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Thousands of UK doctors are planning to quit the NHS after the Covid pandemic because they are exhausted by their workloads and worried about their mental health, a survey has revealed.
Almost one in three may retire early while a quarter are considering taking a career break and a fifth are weighing up quitting the health service to do something else.
Long hours, high demand for care, the impact of the pandemic and unpleasant working environments are taking their toll on medics, the British Medical Association findings show:
New Zealand will open a new travel bubble with the Cook Islands on 17 May, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.
The bubble will allow for two-way quarantine-free travel between the two countries, a move that Ardern called “a significant step in both countries’ COVID-19 recovery, and a direct result of both New Zealand and the Cook Islands’ successful response to the pandemic”. Ardern said the bubble would enable families to be reunited, allow New Zealanders to take winter holidays overseas, and provide an important boost to the Cook Islands’ economy.
New Zealand will also be sending enough Pfizer doses to vaccinate the entire Cook Islands population. Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown said both countries were “continuing to work through final details for the deployment of vaccines to the Cook Islands and expect to provide further details on the vaccine roll-out within the next few weeks”.
A key concern had been the potential for New Zealand to export cases to the Cook Islands, which has been Covid-free and has a much smaller healthcare system. Ardern said if there was an outbreak in the Cook Islands, New Zealanders could be repatriated to ease pressure on the country’s health system. “The health and safety of the people of the Cook Islands has at all times been paramount,” Ardern said.