Local Government Association's Response
to COVID-19 Care Home Resilience Plan
RESPONDING to the
publication of the Government's Care Home Resilience Plan
announced by the Health Secretary at the Downing Street
briefing, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government
Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "This
package of support is a recognition of Councils' vital
leadership role in our national effort to combat Coronavirus and
protect our elderly and most vulnerable. Social Care is the
frontline in the battle against this dreadful disease. As this
plan makes clear, Councils have a close relationship with their
local care homes and are already working alongside NHS leaders
and with people using Social Care Services. Councils will be
reviewing their existing plans to continue supporting them and
ensure those who rely on and work in Social Care are able to
stay safe and well. Other aspects of care homes which Councils
do not have direct control over, such as the long term future of
the care home market, need to be met by Government. In
particular, we know that some of these new measures will need
ongoing funding and resources beyond what has already been made
available to Councils and providers. It is good news that
government has committed to working with Councils on future
funding support, this needs to be made available as soon as
possible to help meet increasing demand and costs."
Increased risk of
heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes later in
life for child abuse survivors, new study finds
who have experienced maltreatment during childhood are
significantly more likely to develop conditions such as heart
disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes in adulthood, a
new UK study has found.
Childhood maltreatment, which includes any form of physical,
sexual or emotional abuse or neglect experienced by those under
the age of 18, is a prevalent global public health issue thought
to affect 1 in 4 children in the UK and 1 in 3 globally.
This study, led by the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick,
reviewed anonymous data from 241,971 patients using medical
records from GP surgeries between 1995 and 2018. 80, 657
patients were identified to have a history of childhood
maltreatment compared with a control group of 161 314 unexposed
patients. The study is the first to use UK primary care data to
explore the relationship between childhood maltreatment and
cardio metabolic disease.
Results of the study, published in the Journal of the American
Heart Association, showed that those with a history of childhood
maltreatment were 71% more likely to develop cardiovascular
disease, and 42% percent more likely to develop high blood
pressure as well as the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
doubled. Patients were also at a 75% increased risk of dying of
any other cause during the study period.
Although the research could not ascertain why this relationship
exists, previous research suggests that exposure to childhood
maltreatment can influence the alteration of the immune,
metabolic, neuroendocrine, and the autonomic nervous system.
Additionally, this group may experience greater exposure to
other risk factors which may be associated with cardio metabolic
Lead author Dr Joht Chandan of the University of Birmingham's
Institute of Applied Health Research and Warwick Medical School
at the University of Warwick said:- "Considering the high
prevalence of childhood maltreatment globally, these findings
suggest a substantial, but preventable burden of cardio
metabolic disease. The findings are particularly notable within
the United Kingdom, where conditions such as heart disease, high
blood pressure and type 2 diabetes pose an increasing burden on
the health service. Considering that an estimated 1 in 4
children within the UK are affected by maltreatment, our
findings could suggest that a significant proportion of the
cardio-metabolic disease cases may be attributable to
maltreatment. Therefore, there is a clear public health message
that requires a population; based approach to not only prevent
childhood maltreatment, but also the negative consequences as a
result of it."
This latest study adds to a growing body of research published
by the team at the 2 Universities examining the physical and
psychological effects of domestic abuse and childhood
maltreatment. Earlier this year, the team published research
that found that women who have experienced domestic abuse are
40% more likely to die from any cause compared to the general
population while a study in 2019 found that abused or neglected
children are four times more likely to develop serious mental
New UK Covid-19 Alert
TODAY the UK's Prime Minister
has introduced a new 5 level alert system for Covid-19, that
helps the Government to decide how tough social-distancing
measures should be implemented, based on the UK's R Level:-
What sets the level of
Measures that will be
Material risk of
healthcare services being overwhelmed.
Full Lockdown - Extremely strict social
A high or rising level of
Social distancing will be fully
implemented and enforced.
The virus is in
general circulation in the UK.
Restrictions will be relaxed or
introduced gradually. For example, social distancing is
started to be relaxed or stepped up,
The number of Covid-19
cases and transmission of the virus is low.
Minimal social distancing will be used.
Covid-19 is no longer
present in the UK - No social distancing.
Monitoring will continue as routine both
in UK and internationally.
The R Level is the Covid-19's reproduction number, a
scientific measure of how fast the virus is spreading.
Should we really be
looking at opening UK's Schools?
AS the UK Government
says we are past the peek, we are told that School's could be
re-opened in stages very soon, but is that risking a second
peek, as many are worried about. We would love to know
what your thoughts on this very political and ethical question
that are being raised, especially as the R rate is going
up again. Please email us
your thoughts on this to:-
Today the teaching unions have
said that they want the Government to
"step back" from the plan to restart Schooling next
month. this has been backed by the British Medical
Association (BMA) has thrown its weight behind the UK's Teaching
Unions who are opposing the Government's push to reopen Schools,
within England. The largest Doctors' Union within the UK has
said within a
letter to the National
Education Union that they are:- "absolutely right"
to urge caution and prioritise testing before reopening Schools,
on 1 June 2020.
Within our area, the issue has been highlighted even more, after
Liverpool's Mayor, Joe Anderson said the City Council had
"a safeguarding responsibility" to children and staff. He
added:- "We have the power to stop Schools reopening and will
use it if it is necessary."
Interestingly, Liverpool City Council has not clarified if any
attempts to stop Schools from reopening, if this halt would
cover only Local Authority Schools within the City or if it
would also include academies and free Schools.
A letter we have been given,
that was sent out to parents at Alsop High
School, who are a Community
School, located in Liverpool, said:- "Dear Parents and
Carers, As you will be aware, the Prime Minister announced on
Sunday that secondary Schools can reopen from 1 June 2020, at
the earliest for children beyond key worker and vulnerable
children, specifically those in Years 10 and 12;in line with
Liverpool Council’s position it is likely any increase in
student numbers will not occur at Alsop until Monday, 15 June
2020, at the earliest. We are currently undertaking a robust
risk assessment to determine how the government guidance can be
implemented to ensure the safety of our pupils and staff, but I
must make clear that this will not be lessons as normal; it will
be small group work at best and parents and carers should not
expect their children to be in for full days or to be in more
than a handful of times before the Summer holiday. Gavin
Williamson, the Education Secretary announced that the latest
scientific evidence indicates it is safe for more children to
return to School from 1June, but numbers will be limited and
protective measures will be introduced to prevent transmission.
Nothing can replace being in the classroom, which is why the
Government want to get children back as soon as it is safe to do
so. However, they will continue to be led by the scientific
evidence and will only take further steps when the time is
right. Whilst there will be no penalty for families who do not
send their children to School, families are encouraged to take
up these places. The exceptions are if a child or a family
member is shielding as they are in the extremely vulnerable
category or the child or a member of the household has symptoms
of the virus, in which case they should remain at home. Parents
and carers of children who are in the vulnerable category should
take medical advice as to whether it is safe for them to return.
To implement the detailed planning required for a potential
return to School, it would be very helpful for us to ascertain
the number of children we expect to return in June. I would
appreciate it if parents and carers of children in all year
groups complete the very short survey available below by no
later than Sunday 17 May at 6pm. Even if you have had a
discussion with a member of staff about your intentions, please
complete the survey. Vulnerable children and children of key
workers are also eligible to attend, regardless of year group as
long as they can be safely accommodated...." The letter
continued... "I appreciate this is a deeply unsettling
time for us all and I want to reassure you that whilst we want
our pupils back in the classroom where they belong, this will
only happen once I am convinced that the appropriate safety
measures can be implemented. By completing the survey, this will
inform our risk assessment and planning so I would like to
extend my appreciation of your cooperation in advance."
This was signed by the Headteacher, Mr C Wilson.
pole did not get a huge
response to our question:- "Do you agree with Mayor
Anderson that Schools shouldn't go back until our area has lower
infection rates and adequate protection for both staff and
pupils?" But it did show that of those who
responded:- 76% said:- "Yes!" 22% said:-
"No!" and 2% said they:- "Don't know..."
What are your views on this
Total UK cases
COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and
THE latest Coronavirus
(COVID-19) laboratory confirmed UK cases is 236,711, that
includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not
included in the 4 National totals. The daily number of
laboratory confirmed UK cases is 3,560, as of Friday, 15 May
2020. The total number of deaths of people who have had a
positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS
laboratory is 33,998. Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK
deaths added to the total on 15 May was reported to be 384
according to the Department of Health. The number of laboratory
confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and
around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 1,526 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 883 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 1,163 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 716 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 357 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 3,299 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 974 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 1,071 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 1,395 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 998 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 726 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 1,080 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 929 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 688 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 655 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 590 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 985 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 379 confirmed cases..
These stats are according to Public Health England as of
15/05/2020. Last updated 6.19pm GMT. UK total includes cases
detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by
commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of
the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests
carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs)..
UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing
(tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does
not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only
include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved
UK Government Coronavirus Press
Conference on 15 May 2020 Video