Exhausted and demoralised NHS workers are being forced to take on side jobs as delivery drivers or turn to food banks as they struggle to get by on their current pay. Frontline workers have slammed the Government's proposed pitiful 1% pay rise as "absolutely disgusting" and "insulting", saying they would take home an extra £3.50 or less per week. For some that barely covers the cost of getting to and from work in a single day. NHS workers have told the Mirror they are prepared to go on strike as this offer is the latest slap in the face after a decade of austerity that saw them fall behind and a coronavirus pandemic in which they continue to risk their lives. One mental health nurse has been forced to take a part-time Amazon gig, delivering parcels when he should be recuperating or spending time with family Are you an NHS worker? Email us on [email protected] An NHS colleague, referring to the 850-plus healthcare workers who have died during the pandemic, … [Read more...] about ‘Exhausted’ NHS heroes vent fury at ‘absolutely disgusting’ £3.50-a-week pay rise
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A proposed pay rise of 1% for nurses and other health workers who have been on the coronavirus frontline has triggered an angry backlash. Having been clapped by the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic, critics have branded as "contemptuous" the increase for NHS staff in England, with unions raising the prospect of industrial action . Health minister Nadine Dorries has said in "an ideal world" everyone would love to see nurses paid more, but the government cannot afford it in the face of record borrowing and costs due to the coronavirus crisis. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 1% NHS staff pay rise 'most' we can afford What are the state of the nation's finances? Advertisement Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out plans in his budget this week to repair the Britain's battered coffers, which will see UK households and businesses … [Read more...] about Nursing pay rise row: Are other public sector workers in line for an increase?
PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell Oprah interview could burn the couple's final bridge with Prince Philip and the Queen, it has been claimed. Royal expert Victoria Murphy said the Oprah interview put the popularity of the monarchy on the line. But she said the row had gone beyond criticism of the institution — and could burn any personal bridges Harry and Meghan still have. "There's only so much you can separate the individuals and the people from their roles and the positions that they have within "The Firm", and if you're attacking one, then you're also attacking the other," she added. The news comes as the Duke of Edinburgh, who is just three months from his 100th birthday, underwent surgery for a pre-existing heart condition. A statement from Buckingham Palace said: "The Duke of Edinburgh yesterday underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. "His Royal Highness will remain in hospital for … [Read more...] about Prince Philip latest news – Harry and Meghan ‘could burn final bridge’ with stricken Duke and Queen with Oprah interview
Rats, and other members of the rodent family, have a lousy reputation. They crop up regularly in our everyday language to describe bleak situations and sentiments (Rats!, caught in a rat race, someone with rat-like features — you get the drift). Much-maligned, they're often associated with the plague — somewhat apposite given our current predicament. They seem to be omnipresent in the best of times, but now, they're having a, er, field day. The Boomtown Rats They're certainly more visible than in pre-pandemic times, but nothing to panic about — yet In London and other major cities across the UK, rat sightings have soared during the pandemic. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA), which represents 700 vermin catchers across the country, said its members reported a 51% hike in rodent activity during the first lockdown last spring, and a 78% increase in November after the next lockdown. Typically, rats avoid humans and make drains and sewers their homes. However, as … [Read more...] about UK COVID-19 lockdown provides boom towns for rats
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that people needed to "stop whining" about COVID-19 in his latest outburst against the protective measures to contain the crisis. The far-right leader's comments come as Brazil goes through its deadliest week of the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 1,300 deaths per day. "Stop whining. How long are you going to keep crying about it?" Bolsonaro said as he called for easing restrictions. "We regret the deaths ... But where's Brazil going to end up if we just close everything?" The South American country of 212 million people has had an outbreak of cases, partly due to a variant of the virus detected in the Amazon rainforest. Bolsonaro previously compared COVID-19 to a "little flu" and promoted hydroxychloroquine as medication, despite studies showing its inefficiency against the virus. At least 260,000 people died in Brazil because of COVID-19. Watch video 03:04 Share Virus runs rampant … [Read more...] about Coronavirus digest: Brazil’s Bolsonaro tells people ‘stop whining’