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Covid brings biggest economic slowdown in 100 years

By Thomas Marks

The coronavirus has had an impact on every economic sector in every country around the world on an almost unimaginable scale. 

There is expected to be a fall of 9.5% in the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP), making it the worst UK recession since the post-first world war slump between 1920 and 1926, where there was an estimated 25% drop for two years. In the second economic quarter of 2020 UK GDP fell by 20% in a matter of months rather than years.  Continue reading Covid brings biggest economic slowdown in 100 years

Oldham homeless first in line for vaccine

By Mollie Rennie


Homeless people in Oldham are considered “extremely vulnerable” and are some of the first in line to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, along with the over 80s.

Four million doses of the vaccine have already been given across the UK. Now priority groups three and four are being called up, including the over 70s and clinically extremely vulnerable. Homeless people do not come under any of the nine priority groups. Continue reading Oldham homeless first in line for vaccine

Pharmacists to take on GP appointments

By Viktoria Yordanova

More than 20,000 pharmacists and physiotherapists will take over GP appointments in a bid to cut NHS waiting lists.

The changes aim to free up doctors to treat more patients with serious conditions, as the new staff will take responsibility of some of the 300 million GP bookings made each year. The five-year NHS plan was agreed with the British Medical Association. Continue reading Pharmacists to take on GP appointments