Scotland ’ s local government members reject pay offer
Scottish council workers have rejected the employers’ latest pay offer – 3% for those earning less than £80,000 a year – in a consultative ballot of UNISON members. UNISON and the other Scottish local government joint unions meet today to discuss the results of all the unions’ consultations with members. Unite and GMB members have also rejected the offer. The UNISON consultative ballot saw 79% of those taking part vote to reject the offer from employers’ body CoSLA while 67% voted in favour of industrial action to pursue the joint union pay claim. UNISON Scotland will now start to t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article council pay Industrial action local government pay up now Scotland scotland local government Source Type: news

Action needed over ‘grossly unfair’ pay differences
Uneven playing field threatens integrated care Related items fromOnMedica Three-year pay deal agreed for NHS staff in Scotland GP partners in Wales awarded 4% pay rise Nurses pass vote of no confidence in union over pay deal fiasco Health secretary ‘committed’ to contract negotiations NHS pledges to eliminate ethnicity pay gap (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More than 3,000 people waited over a year for treatment
‘Staff shortages at the heart of missed targets’ Related items fromOnMedica 100,000 people in NI wait over a year for hospital treatment Scottish government plans to bring down NHS waiting times by 2021 Public want extra NHS cash to be spent on bringing down waiting times NHS suffering a ‘year-round crisis’ in emergency care NHS performance figures paint ‘extremely worrying picture’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scotland's mad cow disease case was a one-off: Tests reveal other cattle do NOT carry the disease 
Out of the five cows analysed on Boghead Farm in Lumsden, near Huntly, Aberdeenshire, only one came back as positive for BSE in what is thought to be a 'sporadic' incident. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RPS talks to BBC Radio Scotland about danger of buying diet pills online
RPS spokesperson and Deputy Director for Scotland, Aileen Bryson, has been interviewed this morning by BBC Radio Scotland about the access to diet pills online. Aileen was invited to share her views (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - November 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Scotland increases nurse and midwife student places again
A record high number of nurse and midwife training places will be funded in Scotland next academic year. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 8, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

‘ We can ’t sleepwalk into another Windrush ’
Images: Marcus Rose UNISON EU members urged the government to “truly safeguard” citizens’ rights, regardless of the final outcome of the Brexit negotiations, in a major Westminster rally and lobby yesterday They joined colleagues from citizens’ rights groups the3million and British in Europe to form a human chain from Parliament Square to Downing Street, where they presented a letter of demands to prime minister Theresa May. Later the campaigners met with their MPs in Westminster – where they found a cross-party selection of politicians very much on their side. With the UK set to leave th...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 6, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: matheoud Tags: Article News BREXIT EU Citizens NHS one team for patient care Source Type: news

Scotland to get AI health research centre
The Glasgow centre will look at how artificial intelligence could improve patient diagnosis and treatment. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prevent muscle mass aging by taking more plant-based protein
(Natural News) Worried about your muscles getting smaller and weaker with every year that passes? Canadian and Scottish researchers evaluated diet-based ways to improve the growth of skeletal muscle mass for aging people. They recommended adding more proteins from different kinds of plants to help maintain your muscles. As we get older, our muscles produce... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Turning over a new leaf – taking the fight for libraries to the streets
“Libraries are the heart of our communities,” UNISON’s London regional secretary Maggi Ferncombe told demonstrators at Saturday’s Save our Libraries event in Parliament Square. Several hundred people, from library workers to users, readers to writers, from young to old, gathered at the British Library and marched to Parliament Square, to protest against the crippling underfunding of the country’s arts and culture. Supporting the march, award-winning author, Philip Pullman said: “Our great museums and our once superb library service should be the very least we can do for our people. ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 5, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article library and culture service local government love your libraries Save Our Local Services Source Type: news

Public awareness of mouth cancer symptoms low, despite sharp rise in cases
Disease accounts for more than 8000 diagnoses and nearly 3000 deaths every year Related items fromOnMedica JCVI recommends universal HPV vaccination One or two doses of HPV jab may be enough Scotland launches its ‘Detect Cancer Early’ campaign Ditch habit for longer survival after head and neck cancer, smokers urged Obesity as cause of cancer set to overtake smoking (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How my £10,000 therapy inspired a new TV comedy
An ex-Observer journalist on her battle with depression, and the creation of a celebration of women with complicated livesNot long after my 30th birthday – which I spent cry-dancing in a random club with baffled strangers – I went to my GP and was diagnosed with depression. In some ways it was a relief. The feelings of hopelessness, inadequacy, unworthiness and loneliness with which I’d struggled since my teenage years finally had an explanatio n. It was caused by dodgy brain chemistry, serotonin deficiencies. Even better, there was a treatment and it was simple and easy to swallow.For the next five years...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 3, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Lorna Martin Tags: Mental health Psychology Psychiatry Depression Television Sharon Horgan Source Type: news

Scottish GP practice offers video appointments to meet patients ’ needs
A Scottish GP practice in Wick has trialled video appointments this week in a bid to meet patients’ needs, NHS Highland has said.  From 29 November, a nurse and a GP based at Riverview Practice in Wick offered video appointments to patients who did not need to be seen face-to-face.  The service, called GP Near Me, is an extension of an existing NHS Highland’s NHS Near Me video consulting service, which is used for hospital outpatient appointments. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - November 2, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

London march to save the arts and libraries
Hundreds of people will march from the British Library to Parliament Square tomorrow (Saturday) to call for an end to the cuts hitting the arts and libraries across the country. Members of UNISON, along with those from PCS and UNITE, will march past cultural landmarks in the capital in support of libraries and museums. The march will end with a rally in Parliament Square featuring speeches from library workers and authors. These include Frank Cottrell Boyce, writer of the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, Goodbye Christopher Robin and The Unforgotten Coat. Since 2010 over 500 libraries have been closed across England, Scotla...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release dave prentis libraries march rally Source Type: news

Unhealthiest cities are damaging public health
People live 2.5 years longer in the healthiest cities Related items fromOnMedica Experts urge radical action on mental health crises We are ‘sitting on a young people’s health time bomb’ Deprivation strongly linked to mortality, report shows Scotland sets out its Public Health priorities Public health chiefs set out NHS plan targets (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Prison healthcare is failing, claim MPs
50% higher mortality rate for people in prison Related items fromOnMedica Experts urge radical action on mental health crises We are ‘sitting on a young people’s health time bomb’ Deprivation strongly linked to mortality, report shows Minimum alcohol unit pricing finally goes live in Scotland Learning and growing together (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cannabis-based products for medicinal use in humans
Change in legislation from 1st November 2018 widens the access to cannabis-based products for medicinal use in humans in England, Scotland and Wales. The Medicines Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 31, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Antibiotics, H2RAs and PPIs linked to child obesity
Microbiota-altering medications in early childhood might influence weight gain, finds research Related items fromOnMedica Weight-loss surgery doubles in two years Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine best option for over-65s Flu nasal spray fine for children with egg allergy Texting can improve flu jab uptake Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 31, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

High risk of child pedestrian deaths at Halloween
US results highlight opportunities for year-round action to make residential streets safer for pedestrians Related items fromOnMedica We are ‘sitting on a young people’s health time bomb’ UK child health near bottom in Europe UK lagging behind peers on child health NHS investment in child health will reap rewards Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 31, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Aberdeen birth unit reopens after filling midwife vacancies
A birth centre in Scotland has reopened after successfully tackling midwife shortages. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 30, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Higher education ballot result
UNISON members working in higher education in England, Scotland and Wales have voted for industrial action to press their wage claim – but the turnout wasn’t enough to meet the threshold for strikes set out in the 2017 Trade Union Act. That act does not apply in Northern Ireland, and the union is still awaiting the result of its ballot of members there. UNISON’s higher education service group executive considered the result in England, Scotland and wales and stated: “We would like to thank those activists, branches and regions that put in significant work to achieve the result. “Unfortunately ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 29, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article education services HE pay 2018 higher ed higher education higher education pay universities Source Type: news

Local authorities urged to develop innovative plans against childhood obesity
Five councils will then be selected to become Trailblazers and receive support to develop and share their plans Related items fromOnMedica Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 We are ‘sitting on a young people’s health time bomb’ Tackling obesity ‘must be made a national priority’ Public health chiefs set out NHS plan targets Put families at heart of helping obese children (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 29, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

500 people die each week from avoidable complications of diabetes
Diabetes UK is calling on NHS England to continue efforts to improve diabetes services through the Diabetes Transformation Fund beyond 2019 Related items fromOnMedica Poor diabetes education leading to health complications Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Urging GPs towards prevention and self-care NHS must hold CCGs accountable for poor diabetes care Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 29, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Conference hears how disabled workers face absence problems
A busy morning of debates at UNISON’s disabled members’ conference in Brighton saw delegates tackle a wide range of issues, from the importance of “digital inclusion” – and the difficulties many disabled people face in tackling online application forms – to the need to remember that disabled members may not identify in a binary way, and need to be included by using non-binary language. The morning’s most moving debate saw Jackie Anderson from Scotland tell the story of Anne, a 43-year-old woman working in the public sector. She had a disability – endometriosis. It was we...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 28, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News disabled members national disabled members' conference 2018 Source Type: news

Routine eye test leads to brain tumour discovery for woman who ignored symptoms
A 55-YEAR-OLD woman from Scotland is encouraging people to get their eyesight checked, after it was discovered she had two brain tumours following a routine eye test. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Glasgow equal pay talks resume after successful strike
Equal pay talks have resumed in Glasgow after this week’s successful strike action by UNISON and GMB members in Scotland’s second city. More than 8,000 union members – overwhelmingly low paid women –  took strike action on Tuesday and Wednesday, with 10,000 marching to a rally outside the city hall on the first day of the strike. There, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea told them: “Today, our whole union stands with Glasgow. “Together, we have taken the fight to the courts and to the streets. Councillors have come and gone, but our demands for equal pay have remain...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article equal pay equality glasgow Industrial action local government low pay Scotland scotland local government Scottish local government women women members Source Type: news

Community nurses urged to help protect patients from scammers
Community nurses working in Scotland are being encouraged to look out for tell-tale signs that their patients may be at risk or have become the victim of financial scams. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 26, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Extra annual £3.2bn needed to reverse impact of cuts to public health grant
Sector has lost £700m in real terms over past five years, says The Health Foundation Related items fromOnMedica Scotland sets out its Public Health priorities We are ‘sitting on a young people’s health time bomb’ Pledge to cut 1000 alcohol deaths UK child health near bottom in Europe Fewer than ever women smoke at point of birth (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Step up pace of change now, auditor general urges NHS Scotland
Service beset by significant workforce and cost challenges; it ’s not financially viable in current form Related items fromOnMedica Funding postcode lottery Over a third of nursing posts earmarked for cuts Thousands of healthcare workers join ‘NHS in Crisis’ march Gaps in doctors ’ rotas is putting patients at risk GMC warns of 'state of unease' amongst doctors (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Proportion of babies breastfed at six to eight weeks lowest in England for four years
Rates in England continue to lag behind those of comparable European countries Related items fromOnMedica Cash boost to help Scottish mothers breastfeed for longer UK lagging behind peers on child health UK child health near bottom in Europe A child under 15 dies every five seconds around the world Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Residents face losing essential services as council finance crisis deepens, say councillors
Councillors have warned about the dire state of local authority finances in a survey published today (Thursday) by UNISON. The vast majority (90%) say additional funding is needed and three quarters (75%) warn that their council has insufficient resources for providing essential good quality services, such as refuse collections. More than three quarters (76%) say budget cuts have affected service delivery. The findings are based on a survey of more than 700 councillors across England, Scotland and Wales, representing all the main political parties. The research, Councils on the Brink, raises fresh concerns that m...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 25, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release council cuts councillors councils on the Brink Jon Richards local authority finances local communities Source Type: news

Nurse shortages among key challenges facing NHS in Scotland
Urgent action is needed to tackle mounting pressures on the NHS in Scotland including “major workforce challenges”, with health boards struggling to recruit and retain nurses and other staff, the country’s chief auditor has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 25, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Study reveals extent of premature mortality gap across the UK
Authors say food and drinks industries must be play a part in health improvement Related items fromOnMedica Scotland sets out its Public Health priorities UK child health near bottom in Europe We are ‘sitting on a young people’s health time bomb’ Health decisions based on ‘politics’ not ‘evidence’ Half of public health doctors might leave profession (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 25, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Reality TV star raises awareness of sexually transmitted infections
Made In Chelsea's Sam Thompson spearheads new public health campaign Related items fromOnMedica Parents unsure of HPV vaccine for daughters Chlamydia screening encourages safer sex Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Social media could help to cut STIs Break down stigmas around sexual pleasure (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 25, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scottish NHS deemed ‘not financially sustainable’
State auditor warns SNP funding policies are inadequate (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - October 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Scottish government plans to bring down NHS waiting times by 2021
Health Secretary launches £850m plan to meet waiting time targets by 2021 Related items fromOnMedica Scottish government pledges ‘significant investment’ in primary care GMC praises Scottish medical schools' recruitment initiatives Scotland reveals plans to cut impact of type 2 diabetes Brexit creates uncertainty for EU care workers in Scotland Sharp increase in vacant consultant posts in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 24, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Grandfather, 57, is left fighting for his life after 'developing sepsis from biting his NAILS'
Ricky Kennedy, from Dumbarton in Scotland, was given slim odds of surviving the terrifying ordeal and spent months in hospitals battling sepsis - a violent immune response to an infection. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Key hospitals face major Brexit workforce threat
EU staff make up more than one in five doctors and nurses at some major hospitals Related items fromOnMedica GP contract for England brings overall 3.4% increase Sharp increase in vacant consultant posts in Scotland Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing Brexit creates uncertainty for EU care workers in Scotland So long and thanks for all the fish … (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Another 112 victims of the NHS' tainted blood scandal will DIE
Victims in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can receive between £5,000 and £36,000 a year. However, patients in Scotland can get around £37,000 each year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Housing and ageing: linking strategy to future delivery for Scotland, Wales and England 2030
This report calls for a Commissioner for Ageing in England and Scotland to encourage service integration that enables people to age in the right place. It also finds that the UK housing sector is still not ready for ageing, but that there is evidence of real support and political buy-in for ongoing and future solutions. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Glasgow: strikers speak out
“We’ve never been paid right, going back over 12 years. It’s been a constant fight to get our money what we’re entitled to. They’ve been robbing us, basically, on pay and grading.” Those are the words of Glasgow home carer Denise Phillips, explaining why she and 8,000 other city council workers are striking over equal pay tomorrow and Wednesday (23 and 24 October). She and three other UNISON strikers – fellow home care worker Joan Johnson, school cleaning supervisor and caterer Ingrid Bain and care home cleaning supervisor Lyn O’Hara – spoke about the strike, and t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 22, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News equal pay glasgow Industrial action local government low pay Scotland scotland local government Scottish local government women women members Source Type: news

Charity call for Scots 'right to rehab'
Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland say about one in five patients do not get the support they need. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish nursing fosters closer links to Finland with exchange
Two nursing lecturers from Finland have visited Aberdeen this week, in order to help foster closer links with academics from Robert Gordon University ’s school of nursing and midwifery. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

European unions call for solidarity with Glasgow women
An equal pay victory for the thousands of Glasgow women who are striking next week (23 and 24 October) “would be an inspiration to the millions of other women in public services who are fighting for better pay and to see essential jobs in services like social care given the value that they deserve”. So said EPSU – the European public service union grouping – in a message to all its affiliates across the continent, asking them to support the action and send solidarity to the UNISON and GMB members involved. “We are urging all EPSU affiliates to send messages of support to our affiliates UNISON ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News epsu equal pay glasgow Industrial action local government low pay Scotland scotland local government Scottish local government women women members Source Type: news

Mad cow disease may have come from 'contaminated food' on Scottish farm
A case of mad cow disease has been confirmed on a farm in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, in what is Scotland's first case of the infection since 2008 and the first in the UK since 2015. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mad cow disease is found on a farm in Scotland as area is placed into lockdown
A case of mad cow disease has been confirmed on a farm in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, in what is Scotland's first case of the infection since 2008 and the first in the UK since 2015. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish government identifies case of mad cow disease
Scotland's government said on Thursday that a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, had been discovered on a farm in Aberdeenshire. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

‘Moving Medicine’ tool will aid dialogue about exercise
Digital tool to encourage activity hailed as ‘single most important advance in therapeutics in 50 years’ Related items fromOnMedica Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Experts urge radical action on mental health crises We are ‘sitting on a young people’s health time bomb’ More action needed to treat TB (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Omega 3 from seafood linked to healthier ageing
Higher levels of circulating n-3 PUFAs from seafood associated with lower risk of unhealthy ageing Related items fromOnMedica Women less likely than men to achieve CHD targets Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Obesity associated with worse mortality and higher CVD risk More Scottish GPs needed to fight heart disease Low vitamin D levels linked to faster cognitive decline (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS made £70million by charging STAFF for parking last year
Hospitals in Wales and much of Scotland don't charge for parking, but trusts in England last year raked in £226million from charging staff, patients and visitors to use NHS car parks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news