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Firefighter union leader tells MPs that:- "Governments for decades" at fault on fire safety

THE Fire Brigades Union's General Secretary, Matt Wrack, has told a cross party committee of MPs that:- "Governments for decades" have been responsible for reducing emphasis on fire safety, in a session on post Grenfell building rule change. He said there had been a period "where the endless mantra… from… Government Ministers, of both parties… had been that fire is a declining risk and therefore we can afford to reduce our emphasis on fire safety. That was very clearly a theme we heard for more than a decade." He concluded that:- "there has been a deep, deep complacency about fire safety that has emerged… and Grenfell hopefully is a major turning point on that." He went on to lay out the impact that weak fire safety standards can have, saying that:- "We have had incidents where our own members have died and it has emerged that the fire risk assessor for the building concerned had no qualifications, and so I think that's quite shocking and that's a sign of a deregulated sector."

During the session Wrack highlighted falls in fire safety inspector numbers as a key part of the:- "financial pressure on fire and rescue services." He said that:- "I do not see how you can cut in the London Fire Brigade, for example, 25% of your fire safety inspectors and not think that that will have implications for public safety. Something like 20% to 25% of fire safety inspecting officers have gone over the past 11 years, and something like 40% over the past 20 years." Wrack was appearing in front of the committee of MPs tasked with scrutinising the Building Safety Bill, the most significant piece of post-Grenfell legislation to date.

Wrack criticised the bill for allowing the new Building Safety Regulator to potentially turn to the private sector for assistance if fire and rescue services were stretched. He said that, under the proposals, if a fire and rescue service:- "could not provide that assistance [to the Building Safety Regulator], the regulator could… go to the private sector, and we would object to the role of private sector provider within that. If we've got a problem with resources in the appropriate public service then those resources should be provided."

He was asked by MPs whether height was the best measure of risk; the bill stipulates a higher level of regulation for buildings over 18 metres. Wrack said:- "We don't agree with the 18 metre cut off... If there is to be a height measure then a more logical one would be 11 metres." The union argues that 11 metres has more logical link to fire service procedures and equipment.

He also said that:- "we have questions about resources" in relation to the new Building Safety Regulator, which will sit in the Health and Safety Executive. He said that there were:- "concerns about the scale of reductions in Health and Safety Executive inspectors, reduced by something like a quarter." He also highlighted:- "fire and rescue services being subject to unprecedented cuts in staffing numbers over the past decade, and that will raise questions about resources in their ability to cooperate with the requests of the regulator." He concluded that:- "while we welcome the move towards regulation, that regulation has to be resourced adequately."
 


Sefton Council s supporting Gas Safety Week 2021

SEFTON Council are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week, which runs from 13 September to 19 September 2021, to help raise awareness about the importance of gas safety.

For the 11th year of Gas Safety Week, organisations from across the UK are working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Cllr Lappin, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said:- "Gas Safety Week is an annual initiative the Council is pleased to support. It gives us all the opportunity to raise the awareness and importance of taking care of gas appliances. As we approach winter and we start to use gas appliances more, now is the perfect time to get appliances checked and ensure they are safe."

Jonathan Samuel, Chief Executive for Gas Safe Register, said:- “It's great to see so many people supporting Gas Safety Week this year to help share important and, in some cases, lifesaving advice about gas safety. The last year or so has taught us the vital importance of helping and supporting those in our communities. Ensuring people always use a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to work on gas appliances in their homes is a great way to show how we can work together to stay gas safe."

To keep you and your family safe, follow Gas Safe Register's top tips:-

Know the symptoms of CO poisoning:- headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.

If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24 hour national gas emergency number immediately on:- 0800111999.

Never attempt to work on a gas appliance yourself, always seek the help of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer who can work on your gas cooker, boiler or fire in a safe way.

Don't cut corners; only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home.

Always ask to see your engineer's Gas Safe ID card. Make sure you check the back of the card, which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.

If you are struggling and need support, please contact Sefton Council's Affordable Warmth Team on 01519342222.

Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers. You can find a registered engineer in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website at:- GasSafeRegister.Co.UK.

Keep up to date with Gas Safe Register's updates and advice throughout Gas Safety Week by following:- @GasSafeRegister on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and search:- #GSW21 and #GasSafetyWeek.
 


University of Manchester researchers discover potential new drug for incurable vascular dementia

A drug already used to treat high blood pressure could be re-purposed as the first treatment to tackle a type of vascular dementia caused by damaged and 'leaky' small blood vessels in the brain, according to research part funded by the British Heart Foundation and published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

High blood pressure is known to be the main risk factor in developing vascular dementia. However, the way that high blood pressure damages the small blood vessels, causing them to narrow and restrict blood flow to specific areas of the brain, has been unknown. The effectiveness of different types of blood pressure medication on these arteries has also never been directly tested.

Now, researchers at the University of Manchester working with colleagues in the USA have discovered that the blood pressure drug amlodipine could help treat vascular dementia or stop it in the early stages.

They looked at blood flow in the brains of mice with high blood pressure and vascular damage in the brain. Mice treated with amlodipine had better blood flow to more active areas of the brain. Their arteries were able to widen, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to reach the parts of the brain that needed it most.

The team also discovered for the 1st time that high blood pressure decreases the activity of a protein called:- 'Kir2.1' that is present in cells lining the blood vessels and increases blood flow to active areas of the brain.

Amlodipine was found to restore the activity of Kir2.1 and protect the brain from the harmful effects of high blood pressure. Researchers say that this protein could also be targeted by other drugs in the future, presenting a potential additional way to help fight the disease.

The team now hope to trial amlodipine as an effective treatment for vascular dementia in humans. If successful, it would be the 1st clinically proven treatment for vascular dementia as a result of small vessel disease and could be used in those with early signs of the condition to prevent further progression.

This research has opened up the field of vascular dementia to not only 1, but 2 possible treatment options, and gives hope to those diagnosed with this incurable disease.

Dr Adam Greenstein, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Manchester, who led the Manchester team, said:- "The way vascular dementia develops has remained a mystery until now, and there are currently no clinically proven treatments. Patients are presenting with symptoms of vascular dementia earlier than ever before, and with further research we could potentially offer those patients hope to prevent the progression of this life changing disease."

Professor Metin Avkiran, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation said:- "The way to better understand this devastating disease and find new treatments is through research. This study is a vital step forward towards finding new ways of stopping vascular dementia from progressing. These new discoveries highlight the major role that high blood pressure plays in developing the disease and shed light on how this occurs and might be prevented in the future. At present, the most important thing you can do to lower your risk of the disease is to keep your blood pressure within the healthy range. You can get your blood pressure checked for free at your GP or Local Pharmacy."
 


LGA responds to Independent Review of Destination Management Organisations

SEFTON'S Adult Social Care and Health bosses have written to the Borough's Care Home owners and managers reminding Care Home staff where they can find support and counselling if they are distressed by the forthcoming Channel 4 drama, Help.

In a letter sent out this week, Deborah Butcher, Sefton Council's Executive Director for Adult Social Care and Health and Fiona Taylor, Chief Officer, NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby CCGs have sent a reminder of the free services available.

Scheduled to screen at 9pm, on Thursday, Help features Jodie Comer as Sarah, a young Care Home worker and Stephen Graham as her patient, Graham. Set in a Liverpool Care Home, the 2 hour drama covers the period around March 2020, and the arrival of the CoronavirusPpandemic.

Deborah Butcher said:- "This is an important story that needs to be told, but it could bring back distressing memories and emotions for people who were working so hard to care for residents at the time in what could be traumatic conditions with little information. We want to highlight to any Care Home works affected by watching this drama, that help and support is available to them, and have written to all Care Home owners and managers to remind them what resources their staff can access."

In Sefton, these include:- wellbeing and counselling services Qwell, Listening Ear and the Cheshire and Merseyside Resilience HUB, although for some staff, talking it through with colleagues or a manager may be enough.

As the size and scale of the COVID-19Ppandemic emerged in early 2019, Sefton Council set up frequent communications with Care Homes to establish their requirements and to provide them with PPE and other equipment.

Fiona Taylor added:- "During the early stages of thePpandemic, it was vital that we set up these communications networks to support our homes. It is just as important now for us to continue to be in touch to let those workers who are at the frontline know that we are still here and still ready to provide the support they need."
 


Total UK cases Covid19 cases in and around Liverpool City Region

THE total number of Covid19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be:- 201 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:- 134,647, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with Covid19 on the death certificate:- 157,669.

The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:- 8,340. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 1,060 Daily number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 836.

In England, there are a total of:- 6,258,872 confirmed cases. North West - total of:- 996,820 confirmed cases.

The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the Liverpool City Region are as follows
:-

Area and number of confirmed cases:- Risen by:-

Liverpool City Region
 
Nation Lockdown

National UK Restrictions

Liverpool, 75,026 confirmed cases. 206
Halton, 17,752 confirmed cases. 52
Knowsley, 25,841 confirmed cases. 94
Sefton, 37,680 confirmed cases. 138
St. Helens, 26,061 confirmed cases. 97

Wirral, 39,220 confirmed cases.

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Colour Key:- 0  1 to 10 11 to 20 21 to 30  31 to 40 41 to 50 51 to 100 101 to 199 200 & over  

Daily reported 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.
 



 

Total UK people who have received Vaccination

1st Dose 2nd Dose
48,480,178 44,170,373
Jab Stats correct as of:- 14 September 2021

From 3 September 2021, vaccinations in England and Scotland will be updated to include those aged 16 and over.
The current UK population is:- 66,435,600 according to the Office for National Statistics.
 

The Vaccination programme began on 8 December 2020 with people receiving the Vaccine developed by Pfizer / BioNTech, and people began receiving the Oxford University / AstraZeneca Vaccine from 4 January 2021. Both Vaccine s are given as 2 doses, at lEast 21 days apart, for a full Vaccination course.


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