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The number of new patients being referred to Whiston and St Helens hospitals has soared – hospital bosses have confirmed referrals have risen by almost 17 per cent compared to pre-Covid levels. This is approximately 500 more patients than would normally be referred in the first three months of the financial year.


As part of the response to the recent Best Value Inspection Report Liverpool City Council is looking for two financial experts to strengthen the scrutiny of its auditing and governance procedures. The local authority is looking for independent people with practical experience to sit on the Audit Committee. The Committee provides an independent and high-level focus on the council’s audit, assurance and reporting arrangements. It reviews the council’s governance, risk management and control frameworks, and oversees the financial reporting and annual governance processes. The Committee also develops, maintains and monitors the codes of conduct for councillors and co-opted members. Candidates should ideally have practical experience in areas such as financial management, accountancy, governance, or other professional services. Previous experience of working with Audit Committees is helpful, but is not essential. The Committee meets approximately six times in a financial year and candidates will be expected to serve for three years.


Africa Oyé will stream an 'online festival special' this Friday evening. The long-running celebration of the music and culture of Africa usually takes place in Sefton Park. However, the ongoing pandemic has forced the event's organisers to explore digital options for the last two years. The brand new show will first stream on the Liverpool institution's Facebook and Youtube pages at 7pm on Friday 16th July and will be available to watch again any time afterwards. Several performances have been announced for the event, including 2018 festival headliner, Rocky Dawuni; Cape Verdean singer-songwriter, Elida Almeida; and Sefton Park favourites, Kasai Masai. The free online show will also feature DJ sets from BBC Radio 1Xtra's DJ Edu and BBC World Service regular, Emily Dust. The digital special will also feature interviews with the festival team, past and present, as well as a delve into some archive festival footage.



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