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Long Covid: nearly 2m days lost in NHS staff absences in England
NHS trusts in England lost nearly 2m days in staff absences due to long Covid in the first 18 months of the pandemic, according to figures that reveal the hidden burden of ongoing illness in the health service.
Soaring inflation sparks pay rise calls from unions
Unions are stepping up campaigns for pay rises following the latest inflation figures amid warnings of a "cost-of-living catastrophe" for workers.
Covid-19: Data suggests Omicron wave is 'turning around'
The continued drop in UK Covid cases indicates the Omicron wave may well be "turning around", a leading expert advising the Government has said.
Shorter isolation period comes into effect as minister offers hopeful outlook
People in England can end their coronavirus isolation after five full days in a move hailed as restoring "extra freedoms".
Humza Yousaf: Omicron wave appears to be 'decelerating'
The Omicron wave of coronavirus appears to be "decelerating", Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has said.
However, he stressed the need for more data in order to be definitive.
German ideas that would make life easier in the UK - archive, 14 January 1969
Although one would not wish to swap the House of Commons for the Bundestag or British justice for German Rechtsprechung, there are a number of blessings of German life which we might care to import - at no cost to our balance of payments.
MSPs call for immigration reform to tackle labour shortages
MSPs have voted to call on the UK Government to reform the immigration system to tackle the impact of labour shortages on the economy.
Johnson promised to 'level up' - instead the UK's wealth divide is worsening | Polly Toynbee
evelling up" was always a slippery slogan.
Neoliberal Brexiters are no friends of the 'red wall'
part from his bad luck in being struck twice by the need to go into isolation from Covid, the leader of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer has a huge, indeed historic, weight on his shoulders.
Javid warned relaxation of travel rules 'increased risk of shutting down economy'
Sajid Javid reportedly warned members of the cabinet against the relaxation of Covid international travel rules, arguing it increased the risk of having to shut down the entire economy.