Conference backs UNISON campaign on social care
“Social care is the bedrock of our society,” Carol Sewell told UNISON’s women’s conference this morning, as she opened a debate on the particular impact on women of cuts to social care. Noting that, while the public are highly aware of the impact of cuts in the NHS, they are less aware of the impact of cuts to social care, she described social care as “the bedrock of our society”, one that is is “provided mostly by women”, many of whom also have caring responsibilities at home. “All the home care workers want to do is their job, which they love doing”, but not wit...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 16, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Women's Conference black members social care Source Type: news

NeoTract ’ s UroLift system gains expanded insurance coverage
Teleflex (NYSE:TFX) subsidiary NeoTract said that two more health insurers have agreed to offer coverage for the company’s UroLift system or patients with an enlarged prostate. The Wayne, Penn.-based subsidiary of Teleflex said that major U.S. insurer Humana and the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans (MPI), administered by Anthem Blue Cross, have added UroLift to its covered treatment systems. UroLift is a minimally invasive in-office treatment designed to provide rapid relief and recovery from the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). “These coverage decisions are a maj...
Source: Mass Device - February 15, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Business/Financial News Featured Implants News Well Urology Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Humana NeoTract Teleflex Source Type: news

Women ’ s conference opens with a range of debates
UNISON’s national women’s conference opened in Bournemouth this afternoon with a debate on safety for the social care workforce. One delegate described how, as a nurse, she had seen a patient with severe medical problems that cause difficult behaviour, putting the patient themselves and those working them at risk. To help avoid this, the hospital uses a private agency to supply extra staff – but having a different carer everyday exacerbates the problems – and all in the name of profit. Jenny Martin from the West Midlands took the opportunity to remind delegates of the ongoing struggle by Birmingham ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Women's Conference health and safety pensions State pensions WASPI Source Type: news

Safety and pensions up front as women ’ s conference opens
UNISON’s national women’s conference opened in Bournemouth this afternoon with a debate on safety for the social care workforce. One delegate described how, as a nurse, she had seen a patient with severe medical problems that cause difficult behaviour, putting the patient themselves and those working them at risk. To help avoid this, the hospital uses a private agency to supply extra staff, but having a different carer every day exacerbates the problems – and all in the name of profit. Jenny Martin from the West Midlands took the opportunity to remind delegates of the ongoing struggle by Birmingham care w...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Women's Conference equality health and safety pensions State pensions WASPI women members Source Type: news

Low Fitness, Obesity Linked to Later Disability Pension
Being moderately or highly fit as teen linked to lower risk for later receipt of disability pension in men (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - February 12, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Neurology, Nursing, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Journal, Source Type: news

Low Fitness, Obesity Linked to Later Disability Pension
MONDAY, Feb. 11, 2019 -- Among men, low cardiorespiratory fitness and obesity in adolescence are associated with an increased risk for later receipt of a disability pension, according to a study published online Feb. 12 in the Annals of Internal... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 11, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Consideration of substance use in compensation and pension examinations of veterans filing PTSD claims - Jankowski RL, Black AC, Lazar CM, Brummett BR, Rosen MI.
Veterans filing claims that service-induced PTSD impairs them worry that claims examiners may attribute their difficulties to conditions other than PTSD, such as substance use. Substance use commonly co-occurs with PTSD and complicates establishing a PTSD ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Regulator chiefs join pension scheme exodus
Nine of the most senior directors in the NHS opted out of the NHS pension scheme in 2017-18, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Union vows to resist Bangor university pension threat
UNISON has vowed to resist “pretty shabby” plans by Bangor University to cut the pensions of its lowest paid staff. University management is proposing to cut its contribution to the pensions of its lowest paid staff, while leaving the workers’ contribution at the level they are now, and reducing members’ benefits when they retire. The move is aimed only at non-academic staff – clerical workers, IT staff, lab workers, cleaners, caterers, security staff and more – leading UNISON locally to say the university has “shown how little it values the role of support workers”. UNISON C...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article Bangor university education services higher ed higher education occupational pensions universities Source Type: news

Senator Probing Johnson & Johnson About Asbestos in Talc
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has questions, and she wants answers from Johnson & Johnson about its iconic baby powder and the reported link to asbestos-related cancers. Murray recently sent a letter to Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky, asking for documentation about past testing for asbestos-tainted talc and communication with the FDA regarding the safety of its product. Murray is a ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The letter stemmed from an earlier report by Reuters that Johnson & Johnson hid evidence of asbestos in its product for many years and intentionally mi...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 4, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Cochrane seeks Human Resources Manager - London, UK
Specifications: Full TimeSalary:CompetitiveLocation: LondonApplication Closing Date: 1st March 2019This role is an exciting opportunity to use your experience in HR Management to make a difference in the field of health care research.  The Human Resources Manager will lead and manage a high quality, responsive, efficient and effective Human Resources function for Cochrane and its subsidiaries.Key areas:•Recruitment and on-boarding• Talent attraction and management• Employee Relations• People Relations for secondment and consultancy contracts• Learning and Development• Monitoring and ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - February 1, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

UNISON branch treasurer ’ s determination wins fair pay for college staff
A library assistant and UNISON branch treasurer has won another victory in the union’s battle to ensure that its term-time members in education are being paid their due. Julie Robinson discovered that the term-time staff at Solihull Sixth Form College were receiving no payment in respect of public holidays, as they were entitled. Those affected included admin staff, careers advisors, science and art technicians and, like herself, Learning Resource Centre staff. The payments concern those Bank Holidays and other concessionary days that fall outside of the school or college term. In contrast to Ms Robinson and her coll...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 1, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News education higher education pay West Midlands Source Type: news

InvAscent-led India Life Sciences Fund raises $250 million
Investors of the fund include blue chip fund-of-fund vehicles, pension funds and university endowments and family offices from the US and Europe. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - January 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Last UK hospital outside Agenda for Change joins national agreement
UNISON has welcomed the news today (Monday) that the only NHS trust in the UK outside the national agreement for pay, terms and conditions is now to move over to Agenda for Change. It means staff at Southend University Hospital will now enjoy the same pay, pension and annual-leave conditions as everyone else in the NHS. The trust has operated outside Agenda for Change for more than a decade. But it meant staff in Southend were not guaranteed the same pay rises as their colleagues in other trusts around the country. Last year, the trust agreed to mirror national NHS pay rates and, following consultation with union...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 28, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release agenda for change NHS nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

UCL UNISON launches #BringThemIn campaign for outsourced workers
“Bring them in” is the cry echoing around the central London campus of University College London this year after the UNISON branch launched a campaign for members providing security, catering and cleaning to be brought in-house and directly employed by the university. The work is currently outsourced to private companies Sodexo and Axis. This means more than 800 staff working on the contracts have worse terms and conditions that colleagues employed by UCL itself, including less annual leave, less maternity and paternity leave, far worse pensions and little or no occupational sick pay. “Our members deserve...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - January 25, 2019 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News he higher ed higher education insourcing outsourcing private contractors privatisation universities Source Type: news

A New Spectre is Haunting Europe
Roberto Savio is founder of IPS Inter Press Service and President EmeritusBy Roberto SavioROME, Jan 17 2019 (IPS)After Teresa May’s defeat in the British parliament it is clear that a new spectre is haunting Europe. It is no longer the spectre of communism, which opens Marx’s Manifesto of 1848; it is the spectre of the failure of neoliberal globalisation, which reigned uncontested following the fall of the Berlin Wall, until the financial crisis of 2009. Roberto SavioIn 2008, governments spent the astounding amount of 62 trillion dollars to save the financial system, and close to that amount in 2009 (see Britan...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roberto Savio Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Europe Featured Financial Crisis Globalisation Headlines Health Inequity TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

District Court Failed To Address All Alleged Procedural Irregularities
SAN FRANCISCO - A majority of a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Jan. 4 reversed and remanded a district court's ruling in favor of a disability plan and the plan administrator after determining that the district court failed to address all of the procedural irregularities that allegedly occurred during the claim review process (Leslie Hoffman v. Screen Actors Guild Producers Pension Plan, No. 16-56663, 9th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 284). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 15, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Treasury should review pension scheme - NHS Employers
High earners leaving the NHS pension scheme because of changes to tax allowances could affect its “ongoing sustainability”, NHS Employers has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Craving insight into addiction | Letters
Dr David Marjot on the anti-boredom effect, andDr Ian Flintoffon the damage done by a materialist societyI am a retired consultant psychiatrist who specialised in the field of addiction (Constant craving: is addiction on the rise?, G2, 9 January). My conclusion was that most, perhaps all, drugs of addiction were very effective ways of passing time with minimum distress – the anti-boredom effect. Even “unpleasant” experiences will pass time very effectively. Similar experiences are achieved by shopping, TV and sexual activity etc. I thought that heroin and tobacco were the best anti-boredom drugs. Nicotine...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 13, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Health & wellbeing Drugs Science Smoking Society Parkinson's disease Mental health Psychology Money Pornography Sex UK news Source Type: news

People claiming universal credit must be compensated after judgement, says UNISON
Responding to today’s High Court ruling that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been wrongly interpreting universal credit regulations, UNISON’s general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This has been a problem from the start. The way universal credit is calculated means that some people have been hundreds of pounds out of pocket. “Now the High Court has ruled that the way universal credit is calculated is flawed, the government must compensate those who have lost out substantially as a result.” Notes to editors – Universal credit is paid monthly in arrears based on a calendar mo...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release Source Type: news

GPs could get more generous pensions to stop so many leaving the NHS
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock admitted the British Government has failed to fulfil his predecessor's promise to recruit an extra 5,000 NHS GPs between 2015 and 2020. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

It ’ s all about protecting members and services
Protecting members and their welfare at work and beyond was a key theme of debates at UNISON’s higher education conference in Nottingham. On pensions, delegates condemned repeated attacks on university support staff’s retirement funds – particularly attempts to end their defined benefit schemes and move them onto worse  pensions. Conference stressed the need for a “whole-union approach” as individual universities try to pick off one branch after another. “Make no mistake, they are coming for you,” warned a delegate from Staffordshire University, where staff had been removed fr...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 10, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News 2019 Higher Education Conference outsourcing pensions privatisation Source Type: news

‘You do fabulous work; you deserve decent pay’
“You do fabulous work: it’s you who are often the first point of contact for students,” assistant general secretary Christina McAnea told UNISON’s higher education members when she addressed their national conference in Nottingham this morning. “You do tremendous jobs,” she added. “But you don’t get recognition for the jobs you do and don’t get they pay you deserve for the jobs you do.” Yet she pointed out that, in many universities, senior managers are getting astronomical salaries. Ms McAnea noted that the country’s highest-paid university vice chancellor ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 10, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News 2019 Higher Education Conference pay universities Source Type: news

60% of consultants plan to leave NHS before retirement age
Work pressures and pensions are doctors ’ main concerns Related items fromOnMedica Practices need to seize the opportunity of consolidating IT systems GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse GP numbers have fallen by 1,340 in just two years Primary Care Home has positive impact on care and services Politicians must stop attacking GP profession, says BMA (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 10, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

What Does Verily Have up Its Sleeve with New Financing Round?
If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that Verily, Alphabet Inc.’s life sciences division, won’t stay quiet for long. Only a few days into 2019 and Verily, formerly Google’s life sciences arm, is already announcing a $1 billion investment round. The South San Francisco, CA-based company said the hefty round was led by Silver Lake, and proceeds would be used to support growth in key strategic areas, including investments in strategic partnerships, global business development opportunities, and potential acquisitions. Other new in...
Source: MDDI - January 4, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Digital Health Business Source Type: news

Verily eyes new deals with $1B to back them
Alphabet‘s (NSDQ:GOOGL) life sciences group, Verily, said yesterday that it raised $1 billion from a group of investors, including private equity firm Silver Lake and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. The company plans to use its newly-raised funds to support strategic partnerships and potential acquisitions. In a statement, Verily announced that Alphabet’s chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, and Egon Durban, managing partner and director of Silver Lake, are slated to join Verily’s operating board. Verily’s chief executive, Andrew Conrad, said in prepared remarks that the investment and new...
Source: Mass Device - January 4, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Business/Financial News Featured Funding Roundup Wall Street Beat Alphabet Verily Source Type: news

Lawsuit accuses Centene of concealing Health Net problems from shareholders
Two pension funds that own shares in Centene Corp. are suing the health insurer, claiming it acquired Health Net in 2016 without fully disclosing Health Net ’s financial problems. St. Louis-based Centene (NYSE: CNC) is developing a campus in Natomas for 5,000 employees, including at least 1,500 net new jobs it's expected to bring to the region. Health Net, which now operates as a division of Centene, already employs 3,000 in Rancho Cordova and other local offices, making it the Sacramento area's… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 25, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Mark Anderson Source Type: news

Lawsuit accuses Centene of concealing Health Net problems from shareholders
Two pension funds that own shares in Centene Corp. are suing the health insurer, claiming it acquired Health Net in 2016 without fully disclosing Health Net ’s financial problems. St. Louis-based Centene (NYSE: CNC) is developing a campus in Natomas for 5,000 employees, including at least 1,500 net new jobs it's expected to bring to the region. Health Net, which now operates as a division of Centene, already employs 3,000 in Rancho Cordova and other local offices, making it the Sacramento area's… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 24, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Mark Anderson Source Type: news

The Brutal Math of Drug-Seeking Behavior in Prehospital Care
Dallas Fire-Rescue Medical Director Marshal Isaacs, MD, calls them "prime numbers." He’s referring not only to drug-seekers—although many of them belong to the population of patients who "fall off the grid" in between encounters with the healthcare system, and therefore pose a major challenge to being tracked over time. These patients can be transients or migrant workers; they can be living in short-stay accommodations like motels, and therefore moving frequently around a region; they can be suffering from mental illness or addiction and moving among rehabilitation centers; or they...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jonathon S. Feit, MBA, MA Tags: Exclusive Articles Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Columns Source Type: news

Number of GPs retiring before 60 hits a six-year low
A Government health minister revealed the number of UK GPs in the NHS who drew their pension in their fifties or younger last year was 588 – the lowest since 2012. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pension plan improving mental health in China
As a policy matter, an investment in social pensions could help reduce costs for mental health treatment as well as physical health care, say YSPH researchers. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - December 14, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Will Acelity go public again?
Privately held Acelity may go public again, according to news reports this week. London-based Apax Partners and a pair of Canadian pension funds acquired wound-care company Kinetic Concepts Inc. (now Acelity) for $6.1 billion in a leveraged buyout in 2011.  Apax is now mulling an initial public offering for Acelity by mid-2019, Bloomberg and the San Antonio Express-news reported. Bloomberg cited unnamed sources with knowledge of the possible IPO, the Express-News report said. Apax has begun discussing a potential listing with advisers, the news outlets said. Sources told Bloomberg that an IPO could value Acelity at $5...
Source: Mass Device - December 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Business/Financial News Initial Public Offering (IPO) News Well Wall Street Beat Wound Care Acelity Apax Partners kci Source Type: news

That was the year that was
January saw the union launch a campaign to encourage local government pension funds to divest from carbon – in other words, to pull their hard-earned money out of environment-unfriendly businesses. Some £16bn of local government pension funds is invested in fossil fuels and, with five million members in those schemes, the campaign can make an impact. Later that month, the higher education service group conference met in Chester. “We have to stand up for our members’ rights,” delegates agreed – particularly in the face of Brexit. Just over 10% of all university workers come from elsewher...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 11, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article campaigning care workers equal pay equality health care Industrial action local government organising recruiting recruiting and organising success Source Type: news

That was the year that was – the year in UNISON
January saw the union launch a campaign to encourage local government pension funds to divest from carbon – in other words, to pull their hard-earned money out of environment-unfriendly businesses. Some £16bn of local government pension funds is invested in fossil fuels and, with five million members in those schemes, the campaign can make an impact. Later that month, the higher education service group conference met in Chester. “We have to stand up for our members’ rights,” delegates agreed – particularly in the face of Brexit. Just over 10% of all university workers come from elsewher...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article campaigning care workers equal pay equality health care Industrial action local government organising recruiting recruiting and organising success Source Type: news

The government should lower retirement age for ambulance staff, says UNISON
The government is being urged to lower the retirement age for ambulance staff to bring them into line with other emergency services workers, says UNISON today (Monday). Paramedics will this afternoon travel to Whitehall to hand the health and social care secretary Matt Hancock a petition. It has been signed by more than 250,000 people and is calling for their retirement age to be reduced from 67 to 60. Ambulance workers face extreme physical and mental pressures, says UNISON, including shifting from day to night rotas, lifting and carrying patients, and attending traumatic incidents. But they currently retire seven years l...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - December 10, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Press release health Source Type: news

Seychelles: President Faure Participates in HIV Testing for World Aids Day
[Government of Seychelles] On the occasion of the World AIDS Day, commemorated internationally on 1 December, President Danny Faure was the guest of honour at the AIDS Day events held at the Seychelles Pension Fund Complex, Grand Anse Praslin this morning. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 1, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Blog: Universal credit has been a disaster for the poor and vulnerable – it must be halted
Universal Credit has “real problems”. Not my words but those of Amber Rudd, the fifth Secretary of State for Work and Pensions since 2016. Her description is a masterclass in political understatement. Universal Credit has been a disaster. Now six years behind schedule, each of the programme’s many (and necessary) delays have only served to reveal more of its inherent flaws. Those already suffering from its implementation know only too well the damage it has already caused. And millions more fear being subjected to Universal Credit in future. Only a few weeks ago, MPs on the Work and Pensions Select Commit...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 28, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Universal credit Source Type: news

The Funded: Over $470M raised by 6 Bay Area startups at midweek
Six Bay Area companies disclosed over $470 million in funding, while Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Laurene Powell Jobs' Emerson Collective made acquisitions at midweek. Here are the details: Funding • ChargePoint Inc., Campbell, $240 million: New investors in the Series H funding of this electric vehicle charging network business include American Electric Power, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Chevron Technology Ventures, Clearvision, Daimler Truc ks& Buses,  GIC and Quantum Energy… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 28, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Cromwell Schubarth Source Type: news

The Funded: Over $470M raised by 6 Bay Area startups at midweek
Six Bay Area companies disclosed over $470 million in funding, while Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Laurene Powell Jobs' Emerson Collective made acquisitions at midweek. Here are the details: Funding • ChargePoint Inc., Campbell, $240 million: New investors in the Series H funding of this electric vehicle charging network business include American Electric Power, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Chevron Technology Ventures, Clearvision, Daimler Truc ks& Buses,  GIC and Quantum Energy… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 28, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Cromwell Schubarth Source Type: news

State pension age increase causing huge uncertainty for older workers, especially females
(University of Kent) The alignment of state pension ages for women and men -- while in some senses a milestone for gender equality -- has created very real difficulties for those whose who will now not receive their State Pension when they had originally expected to. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Centrica urged to talk about pension proposals
UNISON has rejected pension proposals from Centrica (British Gas) which would require members to work longer, pay more and get less. The rejection comes in the union’s formal response to the company’s statutory consultation on its proposals, which would affect around 2,000 UNISON members working for British Gas as well as other workers across the business. The proposals include: linking retirement to individual workers’ state pension age, which would be 67 for many; a 3% increase in members’ contributions – following a 3% increase three years ago – while a ‘low-cost option’ ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News Energy gas occupational pensions water environment and transport WET Source Type: news

Want to enjoy a longer, happier life? Just keep on working
Life expectancy is rising but Britons are being encouraged to retire early. That ’s both ridiculous and costly, says an expertSarah Harper has a personal take on early retirement. “My father stopped work at 54,” says Professor Harper, founder of the Institute for Population Ageing at Oxford University. “His employers, IBM, offered him early retirement. He was really excited at the prospect.”But the voluntary work and further education that Robert Harper had lined up for his later years dwindled and eventually disappeared and he was forced to become increasingly self-reliant in trying to find w...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 18, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie Science editor Tags: Ageing Science Economic policy Politics Population Health policy Public services policy Society UK news Retirement age Work & careers Pensions Money Pensions Industry Business Source Type: news

Cross-branch working and pensions concern conference
It was a busy morning in Harrogate today, as LGBT conference delegates debated a wide range of topics. For the national LGBT committee, Jaden Biggs explained the need to increase cross-branch working in increasingly diverse workplace environments. As an advance nurse practitioner who works closely with social workers, the ambulance service and others in their efforts to try to avoid hospital admissions, Jaden explained how working across branches is a coherent approach in such situations. A motion on ‘conversion therapy’, where (often) religious fundamentalists “prey on the vulnerable,” to ‘co...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 17, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2018 LGBT Conference equal marriage pensions Source Type: news

Prof Kneebone is the right man for the job | Brief letters
Posy Simmonds | Universal credit | Village for sale | Surgical education | Free Telegraph | Amazing wordsYour article (Review, 26 October) says Posy Simmonds “has been delighting readers with her exquisitely drawn comic strips and novels since the 1970s, when she began to lampoon the Guardian-reading bourgeoisie in a long-running comic strip that grew into Mrs Weber’s Diary”. But before that, Simmonds drew Bear for Murdoch’s Sun, starting in 1969 . Bear (a teddy) was the Philip Green of the nursery. You can still obtain a book of the cartoons secondhand.Philippa PigacheCross in Hand, East Sussex&bul...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 31, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Medical research Imperial College London Posy Simmonds Universal credit The National Trust Science Education Higher education Books The Sun Newspapers & magazines People in science National newspapers Media UK news Societ Source Type: news

Cochrane seeks Finance Assistant - London, UK
Specifications:  Full Time 37.5 hours per weekSalary:£25,000 - £28,000 DOELocation: LondonBenefits: 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays, 6% employer pension contributions& Cycle to workApplication Closing Date: 9 November 2018We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, confident, motivated and committed individual looking to work within a progressive, dynamic and exceptional Finance team and make a difference in the field of health care research.The successful candidate will receive a completive salary with an excellent benefits package, working for a fantastic charity based in Central Lon...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - October 26, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Pension tax relief cut would be ‘damaging’ for senior NHS staff
Any reduction in relief on pension contributions for higher rate taxpayers would be “significant and damaging for senior NHS staff”, the chief executive of Managers in Partnership has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

As Employers Successfully Lower Health Costs, Senators Are Listening
The Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions recently held a hearing on the hot button topic of health care transparency. Increasing transparency is a bipartisan issue and requires participation from both employers and policymakers. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Leah Binder, Contributor Source Type: news

Pensions move could deepen doctor hiring crisis, says BMA
Union raises concern with government as speculation mounts that tax relief will be cut (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - October 23, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Civil War data reveals that fathers ’ trauma can be passed on to sons
A UCLA study using Civil War-era data suggests that trauma suffered by a father can affect the lifespan of his child, but that the phenomenon can be neutralized before the child is even born — by the nutrients a mother takes in during pregnancy.Dora Costa, a UCLA professor of economics, analyzed records housed in the National Archives tracking the lifespans of sons of Union soldiers who were captured and held by the Confederacy as prisoners of war and who lived to be at least 45 years old.Although the data dated back to the mid-19th century, the findings could have important implications for human health today, Costa...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 22, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news