For the medics on the frontline of the pandemic life will never be the same again. They have witnessed whole families fight for their lives, seen loved ones torn apart and dealt with staff on the brink of breakdown - and all while enduring their own personal battles. Now, a new film, by Emergency Medicine Doctor, Saleyha Ahsan, exposes the true toll that the pandemic has taken on workers at her hospital, Ysbyty Gwynedd, in Bangor, through the destructive second wave of the virus between November and February. And she wants to show the heartbreaking stories of staff and patients to ensure their struggles haven't gone in vain. Saleyha says: “I feel that I have changed forever. I'm more cynical, I've got level of anxiety that I never used to have before. “We might have the Covid pandemic now but I think we're going to have a mental health pandemic following hot on its heels.” One doctor, Nathan Pictor, is all too aware of how true this is, as he broke down while working on … [Read more...] about Horrifying reality of hospital workers in the pandemic exposed in TV show
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The 2021 Budget will feature everything from booze, fuel and cigarettes to wages, housing and Britain's Covid response. Rishi Sunak is set to focus on four themes - "support, vision, recovery, honesty" - when he addresses the nation in his annual statement next Wednesday. The Tory Chancellor is tipped to extend furlough, the Stamp Duty cut and other Covid support by three months, and the £20-a-week Universal Credit uplift by six months. He will unveil grim financial projections on Britain's economy and begin to sketch a vision for how it'll be made better post-vaccine - with grants of up to £18,000 for lockdown-battered firms to reopen. He could announce a string of other measures to help the economy recover - though some of these, like schemes to push people back into shops and restaurants, may not come until later. And aides promise he'll be "honest" about the need to claw back £280bn of Covid spending - as corporation tax could be hiked and income tax allowances … [Read more...] about When is the 2021 Budget – and what will be in it? Stamp duty, furlough and more
Ajay Nair, news reporter The wedding of the year is fast approaching - but who will be there to witness the happy couple tie the knot on Saturday? Meghan Markle confirmed on Thursday that her father, Thomas Markle, would not be in attendance and would be left to "focus on his health" instead. The guest list has been open to much speculation, but a host of celebrities are expected and about 600 people have been invited to the ceremony. Additionally, 2,640 people have been invited to celebrate inside the castle walls even though they will not be part of the congregation. Advertisement They will, however, receive a sausage roll and a cup of tea. The guest list includes 1,200 young people and others who have served their communities, 200 people from charities and organisations that the couple have a close association with, and 100 pupils from two local schools. More from Royal Wedding 2018 Royal wedding: Follow along with the full order of … [Read more...] about Who’s going to Harry and Meghan’s wedding?