‘Now is the time – have your say on pay’
“Now is the time to have your say – and use your vote – on your pay.” That is the message from UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea, as the union consults with members across service groups on pay. Workers who have kept vital services running throughout the pandemic – often at risk to their own health – deserve a proper pay rise. Whatever the workplace, pay is likely to be an issue. Even before COVID-19, more than a decade of austerity has seen public service pay stagnate. With inflation running at 3.9% (RPI), that’s a big increase in the cost of living. UNISON is driven to en...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 3, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article education food standards agency local government NHS pay police and justice Scotland youth and community workers Source Type: news

Coronavirus latest: Scotland eases restrictions but sticks with face coverings
(Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - August 2, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Scottish study links dementia in footballers to heading the ball
Research will increase pressure on sport’s authorities to consider changes to protect players (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - August 2, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Blog: Fighting for pay across the union
UNISON is now fighting high profile pay battles across our public services and across the UK to get the fair pay rise you deserve. We, in UNISON, didn’t need reminding about the value of our public service workers, but COVID-19 has woken the world up to the unrelenting efforts of low-paid workers. Keeping people and communities safe and cared for, delivering vital vaccination programmes, and keeping children and young people educated and supported has been your daily mission. And let’s be clear, all our vital public services rely on valued and supported workers. But when we can’t count on the Westminster ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 2, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog Christina McAnea pay up now Source Type: news

Drug-related deaths in Scotland rise by 5%
In 2020, a total of 1,339 drug-related deaths were registered in Scotland (5% increase since 2019), the largest numbers since records began in 1996. Deaths were more likely in men, and in the most deprived areas. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

None for the road? Stricter drink driving laws and road accidents - Francesconi M, James J.
Reducing drink drive limits is generally regarded an effective strategy to save lives on the road. Using several new administrative data sources, we evaluate the effect of a stricter limit introduced in Scotland in 2014. This reduction had no effect on dri... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Pharmacy's role in reducing harm from drugs
We are calling on the Scottish Government, pharmacy organisations, contractors and members of the profession to work together to reduce harm from drugs and improve the health of people who use drugs. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - July 30, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Drug deaths in Scotland reach new record level
The country continues to have the worst drug death rate in Europe, with a further 1,339 people dying last year. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid: No quarantine for fully jabbed US and EU travellers
Ministers hope the rule change in England, Scotland and Wales will help reunite family and friends. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A syndemic of psychiatric morbidity, substance misuse, violence, and poor physical health among young Scottish men with reduced life expectancy - Coid J, Zhang Y, Bebbington P, Ullrich S, De Stavola B, Bhui K, Tsai AC.
BACKGROUND: Scotland has the shortest life expectancy in Western Europe, driven by high rates of cancer, suicides, alcohol-related causes and drug-related poisonings. These disparities cannot be explained solely by socioeconomic deprivation. Our aim was to... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Covid-19 UK: Scotland's hospitalisations are now FALLING as well - and England's could this week
EXCLUSIVE: Professor Paul Hunter, of the University of East Anglia, said it was 'reasonable' to expect England could follow a similar timescale to Scotland's fall in admissions. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Social inequalities and hospital admission for unintentional injury in young children in Scotland: a nationwide linked cohort study - Henery PM, Dundas R, Katikireddi SV, Leyland A, Wood R, Pearce A.
BACKGROUND: Unintentional injury is a leading cause of death/disability, with more disadvantaged children at greater risk. Understanding how inequalities vary by injury type, age, severity, and place of injury, can inform prevention. METHODS: For a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

UNISON launches consultation over NHS rise that meets neither expectations nor real living wage
The government has failed to honour its own ‘levelling up’ promises with the disappointing 3% pay rise for NHS workers in England, says UNISON. The award announced last week doesn’t meet the real living wage of £9.50 per hour for the lowest paid health service workers and widens the gap between those at the top and bottom of the scale, the union says. The 3% increase means the lowest earners will get a rise which is just one sixth of those at the top of the NHS pay scales. UNISON will begin consulting NHS workers later this week on whether they accept the rise, or oppose it and are prepared to ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 27, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release #OneTeam2k NHS pay rise one team your say Source Type: news

People shielding five times more likely to die of Covid, Scottish study finds
High-risk individuals were still much more vulnerable to catching virus and dying in first wave of pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople advised to shield in the first wave of the pandemic were five times more likely to die after a confirmed Covid infection than those considered at low risk from the disease, according to research in Scotland.The study, led by the University of Glasgow, found that efforts to shield the most vulnerable did not prevent substantial levels of infection in the most high-risk groups, with many patients inevitably succumbing to the virus.Continue reading....
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 27, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Coronavirus Scotland UK news Infectious diseases Science Medical research Society Source Type: news

Covid rules: What has changed?
Major changes to lockdown rules have taken effect in England and Scotland, but some restrictions remain. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Review body on doctors ’ and dentists’ remuneration
This report contains recommendations from the review body on doctors ’ and dentists’ remuneration on doctors’ and dentists’ pay in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 26, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Delayed pay rise will leave staff disappointed, say health unions
Health unions representing 1.2 million NHS staff in England have responded to the 3% NHS pay rise announced by the government today (Wednesday), which accepts the recommendation made by the independent pay review body. UNISON head of health and chair of the joint health unions Sara Gorton said: “Dedicated staff have been waiting far too long for a decent pay rise. That the government has moved from the insult of 1% shows ministers realise the damage that’s been done. “But the memory of 1%, combined with lengthy delay, has done lasting damage to morale and the trust staff have in ministers. The g...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 21, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nhs pay Source Type: news

It ’s good the government has moved on NHS pay, but staff deserve more, says UNISON
Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday) that the government is to give NHS staff in England a 3% pay rise, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The government’s acceptance of the NHS pay review body recommendation is an improvement on its earlier miserly 1% proposal. “But the increase falls short of what NHS staff deserve after the past 16 months. It’s less than the wage rise given to Scottish health colleagues and not enough to protect the NHS. “Porters, cleaners, nurses, paramedics and other health workers have waited for months for what they hoped would be a fair deal. ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 21, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nhs pay Source Type: news

It ’s good the government has moved on NHS pay, but staff deserve more
Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday) that the government is to give NHS staff in England a 3% pay rise, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The government’s acceptance of the NHS pay review body recommendation is an improvement on its earlier miserly 1% proposal. “But the increase falls short of what NHS staff deserve after the past 16 months. It’s less than the wage rise given to Scottish health colleagues and not enough to protect the NHS. “Porters, cleaners, nurses, paramedics and other health workers have waited for months for what they hoped would be a fair deal. ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nhs pay One Team2K Source Type: news

Covid rules from 19 July: What has changed?
Major changes to lockdown rules have taken effect in England and Scotland, but some restrictions remain. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What are the rules and guidance for face masks and coverings?
Masks are no longer compulsory in England, but remain necessary in Scotland and Wales. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

​Health workers increasingly concerned at continued government stalling on NHS pay   
More than 100 days after health workers ​were due a wage rise, and almost 11 months since UNISON appealed to Boris Johnson ​to grant them a £2,000 increase, ​the government has yet to deliver, says the union today (Saturday). ​Health staff are ​increasingly worried that ​the government won’t announce an NHS pay rise before ​MPs disappear next week for their six-week summer break, says UNISON. ​It’s now been three weeks since ministers received the ​NHS pay review body ​(PRB) ​report and the delay is making hea...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 16, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release NHS pay rise Source Type: news

UNISON condemns ‘ slap in the face ’ for Scottish local government workers
The trade unions representing 100,000 local government workers across Scotland have written to the Scottish Government condemning its decision not to provide additional funding to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) to improve the local government pay offer. UNISON, Unite and GMB also hit out at reports that, in their meeting with COSLA, government ministers allegedly argued that local government workers were “not on a par with health workers” and so could not expect a similar offer. All three unions are currently preparing for formal industrial action ballots on local government pay, after the...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 16, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article local government Scotland scotland local government Source Type: news

Roundup: PainChek technology for Scotland's veterans, Novartis announces companies selected for HealthHub 21 Challenge and more briefs
Also, applications are no open for NHSX Digital Health Partnership Award.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 16, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021, Cabinet Office
When England moves to step 4 of the roadmap, the Government will continue to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. This will mark a new phase in the Government's response to the pandemic, moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone's day-to-day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk. To do this, the Government will: 1. Reinforce the country's vaccine wall of defence through booster jabs and driving take up. 2. Enable the public to make informed decisions through guidance, rather than laws. 3. Retain proportio...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid rules: What's changing when restrictions end on 19 July?
Major changes to lockdown rules take effect in England and Scotland, but some restrictions remain. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What are the rules and guidance for face masks and coverings from 19 July?
Masks will no longer be compulsory in England from 19 July, but will remain necessary in Scotland and Wales. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy. Updated Version 13, RCOG
Version 13: updated 19 February 2021. Guidance for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy, published by the RCOG, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Public Health England and Public Health Scotland. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 14, 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

MPs vote to approve £4bn foreign aid cut amid claims it could last for years – as it happened
This live blog is now closed. Read the full reporthere and for coronavirus news from around the world,read our global live blogMPs approve plan to slash foreign aid spendingGlobal coronavirus updates – live6.02pmBSTRelated:Coronavirus live: UK reports highest deaths since early April; Germany will not mandate jabs like France5.59pmBSTIt is not a good day for David Cameron. As well as abandoning the 0.7% aid spending target that he championed, later tonightMPs will vote to abandon English Votes for English Laws (Evel), another of his legacies.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 13, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Sparrow Tags: Politics Coronavirus UK news Boris Johnson Keir Starmer Conservatives Aid Global development Science Theresa May David Davis Nicola Sturgeon Scotland David Cameron Jacob Rees-Mogg Source Type: news

What's the new guidance on face masks and coverings?
Face coverings are to remain in Scotland, while people in England won't have wear them after 19 July. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid rules: Is lockdown ending on 19 July?
Covid restrictions will ease again in both England and Scotland on 19 July. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK Covid live news: Sage expert warns next peak in cases could last longer than previous ones
Latest updates: Prof Graham Medley, chair of SPI-M, says numbers could lead to ‘considerable burden' on NHSDoctors warn of ‘devastating consequences’ of lifting rules in EnglandFrom freedom to caution: a week of mixed messages on reopeningWhich Covid rules will change in England on 19 July?Global coronavirus updates – live10.11amBSTNicola Sturgeon is to announce this afternoon whether Scotland ’s coronavirus restrictions can be eased as planned on Monday, PA Media reports. PA says:The first minister has said she hopes to move the whole country to level 0 from 19 July, depending on the latest c...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 13, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Sparrow Tags: Politics Coronavirus UK news Boris Johnson Conservatives Aid Global development Science Source Type: news

Scottish mesh patients can have corrective surgery in US and England
The Scottish government will pay for the operations and travel to clinics in Missouri and Bristol in south west England. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Childhood adversity, mental health and suicide (CHASE): a methods protocol for a longitudinal case-control linked data study - Dougall N, Savinc J, Maxwell M, Karatzias T, O'Connor RC, Williams B, Grandison G, John A, Cheyne H, Fyvie C, Bisson JI, Hibberd C, Abbott-Smith S, Nolan L.
INTRODUCTION: Suicide is a tragic outcome with devastating consequences. In 2018, Scotland experienced a 15% increase in suicide from 680 to 784 deaths. This was marked among young people, with an increase of 53% in those aged 15-24, the highest since 2007... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Scotland's Covid case surge drops off after the football team's exit from Euro 2020, expert claims
Cases in Scotland skyrocketed last month, up from less than 500 on June 1 to more than 4,000 on July 1. Researchers blamed the sudden surge on people meeting up in to watch Euro 2020 matches. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RPS Scotland seeks views on vision for GP practice pharmacy
RPS Scotland is seeking views on the next phase in its vision for pharmacy in 2030 series, which has been developed in partnership with the profession. We are seeking views on the consultation docume (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - July 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in adult care homes, DHSC (updated 7th July 2021)
How to access test kits and step-by-step guides on how to use PCR and rapid lateral flow test kits for regular and outbreak testing of residents, staff and visiting professionals. 7 July 2021 Updated'Care home COVID-19 testing guidance for regular and outbreak testing of staff and residents'and'COVID-19 testing schedule for a suspected or confirmed outbreak in a care home'to reflect that policy for responding to the Delta variant (first identified in India) in care homes has now changed. As has been the case for the Alpha variant (first identified in Kent) cases since May 2021, for outbreaks involving the Delta varian...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

City Heat is Worse if You ’re Not Rich or White. The World’s First Heat Officer Wants to Change That
Jane Gilbert knows she doesn’t get the worst of the sticky heat and humidity that stifles Miami each summer. She lives in Morningside, a coastal suburb of historically preserved art deco and Mediterranean-style single-family homes. Abundant trees shade the streets and a bay breeze cools residents when they leave their air conditioned cars and homes. “I live in a place of privilege and it’s a beautiful area,” says Gilbert, 58, over Zoom in early June, shortly after beginning her job as the world’s first chief heat officer, in Miami Dade county. “But you don’t have to go far to see t...
Source: TIME: Science - July 7, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ciara Nugent Tags: Uncategorized climate change feature Londontime Source Type: news

Covid-19: Six health trusts in Scotland in 10 worst regions in the world
World Health Organization (WHO) data shows Tayside has the highest infection rate on the continent, with 1,079 cases per 100,000 reported in the last two weeks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult social care settings, DHSC (updated 5th July 2021)
Outlines the COVID-19 testing available for testing staff, residents and visitors for all adult social care settings. 5 July 2021 Updated'COVID-19 testing available for adult social care in England: a summary'to reflect that policy for responding to the Delta variant (first identified in India) in care homes has now changed. As has been the case for the Alpha variant (first identified in Kent) cases since May 2021, for outbreaks involving the Delta variant, end of outbreak testing can now be undertaken 14 days (previously 28) after the most recent positive case. All positive cases should be treated as the Delta varian...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19: Masks will become personal choice, says Robert Jenrick
Robert Jenrick says mask laws in England could go but Scotland says there will be an "ongoing need". (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19: Masks will become personal choice, says Robert Jenrick
Robert Jenrick says mask laws in England could go but Scotland says there will be an "ongoing need". (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cycling injuries requiring orthopaedic intervention during the first COVID-19 lockdown period: a multi-centre SCottish Orthopaedic Research collaborativE (SCORE) study - Faulkner A, MacDonald DRW, Neilly DW, Davies PSE, Ha TT, Stevenson IM, Jariwala AC.
This study investigated the trends in cycling-related injuries requiring orthopaedic intervention during the COVID-19 lockdown period compared with si... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Formal dispute lodged with higher education employers
UNISON’s higher education service group executive (SGE) have lodged a formal dispute with HE employers after the outcome of the pay offer consultation for 1 August 2021. The pay offer was a 1.5% increase for all members on pay point 22 and above, with staff on the lower pay points between 3 to 21 being offered pay increased on a sliding scale between 3.6% to 1.54%. Results from the consultation show that a clear majority of members have rejected the employers’ final pay offer. The SGE have now lodged a formal dispute with the HE employers over the pay offer, and are asking branches that are not currently ballot...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 2, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article higher education higher education pay Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested, DHSC (updated 30th June 2021)
Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested. 30 June 2021Updated information on getting a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms. Added recommendation to get a test even if symptoms are mild. 20 May 2021NHS helpline for Scotland changed to 119. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for homecare workers: information for agencies, DHSC (updated 1st July 2021)
Sets out how homecare agencies in England can order regular tests for their homecare (domiciliary care) staff. 1 July 2021Updated to reflect changes that coronavirus test results can now be uploaded in bulk. 20 May 2021NHS support number for Scotland has changed to 119. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Football linked to 2,000 Scottish Covid cases
Most of the 1,991 cases were people who travelled to London for Scotland's game with England on 18 June. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid cases in Scotland surpass second wave peak 'due to Euro 2020 watch parties'
Experts told MailOnline it is highly likely Covid cases will start to follow suit in England after the Three Lions advanced to the quarter finals of Euro 2020. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news