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Exhausted and disheartened: a doctor on the NHS frontline speaks out

A 37-year-old consultant anaesthetist in central London (who has to remain anonymous) reveals exclusively to Marie Claire the truth about NHS working conditions and helping the sickest coronavirus patients ‘My job is currently unrecognisable. I used to arrive at work for 7.20am, change into scrubs and spend the day working in an orderly fashion through the list of patients requiring anaesthesia for surgery. At 6.30pm I’d finish my list of patients and head off home. Now my main focus is looking after the very sickest coronavirus patients that arrive at hospital and need to go straight to intensive care. I put the patient to sleep, place a breathing tube and put them on a ventilator, stabilise them and take them to the ICU. Most patients are having a prolonged stay due to the problems with ...

Prince William and Kate Middleton publicly supported the Queen after her landmark speech

'We will meet again' Coronavirus has changed life as we know it, affecting everyone across the world. With the UK on lockdown, and other extreme measures being taken overseas, the Queen took this weekend as her moment to address the nation with a rare televised speech of reassurance. ‘While we have faced challenges before, this one is different,’ the monarch said in her speech after thanking the hardworking NHS staff on the front line and individuals for staying at home to help others. ‘This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us. Prince William and Kate Middleton were quick to show their support for the monarch, postin...

The Queen's rare televised speech about coronavirus included an emotional anecdote

‘We will meet again’ Coronavirus has changed life as we know it. And with the UK currently on lockdown, extreme measures are being taken. The UK government has issued precautionary guidelines to follow in order to control the outbreak, with even members of the royal family following suit. The Queen has been isolating in Windsor Castle with Prince Philip, tended to a skeleton team of just eight staff members. But despite remaining behind closed doors, she has been more active than ever, playing an important role in reassuring the nation. Last night, Queen Elizabeth made a rare televised speech to ‘calm Britain’s nerves’ and lift the nation’s morale. Her Majesty The Queen addresses the UK and the Commonwealth in a special broadcast recorded at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/HjO1uiV1Tm — The...

MARKET REPORT: Stelios targets Easyjet’s finance chief in dispute

MARKET REPORT: Easyjet founder Stelios targets airline's finance chief in dispute over £4.5bn Airbus orderBy Francesca Washtell For The Daily Mail Published: 21:51, 6 April 2020 | Updated: 22:23, 6 April 2020 The spat between Easyjet's board and its colourful founder intensified as he lined up the airline's finance boss as his next target in an attack on management.Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou wants Easyjet to cancel a £4.5billion order to buy 107 planes from Airbus as the firm struggles to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.He claims Easyjet will run out of money by around August otherwise, and has vowed not to put any more cash into the business unless it agrees to this demand.Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou wants Easyjet to cancel a £4.5billion order to buy 107 planes from Airbus as the f...

ALEX BRUMMER: Pain hits the boardroom

Pain hits the boardroom: The roll-call of industrialists taking the right steps grows longer each day, ALEX BRUMMERBy Alex Brummer for the Daily Mail Published: 21:51, 6 April 2020 | Updated: 22:23, 6 April 2020 Doing the right thing in a national emergency in which people are dying in their hundreds, when a locked-down economy is crashing and the Government is offering enormous subventions to business and workers, should not be that hard.This is especially true when fund managers Schroders, Richard Buxton of Merian and the Investment Association are telling executives that having asked investors and other stakeholders to make sacrifices they must renounce bonuses and volunteer pay cuts.Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, among others, suggests it is wrong to pressure Premier League p...

Ruby and emerald miner Gemfields shining but fears slump is on its way

Ruby and emerald miner Gemfields shines after notching up record revenue but fears slump is on its wayBy Daily Mail City & Finance Reporter Published: 21:51, 6 April 2020 | Updated: 22:22, 6 April 2020 Gemfields notched up record revenue in 2019.But the ruby and emerald miner is bracing for a slump this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.Turnover at the Faberge-owner rose 4.9 per cent to £176million, while it swung to a £55million profit from a £44million loss the year before as the Zambian government reversed an export duty. Ruby and emerald miner Gemfields is bracing for a slump this year amid the coronavirus pandemicThe gemstone group, whose previous ambassador was actress Mila Kunis, relisted on AIM on Valentine's Day after a two-and-a-half-year absence.But as well as dealing with ...

Rolls-Royce joins rush to cut dividends

Rolls-Royce joins rush to cut dividends with 13 firms suspending or cancelling payouts worth £636m in just one dayBy Lucy White For The Daily Mail Published: 21:50, 6 April 2020 | Updated: 22:22, 6 April 2020 Dividends worth £17.6billion have now been axed so far this year as British investors continue to feel the pain from the coronavirus pandemic.Rolls-Royce, software firm Sage, Ladbrokes Coral owner GVC and Mirror publisher Reach were among the latest to slash investor payouts in an effort to preserve cash.In just one day, 13 firms suspended or cancelled dividends worth £636million. Rolls-Royce, software firm Sage, Ladbrokes Coral owner GVC and Mirror publisher Reach were among the latest to slash investor payouts in an effort to preserve cashAnd over in the US, banking titan JP Morgan ...

Boss of Ladbrokes owner GVC Kenny Alexander refuses to take a pay cut

Boss of Ladbrokes owner GVC hangs on to his £860k salary, after refusing to take a pay cutBy Daily Mail City & Finance Reporter Published: 21:50, 6 April 2020 | Updated: 22:22, 6 April 2020 Gambling with his reputation: GVC boss Kenny Alexander has refused to take a pay cutGVC'S boss has refused to take a pay cut despite propping up the company with tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers' cash.The parent company of bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral said it was saving £20million a month thanks to the Government's wage subsidies and the business rates holiday.More than 15,000 staff from the bookmakers shuttered shops are having 80 per cent of their wages paid by the taxpayer.But chief executive Kenny Alexander will still get his full £860,000 salary, it said.Bonuses worth £3.8million will be 'p...

Lender’s court bid tips hospital group NMC Health towards collapse 

Lender's court bid tips troubled private hospital group NMC Health towards collapseBy Lucy White For The Daily Mail Published: 21:50, 6 April 2020 | Updated: 22:21, 6 April 2020 A major lender to troubled NMC Health has filed to have the company put into administration.Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), which is owed more than £780million by the London-listed private hospital group, applied to the High Court last week to have administrators appointed.NMC, which recently revealed it had almost three times more debt than it thought after uncovering a string of secret transactions, is fighting to avoid administration.Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, which is owed more than £780m by London-listed private hospital group NMC, applied to the High Court last week to have administrators appointedIt said i...

Cobham adapts oxygen tech for fighter jets to build NHS ventilators 

Defence giant Cobham adapts fighter jet oxygen system technology to build NHS ventilatorsBy Francesca Washtell and Matt Oliver For The Daily Mail Published: 21:51, 6 April 2020 | Updated: 22:21, 6 April 2020 Cobham has become the latest business to join the effort to make ventilators for the NHS.The British defence firm has adapted the technology it uses for oxygen systems in fighter jets to build air pressure regulators – a key component used in desperately needed ventilator systems.The group is working with an unnamed UK consortium and, if it gets the go-ahead from regulators, will be able to make 1,000 air pressure regulator units a day. British defence firm Cobham has adapted the technology it uses for oxygen systems in fighter jets to build air pressure regulators – a key component us...

GlaxoSmithKline links up with Vir Biotechnology to find a vaccine

GlaxoSmithKline links up with US-based Vir Biotechnology to find a coronavirus vaccineBy Daily Mail City & Finance Reporter Published: 21:51, 6 April 2020 | Updated: 22:21, 6 April 2020 GlaxoSmithKline has teamed up with a US biotech firm to develop potential vaccines and treatments for the coronavirus.Glaxo said it would collaborate with Silicon Valley-based Vir Biotechnology and invest more than £200million in the US company.The pair said they would initially focus on speeding up development of Vir’s two antibody drugs, which could be used to treat patients with Covid-19. GlaxoSmithKline said it would collaborate with Silicon Valley-based Vir Biotechnology and invest more than £200m in the US companyIt is hoped clinical trials could begin within three to five months.Antibody drugs ef...

Thousands furloughed as firms take up government’s wages offer

Thousands more workers furloughed as firms take up government's offer to pay 80% of their wagesBy Matt Oliver For The Daily Mail Published: 21:50, 6 April 2020 | Updated: 22:19, 6 April 2020 Thousands of workers were furloughed yesterday as more companies jumped on the Government's offer to pay 80 per cent of staff wages during the coronavirus crisis.Ladbrokes Coral owner GVC, bins collector Biffa, newspaper publisher Reach and Southend Airport owner Stobart Group have all taken advantage of the support, joining a host of other firms which have temporarily sidelined staff to cut costs.The Mail revealed last week that the taxpayer-funded support could soon end up costing as much as £60billion. Thousands more workers have been furloughed meaning the taxpayer will now be paying 80 per cent of...