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

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

Doctors’ calls for broad NHS pension system reform rejected
Government says measures introduced last year are sufficient to prevent risk of higher tax bills for working extra shifts (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - February 4, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

GPs to recoup tax and face rethink on NHS pension opt-outs in anti-discrimination overhaul
Thousands of GPs could claim back five-figure sums in tax and may need to reconsider decisions to opt out of the NHS pension scheme under plans to reverse discrimination in public sector pensions. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 4, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

‘Stand up for care workers!’ is the passionate call from UNISON rally
The UK has reached a crucial moment in terms of social care. Two key messages at the heart of UNISON’s Pay Fair for Care national day of action and rally today were that we must ‘stand up for care workers’ and ‘keep up the pressure’. The event – co-hosted by the Future Social Care Coalition, a cross-party alliance of more than 80 organisations and individuals – comes against a background of crisis in the social care sector. That has been compounded by 11 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has raised awareness nationally of the work that care workers do, but in a context of...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 3, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Christina McAnea pay fair for care Sian Stockham social care Source Type: news

Namibia: Gipf Temporarily Suspends Biometrics Verification Due to Covid-19
[Namibia Economist] The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) has temporary suspended the biometric verification process due to COVID-19 regulations. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 1, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Internationally COVID-19 Extracted a Heavy Toll on Older People
Delegates at a webinar discuss COVID-19 and its impact on older persons. By Cecilia RussellJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan 29 2021 (IPS) Internationally COVID-19 extracted a heavy toll on older people – raising concerns in the Asia Pacific region where more than half of the world’s ageing population live. “Rising inequalities have resulted in the increasing poverty, insufficient access to health and social protection services, which have been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bjorn Andersson, Regional Director of UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Asia Pacific said. He spoke at a webinar to di...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Gender Violence Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) Source Type: news

Palestine: Is your pension invested in the occupation?
Last year the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) launched research exposing how Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds in England and Wales have invested at least £3.2 billion in companies involved in the illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine, and the violation of Palestinian human rights. Although the investments are significant, the research only covers certain types of investment, so the true scale of financing is almost certainly significantly higher. UNISON believes in the right to a decent and affordable pension. But many members are also concerned that their deferred wages are well invested in compan...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 25, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article LGPS Palestine pensions pensions divestment Source Type: news

High-earning doctors could face ‘large and unexpected’ tax bills because of covid work
NHS doctors are at risk of being hit with “large and unexpected” pension tax bills due to changes to their work patterns during the pandemic, experts are warning. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 25, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Christina McAnea is the new general secretary of UNISON
Christina McAnea has today (Monday) been elected as the new general secretary of UNISON – the first woman to head the UK’s largest union. Christina replaces Dave Prentis, who is retiring after 20 years as general secretary. She takes up her post on 22 January. Commenting on her election to the top job in UNISON, Christina McAnea said: “I’m so grateful to everyone who voted for me and for the trust placed in me. I become general secretary at the most challenging time in recent history – both for our country and our public services. “Health, care, council, police, energy, school, college a...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 11, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release general secretary election Source Type: news

Christina McAnea elected UNISON general secretary
Christina McAnea has today been elected as general secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest union. Voting in the ballot was as follows: Paul Holmes               45,220 (33.76%) Christina McAnea       63,900 (47.7%) Roger McKenzie         14,450 (10.79%) Hugo Pierre                10,382 (7.75%). Commenting on her election, Christina said: “I’m so grateful to everyone who voted for me and for the trust placed in...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 11, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Christina McAnea general secretary NEC Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘ Surprise ’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS Latest News - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

Verily brings in $700 million to support business expansion
The round had participation from existing investors including Alphabet, Silver Lake, Temasek, Ontario Teachers ’ Pension Plan and others.    (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - December 18, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Whatcom County (WA) Seeks Better, Cheaper Answer to 911 Call Centers
Robert Mittendorf The Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Wash.) (MCT) Dec. 15—Combining Whatcom County’s two 911 dispatch centers, whose operators separately send law-enforcement officers or firefighters to calls for service, is back on the County Council’s agenda. It’s both logical and a cost-saving measure to combine the two 911 centers, said Councilman Tyler Byrd. “I’ve been working on all the documentation I can find on this and talking to people. I can’t find a single efficiency that comes out of this the way it is today,” Byrd said during a&nbs...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Communications & Dispatch News News Feed Source Type: news

Whatcom County (WA) Seeks Better, Cheaper Answer to 911 Call Centers
Robert Mittendorf The Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Wash.) (MCT) Dec. 15—Combining Whatcom County’s two 911 dispatch centers, whose operators separately send law-enforcement officers or firefighters to calls for service, is back on the County Council’s agenda. It’s both logical and a cost-saving measure to combine the two 911 centers, said Councilman Tyler Byrd. “I’ve been working on all the documentation I can find on this and talking to people. I can’t find a single efficiency that comes out of this the way it is today,” Byrd said during a&nbs...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Communications & Dispatch News News Feed Source Type: news

Whatcom County (WA) Seeks Better, Cheaper Answer to 911 Call Centers
Robert Mittendorf The Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Wash.) (MCT) Dec. 15—Combining Whatcom County’s two 911 dispatch centers, whose operators separately send law-enforcement officers or firefighters to calls for service, is back on the County Council’s agenda. It’s both logical and a cost-saving measure to combine the two 911 centers, said Councilman Tyler Byrd. “I’ve been working on all the documentation I can find on this and talking to people. I can’t find a single efficiency that comes out of this the way it is today,” Byrd said during a&nbs...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Communications & Dispatch News News Feed Source Type: news

Whatcom County (WA) Seeks Better, Cheaper Answer to 911 Call Centers
Robert Mittendorf The Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Wash.) (MCT) Dec. 15—Combining Whatcom County’s two 911 dispatch centers, whose operators separately send law-enforcement officers or firefighters to calls for service, is back on the County Council’s agenda. It’s both logical and a cost-saving measure to combine the two 911 centers, said Councilman Tyler Byrd. “I’ve been working on all the documentation I can find on this and talking to people. I can’t find a single efficiency that comes out of this the way it is today,” Byrd said during a&nbs...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Communications & Dispatch News News Feed Source Type: news

Whatcom County (WA) Seeks Better, Cheaper Answer to 911 Call Centers
Robert Mittendorf The Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Wash.) (MCT) Dec. 15—Combining Whatcom County’s two 911 dispatch centers, whose operators separately send law-enforcement officers or firefighters to calls for service, is back on the County Council’s agenda. It’s both logical and a cost-saving measure to combine the two 911 centers, said Councilman Tyler Byrd. “I’ve been working on all the documentation I can find on this and talking to people. I can’t find a single efficiency that comes out of this the way it is today,” Byrd said during a&nbs...
Source: JEMS Latest News - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Communications & Dispatch News News Feed Source Type: news

Whatcom County (WA) Seeks Better, Cheaper Answer to 911 Call Centers
Robert Mittendorf The Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Wash.) (MCT) Dec. 15—Combining Whatcom County’s two 911 dispatch centers, whose operators separately send law-enforcement officers or firefighters to calls for service, is back on the County Council’s agenda. It’s both logical and a cost-saving measure to combine the two 911 centers, said Councilman Tyler Byrd. “I’ve been working on all the documentation I can find on this and talking to people. I can’t find a single efficiency that comes out of this the way it is today,” Byrd said during a&nbs...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Communications & Dispatch News News Feed Source Type: news

Study Lays Out EMS Options in Traverse City (MI)
Jordan Travis The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. (MCT) Dec. 15—TRAVERSE CITY — As a new ambulance provider takes over throughout northwest Michigan, city leaders are mulling the future of emergency medical services in Traverse City. Most commissioners said at a study session Monday that they’re not interested in continuing with a status quo where Traverse City Fire Department responds to medical calls and Mobile Medical Response transports the patient to the hospital if needed. There are plenty of options to consider, and while the city enters into contract...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Feed EMS EMT Michigan Paramedic Source Type: news