UK Covid: over 50,000 cases reported for first time since July as Johnson rejects calls to move to ‘plan B’ – as it happened
Infections in UK at highest level since July but prime ministersays ‘we are within the parameters of what the predictions were’. This live blog is now closed. Please followthe global Covid live blog for further updatesPM resists calls to activate ‘plan B’ as new Covid cases top 50,000‘Covid is still around’: why Leicester shoppers are still wearing masksEngland: minister denies there is ‘plan C’ to ban Christmas mixingTory MPs appear to heed Javid call to set example by wearing masksWho can get a Covid booster jab in England?Jeremy Hunt made his comments earlier (see11.12am) ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 21, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Sparrow Tags: Politics Coronavirus UK news Health Health policy Tony Blair Trade policy Farming Jacob Rees-Mogg Labour Schools Science Keir Starmer Dominic Cummings Lisa Nandy érèse Coffey Pensions industry Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Namibia: Govt Pension Fund Invests U.S.$680,000 Into Health Sector
[Namibia Economist] The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) invested over N$10 million to the Tsumeb Private Hospital with the aim to improve health care services in the Oshikoto region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 19, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Retired members: Don ’ t make older people pay for the pandemic
Last week saw the first UNISON retired member’s conference in two years. The event, held virtually, showed retired members’ continued support for trade union ideals and the aims of UNISON. With 280 members registered to take part, it also highlighted their determination that their voice be heard. The last 18 months have been an ordeal for many older people and the conference agenda reflected this. Conference heard how the high numbers of deaths among care home residents provided a damning indictment of government policy over the pandemic. Delegates were adamant that now, more than ever, a national care service ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 19, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article 2021 Virtual Retired Members Conference Source Type: news

NHS pension reform to cut top contribution rate but threatens 'unwelcome consequences'
Plans to overhaul NHS pensions could deliver savings for many GPs through a reduced top contribution rate but threaten pay cuts for some part-time GPs and practice staff, accountants have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 18, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

How 14 Britons in their 90s ended up in hospital for abusing cocaine last year
Some 12,564 people of all ages were hospitalised for mental-health reasons linked to cocaine use. But an increasing number have also drawn their state pensions as existing drug-users grow older. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government proposes changes to members’ NHS pension contributions
The government has launched a major consultation that proposes changing how much members pay into the NHS pension scheme, including cuts to contributions for some staff. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 15, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Humana refunds $18M to Kentucky Public Pensions Authority
Lower than expected health care costs among retirees resulted in the savings. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - October 13, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Jason Thomas Source Type: news

Understanding pensions for sessional GPs
This two-hour virtual session covers key elements of sessional GP pensions including top tips and pitfalls to avoid. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 12, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS POLL: Should free prescriptions be axed for those aged 60?
GOVERNMENT figures are currently consulting on whether to raise the qualifying age for free prescriptions from 60 to 66. Downing Street say they are seeking to "align" the age exemption with State Pension age, but Express.co.uk wants to know whether you think it would be a fair move. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Respected valued retained: working together to improve retention in anaesthesia
This report finds that up to 1 million operations may be delayed every year because of a shortage of 1,400 anaesthetists – and concludes that the situation will get worse, as one in four working anaesthetists plans to leave the NHS in the next five years. It suggests that working patterns should be adjusted to accommodate the changes of ageing and that adjustments should be made to pension and tax arrangements to ad dress the financial pressures that force doctors to retire. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Life in the present tense
It was the cards I noticed first this morning. Each one neatly placed on the windowsill. Carefully butted up against the thin line of mastic securing glass into frame; they were spaced almost exactly it seemed, but without the benefit of a ruler I couldn’t be sure. They ran in order, Hearts, then Spades, Diamonds and finally Clubs; each suit starting Ace’s low. You were moving slowly, gathering them up into a neat stack and beginning to lay them out again. I watched you for a while before going to the kitchen to make the first of many cups of tea. The kettle boiled, I poured water into two mugs on top of the te...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 7, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Fiction alzheimers short story Source Type: news

Pay ballots continue to dominate
General secretary Christina McAnea updated the NEC on a series of pay disputes across the union, and did not disguise how member turnout was still proving to be a major obstacle to future action. Recently, 79% of local government members voted to reject their 1.75% pay offer, with the NJC committee agreeing to move to an industrial action ballot. NHS members in England also voted by a similar margin (80%) to oppose the government over the 3% pay increase, with their SGE deciding to embark on further consultation prior to a strike ballot. The union’s Cymru/Wales NHS pay consultation found that 87% of healthcare worker...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 6, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article local government pay – the National Joint Council (NJC) NEC One Team2K Source Type: news

Digital Equity for All Ages
By Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaBANGKOK, Thailand, Oct 1 2021 (IPS) The growing number and share of older persons in Asia and the Pacific represent success stories of declining fertility and increasing longevity; the result of advances in social and economic development. This demographic transition is taking place against the backdrop of the accelerating Fourth Industrial Revolution. But COVID-19, with its epicentre now in Asia and the Pacific, has exacerbated the suffering of older persons in vulnerable situations and demonstrated the fragility of this progress. Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaAsia and the Pacific is home to the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Tags: Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Blog: Taking our demands to the Labour Party
I’m just back from Brighton, where I went to bring UNISON’s demands on public services and social care into the Labour Party at its annual conference. As I’ve said in many of my recent speeches, we are at a major crossroads. The head of our delegation, Linda Hobson, moved our motion on public services that was unanimously supported. She said: “We are calling time on business as usual’’, and that’s because we need a new deal for public services and public service workers. We also heard from vice president Andrea Egan on decent housing and secure homes, while Liz Cameron seconde...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 30, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

GP pay impact as late pension deductions leave practices facing cashflow problem
GP practices face cashflow problems and the prospect of reduced drawings for partners after Primary Care Support England (PCSE) failed to collect pension contributions on time, accountants have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 28, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

Understanding pensions for sessional GPs
This two-hour virtual session covers key elements of sessional GP pensions including top tips and pitfalls to avoid. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Dundee University members appeal for strike hardship donations
UNISON members at Dundee University who are part of, or are eligible to be part of, the university’s superannuation scheme are taking strike action later this month over the employer’s plans to close and replace the defined benefit CARE scheme with a defined contribution scheme next year. Affecting around 900 staff on grades one to six, the proposals are set to leave many members in pension poverty and will see some losing up to 40% of their pension. Those on grades higher than six fall under a different, nationally negotiated, scheme. The university needs to make payments toward the deficit and ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 16, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Dundee higher education Scotland Source Type: news

Pension tax warning as BMA highlights NHS shortfall of 50,000 doctors
Doctors' leaders have urged the government to stop pension tax driving a wave of early retirement, amid BMA warnings that the NHS is 50,000 doctors short as it faces what could be 'one of the worst winters on record'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

Blog: The great state pension rip-off
by Glyn Jenkins, UNISON head of pensions  Rishi Sunak has finally announced the complete U-turn on the government’s pledge to retain the triple lock for increasing state pensions. Under the triple lock, pensions increase by inflation, the increase in earnings between May and July or 2.5%, whichever is the greater. Breaking the promise on the triple lock means that all pensioners and all taxpayers paying national insurance will be ripped off. The end of the job retention scheme and employees coming off furlough may distort the measure of average earnings but there is no excuse for not using the underlying ea...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 9, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: glynj Tags: Blogs pensions women Source Type: news

Namibia: Gipf Invests Into Animal Nutrition and Medicine Blocks Manufacturing
[Namibia Economist] The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) this week announced its contribution to the pioneering manufacturing of animal nutrition and medicine blocks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 7, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Johnson plan to fund health and care lifts UK tax burden to 70-year high
PM’s manifesto-breaking £12bn national insurance increases come alongside year’s suspension of pension ‘triple lock’ (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - September 7, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

UNISON wins outsourcing battle at London medical university
UNISON has won a decision to bring outsourced workers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) back in house at the end of the current contract in August 2022. The move follows months of negotiations, after the union submitted a claim for the insourcing of staff employed by Samsic UK in 2019 on behalf of the dedicated cleaners and security staff at the school. In a huge win for the outsourced workers, parity of terms and conditions will now be offered to the staff, many of whom have worked tirelessly on the front line throughout COVID-19 to keep the researchers safe and the school open to help com...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 2, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News higher education insourcing Source Type: news

Aligning prescription charge exemptions with the state pension age
Have your say on the government ’s proposal to change the age at which older people in England become eligible for free prescriptions from 60 to 66 years of age, before its consultation closes on 2 September. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 19, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs could face damaging rise in income tax next year, accountants warn
Changes to tax rules could trigger a sharp rise in income tax for GPs next year, creating 'catastrophic' cashflow problems and a spike in pension annual allowance charges, accountants have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 17, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Personal finance Source Type: news

From A-levels to pensions, algorithms make easy targets – but they aren’t to blame | Jonathan Everett
Poor policy outcomes are not the responsibility of ‘mutant maths’, but of choices made by people in powerA year ago, when the prime minister blamed a “mutant algorithm” for A-level students receiving lower than their predicted grades, a new phrase entered political discourse. Since then, the government’s proposed housing algorithm has been labelled “mutant” by the Conservative MPPhilip Hollobone; recently even the pensions triple lock was referred to as a “mutant formula” by the GB News journalist Tom Harwood.It ’s worth thinking about why this wording has spread....
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 17, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jonathan Everett Tags: Politics Mathematics Education Exams UK news Science Source Type: news

Army of invisible ​, yet indispensible​, cleaners, porters and caterers must be included in NHS pay award
Cleaners, porters, catering assistants, security ​guards and other health staff employed by private ​companies but working in the NHS​ must not miss out on ​any pay ​rise given to their colleagues, says UNISON today (Monday). UNISON ​is urging firms such as Serco, Sodexo and Mitie – as well as subsidiary companies ​owned by individual NHS trusts – to increase hourly pay rates to at least match new NHS rates (known as Agenda for Change) so they are not left behind. ​Last week UNISON ​was critical of the government for failing to honour its own ‘leve...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 2, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release #OneTeam2k one team us 2 Source Type: news

Army of invisible ​, yet indispensable​ health staff must be included in NHS pay award
Cleaners, porters, catering assistants, security ​guards and other health staff employed by private ​companies but working in the NHS​ must not miss out on ​any pay ​rise given to their colleagues, says UNISON today (Monday). UNISON ​is urging firms such as Serco, Sodexo and Mitie – as well as subsidiary companies ​owned by individual NHS trusts – to increase hourly pay rates to at least match new NHS rates (known as Agenda for Change) so they are not left behind. ​Last week UNISON ​was critical of the government for failing to honour its own ‘leve...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 2, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release #OneTeam2k one team us 2 Source Type: news

All ​ health staff must be included in NHS pay award
Cleaners, porters, catering assistants, security ​guards and other health staff employed by private ​companies but working in the NHS​ must not miss out on ​any pay ​rise given to their colleagues, says UNISON today (Monday). UNISON ​is urging firms such as Serco, Sodexo and Mitie – as well as subsidiary companies ​owned by individual NHS trusts – to increase hourly pay rates to at least match new NHS rates (known as Agenda for Change) so they are not left behind. ​Last week UNISON ​was critical of the government for failing to honour its own ‘leve...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 2, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release #OneTeam2k one team us 2 Source Type: news

Fauci Says US Headed in'Wrong Direction' on Coronavirus Fauci Says US Headed in'Wrong Direction' on Coronavirus
Dr Anthony Fauci responds to accusations by Sen Rand Paul, R-Ky, as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

US states ’ fully baked anti-BDS laws could put the freeze on Ben & Jerry ’s
Legislation doesn't differentiate between Israel and settlements, and states could now be forced to pull contracts, along with pension... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Important wins and ongoing battles across the union
UNISON’s national executive council (NEC) today congratulated the union’s staff and activists who had earned a very important recent legal victory in protecting the rights of members to strike. General secretary Christina McAnea said it was a “very significant victory against the strike-breaking tactics of employers”, with bosses no longer being able to mistreat staff who take part in union-organised workplace disputes. The case involved a UNISON workplace rep who was suspended from work and disciplined in the middle of industrial action about sleep-ins in early 2019. It was a timely victory as the ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 14, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News NEC Source Type: news

California pension fund agrees to $2.7 billion lawsuit deal
The United States' largest public pension fund has agreed to pay up to $2.7 billion to refund policyholders hit with huge hikes in their premiums (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Namibia: Govt Institutions Pension Fund Appeals to Members to Stay Home for Safety
[New Era] In line with the very challenging times we are in due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the increase in positive cases and deaths throughout the country, the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) is appealing to all its members to kindly stay home and make use of our online platforms to access GIPF services, unless in need of an emergency service such as a funeral benefit claim. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 13, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

HSJ Weekly Catch-up: Purchasing power, unanswered questions and steadier pensions
Your essential update on health for the week. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 2, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How the pandemic changed work for people with health conditions
This research, produced together with the Institute for Employment Studies, highlights the challenges faced by employees with long-term health conditions and warns that more support is needed to help people manage their conditions in the workplace if the state pension age is to rise further. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 2, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Consultation on the upper age for NHS prescription charges
The government has published a consultation on aligning the upper age exemption for NHS prescription charges with the state pension age. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 2, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government reveals plan to bring more stability to NHS pensions
The government is consulting on plans which would bring more stability to public sector pensions, including those in the NHS. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 30, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Working well? How the pandemic changed work for people with health conditions
This research, produced together with the Institute for Employment Studies, highlights the challenges faced by employees with long-term health conditions and warns that more support is needed to help people manage their conditions in the workplace if the state pension is to rise further. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GPs and practice managers demand answers over PCSE pay and pension system
GPs and practice managers have written to NHS England demanding answers over the new PCSE pay and pension system, warning that issues for users go far beyond 'teething problems'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 28, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

Multiple reports of problems with new payment and pension system
There have been multiple reports of problems with a new pension and payment system introduced for GPs. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Climate has to be an issue for all our members
The environment was at the forefront of debate at this week’s special delegate conference, with members in agreement that any real recovery from the pandemic must involve the creation of a green and sustainable economy – one that includes public service workers at its heart. All eyes are now on the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26), in Glasgow in November 2021. The union will be mobilising members for a significant engagement at the talks, to ensure the needs of workers and public services are central to the results. Moving the motion Tackling climate change and COP26, Tony Slav...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 17, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2021 virtual special national delegate conference climate change green unison international Source Type: news

Health pay rise must be for everyone in the  NHS
Thousands of health service staff employed by private companies must not lose out on the wage rise that’s expected to be announced soon for their NHS colleagues, says UNISON today (Thursday). Porters, cleaners, catering assistants and other healthcare workers in NHS jobs outsourced to private contractors have performed tirelessly throughout the pandemic, says UNISON. But the union fears most will be excluded from the coming pay increase unless private firms, the government and NHS trusts act now. UNISON is calling on all private companies running health service contra...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 17, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Article Source Type: news

Sanofi agrees to inject tens of millions of pounds into UK pension scheme
Britain’s pension regulator says French drugmaker began talks after threat of enforcement action (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - June 15, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Does Change in Government Pension Affect Social Security?
If my government pension is suspended or reduced, will my Social Security benefits increase? ... AARP | ... En espa ñol | The answer to this question depends on what type of Social Security benefit ... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - June 11, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

India ’s COVID-19 Vaccine Drive Is Excluding Millions of Citizens
This article aims to unpack the SOP, and argues how the government’s efforts, though a step in the right direction, are grossly inadequate to help the most vulnerable. Key issues with the clauses outlined in the document:   Vulnerable populations seem to be an afterthought, at best The system of vaccination assumes universal access to the internet, smartphones, Aadhaar, OTP, English, and digital literacy. The reality is that in 2020, smartphone penetration rate in India was only around 42 percent, while the internet was accessible to 45 percent According to the 2011 Census, India has 400,000 houseless families,...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Source Type: news

GP practices spared six-figure charges under pension rules overhaul
Hundreds of GP practices could claim back penalty charges worth up to six-figure sums and many more could now avoid the charges under planned reforms linked to the NHS pension scheme. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 2, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

Public service in the US: Increasingly thankless, exhausting
Historically, public service jobs have given people a chance to give back to their communities while earning solid benefits, maybe even a pension (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Pensions and depressive symptoms of older adults in China: the mediating role of intergenerational support - He H, Xu L, Fields N.
This study aimed to investigate the relations between pensions and depressive symptoms of Chinese older people, and whether intergenerational support mediated such association. Secondary data was drawn from Chinese Longitudinal Aging Social Survey (CLASS) ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

A Graying China May Have to Put Off Retirement. Workers Aren ’t Happy
Most Chinese workers retire by 60. But with the population aging and pension funds running low, the government says that must change. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Being a general medical practice partner - navigating the pension and tax traps
The world of tax and how it interacts with GP partners ’ pensions is an increasingly confusing and complex area. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 19, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news