Wednesfield North – Tuesday 28th April – We have Rain!

Well following a pretty few days of great Sunshine, now we have rain! The gardeners will like it but the fact of the matter
is that I have had enough of it today!

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a high temperature and a new, continuous cough.Everyone must stay at home to help stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading. Wash your hands with soap and water often to reduce the risk of infection.
You can usually treat mild coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms at home. If your symptoms are severe, you may need medical care until you recover.

The Food Bank at the Ashmore Inn is requesting new food donations. Mary and I will be dropping some tins off in the next few days.I would appeal to anyone passing. Drop some supplies off for them they deserve a little bit of support. Kevin and his team are doing an excellent job. Lets give them some more support.

Today we spent a nationally observed one minute silence in memory of the NHS and other key workers, who have tragically lost their lives during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Today Proactive swabbing for coronavirus has begun in care homes across the Black Country and West Birmingham – and will be rolled out to all settings in the coming weeks.

Proactive swabbing of residents got underway in the most ‘high risk’ settings on Thursday, which compliments the ongoing swabbing offered to health and care workers. The tests are being processed at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust pathology lab at New Cross Hospital.

Speaking on behalf of the four Black Country Directors of Public Health, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Director of Public Health John Denley said: “We are moving towards earlier identification and treatment of cases of coronavirus so that we can protect the most vulnerable members of our community, and the proactive swabbing which is now underway in our region’s care homes is an essential part of this.

“We want to provide resilience, contingency and support for the most vulnerable members of our community, both during and after the coronavirus emergency, and to reduce the risk of an outbreak as far as we possibly can.

“Proactive swabbing in care homes began last week and we’ve already identified a number of cases which will enable us to manage them more appropriately.

“We are specifically targeting homes deemed to be at higher risk first, but our aim is to roll out swabbing to all care homes across the Black Country as soon as possible.

“This is a really vulnerable part of our population and we need to support both residents and staff as much as possible. Swabbing and testing forms part of a broader package of help offered by local councils, clinical commissioning groups and NHS trusts, including support and guidance to prevent outbreaks occurring and ensuring the right PPE is available to frontline staff.

“In the meantime, we all continue to have a role to play in preventing the spread of coronavirus, and that’s why it’s crucial that everyone follows the Government’s social distancing measures and stays at home unless absolutely necessary.”

Sally Roberts, Chief Nurse for the Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs, said: “Our teams across the NHS are pleased to be working with care homes and our local authorities to identify cases of coronavirus.

“It is important that we do all we can to protect those most vulnerable in our communities and supporting care homes with proactive testing is the latest way we are doing that. Once cases are identified we can better ensure the safety of others in the care home setting.”

""Here Kevin Ward receives a donation of foods, and other items like toiletries.

“”Here Kevin Ward receives a donation of foods, and other items like toiletries.

I must admit to liking the Co-Op Party’s campaign which is “As the only political party in the UK accredited with the Fair Tax Mark, we’ve always believed that businesses should pay their fair share. That’s why we’re saying any Government bailouts provided to companies due to the coronavirus should have three simple Fair Tax conditions, so tax avoiders cannot benefit from a public purse that they haven’t paid into. This is what they say-

The Fair Tax Bailout conditions are simple:
1. Publish a fair tax policy: no tax avoidance, no tax havens, no profit shifting

2. Publish your real profits, loss and tax paid on a country-by-country basis

3. Publish your real owners and beneficiaries
As the Shadow Chancellor and Labour & Co-operative MP Anneliese Dodds recently said, there was never any excuse for the industrial levels of tax avoidance and evasion we have seen in the UK. But after this crisis, there will be absolutely no excuse for any business not to pay its way.

If a business is not actively involved in tax avoidance, these conditions can quickly and easily be committed to. If it is, it will need to change its ways.542_133226 Agenda

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more