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Trade unions vow to oppose anti-strike laws for NHS and ‘critical infrastructure’

Cabinet minister Gillian Keegan suggested extending ban on police and military taking industrial action to other sectors

Trade unions have vowed to oppose any new anti-strike laws tabled by the government, as the home secretary, Suella Braverman, urged the public to reconsider their Christmas travel plans amid “serious disruption” expected to be caused by planned industrial action by Border Force staff.

The government is engaged in a bitter PR battle with the unions over who is to blame for the looming wave of public sector strikes. With nurses and ambulance workers due to walk out before Christmas, the cabinet minister Gillian Keegan suggested the government could legislate to prevent workers in health and “critical infrastructure” from taking industrial action.

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GPs and pharmacies ‘struggling to obtain antibiotics to treat strep A’

Comments from representative bodies as government continues to insist there are no shortages

GPs and pharmacists say they are struggling to get hold of antibiotics for infections including strep A, as the government continues to insist there are no shortages.

It comes as the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said the number of children under 15 who had died from invasive strep A illness in England had risen to 13, taking the UK total to 15.

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I don’t want working class people in pain: so I’d use private hospitals to bolster the NHS | Wes Streeting

Some say this is a betrayal of leftwing values, but I refuse to see people abandoned while those who can pay are treated faster

  • Wes Streeting is the shadow health secretary

The NHS is heading into this winter facing the biggest crisis in its history. People are finding it impossible to see a GP when they need to and 24 hours in A&E is no longer just a TV programme, but the grim reality for patients. When patients call 999 in an emergency, they can no longer be sure an ambulance will reach them in time.

Behind the statistics are people suffering, for months or even years, putting their lives on hold because of their pain. Thousands of people are forced out of work because they are waiting for operations or have to look after elderly relatives who can’t get the care they need. Young people still dealing with the mental health scars of lockdown wait years for any help, so cannot begin their working lives.

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Decision to approve Cumbria coalmine is ‘bad policy, bad politics’ and ‘environmental vandalism’, says Labour – as it happened

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Wes Streeting, the shadow health secretary, has issued this statement about the latest performance statistics from NHS England. (See 9.51am and 10.27am.) He said:

The NHS is heading into this winter with more people waiting for treatment than at any time in history, and they are waiting longer than ever before.

Behind the statistics are people suffering, sometimes for months or even years, putting their lives on hold because of their pain and discomfort.

Gove prepared a statement on his way to a ministerial visit because he had to come back for an urgent question on the mine. He wrote up a statement for a UQ but it got turned into a ministerial statement.

Instead of writing a more substantial response, he delivered a speech very different to what had been provided. Lindsay is livid as it means we don’t have a written copy.

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Tell us: have you noticed a shortage of antibiotics for strep A?

We’d like to hear from pharmacists, GPs, health professionals and parents about any shortage of antibiotics to treat strep A

Pharmacists are reporting a UK-wide shortage of antibiotics that are used to treat strep A. Demand for penicillin and amoxicillin has increased in recent days as the number of cases of strep A has risen among children in schools.

We’d like to hear from pharmacists, GPs, other health professionals and parents about whether they have experienced issues with the supply of antibiotics to treat strep A.

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