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Bill Esterson MP welcomes new Airbus helicopter to Broughton

BILL Esterson MP enjoyed the chance to sit at the controls of a new helicopter on its arrival at the Airbus site in Broughton. Mr Esterson, MP for Sefton Central and Labour Party Shadow Minister for Business and Industry, was invited to climb aboard the new Airbus H175M.

Mr Esterson said:- "It was a real pleasure to visit Broughton, in Cheshire, to see the new helicopter, which Airbus hopes will become the replacement for the MoD's current fleet of Puma 2s. This would create hundreds of good-quality jobs here in the North West and across the UK, and support so many businesses through the supply chain."

If you do not already know, the Airbus Helicopters H175M military version isthe newest member of the Airbus Helicopters family. It bosts the biggest cabin in the 7 Ton class medium utility helicopter class, with a range of:- 1,204 km. It has a top speed of:- 296 km/h and a Wingspan of:- 15m.  For more information about this new Military Helicopter see:- Airbus.Com.

Bill Esterson MP calls for uplift in funding for community Pharmacies

BILL Esterson MP is calling for more financial support for Pharmacies, saying a:- "perfect storm" was putting many chemists' viability at risk. Mr Esterson, the MP for Sefton Central, said Pharmacies were fast becoming the 1st port of call for patients seeking healthcare advice, and also the last resort for those who were not able to access appointments elsewhere. Community Pharmacy leaders told Mr Esterson that inflation, rising costs of living, workload and workforce pressures were all increasing pressure. Representatives from the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) told MPs: 65 million informal healthcare consultations are happening in community Pharmacies every year... This is an increase from 2021, and means that more than 1.2 million informal consultations are taking place in community Pharmacies in England every week.  Every week Pharmacies help over 865,000 patients who are presenting at the Pharmacy for clinical advice about symptoms and over 251,000 patients who have questions about an existing medical condition.

17% of the patients seen by Pharmacies had to be referred on to another healthcare professional for advice/treatment. Of those, 23% were deemed by the Pharmacist as requiring urgent treatment:- this means that that community Pharmacists identify 2.5 million patients a year needing urgent assessment. More and more people are now using Pharmacy as their 1st port of call:- 80.3% of the consultations recorded in the 2022 audit were the result of self-referrals, compared to 76% in 2021. Nearly a quarter of a million consultations are carried out in community Pharmacy every week because patients are unable to access another part of the healthcare system. Almost 50% of the patients seeking advice from Pharmacies reported that if the Pharmacy had not been there, they would have contacted their GP instead. This means that Pharmacy advice currently saves 619,000 GP appointments every week, which equates to 95 appointments for every single GP practice each week across the country and 32.2 million GP appointments saved in total over the course of the year.

Mr Esterson said:- "There are increasing pressures on Pharmacies and we need to support this vital service. It is part of the solution for what a responsive healthcare system looks like and can really take the pressure off our GPs. Pharmacies need an increase in funding to mitigate against rising costs, so we can protect this service for the future. Chemists need confidence to be able to plan services and meet communities' needs. An uplift to the sector's core funding is urgently needed. I have written to the Health Secretary to make these points."

The PSNC told MPs that given the right support, Pharmacies could become the country's 1 stop shop for diagnosing, advising on and treating minor ailments, relieving pressure on already overstretched General Practice teams and at the same time saving the NHS up to £640million a year, and are calling for a fully funded Pharmacy walk in service.

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ALDI store colleagues in Merseyside to receive pay rise from September

ALDI is giving store colleagues in Merseyside a pay increase for the 2nd time this year, maintaining its position as the UK's best-paying supermarket. From September 2022, all hourly paid colleagues at its Merseyside stores will receive an increase of 40p an hour on their current hourly rate, taking Aldi's minimum pay rates for Store Assistants to a sector leading £10.50 an hour nationally and £11.95 for those inside the M25. Aldi is the UK's 5th largest supermarket and has more than 970 stores across Britain. and it remains the only supermarket to offer paid breaks, which for the average store colleague is now worth more than £830 a year. The new rates far exceed the Living Wage Foundation's recommended real living wage of £9.90 an hour nationally and £11.05 inside the M25.  Giles Hurley, Chief Executive Officer of Aldi UK and Ireland, said:- "Our new rates of pay maintain Aldi's position as the UK's highest paying supermarket. This announcement recognises the amazing contribution our colleagues make in serving the local communities in Merseyside. Their outstanding efforts have ensured that our customers continue to have access to fresh affordable food, every single day."

Expert reveals hacks on how to keep cool in your work wear this summer

THIS summer, the UK has already seen some of the most record-breaking high temperatures, and for many, the struggle with what to wear to work in the heat can cause real annoyance. Fashion experts at Karen Millen have revealed the best hacks to help you stay cool at work while looking stylish at the same time. Alongside the tips is some guidance on which items to opt for this summer if you're heading into the office.

  Hack 1:- Wear more clothes - It may sound odd but wearing more clothing on hot summery days can prevent you from working up a sweat. Obviously, avoid heavy layering with items like tights and thick jumpers - but try adding some lighter layers into the mix. Covering up in light layers will help to keep you protected from sun exposure and keep your skin shaded and cool.

  Hack 2:- Stay clear from dark clothing - If your dress code is strict on all black - you might want to skip to the last hack! But, if your workplace is lenient with colours, try opting for lighter coloured clothing pieces which will reflect heat and light. Black clothing will absorb sunlight and lock in heat so try to avoid dark colours if you can. Whites, creams and beiges are your safest bet for summery days, and they will help to keep you cool and sweat-free!

  Hack 3:- Wear your workout clothes - Don't just wear your workout gear to the gym; try it out in the office! Most workout clothing is designed to keep you cool whilst enduring physical activity; therefore, the fabrics and linings of these pieces are often created in breathable, lightweight and airy fabrics. Not only will workout pieces keep you cool, but the athleisure trend is extremely popular, so no 1 will bat an eyelid.

  Hack 4:- Wear breathable fabrics - Not only are materials such as cotton always a cooler option, but linen is also a solid trend which returns every summertime. Its textured weave will keep you feeling fresh all day, and while this lighter fabric absorbs the heat, the light colour will reflect most sunlight anyway. Cotton is also a staple in every wardrobe, so if linen isn't something you want to venture into, a cotton t-shirt or dress will do the job perfectly!

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