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Enforcement action has been taken at an NHS trust amid concerns over infection control, including people contracting Covid-19 in hospital, PA Media reports.

The Care Quality Commission said it has launched action at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust following an inspection earlier this month.

As a result of serious concerns we have taken immediate enforcement action at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.

CQC inspectors visited the trust on Tuesday 12 August 2020 after concerns were raised about the standards of care and the risk to patients.

Keeping our patients and staff safe is always our top priority.

We have reviewed and are strengthening our procedures and training, overseen by an experienced director of infection prevention and control.

Staff at IKEA Glasgow are threatening to strike after the store sacked a trade union rep fighting cuts to workers’s sick pay, the Daily Record reports.

The changes to working conditions at IKEA in the UK, set to come into force next month, would see many workers relying on statutory sick pay of only £95 a week if they have Covid-19 or have to self-isolate.

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