Blog: Universal credit has been a disaster for the poor and vulnerable – it must be halted

Universal Credit has “real problems”. Not my words but those of Amber Rudd, the fifth Secretary of State for Work and Pensions since 2016. Her description is a masterclass in political understatement. Universal Credit has been a disaster. Now six years behind schedule, each of the programme’s many (and necessary) delays have only served to reveal more of its inherent flaws. Those already suffering from its implementation know only too well the damage it has already caused. And millions more fear being subjected to Universal Credit in future. Only a few weeks ago, MPs on the Work and Pensions Select Committee savaged the Universal Credit sanctions regime, describing it as “pointlessly cruel”. They found that single parents, care leavers and people with disabilities and health conditions were “disproportionately vulnerable” to – and affected by – sanctions. Instead of making life easier for the millions of households who rely on social security, Universal Credit is driving people into debt. Forced to wait a minimum of five weeks for their first payment, claimants face excessive deductions and fluctuating payments that they can’t predict and don’t understand, with inevitable dire consequences. Far from making it easier to receive support, Universal Credit is simply making it easier for many of the poorest in our society – including the low-paid – to fall further into poverty. One UNISON member recently...
Source: UNISON Health care news - Category: UK Health Authors: Tags: General secretary's blog News Universal credit Source Type: news

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CONCLUSION: Patient satisfaction with maxillary IODs on two implants did not change from baseline to 4 years and was high at 4 years of function. PMID: 30883624 [PubMed - in process]
Source: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants - Category: ENT & OMF Tags: Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 18 March 2019Source: The Lancet Global HealthAuthor(s): Vanessa Brizuela, Hannah H Leslie, Jigyasa Sharma, Ana Langer, Özge TunçalpSummaryBackgroundEnsuring quality of care during pregnancy and childbirth is crucial to improving health outcomes and reducing preventable mortality and morbidity among women and their newborns. In this pursuit, WHO developed a framework and standards, defining 31 quality statements and 352 quality measures to assess and improve quality of maternal and newborn care in health-care facilities. We aimed to assess the capacity of globally used, large-s...
Source: The Lancet Global Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
Recent years have seen a multiplication of terrorist attacks in public places across European and North American countries, thus heightening the need for public mental health planning and response strategies focused on the special needs of children and the...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 18 March 2019Source: Reumatología Clínica (English Edition)Author(s): Adriana Ivonne Céspedes Cruz, Myriam Méndez Núñez, Eunice Solís Vallejo, Maritza Zeferino Cruz, Alfonso Ragnar Torres Jiménez, Verónica Ocampo Sánchez, Beatriz Flores Meza, Norma Quintana RuizAbstractIntroductionJuvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterised by the presence of arthritis in children under 16 years of age for more than 6 weeks in the absence of any other known cause.The extra-articular manifestations, ...
Source: Reumatologia Clinica - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
Conclusion. Operative time and preoperative SWAL-QOL scores are predictive of dysphagia in single level ACDF. Zero profile devices had a significantly shorter operative time, and may provide a benefit in dysphagia rates in this regard. Level of Evidence: 3
Source: Spine - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: CERVICAL SPINE Source Type: research
Conclusion. More pain sites, higher psychological distress, or lower work ability showed higher disability, more pain, and lower quality of life in patients with LBP. Only improvement in work ability was consistently related to successful outcomes. Level of Evidence: 2
Source: Spine - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: EPIDEMIOLOGY Source Type: research
Study Design. Evaluation of the psychometric properties of a questionnaire. Objective. To assess the psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) in a Spanish population with previous lumbar disc surgery. Summary of Background Data. ODI is frequently used for measuring disability in spinal disorders. In 1995, ODI was translated and transculturally adapted into the Spanish context; its content and apparent validity, internal consistency and test–retest reliability were demonstrated for a Spanish population with lumbar pain. However, this score has not been tested in ter...
Source: Spine - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH Source Type: research
Conclusion. The SC-NBQ demonstrated good internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and construct validity, and may be used for the evaluation of NP in Chinese-speaking patients. Level of Evidence: 2
Source: Spine - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH Source Type: research
Conclusion. Patients who RTW late have significantly poorer preoperative SF-36 physical component scores and higher ODI, NASS NS, NPRS back/leg pain scores. Surgeons should be cognizant that working adults with poorer preoperative function will tend to return to work later, but should reassure them that they will likely achieve similar clinical outcomes, satisfaction and expectation fulfilment when compared with patients who returned to work early. Level of Evidence: 3
Source: Spine - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: OUTCOMES Source Type: research
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Source: Rural events via the Rural Assistance Center - Category: Rural Health Source Type: events
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