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Posted 23 March 2020 - 09:28 PM
New rules from today...
The major points:
Stay Home â€˘ Stop the Spread â€˘ Save Lives
Posted 27 March 2020 - 03:34 PM
The Government's Coronavirus Bill is published today.
The bill enables action in 5 key areas:
increasing the available health and social care workforce â€“ for example, by removing barriers to allow recently retired NHS staff and social workers to return to work (and in Scotland, in addition to retired people, allowing those who are on a career break or are social worker students to become temporary social workers)
easing the burden on frontline staff â€“ by reducing the number of administrative tasks they have to perform, enabling local authorities to prioritise care for people with the most pressing needs, allowing key workers to perform more tasks remotely and with less paperwork, and taking the power to suspend individual port operations
containing and slowing the virus â€“ by reducing unnecessary social contacts, for example through powers over events and gatherings, and strengthening the quarantine powers of police and immigration officers
managing the deceased with respect and dignity â€“ by enabling the death management system to deal with increased demand for its services
supporting people â€“ by allowing them to claim Statutory Sick Pay from day one, and by supporting the food industry to maintain supplies
The proposals set out in the bill will significantly enhance the ability of public bodies across the UK to provide an effective response to tackle this epidemic.
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