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Issue:- 7 March 2013

The Royal and Broadgreen Hospitals top the league for staff flu vaccinations across England

Suzanne Marshall, matron on infectious diseases unit at the Royal vaccinating a colleague.

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 NHS Employers.  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 staff."

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 in bonuses. 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."

Building on flood plains

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 and 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."

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