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Police shortages: ‘Working alone left me with PTSD’

Image copyright POLICE FEDERATION OF ENGLAND AND WALES Image caption PC Mick Johnson: “It’s incredibly frustrating not being able to do the job that I still love.” The day PC Mick Johnson confronted a knifeman changed his life forever. Stabbed in the arm in the 2017 incident in Hartlepool, it left him suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He says staff shortages caused by cutbacks left him no choice but to operate alone that day. A Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) survey found nearly 90% of officers say they…

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Can video consultations combat global doctor shortages?

Image copyright Lydia Campbell-Hill Image caption Dr Lydia Campbell-Hill says offering online consultations gave her more family time at home Would you be happy to see your doctor online? Growing numbers of patients seem to be attracted by the convenience. And doctors are also finding it useful as health services come under pressure from growing and ageing populations. Lydia Campbell-Hill, a 35-year-old doctor from Cornwall, England, says switching to online consultations has transformed her life. “As a ‘part-time’ GP [general practitioner] working three days a week, I was doing 39…

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Labour shortages and slowing sales put squeeze on UK firms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Finding workers with the right skills is becoming increasingly difficult, according to the British Chambers of Commerce UK firms are being squeezed by labour shortages, rising prices and a slowdown in sales. More companies than ever before are finding it hard to recruit staff according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). It warned that higher costs meant more manufacturers were expecting to raise prices. The proportion of services firms saying sales were improving had dropped to a two year low. Four fifths of…

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Water shortages fuel ongoing protests in Basra, Iraq

Electricity and drinking water are in short supply in the Iraqi city of Basra. More than 20 protesters were killed earlier this month when anti-government demonstrations turned violent. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said last week that practical measures were underway to address the problem of potable water and the lack of services in Basra province. The BBC visited Basra to find out if demands for basic services have been met. Source link

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Brexit could lead to food shortages and grounded flights

Would a messy Brexit cause food shortages? Or planes to be grounded? Would car plants fall silent? With just eight months to go before Brexit, the UK government is fighting off accusations that it’s not doing enough to prepare for a scenario where Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal. The latest battle is over potential food shortages, and whether the government or private sector should be stockpiling supplies to protect against border delays. Britain imports half its food from abroad, and industry groups have warned that…

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Brexit could lead to food shortages and grounded flights

Would a messy Brexit cause food shortages? Or planes to be grounded? Would car plants fall silent? With just eight months to go before Brexit, the UK government is fighting off accusations that it’s not doing enough to prepare for a scenario where Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal. The latest battle is over potential food shortages, and whether the government or private sector should be stockpiling supplies to protect against border delays. Britain imports half its food from abroad, and industry groups have warned that…

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Risk of water shortages for England warns Environment Agency

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ladybower reservoir in Derbyshire supplies water for drinking and hydro electricity England is facing water supply shortages by 2050 unless rapid action is taken to curb water use and wastage, the Environment Agency has warned. Its new report says enough water to meet the needs of 20 million people is lost through leakage every day. Population growth and the impact of climate change are expected to add to supply pressures. The agency wants people to have a personal water target and has urged them…

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