North-west overtakes London for number of Covid-19 hospital cases | UK news

More people are in hospital with coronavirus in the north-west of England than in London, as regional differences in the spread and peak of the pandemic become increasingly apparent. Latest figures show 2,033 people in London hospitals compared to 2,191 in the north-west, where the peak for hospitalisation appears to have been on 13 April, … Read more North-west overtakes London for number of Covid-19 hospital cases | UK news

BBC stands firm against minister’s criticism of Panorama show on PPE | Media

The BBC has stood by its defence of a Panorama investigation exposing shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) among healthcare workers, after a formal complaint from the culture secretary. Oliver Dowden, in a letter to the BBC director general, Tony Hall, claimed the corporation was at risk of losing the public’s confidence amid accusations of … Read more BBC stands firm against minister’s criticism of Panorama show on PPE | Media

Calls grow to scrap NHS surcharge for migrant healthcare workers | Society

Pressure is mounting on the government from doctors, nurses and carers to scrap the surcharge that many migrant healthcare workers must pay to access the NHS, in recognition of the many risking their lives on the coronavirus frontline. Overseas staff recruited to work in healthcare jobs have expressed anger at the rising cost of the … Read more Calls grow to scrap NHS surcharge for migrant healthcare workers | Society

Revealed: year six primary school pupils may return on 1 June | Education

Government scientific advisers are examining the impact of letting children in their final year of primary school return to classrooms from 1 June, the Guardian has learned. Boris Johnson is due to announce next Sunday that year six children, aged 10 and 11, will be the first cohort allowed back into schools since he announced … Read more Revealed: year six primary school pupils may return on 1 June | Education

Why universal basic income could help us fight the next wave of economic shocks | John Harris | Opinion

Until six weeks ago many hung on to the vague idea that people’s relationship with work divided them along binary lines: into winners and precarious losers; “aspirational” types and those who were dependent on the state; and those who had either adjusted to globalisation or were the casualties of it. But if any of this … Read more Why universal basic income could help us fight the next wave of economic shocks | John Harris | Opinion