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

Pensions update for ODP ’s
UNISON’s Pensions Unit for Members has been assisting some of our ODP members with Special Class Status (SCS) claims (i.e. the ability to retire from the 1995 Section at 55 with an unreduced pension) and the first of these considered by The Pensions Ombudsman has been upheld! Of greater significance is that the Ombudsman’s formal Opinion determined that NHS Pensions have not been applying their scheme regulations correctly and that NHS Pensions insistence on the need to have a nursing qualification to be a nurse (and hence eligible for SCS) is not supported by the scheme regulations. Notably the Senior Adjudica...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 16, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Hassan Govia Tags: health Source Type: news

Pensions update for ODPs
UNISON’s Pensions Unit for Members has been assisting some of our ODP members with Special Class Status (SCS) claims (i.e. the ability to retire from the 1995 Section at 55 with an unreduced pension) and the first of these considered by The Pensions Ombudsman has been upheld! Of greater significance is that the Ombudsman’s formal Opinion determined that NHS Pensions have not been applying their scheme regulations correctly and that NHS Pensions insistence on the need to have a nursing qualification to be a nurse (and hence eligible for SCS) is not supported by the scheme regulations. Notably the Senior Adjudica...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 16, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Hassan Govia Tags: health Source Type: news

Global Austerity Alert: Looming Budget Cuts in 2021-25 and Alternatives
Map of countries with projected austerity cuts in 2021-2022, in terms of GDP, based on IMF fiscal projections. Credit: I. Ortiz and M. Cummins, 2021By Isabel Ortiz and Matthew CumminsNEW YORK and NAIROBI, Apr 15 2021 (IPS) Last week Ministers of Finance met virtually at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to discuss policies to tackle the pandemic and socio-economic recovery. But a global study just published by the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, international trade unions and civil society organizations, sounds an alert of an emerging austerity shock: Mo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Isabel Ortiz and Matthew Cummins Tags: Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Former Buffalo police officer Cariol Horne will receive pension after winning lawsuit
Cariol Horne intervened when a White officer attempted to choke a Black suspect named Neal Mack. Mack says she saved his life. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 15, 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 9, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Govt Makes U-Turn On Medical Insurance
[Zimbabwe Standard] Government is set to establish a new authority under the Health ministry to regulate the operations of medical aid societies, in a departure from an earlier Cabinet decision to place them under the stewardship of the Insurance and Pensions Commission (Ipec). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 22, 2021 Category: African Health 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 - March 19, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Uber to pay drivers a minimum wage, holiday pay and pensions
Taxi app's decision follows court ruling that drivers should be classed as workers, not self-employed. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Solving the social care dilemma? A responsible solution
This report looks at the challenges to the government of social care pressures on local authority social care budgets and resentment from homeowners who risk having to sell their home to pay for long-term social care. The report responds to these competing challenges by setting out a plan for a public not-for-profit company, owned and guaranteed by the state. The plans outlined would offer everyone approaching state pension age the opportunity to take out insurance against the need to sell their home or other assets, to pay for social care if and when they meet the official conditions for such care. (Source: Current Awaren...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flagship-founded startup gets $100M cash infusion from Koch
Health tech startup Valo Health has added $100 million to its Series B round with a new investment from Koch Disruptive Technologies, a division of Wichita-based Koch Industries. The Flagship Pioneering spinout initially closed the funding round in January at $190 million led by The Public Sector Pension Investment Board. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 9, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Rowan Walrath Source Type: news

Dismay at plans to make a university pension unaffordable
UNISON is dismayed at plans to address the deficit in the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). The USS pension scheme provides a defined benefit pension scheme, primarily for those in teaching and research posts and primarily in pre-1992 universities Thousands of UNISON members are in this pension scheme. Currently employees need to pay 9.6% of their wages into the USS – a huge amount of their take home pay – leaving many members having to decide whether they can afford to save for a pension or not. At the moment the combined employee and employer contribution totals 30.7% of salary with employers paying 2...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 5, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article higher education pensions Source Type: news

Vaccine Passports Are Controversial But Their Technology Will Bring Big Benefits to Developing Countries
UN Secretary-General António Guterres gets vaccinated against COVID-19 at Adlai Stevenson High School in the Bronx, New York last week. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeBy Ian RichardsGENEVA, Mar 4 2021 (IPS) The United Nations is using the digital government technology behind vaccine passports to help developing countries provide essential services to their vulnerable populations. After a year of Zoom meetings and with vaccinations slowly rolling out, international travel is making a come-back. The demand is there, even as the virus lingers. Many, especially from developing countries, need to get to work and send ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ian Richards Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Globalisation Headlines Health Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Chancellor's 'unfair tax on doctors' could drive 72% into early retirement, BMA warns
A five-year freeze on the pensions lifetime allowance in the government's 2021 budget is an 'unfair tax on doctors' that could drive nearly three quarters of the profession to retire early, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 3, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

Doctors warn of 'massive impact' on workforce as Sunak freezes pension lifetime allowance
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed a five-year freeze on the pension lifetime allowance in his 2021 budget - in a move doctors' leaders fear will have a 'massive detrimental impact' on the medical workforce. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 3, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

MPs demand overhaul of 'entire approach to pension tax relief' ahead of budget
MPs have called on chancellor Rishi Sunak to 'urgently reform the entire approach to pension tax relief' - citing concerns over its impact on doctors - as the government prepares to unveil its 2021 budget. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 2, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

Plan to freeze pensions lifetime allowance risks 'catastrophic impact' on medical workforce
The BMA has demanded urgent meetings with the Treasury and DHSC amid fears chancellor Rishi Sunak could freeze the pensions lifetime allowance in this week's budget announcement. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 1, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

Greece extends lockdowns; Johnson & Johnson jab 'to get EU approval' – as it happened
Greece announced tighter measures as pandemic showed no signs of waning in the country;EMA expected to approve vaccine on 11 MarchBelgium slow to distribute Oxford vaccine doses as cases riseCanadian pension fund CEO resigns after flying to Dubai for a jabSingle Pfizer jab can reduce asymptomatic Covid infections by 75%What we know about the California coronavirus variantUS coronavirus updates - live12.47amGMTHere the latest key developments at a glance:12.18amGMTThe British health secretaryMatt Hancockon Friday defended the continued rollout of theUK vaccination programme in age order instead of prioritising other risk gr...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 27, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jedidajah Otte (now); Yohannes Lowe, Alexandra Topping, Ben Quinn and Alison Rourke (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Canada Pension Plan CEO resigns after travelling for vaccine
The chief executive of the fund that manages Canada Pension Plan investments has resigned after it was revealed that he had traveled to the United Arab Emirates, where he was vaccinated against COVID-19 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Pension tax solution for judges shows government could do more for doctors, says BMA
Government plans to 'effectively exempt judges from pension tax' show the government could do more to ease financial pressure that has forced doctors to cut working hours or retire early, the BMA has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 26, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

A third of claims since universal credit began made during pandemic
Charities say new figures show £20-a-week Covid benefit top-up should be extended beyond MarchCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe scale of the hardship caused by Covid-19 has been laid bare with new figures showing that more than a third of claims since universal credit was introduced have been made during the pandemic.The number of people claiming the payment has doubled since the start of the pandemic, according to data released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 23, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ben Quinn Tags: Universal credit Coronavirus Benefits Science UK news Society Source Type: news

Blog: UNISON delivers stunning blow on exit payments
In a stunning setback for the Westminster government, it has had to abandon the law commonly known as the Exit Cap Regulations, which it only introduced on 4 November last year. In the minds of the government, the Daily Mail and other right-wing cheerleaders, these regulations were introduced to cut big pay outs to the highest paid public servants when they were made redundant. They set a ‘cap’ to pay outs of £95,000, which sounds a lot. Except that the way the government introduced the regulations meant that moderately paid staff could have been caught up by the law. In particular, it would have affected...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 16, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Jon Richards Tags: Article exit payments Jon Richards local government pensions Source Type: news

General Motors settles with California for $5.75M in a win for state pension fund
General Motors Co. has agreed to a $5.75 million settlement with California regarding false statements the company made to investors... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government exit payment rethink will bring relief to millions of public sector workers
Responding to the government announcement today (Friday) that it is revoking regulations capping public sector exit payments to £95,000, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “It’s great the government has finally seen sense and stepped back from this damaging regulation that threatened to blight the retirement of millions of workers. “Through no fault of their own, long-serving staff over the age of 55 and facing redundancy would have been hit by the regulation. Because they’re obliged to take their pensions if they lose their jobs, when combined with redundan...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 12, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release 95K cap Christina McAnea pensions Source Type: news

Your safety at work is our priority
UNISON’s number one priority is to speak up for the safety of our members who are still working to support our communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, general secretary Christina McAnea told an online meeting of the union’s national executive council (NEC) today. In her first report to the NEC since being elected, Ms McAnea said that, in addition to recognised frontline workers, there were many “forgotten essential workers – people who turn up for work every day, who support the public and who are at risk”. UNISON will press employers and the government to include these groups when plann...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 10, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News Christina McAnea Covid-19 NEC Source Type: news

Government responds to McCloud pension consultation
The Government has published its response which sought views on the proposed remedy option for correcting the unlawful discrimination determined in the Court of Appeal’s McCloud judgement. In line with UNISON’s recommendation the Government has confirmed that Deferred Choice Underpin (DCU) will be the remedy option for the England and Wales NHS Pension Scheme. DCU means that all in-scope members will receive a choice at retirement on whether they wish for all of their pension scheme service prior to the 1 April 2022 to be in their previous scheme (i.e. 1995 or 2008 Sections) or a combination of previous scheme ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 10, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Hassan Govia Tags: health NHS pension scheme Source Type: news

Relief for locums as freeze on pension '10-week rule' extended for 2021/22
Locum GPs will have longer to declare pensionable income this year after officials confirmed a freeze on the ‘10-week rule’ will continue in 2021/22 due to COVID-19 pressures. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 8, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

‘Wasted opportunity’: Government rejects NHS pension reform calls
The government has rejected extensive calls to reform the NHS Pension Scheme, saying measures brought in during last March’s Budget have stopped doctors incurring high tax bills when working overtime. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 5, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Daily Insight: A sticking plaster for pensions
The must-read stories and debate in health policy and leadership. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 5, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news