The Royal and
Broadgreen Hospitals top the league for staff flu vaccinations
MORE staff at the Royal and
Broadgreen Hospitals have put their patients' first and had their
flu jabs, than any other hospital in England, according to data from
The Trust, which employs around 5,500, has had the highest rate of
staff vaccinations for the past few years and this year did it
again. 91.5% of doctors, 86% of nurses and a grand total of 86.3% of
hospital workers had the flu vaccine, protecting them from getting
flu and passing it onto their patients or families.
Since autumn 2012, staff across both hospitals have been lining up
to get their jab and a team of vaccinators led by Diane Wake,
director of operations and executive nurse carried out roving staff
vaccinations across all wards and departments.
Diane Wake said:- "We take patient safety very seriously and
our consistently high performance in getting staff vaccinated
against flu is just one example of this. It highlights the
commitment of our staff to keeping patients safe from infection and
providing the best care possible. Well done to every member of staff
who took one in the arm, and well done to the team of vaccinators
for all their hard work in getting to vaccinate so many members of
EU deal signals
end to broken bank bonus culture
LOCAL Labour Euro MP,
Arlene McCarthy, Vice President of the Economic and Monetary affairs
Committee and Labour's Economic affairs spokesperson in the European
Parliament who was responsible for the 2010 rules on bankers bonuses
said:- "I welcome the deal reached last night to toughen up
bonuses rules. In 2010, the EU put in place rules ensuring bonuses
were deferred, could be clawed back and that cash bonuses were
limited. The banks were told then to introduce a ratio between fixed
salary and bonus elements.
The failure of banks to self regulate on bonuses or to exercise
restraint has now resulted in a bonus cap with a 1:1 salary to bonus
ratio which aims to put an end to the excessive risk culture which
lead to taxpayer bail-outs and bank collapses.
These rules are designed to make banks safer, more accountable and
ensure they focus on lending to the real economy. It will put an end
an unsustainable banking model where bail-out banks with £5.2
billion losses, £1.1 billion fines for mis-selling, £390 million
fines for libor-fixing, were still in 2012 paying over £600 million
This is neither ethnical nor sustainable. The industry has had two
years to sort this out and their failure to tackle the culture has
resulted in these tough rules.
It's a shame that the UK government has sought to defend this broken
bonus culture by acting as the trade union for a minority of highly
paid traders. The Coalition government says they want reform of the
banking sector yet they are the only member state to defend the
status quo by maintaining the current flawed bonus culture."
WE are all very aware of a massive shortage of
housing, yet when you look around you often wonder why with so many
new luxury apartments opening and standing vacant for years at a
time... In Formby the shortage of affordable housing is a major one,
but recent ideas to build on flood plains have been met with horror
by many local residents. One of the latest proposals is to build on
the site of the old Rosslight Factory (formally the Power House)
situated next to the River Alt. The plans that have been outlined in
a planning application to Sefton Council, by Bellway Homes, is to
demolish the derelict building and replace it by build 62 detached
Mews style houses.
The area would be also landscaped and public open
space made. Now many are asking 2 questions, the 1st being that as
we have such a shortage of 'affordable' properties,
with only 10% of this planned development being 'affordable'
housing, would it help the problem? Also, as it is on the banks of
the river and on its flood plain, and that it is on green belt land,
many are questioning, after recent flooding, if such a development
is sensible; should ever be allowed?
One of the campaigners said:- "the building is
a major problem in the area, but the concerns of local residents and
their knowledge of the area are being ignored for something that
potentially is of no benefit to the area in the long run."
So what do you are readers think should be done to
the former Powerhouse and the land around it? Please let us know by
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