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NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: More nurses and midwives leaving profession due to pandemic pressures AND man who died in Liverpool bombing named


Here are your national top stories for today including: more nurses and midwives leaving their jobs due to covid stresses, the suspected terrorist who died in the Liverpool explosion is named, and specialist clinics for children with obesity open in England. 

NURSES AND MIDWIVES: The number of nurses and midwives leaving the professions has risen amid a warning more departures could follow without further efforts to tackle the pressures on both occupations brought on by the pandemic.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said the latest data showed that the overall number of people quitting the register has increased for the most recent period for the first time in four years.

The organisation’s mid-year registration data report showed that a total of 13,945 people left between April and September, compared with 11,020 in the same period last year.

The last time the total number of leavers was higher for the same six-month period was in 2017, the NMC said.

LIVERPOOL BOMBING: The suspected terrorist who blew himself up with a homemade bomb outside a hospital was a Christian convert who had reportedly had an asylum claim rejected in 2014.

Emad Al Swealmeen is said to have moved to the UK from the Middle East several years ago and been supported by a Christian couple who at one stage housed him in Liverpool.

The 32-year-old died after the device exploded in a taxi outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital shortly before 11am on Remembrance Sunday.

CHILD OBESITY: Many vulnerable young people have struggled with weight gain during the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the NHS in England has said as the service launched new specialist clinics for children living with severe obesity.

Amanda Pritchard said that the crisis has “shone a harsh light” on obesity.

The comments come as a pilot scheme was launched which will see 15 new specialist clinics care for severely obese children and their families.

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