Chancellor's departure 'must not derail pension tax trap solution'
The surprise departure of chancellor Sajid Javid less than a month before the government unveils its budget must not derail efforts to end the damaging pension tax trap, doctors' leaders have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 13, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

Tanzania: Zanzibar Govt Embarks On Universal Health Coverage
[Daily News] AFTER a successful Universal Pension Scheme (UPS) which is covering all elderly people at the age of 70 and above, the government has introduced the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) that aims at reaching all people and communities in the Islands. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 12, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Scottish government pledges more cash for health and social care in budget
But it ’s not enough to meet safe staffing legislation, say nurse leaders Related items fromOnMedica New Year NHS resolutions BMA urges Tory leader candidates to reform pensions provision Doctors call on politicians to invest in the NHS NHS – It’s not just about numbers GP contract for England brings overall 3.4% increase (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Centre ’s health outlay woefully off course for 2.5% of GDP target
With economic slowdown, there are apprehensions that allocations for sectors like health could fall even further short in the coming years as the government struggles to meet expenditures it cannot cut back on like salaries and pensions. In such a scenario, even maintaining the current level of health spending as a percentage of GDP could prove to be a challenge. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cluster Headache Ups Sickness Absence, Disability Pension Days
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 2020 -- Patients with cluster headache have more sickness absence and disability pension days than matched references, according to a study published online Feb. 5 in Neurology. Christina Sj östrand, M.D., Ph.D., from the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 5, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

NHS Providers demand ‘biggest building programme since Beatles’
Investments far less than what ’s needed for mental health, community and ambulance services, and acute hospital sector Related items fromOnMedica New Year NHS resolutions Can medicine be cured? MPs must fight for long-term funding for NHS and social care BMA urges Tory leader candidates to reform pensions provision Doctors call on politicians to invest in the NHS (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UNISON deal ends outsourcing at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
UNISON-brokered deal ends outsourcing at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust A thousand low-paid porters, cleaners and catering staff at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London are today (Thursday) celebrating after winning the right to be directly managed by the NHS, says UNISON. From 1 April the staff – who work in the trust’s five hospitals across the capital – will no longer be employed by private contractor Sodexo. The company has held the contract since 2015. As part of the transfer back to the NHS, staff from Sodexo will see their pay, overtime, pensions and sickness allowances brought in...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: Article dave prentis Eakins Greater London Region health Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust low-paid outsourcing Source Type: news

30,000 GPs face uncertainty over pension tax risk for 2017/18
More than 30,000 GPs do not know if they will face pension tax charges for 2017/18 because they have not been provided with a record of their contributions, NHS figures show. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 24, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

World's first public database of mine tailings dams aims to prevent deadly disasters
(GRID-Arendal) GRID-Arendal has launched the Global Tailings Portal, a new public, searchable database with detailed information on more than 1,700 mine tailings dams around the world. The data are based on disclosures provided by mining companies following a request from the Church of England Pensions Board and the Swedish National Pension Funds' Council of Ethics. The portal is designed to be used by scientists, governments, insurers, the finance community, the mining industry, media, and civil society. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Leprosy Re-emerges as a Global Health Challenge
Sattamma, a daily labourer in the Rangareddy district of southern India’s Telangana state, says that even though she no longer has Hansen’s Disease, she remains discriminated against because of it. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulHYDERABAD, India , Jan 23 2020 (IPS) Fifteen years ago, Sattamma – a daily labourer in the Rangareddy district of southern India’s Telangana state – was abandoned by her husband after she was diagnosed with Hansen’s Disease. Last October, while her neighbours were celebrating Diwali, Sattamma was homeless again as her landlord threw her out of the house aft...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Brazil Hansen's disease India Indonesia leprosy Source Type: news

Welsh minister criticises London over NHS pension measure
Anger that decision to cover doctors’ tax bills in England forced Wales to follow suit (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - January 23, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Guidance issued on reducing risk of CJD transmission
Measures relate to use of surgical instruments Related items fromOnMedica Surgeons exiting early due to pension tax issues Poor pain management - a major cause of opioid crisis Rising number of operations cancelled for non-clinical reasons Surgical league tables could mislead patients over death rates Don ’t delay young children’s surgery for fear of GA harms (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 22, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scotland pressing to legislate non-surgical services
Practitioners will require licences under new plan Related items fromOnMedica Surgeons exiting early due to pension tax issues Poor pain management - a major cause of opioid crisis Huge surge in rejection of requests for knee and hip surgery Surgical league tables could mislead patients over death rates Rising number of operations cancelled for non-clinical reasons (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government stripped of power to suspend pensions for doctors facing unproven charges
Controversial powers allowing the government to suspend pension payments for doctors accused - but not yet convicted - of a criminal offence have been overturned after a legal challenge by the BMA. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 17, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

Birkbeck cleaners win fight to be directly employed
Cleaning staff at Birkbeck College in London have won their long-running struggle to have their jobs transferred back in-house. Yesterday was their first day of direct employment since the service was outsourced in the late 1990s. The workers will benefit from improved conditions, plus access to the SAUL pension scheme. Birkbeck UNISON campaigns officer Edwin Clifford-Coupe said: “The cleaning staff and their UNISON representatives have campaigned courageously for an end to the injustice of outsourcing. “This phase of the campaign began in early 2018, but it was a continuation of our successful campaigns f...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Source Type: news

‘Every higher education worker should get the pay they deserve’
Pay in universities has fallen by 15% over the past 10 years, delegates at UNISON’s higher education conference in Milton Keynes heard today. At the same time, universities’ income has risen and is now £38.2bn a year. Conference also pointed out that reserves are at a record £49.2bn – a 300% increase since 2009/10. In the last financial year alone, universities increased their capital spending by 6.4%, while wages for most rose by just 2%. That was the background against which delegates set out UNISON’s plans for this year’s joint pay claim, which will be drawn up with other campus...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 16, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News 2020 Higher Education Conference education services higher education pay universities Source Type: news

Pension tax plan 'will fail to solve NHS workforce crisis', BMA warns
BMA leaders have warned that raising the income threshold at which tax on pensions kicks in would fail to solve the NHS workforce crisis, amid reports the move is being considered by government. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 16, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

University staff map out the challenges ahead
Proper funding for the UK’s higher education system, alongside pay and protecting pensions, will be the major topics when representatives of the sector’s workforce gather in Milton Keynes for UNISON’s higher education service group conference tomorrow. “At the start of 2020, there are key issues facing universities across the UK,”  says national secretary Jon Richards. “We need the government to commit itself to working with and supporting the higher education system – especially as it is one of the UKs most significant sectors of the economy.” With the UK due to leave t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 15, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News 2020 Higher Education Conference education services universities Source Type: news

Pensions row 'making bad situation worse in NHS'
Doctors are still refusing overtime despite NHS bosses promising to cover tax bills, hospitals say. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Huge 35% gender pay gap in general practice
Fifth-largest pay gap of any profession in UK – women GPs earn £40,000 a year less than men, on average Related items fromOnMedica GPs set to be balloted on willingness to take industrial action GP recruitment time-bomb ‘ready to explode’ Staff survey results ‘alarming’, say health leaders Pension tax system particularly unsatisfactory for NHS staff Fatigue still too common among junior doctors (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

KRY Expands Further With $155 Million Investment Into Digital Health Platform
KRY (also known as LIVI), a European digital healthcare provider, has announced a $155 million Series C investment led by Ontario Teachers ’ Pension Plan with participation from existing investors Index Ventures and Creandum, as well as Accel. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 10, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Dr. James Somauroo, Contributor Source Type: news

Doctors' leaders set for talks with Treasury as pension tax review begins
BMA officials are set to meet with the economic secretary to the Treasury as the government carries out a promised review into the NHS pension tax crisis. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 10, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

RCGP unveils roadmap for GP workforce overhaul, warning profession 'running on empty'
The government must set out clear milestones towards its 6,000-GP workforce target, invest substantially in GP recruitment, retention and training, and solve the NHS pension tax crisis by 2021, the RCGP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 9, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

Digital Healthcare Provider KRY Raises $155 Million for Expansion Digital Healthcare Provider KRY Raises $155 Million for Expansion
Swedish digital healthcare provider KRY has raised $155 million in a funding round led by Ontario Teachers'Pension Plan to support plans for further expansion in Europe, the company said on Tuesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

KRY targeting new European markets with €140M Series C raise
Ontario Teachers'Pension Plan led the round, bringing the Swedish company's fundraising total to roughly  €219.1 million. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - January 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

2019 Reviewed – Part Two
July The month opened with a living wage win in Cheshire, after the union successfully negotiated a deal with Edsential for school caterers and cleaners to be paid at least £9 an hour. Other school support staff would also get a pay rise in the deal. BBC Radio 4 broadcast a week-long drama about the problems of 15-minute care visits, based on the experiences of UNISON member Caroline Firmin, whose campaigning saw Southwark Council become one of the first councils in the UK to adopt our Ethical Care Charter. A period of busy summer strike action saw members take to the picket lines over pay in Birmingham and Blackpool...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 2, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News Source Type: news

A year in UNISON: 2019 reviewed – part one
January How better to start a new year than by thinking about the future of the planet? We joined fellow energy unions GMB, Prospect and Unite –representing 200,000 workers in the sector – in calling for a “just transition” to the low-carbon economy needed to deal with climate change. The unions’ launched a template, which involved four key demands: a balanced low carbon energy mix; investment in skills and infrastructure; protecting and creating high-quality jobs and employment;  making sure no community is left behind. Closer to home – but still thinking of future generations &nda...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 20, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News Source Type: news

Climate change threatens billions in CalPERS pension fund
A new assessment finds that one-fifth of CalPERS' public markets portfolio is in business sectors exposed to financial risk from climate change. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - December 20, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Julia Rosen Source Type: news

Queen ’s Speech fixes NHS cash boost in law
Doctors ’ leaders seek detail on promised GP numbers boost Related items fromOnMedica GP waiting times: learning from the past Helping GPs to help people live the life they want through a more personalised care approach Johnson promises to tackle pensions crisis Doctors call on politicians to invest in the NHS Are PCNs what we all imagined? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 20, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Tanzania: Universal Pension Scheme Transforms Lives of Elders in Zanzibar
[Daily News] THE Zanzibar's Universal Social Pension scheme (ZUPS) has improved the lives of older people in Zanzibar and made a positive impact on their wider households, according to a new report released on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 19, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Unfit for work, fit for firearm or driving license - is that possible? - Lali ć H.
BACKGROUND: Psychiatric disorders are not compatible with carrying firearms or with driving a car. Persons with such disorders are often not employed and are persistent in demanding invalidity pensions, but some of them also insist on holding on to the men... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Government to complete NHS pension tax review by February
A review of the NHS pension tax trap that has forced thousands of doctors to reduce their working hours could be complete by February, the government has suggested. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 18, 2019 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

NHS leaders warn new government to honour health pledges
Conservatives must commit to promises on hospitals, jobs and training Related items fromOnMedica Home Office woes Futureproofing our NHS: Innovations and their benefits GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse Pension tax driving doctors to early retirement Tory manifesto ‘incredibly disappointing’ on health say doctors (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 17, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health staff say temporary work enhances work-life balance
But they are reluctant to lose the security of pensions and sick pay that permanent jobs offer Related items fromOnMedica Home Office woes MPs to debate call to remove 1% nurse pay cap Pay for NHS managers trumps that of nurses NHS chiefs urge new government to fix staffing crisis NHS chiefs urge new government to fix staffing crisis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 17, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Next budget must fix NHS pension tax crisis, warns GPC chair
A long-term solution to the NHS pension tax crisis must be prioritised in the government's first budget to halt the drain of doctors from the health service, the BMA's top GP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 16, 2019 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

Mortality in persons with disability pension due to common mental disorders: a cohort study of Swedish construction workers - S öderberg M, Schiöler L, Stattin M, Burdorf A, Järvholm B.
This study investigated mortality in disability pensions due to common mental disorder, and variation over time after first receiving disability pension. Methods: Objectives were explored in 301,863 construction workers (97.2% men) recr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Take your health seriously
A Somerset GP looks at the key principles of self-care and why the whole topic deserves our attention Related items fromOnMedica BMA urges Tory leader candidates to reform pensions provision Staff survey results ‘alarming’, say health leaders NHS staff report stress, violence and dissatisfaction with pay Nurses have no time to drink or take toilet breaks Brexit creates uncertainty for EU care workers in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - December 10, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

BMA backs stop-gap plan to end pension tax trap but demands GP guarantees
The BMA has formally backed short-term plans to tackle punitive pension tax rules that have forced thousands of doctors to reduce their working hours - but has demanded further assurances for GPs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 9, 2019 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

Daily Insight: We need to talk about pensions
The must-read stories and debate in health policy and leadership. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - December 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trusts told to offer pensions tax deal to senior clinicians
Trusts have been given the green light to offer a stop-gap “solution” to their senior clinicians which aims to tackle the pensions crisis gripping the health service. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - December 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Chief finance officer confirms action on 2019/20 pension tax impacts
The NHS chief financial officer Julian Kelly has written to NHS trusts and foundation trusts to confirm details of the changes to pension tax arrangements designed to prevent clinicians from unduly high tax charges. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health and social care secretary confirms NHS pension tax relief pledge
Hancock backs NHS England& Improvement proposals to stop clinicians facing extra tax on their pensions if they work overtime Related items fromOnMedica Can medicine be cured? RCGP sets out priorities for general practice for new prime minister Failure to resolve juniors ’ contract ‘will destabilise NHS’ Hunt ‘never planned to insist on changes to existing contracts’ Primary Care Home has positive impact on care and services (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Gains and Losses of Irregular Migration
By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Dec 6 2019 (IPS) While opening a newspaper or watching a TV program we are every day made aware of the plights of irregular migrants. Some recent examples among many – on 24 October, 39 Chinese nationals were found dead in a lorry trailer in Essex. They had apparently frozen to death within a refrigerator container with temperatures as low as -25C (-13F). This while tragedies occur almost daily on the Mediterranean Sea. On 26 November, a rescue vessel found a boat almost completely sunken. It had three dead bodies aboard. Fifty-five migrants were saved. Three of them were in a critical...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Africa Aid Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Party manifestos offer 'too little too late' on NHS pension tax crisis
Political parties are offering 'too little too late' in their manifestos over the pension tax crisis that has forced thousands of doctors to cut back their working hours, a senior BMA pensions expert has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 6, 2019 Category: Primary Care Tags: General election Source Type: news

‘We’ve got one chance’
“I’ve been going around to regions and conferences saying this is the most important vote in a generation,” says Josie Bird, UNISON’s president. “The only difficulty with that statement is that we have said it about the last two or three elections, but they do seem to get more important each time.” She’s sitting around a table with her vice presidents, Sian Stockham and James Anthony, discussing the UK’s forthcoming trip to polling stations. “Austerity has more impact each time and if we get a Tory majority, then with the lurch to the right we’ve already seen, we&...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 5, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article activists ge19 general election 2019 presidential team UNISON president Source Type: news

Consultant vacancies - a serious issue in Scotland
Many posts unfilled for more than six months Related items fromOnMedica NHS hugely dependent on workers from overseas Whistle-blower support scheme to roll out nationwide Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing Sharp increase in vacant consultant posts in Scotland NHS pension rules get an overhaul (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Politicians can ’t shake a magic people tree to staff the NHS
We need to move beyond an exclusive focus on money, to challenge the notion of a ‘magic people tree’, says Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation Related items fromOnMedica Lessons from Torbay: The journey to integrated care The changing role of community trusts in large geographies CQC's State of Care report finds standards improving but warns of pressures Can medicine be cured? BMA urges Tory leader candidates to reform pensions provision (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - December 3, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Occupational inequality in health expectancy in Denmark - Br ønnum-Hansen H, Foverskov E, Andersen I.
Background: The pension age in Denmark is adjusted in line with projected increasing life expectancy without taking health differentials between occupational groups into account. The purpose was to study occupational disparities in partial life expe... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Daily Insight: A problem like pensions
The must-read stories and debate in health policy and leadership. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 28, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors seek legal guarantee from NHS on pension tax
Survey says consultants do not trust government’s compensation promises (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - November 28, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news