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‘ If you want to be heard, speak in UNISON ’
Addressing UNISON’s LGBT conference in Brighton this afternoon, Christina McAnea, the union’s assistant general secretary with responsibility for bargaining and equality, spoke about how she increasingly hears the question asked of ‘why should I join a union?’ “Looking around the hall, some of you – not all of you – will be old enough to remember the UNISON TV advert that saw one cartoon ant trying to gain the attention of a bear.” It only hears and leaps out of the way when the single ant returns with a huge group of ants. The message was simple, she told them. “If you...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article 2017 LGBT Conference Christina McAnea transphobia Source Type: news

Higher premiums for outpatient coverage for many on Medicare
The government says higher monthly premiums for outpatient coverage await many Medicare beneficiaries next year (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

LGBT conference opens in Brighton
Vice-president Gordon McKay opened the 2017 UNISON LGBT conference in Brighton this morning by thanking delegates for all they do – and appealing to them to do more. To be asked to speak first was “a tremendous honour,” he told the hall, before quipping that was “until you’re told, if you can speak first, people will know that’s the worst it can get for the next two days!” After laughter, Mr McKay said: “Thanks for the work you do four our union, every day … most importantly, just being with people when they need someone. “I hope you’re proud of yourself &n...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 18, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2017 LGBT Conference Source Type: news

Health Ranger: EPA, FDA building their own private armies with body armor and military weapons
(Natural News) Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams said in a recent podcast that two government agencies that shouldn’t be — the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration —  are now arming up with military-style equipment such as body armor, spending tens of millions of dollars on such gear over the last few... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

' We're Praying' - Officials Say India Will Not Act on Smog This Year'We're Praying' - Officials Say India Will Not Act on Smog This Year
As pollution level climbed to 12 times above the recommended limit this week in India's capital, government officials said they knew what was needed to control the smoky haze, but nothing would be done, at least this year.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news

Senegal:Building Community Support for Drug Users Using Mobile Cinemas
[OSIWA] Waves of dialogue in West Africa on drug policy reform with the ultimate goal of decriminalizing drug use and possession for personal use have been making headway. Progress is slowly but surely on its way, and different actors are employing various tools and strategies to reach this goal. Senegal is home to le  Centre de Prise en charge Intégrée des Addictions de Dakar (CEPIAD), the only government-run harm reduction facility in West Africa. CEPIAD does remarkable work by providing psycho (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Warning over 'alarming' continuing drop in NHS health visitors
Health visitors have urged the government to reverse cuts to public health budgets, warning of a continuing “alarming” reduction in the number of NHS nurses working in 0-5-year-old services as a result. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Government advisers back adjuvanted flu vaccine for over 65s from 2018
Government advisers have concluded that adjuvanted flu vaccines are clinically more effective and more cost-effective for patients aged over 65 than vaccines currently used in the UK. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 17, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Influenza Source Type: news

Big Ag GAG: 29 states quietly pass "preemptive seed laws" that prevent debate and local government autonomy over genetically engineered crops
(Natural News) Big Ag has found a way to make genetically modified seeds permanent, by quietly writing in “preemptive seed laws” at the state level. In twenty-nine states, men and women at the local level will no longer be able to discuss, debate, or propose laws on the use of genetically modified seeds. The people... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DH advisers rethink decision to block HPV jabs for boys
Government advisers are reconsidering their recommendation against vaccinating boys for HPV, after appearing to admit that initial cost modelling may not have been based on real-world costs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 17, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 10.2 Men's Health Source Type: news

Government care plans set to ignore the views of 1.4m care workers
Government plans to reform social care will fall short and won’t get to grips with the huge problems affecting the sector, if the work to shape next year’s green paper fails to involve the views of the UK’s million strong workforce, says UNISON. The Cabinet Office has today announced that the government is to engage with a wide range of experts before the care green paper appears next summer. Ministers had originally promised that there would be a green paper this autumn. UNISON national care officer Matt Egan said: “The care of the elderly and the most vulnerable in our society is too important an ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release care workers government Source Type: news

Uganda:Army Doctors Fail to Show Up
[Observer] Despite government saying it had deployed military doctors to fill the huge void at Mulago national referral hospital and its subsidiary branches, there was no sign of them yesterday as the medical workers' strike continued to bite across the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Public support for tax increase to help fund NHS
More than half of people support tax rise to boost NHS, YouGov survey reveals Related items fromOnMedica Reforms could threaten NHS funding of some health services NHS chief calls for Brexit NHS funding pledges to be honoured Government has no real choice but to boost NHS coffers, say think tank trio (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Middle-Class Families Confront Soaring Health Insurance Costs
In Virginia, premiums on policies sold under the Affordable Care Act are pushing health coverage out of reach, and customers see political forces at work. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ROBERT PEAR Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) United States Politics and Government Obama, Barack Trump, Donald J Charlottesville (Va) Source Type: news

Ohio Delays Another Execution After Struggling to Find Vein Ohio Delays Another Execution After Struggling to Find Vein
The Ohio government delayed the planned execution of a 69-year-old convicted murderer on Wednesday after officials were unable to find a suitable vein in the inmate, who is sick with cancer and other diseases, the Columbus Dispatch newspaper reported.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Nearly 1.5 Million People Signed Up for Obamacare Plans So Far Nearly 1.5 Million People Signed Up for Obamacare Plans So Far
More than 800,000 people signed up for Obamacare individual health insurance plans in the second week of open enrollment, U.S. government health officials said on Wednesday, bringing the total number of sign-ups to nearly 1.5 million so far.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

GSK IMPACT Award Winners bank $400K
The annual GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards have seen another set of 10 local nonprofits bank $40,000 each for their contributions to health in the Triangle.   “Health is about so much more than what happens in the doctor’s office,” stated Jamey Millar, senior vice president of GSK's Managed Markets& Government Affairs.  “All of the community issues that our GSK IMPACT Award Winners address have a meaningful impact on health outcomes for individuals and families in the Triangle.” Studies… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

Repealing Obamacare individual mandate would boost health freedom and save the government hundreds of BILLIONS each year
(Natural News) Two of the most important aspects of repealing Obamacare are regularly under-reported by the “mainstream” media and ignored by Democrats: Getting rid of the law’s individual mandate would not only dramatically enhance health freedom, but it would also save our broke government hundreds of billions of dollars. As reported by the Washington Free... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

IRS starts to enforce health law ’s rule that employers offer insurance
Thousands of businesses — many of them small or midsize — will soon receive a letter saying that they owe the government money because they failed to offer their workers qualifying health insurance. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: By Stacy Cowley Source Type: news

'We're praying': Officials say India will not act on smog this year
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - As pollution level climbed to 12 times above the recommended limit this week in India's capital, government officials said they knew what was needed to control the smoky haze, but nothing would be done, at least this year. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Frederick Kurzer obituary
My friend Frederick Kurzer, who has died aged 95, was reader in chemistry at the Royal Free hospital school of medicine and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry for more than 70 years.The son of Jacques Kurzer, a dealer in oriental rugs, and his wife, Rosa (nee L öwy), Frederick was born in the spa town of Carlsbad (now Karlovy Vary) in the German-speaking area of what was then Czechoslovakia. With one sister, Dorothy, he lived in Carlsbad and went to the localschool until 1939, when the family fled to London to escape the Nazis. He attended Clark ’s college, Cricklewood, and from there went to Regent Stre...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 16, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Stanley Langer Tags: Chemistry Hospitals Czech Republic Second world war Source Type: news

What Exactly Motivates and Retains Health Workers —and How Do We Measure It?
November 16, 2017The quirks, preferences, and priorities that drive our decisions are tough to nail down.Human beings do weird things sometimes.Or maybe the things we do as individuals onlyseem weird to others because they don ’t know our particular quirks, preferences, and priorities. Think about it: Why do you live where you live? How did you choose your job? What makes you go back to work day after day? The answers are different for us all.Maybe we want to live close to our family. Maybe we love the city life, or our hometown is the only place we want to live. Or maybe we choose our jobs based on what pays the bes...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Report: VA clinic where vet set self on fire was remiss
Government investigation finds problems with veterans clinic where Gulf War vet set self on fire, died (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes Liverpool City Council commitments to fair pay
Liverpool City councillors have passed a motion recognising the effectiveness of UNISON’s Pay Up Now! campaign, which will see the issue of public sector pay debated in Parliament next month. The Westminster debate – which takes place on 4 December 2017 – was secured after more than 145,000 people signed UNISON’s petition. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Public sector workers across Liverpool have been struggling to get by ever since the government decided to freeze and hold down their pay more than seven years ago. “Ministers say the cap is no more, but if the Chancell...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release budget chancellor dave prentis pay pay up now public sector pay public services Source Type: news

The King's Fund responds to the government's announcement on the social care Green Paper
(Source: The King's Fund - Press)
Source: The King's Fund - Press - November 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: awaters Source Type: news

Alzheimer's Society responds to announcement of social care consultation
The Government is today expected to announce the first steps of a Green Paper aimed at reforming the social care system in England. (Source: Alzheimers Society)
Source: Alzheimers Society - November 16, 2017 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

Floods in Athens Leave At Least 15 Dead, Communities Devastated
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Residents of the western fringes of the Greek capital struggled Thursday to clean up the devastation caused by flash floods that killed at least 15 people, while rescue crews searched for five people who remained missing. The hardest hit area was Mandra, a modest working-class district on the western outskirts of the Greek capital, where nearly all the fatalities occurred. Authorities said about 500 homes and businesses were damaged. Wednesday's flash floods, which came after a severe overnight storm, turned streets into raging torrents of mud and debris that carried away vehicles, collapsed wal...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Elena Bacatoros, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Government signs off London health devolution deal
London’s long awaited health devolution deal has been signed off by government, following months of delay. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Malawi:Kasungu District Hospital Benefits From the Government Solar Project
[Malawi News Agency] Kasungu -In the wake of frequent power outages, Kasungu District Hospital has become a beneficiary of solar powered electricity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 16, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Blog: The Chancellor ’ s budget choice is between decent services and lost services
Next week the Chancellor will be unveiling his Budget. It’s an opportunity for the government to begin reversing austerity, and start delivering real pay rises for all public service workers. But, as a recent UNISON report shows, it’s also a time when ministers could show they support local services. At the moment that’s far from what’s happening. A growing surplus on the government’s share of business rates – which is set to increase by £1.8bn in 2018/19 – is being diverted into central coffers, when it would be better spent supporting local council services. Despite what th...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News budget local government Source Type: news

Tanzania:Govt Campaign Seeks to Control Elephantiasis
[Daily News] THE government has embarked on a campaign to control Lymphatic Filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis, in Dar es Salaam Region through massive drug administration targeting 4.5 million people aged five years and above. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 16, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Government Should Negotiate With Striking Doctors
[Monitor] On Tuesday, the National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU), the Uganda Medical Workers Union (UMWU) and Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union filed a suit in the High Court in Kampala challenging government's decision to enter into negotiations with the Uganda Medical Association (UMA). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 16, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What States Can Learn From One Another on Health Care
Some have made large improvements in certain areas. What have they done to get better? (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DHRUV KHULLAR Tags: States (US) Health Insurance and Managed Care Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Medicaid Infant Mortality United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

U.S. Investments in Medical and Health Research and Development 2013 - 2016 (2017)
Investment in medical and health research and development (R&D) in the U.S. grew by 20.6% between 2013 and 2016. Industry continues to invest more than any other sector, accounting for 67.4% of total spending in 2016, followed by the federal government at 21.9%. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

'We're praying' - Officials say India will not act on smog this year
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - As pollution level climbed to 12 times above the recommended limit this week in India's capital, government officials said they knew what was needed to control the smoky haze, but nothing would be done, at least this year. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Angola:Angola - Diabetics Hail Government Initiative
[ANGOP] Luanda -Patients with diabetes resident in Luanda province have reacted positively to the government initiative to exempt the medicines from the payment of customs duties from 2018. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 16, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Government Deploys Military Doctors At Mulago Hospital
[Monitor] Military doctors from the UPDF, Police and Uganda Prisons have been deployed at Mulago National Referral Hospital to handle emergency cases as doctors' strike enters second week. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 16, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Higher wages for council employees would save the Treasury money, says UNISON
  Higher wages for council employees would save the Treasury money, says UNISON The Treasury would save half the total cost of awarding council workers the pay rise called for in the 2018 claim put to the Local Government Association, according to new research published today (Thursday) by UNISON. The claim, submitted in May 2017, calls for a 5% pay rise and the real living wage for the lowest paid (£8.75 an hour or £10.20 in London). If council employees were given a decent pay rise, they would be paying more in taxes and national insurance, spending more and paying VAT, as well as claiming less in tax cr...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release budget councils heather wakefield local governemnt low pay national insurance pay up now savings New Policy institute tax credits Source Type: news

Liberals say they'll back prescription heroin, drug checking services to fight opioid crisis
The federal government will support new treatment options for drug addicts, including giving them prescription opioids or pharmaceutical grade heroin, backing quality testing of street drugs and helping provinces set up overdose prevention sites in emergencies. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Government need not consult statutory board to ban combo drugs: Supreme Court
The government challenged it in the top court on the ground that the ban was necessary in public interest, prompting the top court to stay the Delhi HC ’s order. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - November 15, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nearly 1.5 million people signed up for Obamacare plans so far: officials
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 800,000 people signed up for Obamacare individual health insurance plans in the second week of open enrollment, U.S. government health officials said on Wednesday, bringing the total number of sign-ups to nearly 1.5 million so far. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Trump nominates Big Pharma executive to run HHS, proving government has been hopelessly corrupted by the drug industry
(Natural News) There’s a new chief in town, Alex Azar, who, should he receive confirmation from Congress, will soon take over as head of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). But not everyone is happy with this decision because Azar is the former president of Lilly USA, the American arm of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts: Government actions threaten women ’s health care
Yale researchers joined other health experts to call for increased public engagement to address government efforts that can threaten women ’s health care. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - November 15, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

ACA mandate repeal tucked into tax bill
The Senate's version of a tax reform bill will include a provision to repeal the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, The Hill reports. By repealing the mandate, there would no longer be an incentive or penalty for people to buy insurance on the individual market. Over the next 10 years, it would save the federal government $338 billion (by paying out fewer subsidies) but decrease the number of people with health insurance by 13 m illion as healthy people drop out of the marketplace the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 15, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Betsey Guzior Source Type: news

Cardinal Health to deal China biz for $1.2B
Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH) said yesterday that it agreed to a $1.2 billion deal with Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding for portions of its business in China. The deal covers Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal’s pharmaceutical operations and medical distribution business in the People’s Republic, but does not include other assets there such as Cordis, the patient recovery business for which it paid Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) $6 billion or its medical sourcing team. “It has been an honor to serve the people of China through our distribution business for the past seven years,” chairman & CEO George Barrett ...
Source: Mass Device - November 15, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Distribution Mergers & Acquisitions Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat Cardinal Health shanghaipharma Source Type: news

Figures reveal dire trend in Afghan opium production
Joint survey released by United Nations and Afghanistan's government shows production almost doubling last year (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mauritius:Health Ministry to Undertake Intensive Diabetes Action Study Soon
[Government of Mauritius] "The Ministry of Health and Quality of Life will soon be conducting the Mauritius intensive diabetes action study, whose objective will be to determine the best interventions in preventing or at least slowing diabetes complications." (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 15, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Aisha Buhari Hands Over Maternity Complex to Katsina Govt
[Premium Times] The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has handed over a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art maternity complex to the Katsina State Government, in fulfilment of her commitment to improving the healthcare delivery system in Nigeria and the reduction of the health burden of women. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 15, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Minimum unit pricing in Scotland will make life better for thousands of people, says charity – and calls for Westminster to step up
The Supreme Court in Scotland today (15 November) delivered its judgement that minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol is legal, a step which charity Alcohol Concern says will improve the health and wellbeing of thousands of people. Harmful drinking is the biggest avoidable cause of death for people aged 15-49 in the UK. It also costs the NHS £3.5 billion a year. The decision in Scotland comes after a long and protracted legal challenge led by the Scotch Whisky Association and follows the recent announcement by the Welsh Government on its plans to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in Wales. Alcohol Concern, along with...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 15, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News minimum unit pricing Source Type: news

Blog Post: Supreme Court makes momentous decision on Minimum Unit pricing in Scotland
Today the Supreme Court has ruled that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol is legal. This is a momentous decision, following five years of legal challenge led by the Scotch Whisky Association. It means that the Scottish Government can now implement MUP and allow a potentially game-changing alcohol policy to finally be introduced. After years of public debate on the merits and politics of MUP, we may lose sight of the basic principle behind it. MUP establishes a minimum price below which a unit of alcohol can be sold. It is not a new tax on alcohol, and – unlike alcohol taxes – it applies equally regardless o...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 15, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News minimum unit pricing Source Type: news