November Briefing

National restrictions will apply in England from midnight tonight until 2nd Dec

After 4 weeks the government will review the restrictions, based on the latest data.

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Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced


Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended rather than closed as originally planned, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked. The extension will cover a new lockdown in England which lasts from 5 November 2020 until 2 December 2020

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A rise in stillbirths between April and June, at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, has prompted a national review by a patient safety body in England.

During that period, there were 40 stillbirths after labour began, compared with 24 in the same period last year.

Pregnancy and childbirth experts say women may have delayed seeking care.

The HSIB told the Health Service Journal that it had seen approximately twice the number of intrapartum stillbirths compared to the same time last year.

In a survey of nearly half of maternity units, 86% said fewer heavily pregnant women than normal had come forward with emergency issues in April, during lockdown.

"This may have been due to confusion around whether these appointments are essential, fear of attending a hospital or not wanting to burden the NHS," Dr Morris said.

"We have consistently advised women who have concerns or worries about their or their baby's health - including the baby's movements - should seek medical advice from their midwife or hospital immediately."

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Homelessness charities call for second Everyone In scheme in England

As a second lockdown looms over England, homelessness charities and councillors have urged the government to bring back a scheme thought to have saved the lives of hundreds of rough sleepers during the first.

About 15,000 homeless people were provided emergency accommodation in hotels in March and April this year as part of the “everyone in” policy. According to one study, the scheme saved an estimated 266 people from death.

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