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

Changes to the way universal credit is introduced are a sensible move, says UNISON
Assurances that part-time low-paid workers will not be made to look for higher paid jobs or forced to increase their hours as they are moved across onto universal credit has been welcomed by UNISON today (Thursday). UNISON had been concerned that as people were transferred across to universal credit anyone earning less than 35 times the national minimum wage would have been made to find a job on better pay or take on more hours. Earlier today, in response to a question from Ruth George MP at the Work and Pensions Select Committee, the director general of universal credit Neil Couling confirmed an assurance previously given...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release dave prentis Universal credit Source Type: news

Tech For The Over-65s
People are living better for longer than ever before, and research has consistently shown that the longer one stays independent in one ’s own home, the happier and healthier one is.[1] There is a clear societal need to meet the practical and emotional burdens of aging in a fast-growing low-dependence group whose quality of life could be transformed with the right level of light-touch care.  Pharmaceutical and healthcare players big and small are currently exploring how best to support over-65s in maintaining quality of life. Digital health technology to support patient quality of life is taking hold, and smartph...
Source: EyeForPharma - October 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Pamela Walker Source Type: news

State pension plans would be better off avoiding external management fees
(North Carolina State University) Recent research finds state pension plans would be better off avoiding external asset managers when investing their assets -- and would carry substantially smaller unfunded liabilities if they simply invested in a conventional index fund. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Precarious work and the risk of receiving a disability pension - Ojala S, Py öriä P.
AIMS: Precarious employment is an emerging determinant of occupational health, but its association with work-related disability remains little understood. We operationalised precarious work as a multidimensional construct and examined how the accumulation ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Ipec to Regulate Medical Aid Schemes
[The Herald] Medical aid schemes and legal aid societies will in future be regulated by Insurance and Pensions Commission to ensure the public is covered for medical treatment and hospitalisation promised, Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: A quarter of a million staff opt out of NHS pension
A quarter of a million NHS workers opted out of the pension scheme over the past three years, with experts blaming a “punitive” government tax regime and the current cost of living, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

16 reasons …
The best people to recruit new members are the UNISON members working alongside them. Successful recruiters can influence non-members to join when the union is seen to be active, has credibility, organises in a workplace and actively contacts potential members on a regular basis. UNISON runs high profile advertising campaigns to support activists, branch members and the union’s organising staff, letting potential members know the essential cover that UNISON provides. But whatever the resources UNISON invests in recruiting – money, materials, people and time – there are always occasions when you come ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 4, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: recruit activists grovember recruiting recruiting and organising Source Type: news

Come clean on charges and watch pension investments rise, says new union report
Unions from around the globe are joining forces with their pension trustees to put pressure on asset managers and regulators to come clean over the hidden costs of charges to pensions schemes, says UNISON today (Thursday). Employees around the world are being left in the dark over the cost of their pensions, according to a new report from the Global Unions Committee on Workers’ Capital, part of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The report says because so few schemes clearly set out their charges, it’s hard for employees to find out how much of their retirement savings are being paid out to ass...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 4, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release colin meech pensions Source Type: news

High stakes: cannabis capitalists seek funds to drive drug trade
London conference pushes uses ranging from reducing pain to increasing orgasms•Cannabis capitalism: who is making all the money?In a Mayfair hotel ballroom some of the UK ’s biggest banks and pension funds have gathered to consider an investment in a new wonder ingredient that promises to revolutionise products ranging from pharmaceuticals, face creams and diet supplements to yoghurt and beer.That ingredient is cannabis, and it has exploded into a multibillion-dollar industry as countries relax rules on its medical and personal use.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 3, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Rupert Neate Tags: Pharmaceuticals industry Business Cannabis Drugs Drugs policy Drugs trade Investing Investments Financial sector Money Politics Science Society UK news World news Source Type: news

If Chicago can't even fund its pensions, how is it going to fund "universal basic incomes" for the masses?
(Natural News) Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has just announced his plans to form a task force for instituting city-wide universal basic income. The program would see the city paying a number of Chicago families hundreds of dollars every month, with no strings attached. What could go wrong, in a city already so plagued by debt... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Secretary Matt Hancock backs 'second pension' plan for care
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he wants people take more 'personal responsibility' for their health and care by regularly saving from their salary. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Registration opens for BOAT/UNISON annual seminar
Registration is now open for this year’s BAOT/UNISON national occupational therapy stewards’ training seminar, which takes place on 7-8 November at Aston University, Birmingham. It will start at lunchtime on Wednesday and finish at 3.15pm the following day. The annual seminar provides an opportunity for occupational therapy stewards from both health and local government to discuss key employment relations and professional issues. Seminar sessions will focus on: pay; the OT career development framework; young members; health and wellbeing for occupational therapy stewards; a guide to pension schemes; training o...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 14, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News BAOT Occupational therapists Source Type: news

Registration opens for BAOT/UNISON annual seminar
Registration is now open for this year’s BAOT/UNISON national occupational therapy stewards’ training seminar, which takes place on 7-8 November at Aston University, Birmingham. It will start at lunchtime on Wednesday and finish at 3.15pm the following day. The annual seminar provides an opportunity for occupational therapy stewards from both health and local government to discuss key employment relations and professional issues. Seminar sessions will focus on: pay; the OT career development framework; young members; health and wellbeing for occupational therapy stewards; a guide to pension schemes; training o...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News BAOT Occupational therapists Source Type: news

UNISON demands that Labour in government ends privatisation from day one
Speaking today (Monday) in the public services debate at the 150th annual Trades Union Congress in Manchester, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “We’re calling on a Labour government to act immediately and end privatisation from day one. There must be a commitment to abolish the divisive, destructive and damaging policy of privatisation. There must be no reviews, no endless reports, but an immediate end. “Privatisation is all about taking from the needy and giving to the greedy. It’s the pinnacle of vulture capitalism that leaves chaos, waste and human tragedy in its wake. “Companie...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Source Type: news

Oberland raises $800M for healthcare investments
Investment firm Oberland Capital said today that it has closed its second royalty and credit opportunities fund, Oberland Capital Healthcare II LP (Fund II), at its hard cap of $800 million in capital commitments. The fund will target investments between $20 million and $150 million with a focus on commercial stage or near-commercial stage biopharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic companies and royalty-bearing products. “We are very grateful for the support shown by our limited partners in helping us to significantly surpass our $650 million target size for Fund II,” said managing partner Andrew Rubinste...
Source: Mass Device - September 6, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Business/Financial News Celgene melintatherapeutics oberlandcapital Source Type: news

Pension reform is urgently needed, says UNISON
Unclear investment systems are leaving workers in the dark over the cost, performance and value for money of their pension products, says UNISON today (Wednesday). In its evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into pension costs and transparency, UNISON has said more needs to be done to ensure pensions are working in the best interests of workers. UNISON believes that government legislation needs to be put in place to ensure openness regarding costs and charges, for both defined contribution and defined benefit pensions. The trade union for public sector workers said statutory duty must be placed on tru...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Press release colin meech government pensions Source Type: news

UNISON calls on Salisbury NHS trust to rethink wholly owned subsidiary plans
Salisbury NHS trust has become the latest to try to transfer its support staff to a wholly owned subsidiary private company – and UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has called on it to think again over the plans. Staff at Salisbury District Hospital learned of the proposals today, in a series of meetings that kicked off a month-long consultation over the plans. The move will affect 375 health workers including porters, switchboard operators and couriers. “It is unacceptable to contract out these hard-working members of staff who have chosen to be part of the NHS team,” warned Mr Prentis. The trust...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article health care NHS NHS subcos one team for patient care sw nhs subco wholly owned subsidiaries Source Type: news

Bolton hospital workers to ballot on action for pay parity
More than 600 hospital cleaners, catering staff, porters and security workers in Bolton will begin voting next week on whether to take industrial action for fair pay and national NHS rates. The 650 support workers are employed by a company called Integrated Facilities Management Bolton Ltd (iFM), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bolton NHS foundation trust. They work at the Royal Bolton Hospital. They are not being paid the wage increase agreed nationally for NHS staff. While many hospital workers in Bolton remain on the national living wage of £7.83 an hour, staff doing the same role in neighbouring hospit...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 22, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News ballot health care Industrial action national minimum wage NHS nhs pay NHS subcos one team for patient care wholly owned subsidiaries Source Type: news

Pension costs – are they transparent enough?
MPs are looking into pension fund costs and charges, and UNISON is asking members to fill in a survey on their pensions. This will help provide information to be included in the union’s submission to the to the Commons work and pensions select committee, which is carrying out the inquiry. The union has also produced a briefing on the issues, which will help members fill in the very short questionnaire. The more UNISON members who fill in the survey, the more evidence UNISON will have to inform the submission to the inquiry which ends on 6 September. The survey is totally anonymous and no individual members’ dat...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 13, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article Pension pensions pensions governance Source Type: news

Inferior university pension plans must not become the norm
Support staff at two leading universities are facing damaging pension shake-ups, UNISON said today (Wednesday). The changes proposed by The University of Manchester and Staffordshire University will mostly affect low-paid female staff such as cleaners, catering staff, and administrators. At The University of Manchester, over 4,000 employees face having their pensions cut by 20%. The proposals would also mean that for those already enrolled in the scheme, instead of receiving a pension based on their final salary, as is currently the case, staff would have their pensions calculated on a ‘career-average’ basis. S...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea Pension pensions retirement university Source Type: news

Inferior university pension plans must not become the norm, says UNISON
Support staff at two leading universities are facing damaging pension shake-ups, UNISON said today (Wednesday). The changes proposed by The University of Manchester and Staffordshire University will mostly affect low-paid female staff such as cleaners, catering staff, and administrators. At The University of Manchester, over 4,000 employees face having their pensions cut by 20%. The proposals would also mean that for those already enrolled in the scheme, instead of receiving a pension based on their final salary, as is currently the case, staff would have their pensions calculated on a ‘career-average’ basis. S...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 8, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea Pension pensions retirement university Source Type: news

Slowdown in life expectancy gains raises questions on pension age
Only the US experienced a bigger drop among developed economies (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - August 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

UNISON responds to CPAG report on Universal Credit failings
Commenting on a report published today (Monday) by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) on Universal Credit, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It’s wrong that working people are losing money because of flaws in the system. “This is causing chaos as this report starkly highlights. No family should be hundreds of pounds worse off just because of when they’re paid. It means they can’t budget. “The government has created this mess and it needs fixing quickly.” Notes to editors: – UNISON has written to every MP asking them to raise the issue with the secretar...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Press release Universal credit Source Type: news

Q & A: Leprosy Increases as World Gives Attention to Newer Endemic Diseases
A young boy from the Philippines with leprosy. The chronic disease is curable, and if treated in time disabilities related to the disease can be averted. Courtesy: moyerphotos/CC By 2.0By Elisio MuchangaMAPUTO, Jul 30 2018 (IPS)In the first six months of this year, the southern African nation of Mozambique has already registered 300 more cases of leprosy, some 951 cases, than it registered for the whole of 2017.The country, which had previously eliminated the chronic disease in 2008, is receiving funding from the Nippon Foundation—a non-profit philanthropic organisation from Japan that is active in many countrie...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elisio Muchanga Tags: Africa Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Nippon Foundation Source Type: news

Capita primary care outsourcing was ‘shambles’ say MPs
Call for NHS England to rethink outsourcing Related items fromOnMedica BMA demands information on GP pensions failures Is Capita too vital to fail? GPs still mistakenly sending clinical correspondence to Capita GP back-office privatisation 'put patients at risk' GPs to receive 2% pay rise (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The fight to save Chesterfield hospital
UNISON members are campaigning to stop their jobs being outsourced from Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation, with a key decision on their futures being made at a board meeting next week (Wednesday 25 July). The board at the hospital are meeting to decide whether to transfer services such as estates and facilities to a wholly owned subsidiary company, a move that could mean staff losing the benefits and protections of working for the NHS. A similar situation recently occurred at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust, until a UNISON campaign meant the trust dropped their plans to transfer more than 900 workers in...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 20, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article Chesterfield health NHS subco wigan Source Type: news

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

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