New Abingworth fund beats expectations
Lifesciences investment group Abingworth Bioventures has closed its latest fund, Abingworth Bioventures VII (ABV VII) at $315 million. The fund — Abingworth’s 12th invested in companies in Europe and the U.S. —  exceeded its target of $300 million.  The firm has more than $1.2 billion under management. The fund invests broadly across all stages of development, including early and late-stage venture deals, clinical co-development, venture investments in public equities (VIPEs) and public equities. Investment size per company will typically range from $15 million to $30 million. Its medt...
Source: Mass Device - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Business/Financial News Wall Street Beat Abingworth alexionpharmaceuticals Avillon Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. CRISPR Therapeutics GammaDelta Therapeutics SFJ Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Who benefits in graded return to work on behalf of the German Pension Insurance? Results of a cohort study - B ürger W, Streibelt M.
BACKGROUND: In view of growing numbers and large expenditures Graded Return to work (GRTW) gained in importance for the German Pension insurance in the last decade. Therefore, the questions were whether GRTW is effective in the German rehabilitation system... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Tax over-40s for old age care, say MPs
The cross-party groups also say retired people with generous pensions and investments should pay too. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MPs calls for over-40s to pay a ‘social care premium’
MPs are calling on the Government to set up a dedicated pot of money to guarantee basic social care to all those in need - similar to pension schemes already operated by employers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS outsourcing is bad for staff and bad for patients
The planned outsourcing of staff at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust is not in the interests of staff nor patients, says UNISON. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has written to the head of the north west NHS Trust outlining some key concerns about the proposal to establish a wholly owned subsidiary. Around 900 staff, working as porters, cleaners and caterers, would be transferred to the new company, WWL Solutions. UNISON research finds that the case for outsourcing is based almost entirely on tax advantages, and not on service improvement. It also finds that wholly owned subsidiaries are creating a two-tier wor...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis NHS North West north west region outsourcing strike Source Type: news

UNISON escalates its campaign against NHS outsourcing
The brave battle of UNISON’s health members against NHS outsourcing was brought into the spotlight in Brighton last week. Some of the Wigan hospital cleaners, catering staff and porters who are striking against plans to transfer them to a wholly owned subsidiary were applauded by the national delegate conference, where they were awarded £5,000 from the branch hardship fund. Delegates also approved a motion calling for a national campaign against the arms-length companies that the union believes will create a two-tier workforce and could lead to back-door privatisation of the NHS. More and more NHS trusts are se...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 25, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2018 National Delegate Conference health health care Health Funding Crisis Source Type: news

Tax cut for rich means billions lost to Exchequer
Cutting income tax for people earning more than £1m per year has deprived the Exchequer of more than £11.1bn over the past sixyears, according to new analysis by UNISON published today (Sunday). The government’s decision to reduce the top rate of income tax from 50p to 45p in April 2013 has also saved the rich hundreds of thousands of pounds, while public sector workers have not had a decent pay rise in years, says the union. An examination of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) statistics by UNISON shows that between 15,000 and 19,000 taxpayers earned in excess of £1m over the past sixyears. This is si...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 22, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis government nurses public services social care Tax UNISON Source Type: news

Project Population: Addressing Asia ’s Ageing Societies
A seventy-year-old woman laughs with family members inside a grocery store in Tachilek, Myanmar. UN Photo/Kibae ParkBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jun 20 2018 (IPS)While populations have seen and undergone changes since the beginning of time, one trend in particular is unfolding across the world: less children, older people. In an effort to tackle the complex issue in Asia, government officials are convening to help create a sustainable society where no one is left behind.In Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar, 40 Members of Parliament (MPs) are gathering to discuss sound policy approaches to population issues...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs aging Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) Population Growth Source Type: news

Energy workers face turbulent times
Members in the energy sector are facing job losses, attacks on their terms and conditions and uncertainty about the future in what is “a turbulent time for the energy industry”, said Jenny Middleton, chair of the energy service group executive (SGE) opening the group’s conference today (Monday). The conference agenda included motions on the proposed merger of two Big 6 energy suppliers, Npower and SSE, renationalisation of the energy industry, and a move to hydrogen gas. Middleton said that as well as facing attacks on their terms and conditions, members had to cope with “attacks on our sector from ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2018 Energy Conference EDF Energy NPower SSE Source Type: news

Project Population: Addressing Asia ’s Ageing Societies
Credit: Neeta Lal/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jun 12 2018 (IPS)While populations have seen and undergone changes since the beginning of time, one trend in particular is unfolding across the world: less children, older people. In an effort to tackle the complex issue in Asia, government officials are convening to help create a sustainable society where no one is left behind. In Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar, 40 Members of Parliament (MPs) are gathering to discuss sound policy approaches to population issues such as ageing and fertility transition which threaten the future of many Asian nations.&ldqu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) Source Type: news

Southampton university staff celebrate pensions win
Staff at the University of Southampton are celebrating after strong campaigning by UNISON and fellow campus unions saw university management withdraw its threat to replace their pensions with an inferior alternative. The university had planned to close its current final salary scheme for non-academic staff from 1 August and replace it with a ‘defined contribution’ scheme, where a person’s pension would depend on what their total contributions could buy at the time they retired. But collective action by the members affected, backed up by their union, means that current staff will keep their final salary pe...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 30, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News education services higher education occupational pensions universities Source Type: news

Government responds to inquiry on benefits assessment process
In April 2018 the Government responded to findings from the Work and Pensions select committee following an inquiry into the assessment process for two benefits: Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).Sarah Newton, the Minister for Disabled People, began by thanking the almost 3,500 individuals who shared their personal experiences with the committee. Thank you to over 1,500 people with arthritis who provided the committee with evidence on how the benefits assessment process can affect people with arthritis.We’ve put together a short summary of how the Government answered key p...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - May 28, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Capita GP support contract'potentially compromised patient safety', find auditors
The National Audit Office has said NHS England's decision to outsource primary care support services to Capita'potentially compromised patient safety', and has instructed it to consider taking services back in house.  Pulse has reported on GPs suffering severe disruptions to services - including with payments, pensions, performers list registrations, records movement and medical supplies - since the contract was awarded in 2015. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - May 17, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Practice development Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

Identification of depression and screening for work disabilities among long-term unemployed people - Nurmela K, Mattila A, Heikkinen V, Uitti J, Ylinen A, Virtanen P.
The study explores whether clinical screening targeted at work disabilities among long-term unemployed people reveals eligible individuals for a disability pension and the importance of depression in granting the disability pensions. A total of 364 partici... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Blog: Time for the government to end their silence on Turkey
Since President Recep Erdogan imposed a state of emergency, following the attempted coup in July 2016, Turkey has experienced an extraordinary erosion of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The government has targeted many of its actual and alleged critics, including politicians, academics and trade unionists. According to Amnesty International over 120 journalists have been detained, 180 media outlets closed down and 50,000 people remain imprisoned awaiting trial. Public service workers and their unions have been hit particularly hard, with approximately 150,000 workers dismissed or suspended, mainly for alleged ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Turkey Source Type: news

To Have Children or Not: The Importance of Finding a Balance
By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, May 11 2018 (IPS)While the world’s population has changed dramatically over the last 50 years, little is still understood about fertility transition and the reasons behind it.Over the last half a century, the global fertility rate has halved, reaching a level of 2.5 births per woman. At the same time, the UN estimates that there will be 11 billion people in the world by 2100.Given such trends, more needs to be understood about the factors that influence fertility rates, but not enough is known about it, Secretary-General of the Asian Population Development Association (APDA) Dr...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Education Global Global Governance Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

NHS England examining submission of GP earnings information
Concerns surround doctors’ pension records dating to 2004 (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - May 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

NHS England finds 'significant issues' with GP pension records
An NHS England report has found “significant issues” with the accuracy of GP pension records, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trusts testing technology to make nurse bank shifts more attractive
New technology is being trialled at 15 trusts in a bid to make bank shifts more attractive and reduce the need for agency nurses, including instant payment and the ability to “opt out” of pension arrangements to earn a higher rate for extra work. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 11, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Venture fund Foresite Capital raises largest-ever $668m fund
Life sciences venture firm Foresite Capital said today that it raised a record $668 million for its fourth fund, bringing its assets-under-management tally to $2 billion. San Francisco-based Foresite was founded in 2011 by former Theravance co-founder & CEO Dr. Jim Tananbaum. Investors in its fourth fund include “a significant representation of existing investors, including university endowments, pension funds, insurance companies and foundations” and some new investors, the company said today. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Venture fund Foresite Capital raises ...
Source: Mass Device - May 4, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Funding Roundup Wall Street Beat Foresite Capital Venture Capital/Private Equity Source Type: news

Sex a key part of life for people over 65, study says
US survey finds two-fifths of people between 65 and 80 report being sexually active, but topic is rarely discussedSex is not only a pursuit of the young and carefree but also a key part of life for adults in their later years, a new poll has revealed – putting paid to the trope that action stops as pensions loom.AUS survey has found that 40% of those aged between 65 and 80 report being sexually active, with more than half of those who have a partner saying they still engage in steamy moments.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 3, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Ageing Science Sexuality Society Health Source Type: news

Save our nurseries: when the kids went to Westminster
Ryan, Daniel, Jacob, Sophia and Zach were probably some of the youngest campaigners at the Houses of Parliament last week. They were there (with their mums) to talk to MPs about keeping their nurseries open. The group of children, parents, UNISON organisers and staff from the nursery began the day at 5am, with a six-hour coach journey from Salford to London. When they arrived they were focused, placards in hand and ready for action Zoe Ireland and her daughter Alice queue up to enter the Houses of Parliament They were there because five council-run nurseries in Salford could be closed down. Two months ago the parents had r...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 30, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article early years education nurseries Salford unison in schools Source Type: news

Newcastle NHS worker made redundant on holiday wins case
The timing of the redundancy notice period affected whether Sandi Haywood received a higher pension. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UNISON vows to step up fight on wholly owned subsidiaries
Health members in Brighton today voiced their anger at the increasing practice of NHS trusts in England setting up wholly owned subsidiary companies to provide support services, and voted to fight their spread. They warned that the “backdoor privatisation” of health services – put at risk the pay and conditions of thousands of NHS staff, particularly low-paid women, Black and disabled workers. The importance of the issue was reflected in the fact that nine bodies contributed to the the composite motion being debated. One delegate argued that wholly owned subsidiary companies represented “the biggest...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2018 Health Conference fighting cuts and privatisation in the NHS health care wholly owned subsidiaries Source Type: news

UNISON vows to step up fight against wholly owned subsidiaries
Health members in Brighton today voiced their anger at the increasing practice of NHS trusts in England to set up wholly owned subsidiary companies to provide support services, and voted to fight their spread. The practice is widely regarded as backdoor privatisation of health services – putting at risk the pay and conditions of thousands of NHS staff, particularly low-paid women, Black and disabled workers. The importance of the issue was reflected in the fact that nine bodies contributed to the the composite motion being debated. One delegate argued that wholly owned subsidiary companies represented “the bigg...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - April 18, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2018 Health Conference fighting cuts and privatisation in the NHS health care wholly owned subsidiaries Source Type: news

Universities members vote to accept proposals on USS pension scheme
UNISON members at universities across the UK have narrowly voted to accept employers’ proposals to end a dispute over changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme pension scheme. The union’s higher education service group executive agreed this morning to call off a planned ballot for industrial action, following the vote which saw 52% of members accept the proposals from Universities UK in an above-average turn-out. The consultation of 1,300 members took place over Easter. However, UNISON head of higher education Donna Rowe-Marriman said the dispute highlighted “much of what is wrong with higher educ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article education services higher education pensions universities USS Source Type: news

Trust could seek cash from council pension fund for hospital rebuild
A large acute trust is considering seeking funding from a local authority pension scheme to carry out much needed redevelopment work. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS trusts are spending millions outsourcing staff to private companies, says UNISON
NHS trusts across England are spending millions of pounds outsourcing staff to new arms-length private companies, says UNISON today (Monday). Using a Freedom of Information (FoI) request, UNISON has revealed that NHS trusts are shelling-out huge amounts of money on consultants. These companies are advising trusts on the setting up of wholly owned subsidiaries, to which staff are then outsourced. UNISON says that these new companies appeal to NHS trusts because they can reduce their VAT payments, and cut the pay and pensions for any new staff recruited. The health workers that are being transferred tend to be the lowest pai...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 15, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Clare Santry Tags: Press release 2018 Health Conference Freedom of information NHS wholly owned subsidiaries Source Type: news

GPs slam 'scandalous' delays for pension payments
The BMA has condemned delays to pension payments for retiring GPs, warning that failures in primary care support services risk leaving doctors 'facing the prospect of hardship'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 6, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

A Sudden Loss of Wealth Increases Your Chances of Death
When people lose 75% or more of their wealth, they are 50% more likely to die early than people whose wealth remains steady, according to new research. In the study, published Tuesday in the journal JAMA, researchers examined how losing financial stability impacts a person’s health over time. Lindsay Pool, a research assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and her colleagues looked at more than 8,700 people, ages 51-61, who were participating in a national study. The researchers looked at how experiencing a “negative wealth shock”—defined as...
Source: TIME: Health - April 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized Death financial crisis health healthytime income public health Wealth Source Type: news

Solving Japan ’s Fertility Crisis
Japan: aging population needs more than short-term solutions. Credit: IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Apr 2 2018 (IPS)While much of the global discussion for decades has been focused on overpopulation and its consequences, less can be said of the risks of low fertility and an ageing population—risks that are currently threatening the future of Japan. Concerned by fertility trends in Asia, numerous institutions have begun to take action to prevent potentially devastating economic and social consequences.One such group is the Asian Population Development Association (APDA), that serves as the Secretariat of ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Headlines Health Labour Population TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) Source Type: news

New CDC Director Named
Dr. Robert Redfield has been named the new director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar. The position does not require Senate confirmation. The announcement came on March 21, 2018, a couple of months after former CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald resigned from the position because of her myriad conflicts of interest arising from her failure to divest from investments in tobacco and healthcare companies. Redfield, a virologist and professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has an extensive background in HIV/AIDS research. He manages...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 2, 2018 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Woodford ‘shut his eyes’ to pension responsibilities, court hears
Former head of Olympus is defending £55m lawsuit brought by UK subsidiary KeyMed (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - March 26, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

University members asked to strike to defend USS pension scheme
UNISON is urging members at universities across the UK who are members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme to vote for strike action to defend their pension scheme, which employers want to change from a ‘defined benefit’ scheme to a ‘defined contribution’ scheme. That would mean members’ pensions would depend not on how long they’d worked and paid into the scheme, but what sort of package they could buy with their individual fund when they retired. Academic staff colleagues at universities across the UK who are in the UCU union have already begun strike action over the proposals, w...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News education services higher education pensions universities USS Source Type: news

Local clinical excellence awards no longer pensionable and time limited
But there will more of them and employers will be contractually obliged to run them Related items fromOnMedica Multi-million-pound funding for GP innovation Unions and employers welcome 6.5% NHS pay deal BMA demands information on GP pensions failures (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

BMA steps up pressure over primary care support failings
The BMA has demanded information on unallocated GP pension payments and compensation for practices as it steps up pressure on NHS England over problems with primary care support. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Blog: United Utilities workers are on strike to defend their right to a fair pension
Today, UNISON members at United Utilities are on strike to defend their right to a fair pension. It’s not a decision they’ve taken lightly, but the staff of the UK’s largest listed water company face being hammered by pension proposals that could leave some as much as £10,000 a year worse off. These attacks are completely unwarranted. In the past five full financial years, United Utilities has earned £1.6 billion in profits, whilst over a billion was paid out in shareholder dividends over the same period. In 2016/17 their two most senior staff – CEO Steve Mogford and CFO Russ Holden &nda...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 16, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Pension strike United Utilities Source Type: news

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Appointment of representatives to the WHO Staff Pension Committee (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)
Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation - March 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pension bosses consider extending tax relief for high earners
The organisation that runs the NHS pension is “actively considering” extending a facility designed to ease the tax burden on high earners, amid reports of staff being hit with bills worth many thousands of pounds a year. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Sen. Maggie Hassan Enters TIME ’s ‘Opioid Diaries’ Into the Senate Record
Sen. Maggie Hassan on Thursday entered TIME’s recent issue on the opioid crisis into the Senate record. The move came during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing, during which senators discussed strategies to fight drug addiction and heard from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. “I would like unanimous consent to enter some narrative and some photos from this week’s TIME magazine, called The Opioid Diaries,” Hassan said during the hearing. “It is compelling and I think the pictures in particular capture what is happening in our c...
Source: TIME: Health - March 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized Congress opioid crisis Opioid Diaries Source Type: news

The Opioid Crisis: Leadership and Innovation in the States
March 8, 2018 10:00am ET. Hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor& Pensions. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - March 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Government admits senior staff leaving NHS over pension cap
High earning NHS employees including medical consultants and senior managers are choosing to leave the NHS because of government caps on the amount of tax relief that can be applied to pension schemes, the Department of Health and Social Care has admitted. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Packing a punch, in the shortest month
Time’s up – or the time of our lives? Like every other month since the dawn of time, women were at the centre of things in February. Everyone got excited about the 100th anniversary of those women over 30, who owned their own houses, getting  the vote. And with beautiful happenstance, it coincided with the country’s biggest women’s organisation holding its biggest ever women’s conference. Yes, the women of UNISON met in Liverpool with general secretary Dave Prentis  praising “the biggest gathering of women trade unionists in this country” and President Margaret McKee hail...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 28, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News fair pay now health care higher education LGBT history lgbt memb local government local government pay 2018-19 pay up now unison women women members Source Type: news

Hearing on " The Opioids Epidemic: Implications for America's Workplaces. "
Hearing from the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions and the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections from February 2018. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - February 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UNISON writes to vice chancellors over university pensions dispute
UNISON has written to university vice chancellors, asking them to support calls to involve arbitration and conciliation service ACAS in seeking a solution to the dispute around the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Employers’ organisation Universities UK has proposed ending any defined benefit from being earned in the future and moving to a completely defined-contribution scheme. UNISON is consulting members over the proposals while lecturers’ union UCU has started industrial action over the issue. UNISON’s letter, signed by head of higher education Donna Rowe-Merriman, asks vice chancellors to support ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article higher education pensions universities Source Type: news

MPs call for improvement to benefit assessments
On 14 February 2018, an influential group of MPs published a new report evaluating the assessment process for two forms of financial support, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and making strong recommendations for improvements.PIP is a source of financial support designed to help people with disabilities and long-term conditions to manage the extra costs of their condition. ESA offers financial support for those unable to work, as well as personalised help with getting back into work if people are able to take steps towards employment.PIP and ESA are two benefits that many peop...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 16, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

1315 Capital raises $300M for second health care equity fund
Philadelphia venture capital firm 1315 Capital has closed its second health care growth equity fund at its hard cap of more than $300 million. The firm — which invests in commercial-stage specialty pharmaceutical, medical technology and healthcare services companies — had set a target of $250 million for the fund it is calling 1315 Capital II. Similar to the first fund, 1315 Capital II includes endowment, foundation, public and priv ate pension, and family office limited partners. “We appreciate… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

HE members to be consulted to over proposed pension changes
UNISON has launched a consultation with higher education members after their employer proposed changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pension scheme that could see staff thousands of pounds worse off. Universities UK has proposed ending any defined benefit from being earned in the future and moving to a completely defined-contribution scheme. UNISON’s higher education service group executive has concluded that members who are also members of the pension scheme are to be consulted on the proposed changes. The executive is recommending that members reject the proposals and prepare to take part in susta...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 13, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News higher education pensions universities Source Type: news