Business campaigners have called for a radical shake-up to rules governing the immigration of workers at all skill levels.
While Theresa May was yesterday making her statement to the House of Commons chamber on the Brexit withdrawal agreement, health sector representatives were hearing a message of sobering potency in a neighbouring side room.
In Wood v Durham County Council, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that the employee's tendency to steal was a manifestation of his disability and an excluded condition under the Equality Act 2010 (Disability) Regulations 2010.
An 88-year-old secretary is suing the NHS for age discrimination after she was dismissed from her post at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
An IT manager at an NHS trust has been awarded £1m in compensation by an employment tribunal after he was unfairly dismissed.
The qualifications of around 3,000 foreign doctors in the UK are being checked after it emerged a woman practised psychiatry for 22 years without a medical degree.
"Systemic" shortages in the NHS workforce mean long-term plans for the health service risk becoming an unachievable wish list, according to healthcare experts, who have cited forecasts that more than one in six posts could be unfilled by 2030.
Hundreds of civil servants have complained about sexual harassment or bullying but only a small number have faced disciplinary action as a result, according to a Guardian investigation.
Nurses and doctors will be better protected from attacks by patients and their families under plans to crack down on violence against NHS staff and prosecute offenders more easily.
Public sector workers could have wage increases based on their performance or where in the country they work, the chancellor has hinted.
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