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NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Boris says keep your Christmas party plans AND 40,000 social care staff have left the profession in the last 6 months


Now for your national headlines for today including the PM calls for people to carry on with their Christmas party plans, more than 40,000 social care staff have left their jobs due to ‘toxic’ environment, and many familiar UK bird species are endangered.  

Boris Johnson urged people not to cancel Christmas parties or school nativity plays as he promised to "throw everything" at the booster vaccination campaign to tackle the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant. The Prime Minister promised that everyone eligible would be offered a jab by the end of January with at least four hundred military personnel helping the NHS.

Speaking to broadcasters, Boris Johnson said: “The most important thing is that people should follow the guidance that we’ve set out and people shouldn’t be cancelling things, and there’s no need for that at all, that’s not what we’re saying.”

He said apart from the measures introduced “we want people to continue as they are”.

The PM was invited to clarify whether parties had been held in Downing Street last year, but he said: “I want to repeat the guidance is there and I’m very very keen that people understand this, we don’t want people to feel that they need to start cancelling things, to start… you talk about kids in nativity plays and that kind of thing.

“I don’t think there’s any need to stop that at all.

“And I want, as I’ve said many times before, I think we’re taking a balanced and proportionate approach to the risk, but I want and I believe that Christmas this year will be considerably better than Christmas last year.”

More than forty thousand social care staff have left the sector over the last six months, analysis of Government figures shows, amid what a think tank is calling a "toxic mix of workforce challenges". The Nuffield Trust said there is a "deepening crisis" in social care staffing ahead of a very challenging winter.

More than a quarter of UK bird species are seriously threatened, with familiar species such as swifts and greenfinches joining those most at risk, experts warn. Some seventy of the UK's two hundred and forty five assessed birds are "red-listed" – meaning they are of highest conservation concern because of severe declines.

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