Funding must go to care workers in need, not employers ’ bank accounts, says UNISON
The government must introduce measures to ensure employers don’t hold on to millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money intended for hard-up care workers, says UNISON today (Thursday). The funding is part of a £600m social care package announced last week by the Prime Minister. Some of the money is aimed at providing financial help to care staff self-isolating with Covid-19 symptoms so they do not feel pressured into going into work. Its intention is also to top up the wages of those doing shifts at several care homes by encouraging them to reduce the number of workplaces they visit. But UNISON ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release care homes care workers coronavirus Source Type: news

Government announces that everyone in UK with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus testsm, DHSC
Everyone in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can now get a test. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Factors associated with round-trip carsharing frequency and driving-mileage impacts in London - Wu C, Vine SL, Clark M, Gifford K, Polak J.
This study draws on respondents from Greater London within the 2016/17 wave (n = 2640) of Britain's Annual Survey of carsharing users, which we enrich with external data from the 2011 England and Wales Census and small-area income estimates. Focusing on ro... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Deaths involving COVID-19, England and Wales: deaths occurring in April 2020, ONS
Number of deaths registered each month in England and Wales, including deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19), by age, sex and region. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Deaths within the care sector involving COVID-19, England and Wales, ONS
Number of deaths within the care sector registered year to date in England and Wales, including deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19), by age, sex and region. Comparisons with other data sources of deaths involving COVID-19 within care homes will be reported. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus UK: Death toll hits 34,770 with 134 new fatalities
NHS England today recorded 122 more deaths in hospitals. Elsewhere in the UK, Scotland announced only two more deaths, while Wales had four and Northern Ireland six. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK announces 134 more coronavirus deaths taking Britain's official toll to 34,770
NHS England today recorded 122 more deaths in hospitals. Elsewhere in the UK, Scotland announced only two more deaths, while Wales had four and Northern Ireland six. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS hospital in Wales to trial giving coronavirus patients nicotine patches
Doctors at The Royal Glamorgan Hospital, South Wales, have said nicotine patches must urgently be considered as a potential COVID-19 treatment and are waiting for the go-ahead for a trial. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Night at the museum: Sydney man charged after allegedly breaking into dinosaur exhibit
CCTV footage shows man strolling through exhibits at closed Australian Museum and posing for selfies with head inside mouth of T-Rex skull A Sydney man will face court on Monday after allegedly breaking into Australia ’s oldest museum and snapping selfies with the dinosaur exhibit.The man broke into the heritage-listed Australian Museum in Sydney ’s CBD just after 1am on Sunday 10 May, and was captured on CCTV cameras wandering around the exhibits for around 40 minutes, according to New South Wales police.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Justine Landis-Hanley Tags: Sydney Australia news Science JNI Casuals grant Australian police and policing Museums Crime - Australia New South Wales Source Type: news

Government begins large scale study of coronavirus immunity
Up to 20,000 people are being asked to take part in a new government-funded study to further track the extent of the coronavirus spread across England, Scotland and Wales. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 18, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Leveraging health information exchange for clinical research: extreme underreporting of hospital service utilization among patients with substance use disorders - Gryczynski J, Nordeck CD, Martin RD, Welsh C, Schwartz RP, Mitchell SG, Jaffe JH.
BACKGROUND: Substance use disorders are associated with inefficient and fragmented use of healthcare services. The Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients, Inc. (CRISP) is a Health Information Exchange (HIE) linking disparate systems of car... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Hancock claim of ‘protective ring’ round care homes questioned
ONS figures show care home deaths in England and Wales could be double official toll (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - May 15, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Care home deaths in England and Wales could be double official toll
ONS figures show twice the number of residents died between March 2 and May 1 compared with same period in 2019 (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - May 15, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

A four-nation exit strategy: How the UK and devolved governments should approach coronavirus, Institute for Government
This report says there may be legitimate reasons – such as evidence that the coronavirus risk has fallen more in certain parts of the UK – for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to move at different speeds in lifting the lockdown. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health unions publish blueprint for the safe opening up of the NHS
Fast, comprehensive and accessible testing, and the ongoing, ample supply of protective kit are among measures that must be in place for the NHS to be opened up safely as the UK begins to ease the lockdown, say health unions today (Friday). The 16 unions – including UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Unite and GMB – have drawn up a nine-point blueprint, which also calls for staff to be paid properly for every hour worked. The unions want to ensure that – as out-patient clinics and operations resume – the NHS continues to opera...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 15, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release blueprint Covid-19 NHS PPE Source Type: news

UK Rejects Calls to Publish Detailed Data of Care-Home Deaths From COVID-19 UK Rejects Calls to Publish Detailed Data of Care-Home Deaths From COVID-19
Citing privacy protection, the agencies that separately regulate care homes in England, Wales, Scotland, and N. Ireland each rejected requests by Reuters to disclose death tolls at specific facilities.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Coronavirus UK: Death toll hits 33,614 with 428 new fatalities
The UK has announced a further 428 deaths from coronavirus , taking Britain's total to 33,614. It includes 379 in England, 34 in Scotland, 10 in Wales and five in Northern Ireland. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK coronavirus live: London transport services will be cut without bailout today, warns Sadiq Khan
Cost of furlough scheme estimated to reach £83bn by October; death toll in Scotland rises by 34; health minister Edward Argar admits more testing capacity needed for care homesCoronavirus latest: at a glanceIs the new antibody test a ‘game changer’?Record drop in A&E attendance ‘a ticking timebomb’Global coronavirus updates - liveFull coverage of the coronavirus outbreak1.56pmBSTThe Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, has expressed concern over the differences in lockdown restrictions between England and Wales.While residents of England can travel as far as they want for exercise, people in W...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 14, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Sparrow andFrances Perraudin (now); Simon Murphy (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Politics UK news Health Science Jeremy Hunt Nadine Dorries Keir Starmer Office for National Statistics Source Type: news

COVID-19: Welsh Parliament told of pharmacy ’s key role
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales (RPS Wales) together with Community Pharmacy Wales have given oral evidence to the Welsh Parliament’s Health, Social Care& Sport Committee’s (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Care homes have seen the biggest increase in deaths since the start of the outbreak - COVID-19 chart series, Health Foundation
Relative to the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in England and Wales, care homes have seen the biggest increase in deaths over time compared to deaths that have occurred in other settings. Deaths in care homes from all causes are starting to stabilise but remain 159% higher than at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Real care home death toll in England and Wales could be as high as 22,000
Official data yesterday showed more than 8,000 COVID-19-related deaths in care homes had been recorded in the two countries by the start of May, but experts say there are considerably more. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Protecting Women ’s Reproductive Health During the Pandemic
Woman gives birth to healthy baby in …., Democratic Republic of the Congo, facilitated by the delivery that day of emergency reproductive health kits. Credit: UNFPABy Anand Grover and Ximena CasasMay 12 2020 (IPS) “When I was 13… I got pregnant from my older brother… He raped me starting when I was 11,” a girl from Guatemala told one of us in 2015. She was one of the 2 million girls under 15 worldwide who give birth each year, often due to sexual violence. The Covid-19 pandemic is putting girls like her at even greater risk. While lockdowns reduce the spread of Covid-19, they also drive a g...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anand Grover and Ximena Casas Tags: Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Population Source Type: news

Blog: Safety for all workers is UNISON ’ s bottom line
The past seven weeks have been difficult for all of us. For most of the country, there has been confinement at home, unable to see family and friends, and a deep anxiety about what the future will bring. For many UNISON members, there has been the entirely different pressure of going to work, with all the health risks that entails, and the added fear of infecting family members. NHS workers and care workers in particular have worked in incredibly difficult circumstances, sometimes without the necessary equipment they need to ensure their safety. Each week we take to our doorsteps and our windows to clap for them. But we al...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News coronavirus Covid-19 Source Type: news

Vitamin D determines severity in COVID-19 so government advice needs to change
(Trinity College Dublin) Researchers in Trinity College Dublin are urging the Irish government to immediately change recommendations on vitamin D supplements given recent changes by Welsh, English and Scottish governments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Men working in the lowest-skilled jobs face the highest risk of dying from the coronavirus
Data from the Office for National Statistics shows a sliding scale of death risk in England and Wales which gives lower paid workers considerably higher chances of dying of COVID-19. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boris Johnson announces phased reopening plan for England
The prime minister will keep strict lockdown measures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government must explain how school staff and pupils will be kept safe  
Ministers must stop dodging the issue of safety and provide a clear explanation of how schools keep pupils, staff and parents safe before any mass reopening, says UNISON responding to the government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy published today (Monday). School support staff are worried at what they see as the government’s ‘cavalier’ approach to safety in English schools, which will needlessly put their health, and that of children and parents, at risk, UNISON says. Scotland and Wales taking ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 11, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Covid-19 Jon Richards PPE schools Source Type: news

COVID-19 related deaths by occupation, England and Wales: deaths registered up to and including 20th April 2020, ONS
This provides an analysis of deaths in different occupational groups among males and females aged 20 to 64 years in England and Wales involving coronavirus, registered up to and including 20th April 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boris Johnson announces phased reopening plan for England
The prime minister will keep strict lockdown measures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New learning package to support Allied Health Professionals helping to tackle COVID-19
Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be able to access e-learning covering how to support the delivery of care to COVID- 19 patients thanks to the Health Education England (HEE) led development of a new resource. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UK coronavirus: 'This is not the time to end the lockdown,' says Boris Johnson in address to nation – as it happens
Prime minister saysfrom June some pupils could return to school in England; official UK death toll rises to 31,855Work, public transport, schools and shops: what are the new rules?Nicola Sturgeon leads chorus of disapproval over new ‘stay alert’ adviceMost UK pupils unlikely to return until new school yearBoris Johnson announces five-tier coronavirus alert systemJohnson ’s speech - A five-point analysisGlobal coronavirus updates - live10.06pmBSTMetro: It ’s all Greek to us, Boris#TomorrowsPapersTodaypic.twitter.com/snx296bsyBDaily Mail: Boris keeps handbrake on#TomorrowsPapersTodaypic.twitter.com/GN...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Sparrow, Molly Blackall, Jedidajah Otte and Mattha Busby Tags: Coronavirus outbreak UK news Politics Boris Johnson Nicola Sturgeon Scotland Scottish politics Wales Northern Ireland Arlene Foster Science TUC France Keir Starmer Sadiq Khan Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Minister defends 'stay alert' advice amid backlash
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland keep the "stay at home" slogan as Labour warns the switch could be confusing. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Senior care homes source of nearly half of all California coronavirus deaths, data show
New data analyzed by the Los Angeles Times show that nearly half of all COVID-19 deaths in the state are associated with elder care facilities. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - May 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anita Chabria, Ben Welsh, Jack Dolan Source Type: news

Senior care homes source of nearly half of all California coronavirus-related deaths, data show
New data analyzed by the Los Angeles Times show that nearly half of all COVID-19 deaths in the state are associated with elder care facilities. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - May 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anita Chabria, Ben Welsh, Jack Dolan, Richard Winton Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Wales allows garden centres and libraries to open
First Minister Mark Drakeford pre-empted the 'exit strategy' from Westminster as he declared that only 'small and modest' easings are possible to avoid coronavirus flaring up. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by ethnic group, England and Wales: 2 March 2020 to 10 April 2020
This provisional analysis has shown that the risk of death involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) among some ethnic groups is significantly higher than that of those of White ethnicity. When taking into account age in the analysis, Black males are 4.2 times more likely to die from a COVID-19-related death and Black females are 4.3 times more likely than White ethnicity males and females. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Black people four times more likely to die from Covid-19, ONS finds
Official figures show that wide disparity not just due to health and economic differencesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBlack people are more than four times more likely to die from Covid-19 than white people, according to stark official figures exposing a dramatic divergence in the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in England and Wales.The Office of National Statistics found that the difference in the virus ’s impact was not only caused by pre-existing differences in communities’ wealth, health, education and living arrangements.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 7, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Robert Booth and Caelainn Barr Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Science Infectious diseases UK news Health Society Race Office for National Statistics Source Type: news

Deaths involving COVID-19 by local area and socioeconomic deprivation: deaths occurring between 1 March and 17 April 2020, ONS
Released 1st May 2020 Provisional counts of the number of deaths and age-standardised mortality rates involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) between 1 March and 17 April 2020 in England and Wales. Figures are provided by age, sex, geographies down to local authority level and deprivation indices. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health care software startup TimeDoc raises $5.7 million
Chicago startup TimeDoc Health, a health care startup that creates virtual care management software for hospitals, raised $5.7 million in new funding. The Series A funding round was led by Atlanta-based VC firm Vocap Investment Partners, and included backing from Grand Ventures, Serra Ventures, Waterline Ventures, Impact Engine, Break Trail Ventures, Chaifetz Group and Pat Welsh, the co-founder of Welsh, Carson, Anderson& Stowe. Want more stories about tech and innovation in Chicago? Subscribe… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 6, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jim Dallke Source Type: news

Eta Aquarids meteor shower May 2020: comet dust puts on a show – in pictures
Australian photographers Jacob Vlatko from New South Wales and Christian Bowman from Queensland were both waking up before the sun rose to capture images of the Eta Aquarids meteor showerAustralians told to look to the skies early Wednesday for best viewsContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 6, 2020 Category: Science Tags: Meteorology Science Photography Art and design Culture Source Type: news

Are some ethnic groups more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others?, Institute for Fiscal Studies
This report brings together evidence on the unequal health and economic impacts of Covid-19 on people in minority ethnic groups in the United Kingdom, presenting information on risk factors for each of the largest minority ethnic groups in England and Wales: white other, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, black African and black Caribbean. The analysis focuses on a limited but crucial set of risk factors in terms of both infection risk and economic vulnerability in the short term. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Britain's coronavirus death toll may be 34% higher
Death certificate data from the Office for National Statistics also showed that one in five of all coronavirus victims in England and Wales up to April 24 were people who died in care homes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The patients fast-tracked on new drugs BEFORE they've been approved
As many as 400,000 people a year in England and Wales are told they've reached the end of their treatment options, according to charity Marie Curie. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Police staff unions ask for 6.5% pay rise (England and Wales)
Police staff unions in England and Wales have submitted a 2020 pay claim for a rise of 6.5% or £1,200 a year, whichever is higher. UNISON and the other unions who sit on the police staff council (Unite and the GMB) are also asking for a 6.5% increase on stand-by and overnight away-from-home allowances, an additional day’s leave and for apprenticeships to be job evaluated and paid appropriately. “Police staff in England and Wales are working above and beyond to protect communities during the COVID-19 crisis,” said UNISON national officer Ben Priestley, the trade union side secretary of the police sta...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 4, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News pay pay and conditions pay negotiating and bargaining police and justice police staff police staff pay Source Type: news

Blog: Worth more than a clap
What is your health worth? How about your safety? Or your community? How much do green spaces and clean streets matter to you? A happy childhood? Someone to look after you when you’re old? It’s not an exaggeration to say that council and school workers are instrumental to so many things that we hold dear. COVID-19 has reminded us all how important our key workers are. And they have just been offered a 2.75% pay rise in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. You might think that’s better than nothing. But local authority funding has been halved since 2010, which has left many council and school workers with ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 4, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Jon Richards Tags: Blogs council pay local government pay negotiating and bargaining Pay up now NJC schools Source Type: news

Local government pay – UNISON statement
UNISON will continue to campaign for more funds for local government, allowing employers to improve their final pay offer for council and school staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Although employers have said that their offer of a 2.75% increase is final, they have also said that they will approach the government for more money for local government pay for 2020-21. Pay outside Scotland is negotiated through the national joint council for local government services, and the union says it is not in position to consult members on the offer until the government’s response is known. UNISON NJC committee statemen...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 4, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article council pay local government pay negotiating and bargaining Pay up now NJC schools Source Type: news

England could allow primary schools to reopen as soon as June 1: Telegraph
(This May 2 story corrects headline and lead to show England (not England and Wales) could reopen primary schools) (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

UK could allow primary schools to reopen as soon as June 1: Telegraph
The United Kingdom could allow primary schools in England and Wales to reopen as soon as June 1 under plans being discussed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Telegraph newspaper reported. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Serious sports-related injury in England and Wales from 2012-2017: a study protocol - Davies MAM, Lawrence T, Edwards A, Lecky F, McKay CD, Stokes KA, Williams S.
BACKGROUND: Physical activity is an important component of healthy lifestyles, with a central role in morbidity prevention. However, sporting and physical activity also involve an inherent injury risk. Some sports and activities have a higher injury risk, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news