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Issue:- 18/19 November 2009
Matron’s flu warning to hospital staff
matron Jayne Norbury is urging colleagues to protect themselves and
their patients against swine flu by getting vaccinated after being
sick with the virus for a week.
“I can honestly say this was the most ill I have ever felt. I’ve
always been one of those nurses who said ‘I
don’t want the flu jab, I don’t get ill and, in any case, flu’s not
that bad’. But how wrong I was. I wouldn’t wish to see anyone
feeling like I did for those seven awful days.” said Jayne,
49, who runs the accident and emergency department at Southport and
Formby District Hospital.
Her message came as Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust began
to offer the vaccination against swine flu to her colleagues.
Staff working with the most vulnerable patients were among the first
to receive it. They included those in the accident and emergency
department, children’s and midwifery staff, and intensive care and
critical care teams. Other staff will be offered the vaccine as part
of a planned programme over the next few weeks.
Angela Kelly, the Trust’s deputy director of nursing and lead on
swine flu, said:- “We’re encouraging as many staff as possible
to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is the single most important
thing staff can do to protect themselves and their patients from
Frontline health and social care workers are one of the priority
groups to receive the vaccine because they have an increased risk of
catching swine flu and of spreading it to other at-risk patients.
1. A fuller version of this interview is
included in the attached case study
2. The national swine flu vaccination programme is offering the
vaccine to those at the greatest risk first. They are:-
• People aged between six months and 65 years who usually get the
seasonal flu jab
• All pregnant women
• People who live with those whose
immune systems are compromised, such as cancer patients or people
People aged 65 and over in the seasonal flu vaccine at-risk groups
Cenotaph Sentry - Merseyside Army Cadet Force Written by Nick Wilkinson,
PRO, 2 Company, Merseyside
Army Cadet Force, photograph by Sergeant Nick Wilkinson
23 young people from Knowsley and St
Helens Army Cadets attended the Remembrance Sunday Ceremony at the
Cenotaph in St Helens. Members of the Merseyside Army Cadet Force
attended other ceremonies across the county.
Pictured, standing sentry at the St Helens memorial is Anthony
Hamlet, 13 years, from D Troop, Royal Artillery, St Helens. Younger
cadets were assigned this duty.
Legal Aid Lawyers Paid
Less Than Sewage Workers
provide legal aid services are among the worst paid in the public
sector according to a recent survey.
The average salary of a legal aid solicitor is £25,000, less than a
prison officer or sewage plant worker. It is also well below police
officer, nurse and secondary school teacher according to figures
compiled by the Guardian newspaper.
In light of the recent Ministry of Justice Consultation that plans
to slash fees for legal aid, the Law Society says ‘enough is
The Law Society has expressed grave concern over the ‘Legal
Aid Funding Reforms’ consultation paper, slamming its
absence of economic rationale or analysis behind the proposals. The
Law Society believes this is yet another onslaught on a fragile
legal aid system, already subject to countless cuts, and another
nail in the coffin of access to justice.
Law Society Chief Executive Desmond Hudson says:- "There is no
scope left for cutting fees. These figures show that solicitors
undertaking legal aid earn well below the average for professional
salaries, and considering solicitors can amass significant student
debts and work very long hours, the pay is very far from fat cat
territory. Solicitors undertaking legal aid work show commitment to
providing access to justice for those that need it most, and many
more offer up a great deal of their time working for free with pro
bono work for those who are ineligible for legal aid."
The Law Society believes any cuts to this thread-bare system will
see firms no longer able to undertake this work, civil provision in
mixed practices being hit, and the most vulnerable clients unable to
obtain the assistance they need.
Notably, the salary of senior civil servants is nearing £70,000-
almost three times higher than a legal aid solicitor while the
median public sector pay is almost £3,000 higher at £27,686.
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