Emails of HIV patients revealed in privacy breach
Email addresses of 37 patients were visible in email sent from NHS Highland Related items fromOnMedica Doctors fight confidentiality threat Confidential patient data passed to MORI Disabled people worry about telling employers of their condition Electronic patient record could be serious threat to patient confidentiality Scots GPs debate how to safeguard confidentiality (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 17, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

With you from the cradle to the grave
‘From birth, through childhood, adulthood, old age and even death – we are there.’ Photo: Marcus Rose   “We are an essential part of our communities. From birth, through childhood, adulthood, old age and even death – we are there. We are the true local service champions.” That was the rallying cry to UNISON’s local government conference from service group executive speaker Helen Gray as she introduced a debate on the union’s Local Service Champions campaign. “We know this, but do the public?” she asked delegates. Not as much as they should, conference agreed,...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 17, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2019 Local Government Conference cuts to local services Local service champions Source Type: news

Nationalise the big six and create a ‘ green army ’ to help the UK hit net zero, says UNISON
Nationalising the retail arms of the big six energy firms would significantly boost the UK’s bid to become carbon neutral by 2050, says UNISON in a report published today (Monday). Power to the People calls on a future government to bring into public ownership the parts of British Gas (Centrica), SSE, E.ON, EDF Energy, Npower (Innogy) and Scottish Power (Iberdrola) that sell consumers energy. This would instantly create a new ‘green army’ of workers dedicated to helping businesses and the public become more energy efficient, cut their bills and save the planet, says the report. Power to the People&nb...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 16, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Alison Charlton Tags: News Press release 2019 National Delegate Conference Source Type: news

Delegates debate measures to support our local service champions
A busy afternoon in Liverpool saw local government delegates debate a wide range of motions, after watching a new UNISON film applauding our Local Service Champions. Discussing apprentices doing the same work as other staff, but for lower pay, Mike Daniel for the national young members’ forum described how “someone fresh out of school failed to get an apprenticeship at Devon County Council, but then got a non-apprenticeship job at the full rate”. That person had been himself. Apprenticeships, he said, were often simply “a deliberate way” to pay people less than the going rate for the job. Sara...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 16, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Local Government Conference apprentices apprenticeship charter LGPS Local service champions Source Type: news

UK Ebola patient Pauline Cafferkey gives birth to twins
A Scottish nurse who fought off Ebola has given birth to twins, telling those who have suffered that "there is a future" after the disease. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Post discharge phone calls and home visits linked to near halving of readmissions
Simple aftercare measures associated with 41% drop in elderly patients needing to go back to hospital within 30 days Related items fromOnMedica Burnt-out GPs to get new occupational health services from next year CQC to focus reviews on delayed transfers of care Overhaul children ’s unscheduled care to protect their health, NHS told Scottish Conservatives back bigger share of NHS budget for GPs Continuity of GP care could prevent emergency hospitalisation (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 13, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Former police officer had to smuggle cannabis oil into Scotland for her epileptic son
Lisa Quarrell, from East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, went to Holland to bring back the medical product for six-year-old Cole, who has severe epilepsy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eating more red meat could shorten life
Less risk by switching to healthier animal or plant-based alternatives Related items fromOnMedica Sweeteners may be linked to weight gain rather than loss Call for nutritional ‘traffic light’ labels to be mandatory Real food and brisk daily walk best for heart health Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Even athletes can ’t outrun the effects of a bad diet (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 12, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Can cannabis treatments save my child?
Scottish parents are smuggling prescription cannabis into the country to give to their seriously ill children. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Two new local coordinators in Scotland
We are delighted to announce that we have two new local coordinators in Scotland. After stepping down from their posts in Grampian and Tayside, Lola Dabiri and Ian Duncan were recently replaced by Sa (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 12, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Inside Scotland's first addiction recovery village
Alex speaks of life in Scotland's first recovery village where patients hope to work as staff. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Australian nurses fill Scots shortages after NHS Grampian recruitment drive
It is hoped almost 100 nurses could be working in hospitals in the north east of Scotland by the end of the year. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ancient asteroid crater located off coast of Scotland
Space object about a mile wide believed to have crashed into Earth around 1.2bn years agoThe location of an ancient impact crater made by the biggest asteroid ever to hit Britain has been traced to a spot under the sea between mainland Scotland and the Outer Hebrides.Researchers at Oxford and Aberdeen universities found signs of the violent collision in Scotland on a field trip in 2008, but have only now pinpointed where theasteroid came down.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 10, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Science Asteroids Scotland Space UK news Source Type: news

Scotland to issue advice on healthy use of social media
New national resource created for and by young people Related items fromOnMedica Commission more teen mental health and alcohol services Self-harm among children and young people on the rise New advice issued on protecting looked after children Eight-year-olds to get 'happiness lessons' UK drug treatment of ADHD in children may have peaked (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Focus: Divided Britain – Legislation on safe nurse staffing levels
What is the current situation regarding safe nurse staffing laws What lessons can be learnt from the experiences of Wales and Scotland Is legislation the only answer to ensuring protection from understaffing (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 7, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Focus: Your guide to staffing legislation in Wales and Scotland
Scotland flag Your guide to pioneering staffing legislation in Scotland (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 7, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Death Toll Rises to 15 In Danube Tour Boat Crash
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian police say two more bodies have been recovered from the Danube River tour boat crash, raising the death toll to 15, with 13 of the 33 South Koreans on board and the two Hungarian crew members still missing. Seven South Korean tourists were rescued after the May 29 collision between the Hableany (Mermaid) sightseeing boat and the Viking Sigyn river cruise ship. A huge floating crane may be able to lift the Hableany out of the water in the coming days. However, the Adam Clark, named after the Scottish engineer who oversaw construction of Budapest's Chain Bridge completed in 1849, was ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 6, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Call for new GP recruitment target
GP leaders in Scotland seek 11% slice of NHS funding Related items fromOnMedica Social prescribing workers to ease GP pressure GP out-of-hours service in Wales floundering Wealthy tech companies creating ‘digital divide’ in health GP shortage could triple to 7,000 without decisive action GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 5, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Agency bill spikes 10% in Scotland as nurse posts go unfilled
Spending on agency nurses and midwives has shot up by more than 10% in Scotland in the past year, according to the latest workforce figures, which also show an increase in nursing vacancies. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 5, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Union issues pension warning for university and college workers
Jon Richards: “The proposals could damage cash flow for a number of LGPS funds, affecting workers in local government and services far beyond further and higher education.”   UNISON is warning that government plans to allow universities and colleges in England to opt out of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for new non-teaching staff would be bad for staff and a danger to the scheme itself. Current regulations require so-called post-1992 universities, further education colleges and sixth-form colleges to offer membership of the LGPS to all support staff. Further education and sixth form colleges, ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News colleges education services further education higher education LGPS local government local government pension scheme pensions universities Source Type: news

BREAKING: Parkland school shooting was set up to maximize fatalities; County Deputy who stood down has been arrested and charged with child neglect
(Natural News) If you needed any further proof that the recent Broward County (Parkland) school shooting was engineered to maximize fatalities and drive the child-spearheaded gun control narrative in America, look no further than the bombshell revelation unveiled today. Former Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson has just been arrested and charged with 11 counts of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronary heart disease remains UK ’s biggest killer
Number of deaths from CHD has halved in a decade in the UK, but still far ahead of lung cancer and stroke Related items fromOnMedica Heart disease and stroke deaths plummet in Scotland Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Night shifts worsen diabetes risk for unhealthy women Population weight control best for cutting diabetes prevalence Diabetes will soon cost NHS £16.9bn (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government must tackle on-pack junk food marketing to children
‘Manipulative’ marketing uses cartoon characters on products so high in fat, sugar or salt that they can’t be advertised Related items fromOnMedica Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Child type 2 diabetes is a ‘wake-up call’ to the nation Act urgently on total junk food ad ban, say doctors and public Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Diabetes will soon cost NHS £16.9bn (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Florida Deputy Charged for Inaction During Parkland School Shooting
MIAMI (AP) — The former Florida deputy who stood outside instead of confronting the gunman during last year's Parkland school massacre was arrested Tuesday on 11 criminal charges related to his inaction. Broward State Attorney Mike Satz said in a statement that 56-year-old Scot Peterson faces child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury charges that carry a combined potential maximum prison sentence of nearly 100 years. Peterson, then a Broward County deputy, was on duty as the school resource officer during the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but never went inside while bullets were ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Breastfeeding training call for Scottish children ’s nurses and HCAs
A group of experts has rated breastfeeding support in Scotland as “strong” but highlighted the need for more consistent training for all professionals working with mothers and babies, including nurses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 4, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Local alcohol policy implementation in Scotland: understanding the role of accountability within licensing - Wright A.
Scotland has been ambitious in its policy and legislative efforts to tackle alcohol-related harm, efforts which include the innovative feature of a 'public health objective' within local alcohol licensing. However, the persistence of alcohol-related harms ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Health Secretary sets out plans for NHS workforce
Scheme pledges a review on pension flexibility Related items fromOnMedica Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing Sharp increase in vacant consultant posts in Scotland GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' ‘Prioritise’ junior doctors’ mental health, bosses told Partnership best model for delivering what GPs and patients want (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 2, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scottish June 2019 decisions: 5  new drugs accepted
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - May 31, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

App to be rolled out in Scotland for remote hypertension monitoring
New app technology is being expanded in Scotland that government ministers say will enable practice nurses to better monitor blood pressure with fewer patient appointments needed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 31, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Latest GP headcount still not enough to resolve current crisis, says BMA
Total number up, but fall in fully qualified and full-time equivalent GPs, NHS Digital figures show Related items fromOnMedica Practices need to seize the opportunity of consolidating IT systems Sharp increase in vacant consultant posts in Scotland Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing ‘Make GP partnerships more attractive than locum work’ Ageing medical workforce - a growing trend (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 30, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scotland moves to strengthen protection of women and girls at risk of FGM
New Bill would introduce legal Protection Orders and put guidance on statutory footing Related items fromOnMedica Pregnancy key opportunity to identify FGM Over a thousand women identified as having undergone FGM Stronger sanctions needed to prompt FGM reporting Doctors should regard FGM as child abuse Number of FGM concerns in children has more than doubled over past year (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 30, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New Scottish legislation to boost protection against FGM
The Scottish government has announced that women and girls considered at risk from female genital mutilation (FGM) will receive “enhanced protection” under proposals in a new bill. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 30, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Gap in social care spending between England and Scotland widens
Pensioners in Scotland benefit from free personal care, while in England people must fund their own care down to their last £23,250 – including the value of their home – wiping out inheritances. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patients to trial new online support for Type 2 diabetes
GPs urged to encourage use of patient tool Related items fromOnMedica Public support for calorie labelling in restaurants Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Warning issued on high sugar content in snacks Diabetes and obesity higher among LGBQ teens Weight loss targets exceeded on NHS type 2 diabetes prevention programme (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 29, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Warning on link between processed foods and health risks
Researchers call for policies to limit ultra-processed food intake Related items fromOnMedica Heart disease and stroke deaths plummet in Scotland Taxing unhealthy products may help tackle chronic diseases Obesity associated with worse mortality and higher CVD risk Nutrition more important than calories, say experts Lifestyle explains 40% of benefits of education on heart disease (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 29, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Ombudsman wants new Scottish NHS whistleblower powers
Scotland ’s Public Services Ombudsman has told MSPs she is the right person to take on a new national role for whistleblowing in the NHS. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 29, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

English 'short-changed on care funding'
Funding per person in Scotland is 43% higher than in England, while in Wales it is 33% higher. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Syphilis in Scotland hits 15-year high
Increase has been predominantly among men, especially men who have sex with men Related items fromOnMedica JCVI recommends universal HPV vaccination Concerns over UK young adults ’ readiness for first sex Well over half of people have never had an STI test HPV programme linked to dramatic fall in cervical disease Promise to end new HIV transmissions in England by 2030 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 28, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes new law on tenancy fees
UNISON has welcomed moves to protect tenants from unfair and unnecessary fees from private landlords and letting agents contained in the Tenancy Fees Act which comes into force in England on 1 June. The union says the act “will make a huge difference to our members who privately rent in England” by reducing upfront costs. The new legislation bans unfair lettings fees for administration, reference checks and tenancy renewal fees, which create huge affordability problems for private tenants. It also sets out penalties that will be levied on landlords if they breach the law. Private tenants can also recover a...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 28, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article housing housing crisis local government Source Type: news

Sale of high-energy drinks will be restricted in Scottish hospitals to under-16s
Retail units will be banned from selling high-energy drinks to under-16s Related items fromOnMedica Doctors demand more action against child obesity UK lagging behind peers on child health Weight-loss surgery doubles in two years Junk food ads seen by European kids fell by only a quarter in six years Poorest Scottish kids do the least exercise (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 27, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS bans sale of energy drinks to under-16s in Scottish hospitals
Shops in Scotland's hospitals will not be allowed to sell high-energy drinks to anyone under 16. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Migraine sufferers urge health chiefs to overturn its decision to not offer erenumab on NHS England
A monthly injection of erenumab, the first new migraine drug for 20 years, was approved in Scotland in April. But in a blow to more than 500,000 people, NHS watchdog NICE rejected it in England. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Migraines: Calls for 'life changing' drug Aimovig on NHS in England
The 'life-changing' injection has been approved for use in Scotland, but not yet in England. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lifestyle explains 40% of benefits of education on heart disease
Improving lifestyle could cut heart disease risk linked to poor education Related items fromOnMedica Heart disease and stroke deaths plummet in Scotland Poor patients more likely to die after heart surgery than rich Taxing unhealthy products may help tackle chronic diseases Recent intense activity in teens linked to healthier metabolic profile Obesity associated with worse mortality and higher CVD risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Stroke deaths halve in the first decade of 21st century
Stroke rates in younger people are rising Related items fromOnMedica Heart disease and stroke deaths plummet in Scotland Stroke survivors need more help taking medicine Stroke survival best in specialist units Stroke survivor numbers increasing steadily Ending the postcode lottery of stroke care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Only a third of people have hypertension under control
Large study covering 1.5m people identifies global problems Related items fromOnMedica Shocking variation in diabetes care across UK More Scottish GPs needed to fight heart disease Diabetes will soon cost NHS £16.9bn Apply different obesity criteria to BME patients Heart disease and stroke deaths plummet in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 19, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Honour for psychoanalysts role in general practice
Blue plaque honour for Michael and Enid Balint Related items fromOnMedica Online triage ‘not a solution’ to GP workload pressures Social prescribing workers to ease GP pressure More Scottish GPs needed to fight heart disease Recorded GP consultations could help improve care Patients find health information too complicated (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 19, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Electrotherapy warning over bogus psychiatrist Zholia Alemi
Scotland's chief medic says Zholia Alemi may have prescribed ECT and wrongly detained mental health patients. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news