COVID-19 (coronavirus): Updated advice for the NHS in Wales
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has issued an updated message for all clinical staff encountering patients with respiratory infections who have arrived from overseas. The letter and guidance can (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Legacy of government austerity cuts is a hygiene nightmare during coronavirus crisis
Government cuts have heightened public hygiene problems with the closure of more than a fifth of public toilets in Britain during the past decade, according to UNISON figures published today (Wednesday). People across the country are being urged to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly in an information campaign aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19. But these efforts will be made harder because of the government’s council funding cuts that have led to widespread closures of almost a thousand public toilets since the decade of austerity began in 2010. New freedom of information (FoI) figures gathered by UNI...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 4, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus Jon Richards local government cuts public health public toilets Source Type: news

Addiction psychiatry can reduce homelessness – and yet it’s at risk | Letters
Without urgent government funding and an increase in the number of doctors specialising in addictions, the numbers of people sleeping on the streets will only rise, writesDr Jenny DrifeWhile discussions about the accuracy of the latest government figures for numbers of rough sleepers in England and Wales will no doubt continue (Homelessness: Ministry accused of under-reporting issue, 27 February), it ’s important not to lose sight of the fact that even this estimate is an increase of 141% since 2010.We need to remain focused on interventions that will prevent people ending up on the streets, or help them back into st...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 3, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Homelessness Drugs Alcohol Social exclusion Housing Poverty Society Psychology UK news Drugs policy Science Education Source Type: news

Coronavirus Q & A
As the coronavirus has spread and dominated the news, UNISON has received an increasing number of enquiries on what employers – and members – should do to minimise the risk of infection at this worrying time. The issues and risks will vary depending on the sector you are working in, so UNISON has been proactive in negotiating jointly agreed advice in a number of sectors. General advice on what coronavirus (COVID-19) is, how it is spread, and basic hygiene to minimise the spread of the disease is available from the Public Health England (PHE) Website Basic hygiene includes: Washing your hands regularly, particu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 3, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article health health and safety Source Type: news

Why do men -- and other male animals -- tend to die younger? It's all in the Y chromosome
(University of New South Wales) Males of most animal species die earlier than females because their smaller Y chromosome is unable to protect an unhealthy X chromosome, research suggests. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 3, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Why we need allies more than ever
At the end of LGBT History month, UNISON has issued new guidance for those who want to act as ‘allies’ to LGBT+ people The union’s efforts come in the light of increasingly disturbing figures that show a rise in discrimination against the LGBT+ community. However, while the rate of prosecution has dropped from 20% to 8%, the number of homophobic attacks has doubled and the number of transphobic attacks has tripled. The Home Office’s own hate crime statistics for 2018/19, released in October last year, also showed a 10% increase anti-LGBT attacks in England and Wales, compared to the previous year. T...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 2, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article LGBT LGBT history LGBT members Source Type: news

‘We are in the business of protecting the most vulnerable people’
It is worrying that the number of health and safety reps in workplaces nationally keeps decreasing, North West delegate Gaynor Clarke told representatives of UNISON community workers gathered in Cardiff City Hall at the weekend. Speaking to delegates at the union’s community service group conference, she added: “We need them in the community sector,” citing the ever-present risk of violence from vulnerable clients. “We’re in the business of protecting the most vulnerable people,” she said, “and in our workplace that means our members.” Introducing the service group’s an...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 2, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2020 Community Conference adult care community and voluntary housing Housing Association housing crisis social care Source Type: news

Coronavirus: first cases of community transmission confirmed in Australia
A NSW health worker who has not travelled overseas in three months has been diagnosed with the disease along with a 41-year-old womanAustralia now has 30 patients who have been diagnosed with coronavirus, including the first confirmed cases of community transmission.On Monday afternoon the New South Wales health minister, Brad Hazzard, said a 41 year-old NSW woman caught the disease and that her case could be traced back to her 43-year-old brother who had returned from Iran.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 2, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Davey Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Australia news New South Wales Health Infectious diseases World news Science Source Type: news

Drunk, dangerous and delusional: how legal concept-creep risks overcriminalization - Crombag HS, Child JJ, Sullivan GR.
BACKGROUND: In the recent case of R v Taj, the Court of Appeal of England& Wales upheld the conviction of a defendant who, in a psychotic delusional state, mistook his non-threatening victim to be a terrorist, violently attacking him. The law typically al... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Wales calls time on low cost alcohol
New law comes into force today Related items fromOnMedica Public Health England accused of links with drinks industry Minimum alcohol unit pricing finally goes live in Scotland Wales on brink of minimum unit pricing for alcohol Alcohol-specific deaths in England soar 11% in a decade Hospitals to target smokers and heavy drinkers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 2, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Thank you for your work dealing with floods’
“Before anything else, I want to thank you and, through you, all UNISON members who have played such an astonishing part here in Wales over the past two weeks to help us deal with the flooding.” That was the message from Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford when he welcomed the union’s community conference and seminar to Cardiff this weekend. “The reaction of public service workers has been absolutely astounding.” Many delegates and visitors had experienced a hint of what effect that had when flooding in Pontrypridd and Bridgend disrupted their travel to Cardiff on Friday. South Wales Police de...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 29, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2020 Community Conference community and voluntary sector flood defence floods Source Type: news

UK coronavirus cases rise to 19 as fears of global crisis grow
Boris Johnson to chair emergency Cobra meeting after first patient reported in WalesCoronavirus - live updatesThe number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has increased in the past 24 hours to 19, including the first reported in Wales, as it was announced Boris Johnson is to chair a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee.The three cases confirmed on Friday came within a day of three other positive tests for the Covid-19 virus, including the first case in Northern Ireland.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 28, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Matthew Weaver Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science UK news Wales Source Type: news

Public Health Wales statement on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China
A statement from Public Health Wales on the novel coronavirus outbreak in China. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Public fears a lowering of meat standards in future US trade deals, says UNISON
More than four fifths (81%) of the British public are worried about meat quality standards being relaxed by ministers in pursuit of trade deals with the US and the rest of the world, according to polling from UNISON/Savanta ComRes published today (Thursday). Over half (52%) believe the government regulations for meat quality standards should be tightened following the UK’s departure from the EU. A third (34%) say the UK should maintain its current laws and just 3% say rules should be relaxed. The poll of more than 2,000 people was commissioned amid concerns the government could agree to import chicken washed in chlor...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Article Source Type: news

Those who abandon faith are more likely fall or feel ill, report finds
The survey of people in England and Wales found 68% of Christians, 77% of Jews, 72% of Hindus, 69% Sikhs and 66% of Muslims reported they were satisfied about their health (pictured). (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Novel coronavirus: Updated advice for the NHS in Wales
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has issued an updated advice for returning travellers as a result of the increase in cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a number of countries including Italy. The c (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 26, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Cost-effectiveness of child caries management: a randomised controlled trial (FiCTION trial)
ConclusionsThe mean cost of a child avoiding any dental pain and/or infection (incidence) was £330 and the mean cost per episode of dental pain and/or infection avoided was £130. At these thresholds B + P has the highest probability of being considered cost-effective. Over the willingness to pay thresholds considered, the probability of B + P being considered cost-effective nev er exceeded 75%. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - February 25, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Forensic science failures putting justice at risk, says regulator
System on a ‘knife-edge’ due to skills shortages and funding cuts in England and WalesInnocent people are being wrongly convicted and criminals are escaping justice because of the failure of the forensic science system to meet basic standards, the regulator has said.Delivering a stark message before the release of her annual report on Tuesday, the forensic science regulator, Dr Gillian Tully, told the Guardian the service had been operating “on a knife-edge” for years.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 25, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Vikram Dodd Police and crime correspondent Tags: Forensic science UK criminal justice UK news Police Wales Law DNA database Politics Science funding crisis Science policy Source Type: news

Automatic organ donation comes into force in May
All adults will be enrolled unless they opt out Related items fromOnMedica Opt-out organ donation well-meant but ‘misguided’ Hospitals fall short of standards on post mortem consent Organ donation opt-out plan dropped in Wales Presumed consent for organ donation - closer Presumed consent only way to get more organs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 25, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Harnessing the power of data to improve family justice: a new Nuffield Family Justice Observatory for England and Wales - Broadhurst K, Williams T.
A pilot Family Justice Observatory for England and Wales is being launched in Spring 2019. Its overarching aim is to address concerns about the limited and uncertain place of empirical evidence in the family justice system. The Observatory will focus on pr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Materials characterization of cranial simulants for blast-induced traumatic brain injury - Wermer A, Kerwin J, Welsh K, Mejia-Alvarez R, Tartis M, Willis A.
INTRODUCTION: The mechanical response of brain tissue to high-speed forces in the blast and blunt traumatic brain injury is poorly understood. Object-to-object variation and interspecies differences are current limitations in animal and cadaver studies con... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Coronavirus Cases Outside China Are Accelerating Rapidly. Here ’s What to Know
A surge in deadly coronavirus cases outside China is raising concerns that the outbreak has reached a new stage and could continue its global spread to even more vulnerable countries. In the central Chinese province of Hubei, where the virus is believed to have originated, the number of cases appears to be stabilizing, according to government figures. But the number of people infected elsewhere in the world is rising quickly, with clusters in South Korea, Italy, Iran and a cruise ship docked in Japan. As of Monday, more than 2,200 cases of the virus, officially called COVID-19, have been reported outside of mainland China,...
Source: TIME: Health - February 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Gunia, Hillary Leung and Mélissa Godin Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 onetime overnight Source Type: news

Dementia: Cancer scanner 'could help early diagnoses'
Dementia diagnoses are "lagging behind" in Wales, and doctors say Pet scans could be the answer. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A union that keeps making LGBT+ history
February is LGBT History Month, so what better time to take a few minutes to consider how UNISON has been making history in the fight for LGBT+ equality – and to have a chat with someone who’s been deeply involved in that struggle. But first, let’s check out the history. Decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales finally occurred in 1967 – lesbianism had never been illegal. In 1976 NALGO, one of UNISON’s founding unions, was urging negotiators to seek to add sexual orientation to non-discrimination clauses in all collective agreements. In 1981, NUPE member Susan Shell was sacked f...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News LGBT LGBT members Source Type: news

Fall in infant deaths after consecutive rises in rates
But birth rates in England and Wales have been falling too, and there ’s been no change in the death rate among newborns, latest ONS data show Related items fromOnMedica Life expectancy gap continues to widen UK lagging behind peers on child health Has austerity reversed decline in infant mortality? Exploring hunches Midwives demand ‘equivalence’ in prison perinatal care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Some performance improvement for NHS in Wales, latest figures show
But record numbers of people waiting more than 12 hours in A&E Related items fromOnMedica ‘Substantial tax rises’ needed to keep the NHS afloat Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Latest NHS performance figures dubbed ‘shocking’ Conditions in the NHS have worsened, new report shows NHS lagging on preventing cancer and heart deaths (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Devastated mother shares picture of her cradling stillborn baby
WARNING, DISTRESSING CONTENT: Stephanie Broadley, 28, from Lincolnshire, was failed by staff at Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, in May 2018. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Susceptibility to the fusion illusion is modulated during both action execution and action observation - Welsh TN, Reid C, Manson G, Constable MD, Tremblay L.
Many researchers have proposed that when an individual observes the actions of another individual, the observer simulates the action using many of the same neural areas that are involved in action production. The present study was designed to test this sim... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Farmer, 26, loses her senses of smell and taste after cracking her skull in a horror quad bike crash
Beca Glyn, 26, fell of the bike on her family farm in North Wales in March 2018. Her sense of taste and smell was damaged as a result of the head injury. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Restraint factors and child passenger deaths in New South Wales, Australia - Whyte T, Albanese B, Elkington J, Bilston L, Brown J.
This study examined the role of restraint factors in child passenger deaths and the effect of legislation requiring appropriate restraint systems up to 7 years old. Data... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Long-term offenders have different brain structure, study says
Study found differences compared with those who did not offend or who only transgressed as adolescentsParents should not worry about their teenagers ’ delinquent behaviour provided they were well behaved in their earlier childhood, according to researchers behind a study that suggests those who offend throughout their life showed antisocial behaviour from a young age and have a markedly different brain structure as adults.According tofigures from the Ministry of Justice, 24% of males in England and Wales aged 10 –52 in 2006 had a conviction, compared with 6% of females. Previous work has shown that crime rises ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Medical research Science Source Type: news

McAnea issues defiant message to Johnson ’s Tories
“Bring it on, Boris; bring it on.” That was the defiant message from UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea today, when she addressed the union’s women’s conference in Bournemouth. “Here we are, two weeks after Brexit; two months after the general election – and the landscape of the UK looks and feels very different now. “Whichever way you voted, and however fed up you are with it, it’s impossible not to talk about it.” “Indeed,” continued Ms McAnea, “it would be irresponsible of us not to prepare and plan for life under a Tory government ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 14, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article 2020 Women's Conference Christina McAnea equal pay Menopause women members Source Type: news

Safeguarding culture in the Catholic Church of England and Wales in the twenty-first century: an examination of progress - Rashid F, Barron I.
In the wake of reported scandals of child sexual abuse by Roman catholic priests in mainstream media in the 1980s/1990s and conviction of Catholic priests on similar charges in England and Wales, Lord Nolan was invited by the Archbishop of Westminster in 2... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Think multidisciplinary team working for high-quality care, GPs urged
GPs in Wales are being urged to transform care by forging partnerships with other primary care professionals for the benefit of patients Related items fromOnMedica Primary care networks: lifeboats launched on stormy seas Public must debate true scale of NHS challenges GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' Huge hospital waits add to GPs ’ workload, warns top GP Partnership best model for delivering what GPs and patients want (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UNISON women steady themselves for the fight
The first session of this year’s UNISON’s women’s conference opened in Bournemouth this afternoon, with Catrina Murray for the national women’s committee asking delegates: “Remember that song, Things can only get better? I think we’ll find that things can get worse”. December’s election victory for the Conservatives – and what it will mean for women – was a thread that ran through the afternoon’s business. While continued austerity and pain was the major expectation, there was also a determination to fight back, harder than ever. Benefits was just one area t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2020 Women's Conference benefits care crisis Universal credit welfare reform women members Source Type: news

Pregnant and breastfeeding women urged to avoid CBD by 'concerned' regulator
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has advised vulnerable people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to steer clear of CBD products, which have boomed in popularity. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

If the UK cares about justice, it must fund forensic services properly | Angela Gallop
Budget cuts in England and Wales have reduced independent oversight – and could lead to serious miscarriages of justiceIn a case involving a knife attack in 2015 by a group of young people, one of the three victims who were stabbed was carrying a bag containing some of his clothes, which was discovered at the scene. When examined, the bag was found to have some blood on it that contained DNA matching one of the alleged attackers. To the prosecution – and potentially to a jury when the case went to court – the DNA evidence put the defendant squarely in the frame. Fortunately though, the prosecution’s...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 13, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Angela Gallop Tags: Forensic science Crime Law UK news Source Type: news

Fair pay rise for council staff would be affordable, says UNISON
The pay claim for council workers is affordable and will provide benefits for the wider economy across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to a new analysis published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. UNISON, Unite and GMB are calling for wages to rise to £10 per hour for the lowest paid local government workers, with a 10% rise for other members of staff for 2020/21. New research by Landman Economics, commissioned by UNISON, shows the actual net cost of the claim is less than half (49%) the overall projected cost of £1.6bn. If council workers got a decent pay rise, central government would save hundreds ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release council pay Jon Richards local government pay 2014 public sector pay Source Type: news

Public Health Alert - Coronavirus (2019n-CoV) Updated guidance from Public Health Wales and Chief Medical Officer for Wales (Wales only)
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has issued an update guidance for all clinical staff encountering patients with respiratory infections arrived from overseas. Public Health Wales (PHW) has issued (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 12, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New report aims to transform general practice in Wales
Transforming patient care in general practice settings is the aim of a new resource being launched today at the National Assembly for Wales. The resource, developed in partnership by the Royal Colleg (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 12, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Rethink hospital eye care to protect patients ’ eyesight, urge experts
Call follows report highlighting ‘serious inadequacies’ in provision amid mounting pressure on ophthalmology departments in England Related items fromOnMedica Hunt announces 11 hospital trusts in special measures Day surgery shake-up for Northern Ireland Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Questions on Health Economics and commissioning Care to be delivered ‘closer to home,’ says Welsh government (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The economic impact of violence perpetration in severe mental illness: a retrospective, prevalence-based analysis in England and Wales - Senior M, Fazel S, Tsiachristas A.
BACKGROUND: Calls for increased funding for mental health services require many lines of evidence in support, including estimates of economic impact. One understudied source of cost is violence perpetrated by individuals with severe mental illness. Estimat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Wales has the UK ’s highest prevalence of diabetes
Total for UK now over 4.8 million including undiagnosed cases – predicted to reach 5.3 million by 2025, warns Diabetes UK 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 Put children ’s health, not private profits, at heart of policy Diabetes will soon cost NHS £16.9bn Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Welsh NHS help for sepsis survivors 'non-existent'
More than 10,000 people get sepsis each year in Wales and about 2,000 die, according to a charity. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UN Health Agency Predicts 80 Percent Rise in Cancer Burden Among Poorest Countries
Many specialist doctors and nurses in Africa are migrating to greener pastures, leaving cancer patients with few options. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPSBy External SourceLONDON, Feb 7 2020 (IPS) Low- and middle-income countries could see an 80 per cent rise in cancer over the next 20 years if treatment and prevention services are not stepped up, according to the latest World Cancer Report. The report, compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO), warns that cancer prevention is taking a back seat in poor countries, as their health systems tackle such immediate problems as infectious diseases, child health and nutrition. The r...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

This is the age of the megafire – and it’s being fuelled by our leaders | Tim Flannery
In the face of the climate disaster it helped create, the Australian government has given us only lies and denialUnprecedented wildfires have recently devastated California, the Amazon, southern Europe, Siberia and Australia. It ’s safe to say that we’ve entered the era of the climate-fuelled megafire. But because fire conditions depend on local vegetation, topography and climate, each of these great conflagrations is different.Australia ’s bushfires of the last four months have been true megafires, creating their own weather and becoming so vast in their impact thatmore than half of all Australians have ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 7, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Tim Flannery Tags: Australia news Bushfires World news Natural disasters and extreme weather Climate change Science Scott Morrison Fossil fuels Australia weather Health Energy Environment Source Type: news

UNISON calls for safe, decent and affordable homes for all
More than a million people are lingering on waiting lists for council houses in England, says UNISON, as it publishes a new housing manifesto to see in the new decade. But despite the housing crisis highlighted by that statistic, fewer than 6,500 low-cost social rented homes were built in England in 2017/18. More than 60% of the housing budget goes towards supporting home-ownership. That, says the union, is unsustainable. Hence the manifesto – Safe, Decent and Affordable Homes for All: UNISON’s vision for Housing – which examines the crisis and outlines solutions. The crisis in England has ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 6, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News community housing housing associations housing crisis local government social housing Source Type: news

Addiction is a brain disease, and it doesn't matter: prior choice in drug use blocks leniency in criminal punishment - Sinclair-House N, Child JJ, Crombag HS.
Our aim was to explore how (neuro)scientific understanding of addiction as a brain-disease impacts criminal sentencing decisions in courts in England and Wales, where legal rules concerning intoxication, prior-fault and mental disease conflict, and sentenc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Unions reject ‘disappointing’ council pay offer
The three unions representing council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have today (Wednesday) rejected the 2% initial pay offer made by the local government employers. Last summer UNISON, GMB and Unite – which between them have more than a million local government members – submitted the pay claim for 2020/21. If accepted, this would mean that £10 an hour would be the lowest rate for council staff from this April. Everyone else would receive a 10% wage rise. The three unions have now called on the local government employers to think again and come up with a better offer so talks can continue...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 5, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release council pay Jon Richards local government pay claim Source Type: news

Coroner 'postcode lottery' leaves doctors facing unfair investigations
Medico-legal experts have called for a national coroner service for England and Wales, warning that wide variations in policy between the current network of local services has left doctors facing unnecessary investigations. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 5, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Professional regulation Source Type: news