mr Esterson said too many people; it is
estimated that over 3 million people across the UK have been affected in this
way; did not qualify for any support. In a debate on Covid19, within the House
of Commons, on Wednesday, 11 November 2020, he asked the Health Minister Edward
Argar, while he was outlining some of the financial support packages that are in
place, to give way so that he could raise his point.
Mr Esterson told the House:- "Of course it is right that the furlough
scheme and the support for the self employed should be reinstated at the levels
they were in March, but the Minister will know; everyone will know; that there
are a great many people in our country who did not qualify for the furlough
scheme or the self employed scheme or whose businesses did not qualify for
grants at the start and still do not. May I take this opportunity to remind him
that a great many people in this country are still without financial support and
will find it increasingly difficult to make it through the coming weeks and
months? Will he take that message back to his colleagues across the Government?"
Mr Argar responded:- "I am grateful to the Hon. Gentleman for the way in
which he makes his points, which is, as ever, measured and reasonable. As I have
said, I entirely understand; as anyone in this House will, from looking at their
own casework and their constituents' letters; the situations that some people
still find themselves in, despite the unprecedented package of support that has
been put in place. I know that he would not expect me to speak for the
Chancellor of the Exchequer, but I know that my right hon. Friend will have
heard the point that he has made. Indeed, other Members of this House have made
it on other occasions on behalf of their constituents."
Following the debate Mr Esterson said:- "Company directors need help with
their income just as much as the self employed and furloughed workers. Many
people who were between jobs in March has been affected as well, if their new
role fell through and their old employer refused to take them back on to
furlough them. Freelancers who are paid via short term PAYE contracts have
suffered. Many self employed don't qualify for support because they haven't been
self employed long enough or earned just above the cut off set by the
government. They all have bills to pay. They all need to put food on the table.
Why does the Chancellor think some people need 80 per cent of their normal
income to survive, while others are referred to universal credit, and many more
don't even qualify for that? This is a growing injustice and the government must
provide a fair way forward."
Mr Esterson has spoken up the "excluded" several times in
Parliament and has written to the Chancellor on behalf of dozens of
Deadline for nominations
extended in the 2020 Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards
THE deadline for nominations for
the 2020 Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards has been extended
to Monday, 16 November 2020, to ensure as many nominations as possible in what
has been a tough year for the sector. Nearly 450 nominations have been received
so far, more than the total for 2019's inaugural awards, in a huge show of
support for the cultural sector, which has suffered a massive impact in the face
of Covid19. The deadline has been extended to enable as many people to nominate
and show their support as possible. 2 new award categories have been created to
celebrate those who have found new and innovative ways to be creative during
this difficult year. These new awards; Covid19 Creative Response (organisation)
and Covid19 Creative Response (individual) are to recognise and acknowledge
individuals and organisations who have used culture and creativity to make a
significant impact on people's lives during the Covid19 pandemic.
Ian Maher, The Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism and The Visitor Economy at
the Combined Authority and Leader of Sefton Council said:- "We are
welcoming entries from all over the City Region and proud to be involved
especially in this, Sefton's year as Borough of Culture. The fact that we've
already seen so many nominations just shows how important this sector is to our
lives, particularly in difficult times. I'm sure the judges will have a
challenging job when it comes to assessing this year's finalists. Culture and
creativity is something that can keep us all going in these tough circumstances
and there has been much to celebrate across our six local authority areas. If
you know of a group or organisation that you feel has gone above and beyond
within your community this year, why not let us know by nominating them? It's a
great way to show them how much they have meant to people."
The judging panel has also now been finalised and announced as:-
Redmond - Chair of the Culture Partnership.
O' Carroll - Co-Chair of the Culture Partnership.
Charters - CEO, Kuumba Imani Centre.
Machray - Editor.
McColgan - Director of Culture, Liverpool City Council.
Dinah Birch - Pro-Vice Chancellor for Cultural Engagement, University of
Eddy - Localities Team Manager, Sefton Council.
- Arts Co-ordinator Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and Head of Young People's
Programmes Dada Fest.
Smith - Arts and Participation Manager, Culture Liverpool.
Beardsworth - Senior Manager North, Arts Council England.
The Culture and Creativity awards were created as part of the Metro Mayor's% for
Culture initiative, to recognise the value and power for change that the arts,
cultural and creative sector can bring in reinforcing the City Region as 1 of
the most vibrant and exciting places to:- live, work, study, visit or do
business. The 2020 awards will recognise arts and cultural events, innovation
and creative activity that has taken place within the Liverpool City Region
during the period 1 April 2019 to 12 November 2020. Nominations can be made by
an individual, organisation, business, group or partnership that, has
demonstrated outstanding creative achievement through cultural activity at a
local, Borough or Liverpool City Region level. Groups or individuals can
Nominations for the following categories are being particularly welcomed:-
Award - Future World of Work.
Award - Sustainable Business in the Arts.
Award - Environmental Sustainability.
Award - International Reach.
Sefton's Borough of Culture:- 'Star of the Year' - Nominees must
live, study and / or work in the Liverpool City Region (eg:- Halton, Knowsley,
Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) or have created work / projects that
significantly benefit the residents or visitors to the Liverpool City Region
and/or has positively contributed to the development of the local economy. The
judging panel will shortlist the finalists for each category from the
nominations received. For the:- 'People's Choice Award' -
Outstanding Contribution to Culture, the Liverpool City Region community
will then be able to vote for their chosen winner. The vote opens in the New
Year, ahead of the digital ceremony, in February 2021. For more information
about the categories and how to nominate or apply to be considered please go
Award winners recognised for outstanding service to CLA
3 members of the
Country Land and Business Association (CLA) have been rewarded for their
outstanding loyalty and service after winning the President's Award 2020. In the
North Region, farmer Jim Webster from Barrow in Furness has been recognised.
Allan Buckwell, Caroline Cranbrook and Jim Webster were recognised for their
continuous support and dedication to the CLA, which represents 30,000 rural
businesses across England and Wales. Over the years, they have regularly
represented the CLA at a number of meetings and committees, offering insight and
advice on agricultural issues. The successful nominees will receive their awards
(virtually) at the Association's AGM, on 12 November 2020.
President Mark Bridgeman, who judged the awards for the 1st time, said:- "Our
members work extremely hard to champion, protect and enhance the rural economy,
and the President's Award is a great way of showing our appreciation to those
who go the extra mile. This year's winners have shown tremendous dedication to
the CLA over the years and deserve this recognition. They are all worthy winners
and it will be a great honour to congratulate them during our AGM."
Recognising Jim Webster's contribution, CLA Director North Dorothy Fairburn
said:- "Jim has been actively involved in the CLA for nearly 2 decades,
having been both Chair of the CLA's Cumbria Branch Committee, and serving on the
CLA's national Agriculture and Land Use Committee. As a straight talking muddy
boots farmer, he always puts his points across, he always puts his points across
in a colourful way, particularly on behalf of livestock farmers in the Lake
District. I am delighted that Jim has been recognised via the President's Award,
especially since he continues to contribute to our Cumbria Branch Committee."
across the North West set for a bumper year as almost a quarter plan to gift
them a:- "Christmas thank you"
RELEASED on 11 November 2020, new research that was
commissioned by curated online marketplace Not On The High Street has found that
the pandemic has brought posties closer to their communities in the North West
than ever before, 22% are now talking to their postie more than they did before
lockdown in March 2020. 21% in the North West say they plan to give their postie
a Christmas gift this year, with many doing so for the 1st time.
46% in the Region say that they have relied on their postie more than usual
since lockdown as they have sent and received more post, with 39% relying on
things they have ordered to cheer themselves up and 16% saying that they're
happy postie makes them feel happy, too.
The research has uncovered just how much the nation has valued their daily
postie visit since March's lockdown with 1.9m Brits now going so far as to call
their postie a friend. With 11% now saying that receiving post is the most
exciting part of their day, 12% rely on them as a familiar face to see every
day, and over 1.5m Brits say they rely on their postie to stop them from being
lonely. It's no surprise then that 15% of the nation now know their postie by
name, the highest of all the community workers tested.
Postal workers have worked harder than ever to keep people connected and small
businesses thriving during the pandemic; with 59% of British adults appreciating
postal workers more as a result. Thanks to their ongoing deliveries under
extraordinary circumstances, 21% of the nation will gift their postal worker
this year as a thank you. In fact, they're planning to spend £487m on gifts for
Britain's key workers overall, including:- nurses and teachers as their
essential work during the pandemic continues.
In a bid to celebrate the work of Britain's postal workers, Not On The High
Street is giving people the opportunity to show appreciation for their postie
and encouraging Brits to nominate their local postal worker to receive the
ultimate Christmas thank you package in:- '#TheMagicOfSmallThings'
campaign, that is celebrating the small, thoughtful things that make all the
difference. The move follows Royal Mail's Thumbs Up For Your Postie campaign
earlier this year, where customers were encouraged to show their appreciation
for their postie in a socially distanced way with a friendly thumbs up.
Those who make a nomination will also have the chance to bag one of 5,000 'postie
packs' for free; with Not On The High Street encouraging Brits to:-
'reverse post' the 'postie pack' to their postal worker
through their letterbox. Each pack contains a chocolate bar made by a small
business and an:- 'ode to the postie' and will be available from
10 November 2020, until stocks run out. Visit
to nominate posties, and redeem a postie gift.
Ella d'Amato, Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer at Not On The High Street
said:- "We've been supporting small businesses since 2006, but this year
has been like no other in our history as customers have chosen to shop small for
more than just gifts. Whether it's showing a loved one you're thinking of them
or cherishing a cozy moment at home, the UK's postal workers have been integral
in keeping the nation connected and allowing our small businesses to continue
trading this year. It's this sentiment that will carry the spirit of Christmas
in 2020 and why we've chosen to celebrate #TheMagicOfSmallThings: the small,
thoughtful things that make all the difference. We hope that our free gifts for
much loved posties and unique gifts from the UK's best small businesses will
provide some much needed joy to people this festive season; no matter who they
Singer Ronan Keating, who is working with Not On The High Street to celebrate UK
posties, said:- "It's amazing to see how many people are planning to give
a little thanks to this Christmas to posties who have been vital in keeping us
smiling this year. As we head into the festive season under lockdown, I couldn't
be happier to be helping Not On The High Street celebrate postal workers who are
going to be busier than ever helping to keep the nation feeling connected."
Total UK cases Covid19 cases in
and around Liverpool City Region
THE latest UK R number is
estimated at:- 1.1 to 1.3 with a daily infection growth rate
range of:- +2% to +4%. The total number of UK Coronavirus
(Covid19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed,
within the UK, has risen by:- 33,470 cases and the total
number now stand at:- 1,290,195 that includes tests carried
out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4
THhe total number of Covid19 associated UK fatalities added
to the total, was sadly reported to be:- 595, 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:- 50,365, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with
Covid19 on the death certificate:- 61,648.
The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
14,030. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 1,268 Daily
number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 1,668.
In England, there are a total of:- 1,104,143 confirmed
cases. North West - total of:- 262,069 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number of confirmed cases:-
National UK Lockdown
Liverpool City Region
1 to 10
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
41 to 50
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
with Darwen, 8,250 confirmed cases.
4,500 confirmed cases.
7,646 confirmed cases.
and Chester, 7,498 confirmed cases.
40,171 confirmed cases.
24,401 confirmed cases.
6,140 confirmed cases.
10,557 confirmed cases.
11,199 confirmed cases.
9,090 confirmed cases.
8,896 confirmed cases.
7,868 confirmed cases.
7,338 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.
Previous 24hr Data
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