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After 8 weeks in lockdown, it is fair to say that people are at a stage where they want to be out of the house and getting back to a level of normality in their lives. In order to control the coronavirus, the UK government are trialling an app to assist with contact tracing of the virus. Whilst we may all want to return to a level of normality, should this be at the expense of our privacy?
It has rarely been more tempting to get out on your bike.
With the spring months bringing sunshine, and with extra time on our hands and energy to burn, there are few better activities right now than to hop on a bicycle, whether it’s hitting the road on your 29” slims or tearing up a woodland trail. Lockdown life has significantly reduced the amount of traffic on the roads and dramatically increased air quality in our towns and cities.
The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital opened to the public in April 2015. It was built to replace the existing ageing Victorian facilities such as the Western Infirmary and Victoria Infirmary. The new hospital was dubbed as a ‘super hospital’ with enough beds to hold in excess of 1,600 patients. The Hospital would incorporate into its campus not only an adult hospital but a children’s hospital and laboratory. It would represent the largest publicly funded NHS project ever undertaken. The future of health care in Scotland looked bright. Or so we thought.
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The coronavirus pandemic continues to see more and more frontline workers at risk due to the ongoing lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). There is no more important time for everyone to know, understand and exercise their rights to PPE. So, what, then, are workers’ legal rights?
On 5th April 2020, welsh singer Duffy released a statement. A couple of weeks earlier, she had announced on social media the reason behind why she had ended her career so soon. In her emotional testimony, she revealed that she was raped, drugged and held captive by an attacker. A horrifying experience for anyone to face.
On 19 March 2020, the Government announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or the “furlough” scheme as it has become known. Thousands of employers have taken advantage of the scheme and decided to furlough millions of workers.The furlough scheme is aimed at protecting businesses facing interruption because of Covid19. It entitles employers to claim back 80% employees wages up to £2500 per month. If an employee is furloughed, they cannot do any work for their employer.
These are unprecedented and exceptional times. Not in relation to the already known risks to health and safety from biological agents such as COVID-19, but to the response from governments across the world to that threat. The threat from COVID-19 is real, and people are losing their lives.