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....Cost: £9bn. Spending on the NHS has been ring-fenced since 2010, sparing health from the deep cuts that have affected most other Whitehall departments. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... . The treatment, known as selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT), can halt or reverse tumour growth and is only currently available privately although the NHS is undertaking evaluation trials. ... [Read full article on Daily Express ]
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‘CANCER care has let us down’ Family's battle with NHS treatment funding  image
.... . The treatment, known as selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT), can halt or reverse tumour growth and is only currently available privately although the NHS is undertaking evaluation trials. ...
Attlee, Labour and the battle against austerity | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 16th of June 2017 06:13:02 PM
. How apt that a biography of Attlee won the Orwell prize for political writing as art (Tribute to NHS founder Clement Attlee wins Orwell prize, 16 June). ...
UK car insurers saw losses of £3.5bn in 2016 due to new compensation rules image
....3m. However, the NHS and other parts of the public sector such as the armed forces are set to take an even bigger hit, of nearly £6bn. ...
Grenfell Tower's managers were reviewing safety after fire at another block image
....6m contract to “upgrade” the Grenfell Tower, including adding the external cladding that is being investigated as a potential factor in the fire’s rapid spread. It boasts a string of contracts for the NHS, local councils and the Ministry of Defence, while its maintenance division, which led the refurbishment of the Grenfell Tower, maintains 22,000 properties and has nearly £450m of contracts on its order book. ...
The fast track to becoming a bricklayer | Brief letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 07:01:28 PM
....• What a splendid article by Giles Fraser (I’m having heart surgery, 9 June), obviously written from his hospital bed. I wish him, and the NHS he defends so passionately and articulately, all the best for the future. ...
British Airways looks to Capita to run call centres after IT meltdown image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 12:04:02 PM
....British Airways is close to striking an agreement for Capita to run its call centres as the airline attempts to improve its customer relations after its disastrous IT meltdown last month. Under the agreement, Capita, an outsourcing group that has had its own public relations disasters in the past with its management of London’s congestion charge and NHS administration, would take over the almost 10m calls a year made to BA staff in Newcastle upon Tyne and Manchester. ...
UK could get farm aid for two years after Brexit under EU budget plan image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 07:40:04 AM
.... The prime minister has said the UK will stop “making vast annual contributions to the European Union budget”, although the Tory manifesto hinted it would be “reasonable” to make a contribution to participate in some EU programmes. The plan could refocus attention on the Brexit campaigners such as Boris Johnson, now foreign secretary, and Michael Gove, newly appointed as environment secretary, who travelled on a Vote Leave battlebus emblazoned with a promise of a £350m-a-week bonanza for the NHS, based on incorrect figures on the UK’s contribution to EU coffers. ...
UK employers plan to keep hiring despite Brexit and slow growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 05:01:47 AM
....The hiring balance for the public sector fell to a six-year low of -6%, suggesting employers were planning to shrink their workforces despite signs the next government would ease up on austerity. “Both main parties pledged a rise in NHS spending. ...
Compensation at last for Britons burned by Spain’s property crash image
.... Some judges will award legal costs, typically 10% of the claim plus a further 5% if the case goes to appeal. • In 2002, Anne, a retired NHS worker from London, and her husband decided to buy a two-bedroom apartment near Marbella. ...
Let’s hope a hung parliament can halt the Brexit disaster image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 4th of June 2017 05:59:15 AM
....An important moment during the so-called election “debates” last week occurred when a young lady in the studio audience told Theresa May that she had voted for Brexit because she had swallowed the lie that it would bring £350m a week for the health service. The prime minister, an uncomfortable Remainer and now an uncomfortable Brexiter, had no answer to this, resorting to the cliche that the government spends more every year on the NHS. ...
Shrinking tax base suggests personal allowance is generous enough image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 07:03:03 PM
.... This would be an even bigger event, except that the union is only urging its members to vote next week for Labour in the general election to benefit from Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge to break the cap. Unison, the biggest public sector union, cannot name a single pay dispute across the NHS, the social care sector or local government. ...
Car insurance in UK hits record high as tax rate on premiums increases image
....In February the lord chancellor, Liz Truss, announced a change to the Ogden discount rate, which is used to calculate compensation awards for serious personal injuries, to ensure inflation does not erode the future value of a payout. But opponents said the change will add up to £75 to car insurance premiums, as well as landing the NHS with an additional annual £1bn bill. ...
Far from ‘strong and stable’, May’s economic plan is weak and unstable image
.... A third U-turn – relaxing fiscal policy (cutting taxes or raising spending) so that monetary policy (interest rates) can be tightened would make a lot of sense and is long overdue. As the Institute for Fiscal Studies pointed out last week, government resistance to changing its macro-economic approach will inevitably lead to increased financial pressure on the NHS. ...
Take a break from the falling pound … you can still minimise your holiday costs image
....Morris says holidaymakers should not rely on the European Health Insurance Card, which gives the right to use state-provided healthcare during temporary stays in other European Economic Area countries or Switzerland. “They only cover some medical bills and, even then, it is not on a par with our NHS. ...
Britons are sitting on too much debt without a financial safety net image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 28th of May 2017 12:01:00 AM
....ABI assistant director Raluca Boroianu‑Omura says insurance firms are delivering on their promise to support families. “Importantly, protection products also relieve financial pressure on the welfare state and the NHS. ...
Serious Fraud Office warns of £120m pension scam image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 27th of May 2017 06:00:20 AM
....One man was persuaded to transfer almost £370,000 out of his workplace pension and put it all into one such scheme supposedly offering an 8%-12% return. The Pensions Ombudsman, which looked at his case, said the “blameless” man had switched out of the “secure and generous” NHS pension scheme and may have lost all his money as a result. ...
IFS to voters: you have a choice between the 'undeliverable' or 'unworkable' image
....If the idea behind providing few costed pledges in the Conservative manifesto was designed to provide the IFS with less to attack, the strategy didn’t work. The thinktank says May’s spending plans will put real pressure on public services, and in particular extend to 12 years what is comfortably the most severe squeeze on the NHS since it was founded in 1948. ...
IFS makes damning assessment of Tory and Labour manifestos image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 08:37:33 AM
....The warning came as all the main parties resumed campaigning following a pause after the Manchester attack. Labour has closed the gap in opinion polls since its manifesto launch, which included a boost in spending on the NHS, schools and the abolition of university tuition fees. ...
Tories and Labour not being honest with voters: IFS image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 08:21:41 AM
.... . "Additional funding pledges for the NHS and schools are just confirming that spending would rise in a way broadly consistent with the March Budget," he told a briefing in London on Friday. ...
Brexit and the coming food crisis: ‘If you can’t feed a country, you haven’t got a country’ image
.... The 900,000 UK citizens in Europe are mostly pensioners living out their retirement on the sun belt in increasingly poor health. Theresa May’s government is desperate not to have them sent back for fear of the pressure they will place on the NHS. ...
Cyber Attacks: Criminals could use attacks to disable key buildings, experts warn image
. The warning comes in the wake of the WannaCry ransomware attack last week that brought the NHS to a standstill and infected the systems of Nissan, O2 owner Telefonica, FedEx and others. ...
The tax that pensioners should pay to fund care image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 20th of May 2017 05:59:17 AM
.... Firstly, there is the risk that the elderly will delay seeking support at home because they won’t want to enter into a domiciliary care plan involving a charge on their property. They won’t get early treatment and will fall on the NHS. ...
Price rises caused by Brexit a big worry for UK consumers, survey finds image
.... The research (from an online poll of 2,000 people aged 16 and over) was carried out in February before Theresa May called the snap general election. But as many as 81% of UK consumers are concerned about the future health of the NHS, while 68% are worried about the UK economy and 67% are nervous about the state of the environment. ...
WannaCry attack lifts shares in cybersecurity firm Sophos to record high image
. UK cybersecurity firm Sophos has been inundated with calls since the biggest ever ransomware attack was unleashed last week on the NHS and businesses around the world, the company has revealed. ...
Labour manifesto: Extra £48.6bn in tax revenue to fund pledges image
....6bn - to be funded from extra tax revenue - in its election manifesto. Leader Jeremy Corbyn said the manifesto - including billions for schools and the NHS and an expansion of free childcare - was a "programme of hope". ...
Labour reveals 'fat cat' tax pledge aimed at reining in excessive pay image
.... It will promise sweeping renationalisation of the railways, Royal Mail and parts of the energy market, with the water industry also likely to feature in the plans to take private companies back into public ownership. The party will promise to plough an extra £6bn a year into the NHS and £1. ...
General election 2017: Lib Dems would end public sector pay squeeze image
....Former business secretary Sir Vince Cable said: "Public sector workers are facing a double blow at the hands of this Conservative government, with years of pitiful increases to pay combined with a Brexit squeeze caused by soaring inflation. "Our NHS and schools are already struggling to recruit the staff they need. ...
Microsoft warns ransomware cyber-attack is a wake-up call image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 10:14:59 PM
...."Even if a fresh attack does not materialise on Monday, we should expect it soon afterwards," she said. In England, 48 National Health Service (NHS) trusts reported problems at hospitals, doctor surgeries or pharmacies, and 13 NHS organisations in Scotland were also affected. ...
Cyber-attack image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 09:44:03 PM
....There are also many other strains of ransomware which cyber-security experts say they are seeing being given new leases of life. In the UK, the NHS was hit hard, but by Saturday morning the majority of the 48 affected health trusts in England had their machines back in operation. ...
NHS cyber-attack: More ransomware cases 'likely on Monday' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 06:41:08 PM
....It comes after Friday's attack caused disruption in 150 countries. In the UK, NHS hospitals, pharmacies and GP surgeries were the worst-affected. ...
Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating - Europol image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 11:28:23 AM
.... . In England, 48 National Health Service (NHS) trusts reported problems at hospitals, GP surgeries or pharmacies, and 13 NHS organisations in Scotland were also affected. ...
Next cyber-attack could be imminent, warn experts image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 03:05:05 AM
....The virus, which took control of users' files, spread to 100 countries, including Spain, France and Russia. In England, 48 NHS trusts fell victim, as did 13 NHS bodies in Scotland. ...
The left must take a lesson from the right and come together to win | Will Hutton image
.... Millions of powerless contract workers in the gig economy need to have the chance to be served by strengthened trade unions. An Office of Budget Responsibility for Health would help to ensure the proper, ongoing funding for the NHS. ...
Labour has big spending ideas, but no plan to earn our trust | Phillip Inman image
....The Labour manifesto is a stark reminder of the havoc a Tory government will create over the next five years if it wins a sizable majority next month. From the holes it identifies in NHS funding to the need for an investment bank to promote infrastructure spending, the document has something to say about many of the areas crying out for government intervention. ...
Cyber-attack: Europol says it was unprecedented in scale image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 13th of May 2017 03:46:13 PM
Nissan's Sunderland plant hit by cyber-attack image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 13th of May 2017 01:25:59 PM
.... . The government's emergency committee, COBRA, is due to meet to discuss the global cyber attack which also disabled NHS computers in England and Scotland. ...
Theresa May is creating an epidemic of poverty. Don’t give her a free hand | Gordon Brown image
....In 1974, when Edward Heath attempted a single-issue election, he put a simple question to the voters: “Who governs Britain?” The answer he got was equally simple: “Not you. ” Heath was reminded of an age-old lesson of politics: that British elections are always about jobs, the NHS, tax, public spending, fairness and security. ...
Massive ransomware infection hits computers in 99 countries image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 12th of May 2017 03:36:47 PM
....There are reports of infections in 99 countries, including Russia and China. Among the worst hit was the National Health Service (NHS) in England and Scotland. ...
The Tory energy cap is not a policy. It’s a confession | Owen Jones image
....I could go on. What about bus deregulation, which caused a collapse in journeys outside London, leading to irregular and expensive bus services? What about the financial system that plunged this country into economic tragedy? What about the promotion of markets and competition in the NHS, which has led to the growth of an inefficient bureaucracy to manage all the chaos?. ...
Vodafone to close down pager business after CMA shock image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 06:55:15 AM
....Pagers, a decades-old technology, are still used by many people such as those working in the emergency services because of their reliability, coverage and battery life. They are used by the NHS and the Army as well as lifeboat services. ...
'I thought I was invincible' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 11:09:35 PM
.... . In 2007 fake medicines got into the NHS, with the MHRA forced to issue four emergency recall notices in a matter of days. ...
UK pay growth outlook is 'among gloomiest in advanced economies' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 11:01:04 PM
.... And now even more pain is on the horizon,” she said. O’Grady also called for an end to public sector pay restrictions after warnings earlier this week from hospital bosses that NHS staff are quitting to stack shelves in supermarkets instead of caring for patients because they are so demoralised by years of getting pay rises of only 1% or nothing. ...
Impact of UK foreign aid diluted by pursuing national interest, says IFS image
....Cross-party adherence to the 2005 promise meant that DfID was spared the austerity that affected most government departments after the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition came to power in 2010, the IFS said. DfID’s budget had risen by 24% between 2010-11 and 2015-16, while the average cuts for departments outside of the NHS, education and defence were 28%. ...
Putting you in the picture: yes, you can earn a living on Instagram image
....Sara Tasker, a 32-year-old from Yorkshire, set up her account @me_and_orla while on maternity leave four years ago, initially posting a picture a day. She now has about 160,000 followers and has jacked in her job as an NHS speech therapist to work on Instagram full time. ...
Pfizer to give out breast cancer drug free while awaiting NHS decision image
. A drug described as one of the most important advances in treating breast cancer in the past 20 years is to be given to women in the UK for free while the medicines regulator decides whether it should be available on the NHS. ...
General election: May paves way for end to pledges on NI and income tax image
.... The prime minister insisted that she wanted a “country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few”. When pushed by Marr, she argued that NHS workers had seen a pay increase of 3% if you combined basic pay with progression pay and insisted that her government was putting an additional £10bn into the health service. ...
General election 2017: May says Tories would not raise VAT image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 09:26:03 AM
....5% - whichever is highest. She was asked about reports NHS nurses have been forced to use food banks, saying there were "many complex reasons" why people used the facilities and that a strong economy will lead to "secure jobs". ...
Be bold Labour: promise to abandon this ruinous Brexit | Jonathan Steele image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:50:15 PM
....In any case, general elections work on a different dynamic. Labour can remotivate its core voters with its policies of social justice: free school meals; fairness for salary scales within companies; and the protection of the NHS and other public services, financed by investment and higher taxes on the rich. ...
Pensioners’ election REBELLION: Demands for May to look at pension issue for UK's 5MILLION image
.... . In an earlier the Facebook post, June demolished MPs who gave themselves a 10 per cent pay rise while NHS workers got just one per cent. ...
With a whiff of sulphur, George Osborne was gone – but for how long? | Polly Toynbee image
.... That’s an image people understand all too well, though he knew it to be nonsense on stilts when applied to the national economy. In an echo chamber, he hammered in the message: you know Labour always borrows and spends recklessly; you know we could never afford all that extra funding for the NHS and education, all those 3,500 children’s centres, all those splendidly revived proud city centres. ...
Libor rigging: chancellor urged inquiry into Bank of England allegations image
....“Continuing official silence from the chancellor is not acceptable when confronted with this scale of rigging,” he said. “It is essential that we clarify who took the decisions to rig the Libor index, and when, so that the schools, NHS hospitals and local councils that lost out can be paid the compensation that is rightfully due and public confidence in our banking system and official institutions can be restored. ...
White van nation: meet the drivers behind the on-demand economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 06:00:17 AM
....We drive another lap of the A12, in convoy with an AA van, travelling faster, and an unmarked white Renault with paving slabs in its open flatbed, travelling faster still. An NHS van with “Give blood” stencilled on its side zips by. ...
Care home fees image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 12:03:01 AM
. Care from the NHS is free, but if you need social care because you're physically or mentally frail, you have to pay for it yourself. ...
Labour plans clampdown on 'sweetheart deals' to close £36bn tax gap image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 11:01:09 PM
....“The Tories are running a rigged economy for the super-rich and giant corporate tax dodgers. Only Labour will stand up for workers and small businesses to make our tax system fair and our public services like education and the NHS protected. ...
Python with anorexia swallows £800 in vet bills image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 11:10:29 PM
....The average cost of a claim is now £757, a 5% rise on 2015. "There is no NHS for pets, and the cost of getting quality veterinary treatment can quickly run into thousands of pounds, particularly with rising veterinary costs and a greater range of medical treatments for pets now available," said Rebecca Hollingsworth, general insurance policy adviser at the ABI. ...
Why Silicon Valley wants to thwart the grim reaper | John Naughton image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 06:00:00 AM
.... In most societies, people are living longer and that’s now giving rise to acute social, psychological and economic stress. Just ask anyone who works in the NHS. ...
Work it out image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 11:37:48 PM
.... . The NHS offers advice on how to manage the government's recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week, but they also have advice on how much just standing up can improve our health. ...
More than 20 million Britons 'physically inactive' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 3rd of April 2017 08:32:55 AM
....More than 20 million people in the UK are physically inactive, according to a report by the British Heart Foundation. The charity warns that inactivity increases the risk of heart disease and costs the NHS around £1. ...
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Five-minute guide to 'National Price Hike Day' image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of April 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Keep your fingers crossed that you stay healthy, with prescription charges rising 20p to £8. 60, while NHS dental charges for a check-up increase by 5 per cent, or 90p, to £20. ...
‘Don’t be apologetic, you’ve nothing to apologise for’ – our work expert responds image
....I am in a dilemma. I work for an NHS organisation and got interviewed for my dream job, within the same organisation but a different department, in December. ...
‘Cruel’ benefit cuts put pressure on grieving families image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of April 2017 05:59:17 AM
....”. This might in turn place extra pressure on children’s mental health services and the NHS, and be detrimental to society as a whole. ...
Six changes to your finances from 1 April image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 31st of March 2017 10:26:26 PM
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Two million workers receive 4% pay rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 31st of March 2017 09:17:02 PM
....This is particularly acute for public sector workers. Earlier this week, the NHS pay review body recommended a 1% pay rise in line with the government's restriction on public sector pay. ...
Cash in the pocket image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 31st of March 2017 09:16:50 PM
. Household budgets are likely to be further stretched in the first week of April, as dozens of items including water bills, council tax, NHS charges, and some broadband and energy charges all rise. ...
Leading City firms begin to lay groundwork for London jobs exodus image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 30th of March 2017 01:06:02 PM
.... Estimates suggest leaving the single market could cost Britain up to £200bn over 15 years. “When the P45s start to land and the NHS operations are cancelled, this will be the government’s fault. ...
Immigration should rise and fall after Brexit, David Davis says image
....Immigration should rise and fall depending on the UK's needs after it has left the EU, the Brexit secretary says. David Davis said a "sustainable" system would take into account the needs of the NHS and different industries. ...
I have won my dream job and discovered I'm pregnant again – what should I do? image
....I’m in a dilemma. I work for a reputable NHS organisation and was interviewed for my dream job in December. ...
Council tax bills to rise in nine out of 10 English local authorities image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 11:01:43 PM
....“Our narrative is, broadly, council tax payers – we won’t just be using you by putting up council tax just to subsidise other services,” explained Hart. A lack of local provision to care for elderly residents is one of the causes of so-called “bed blocking” in NHS hospitals, which has been at record levels this winter. ...
The British jobs Brexit makes hard to fill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 04:00:06 PM
....Meanwhile, Britain’s continental workforce is holding another referendum, but this time with its feet. For instance, a record number of nurses from the EU are already quitting the NHS, it emerged last week. ...
Lord King: Scotland 'could be independent' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 09:34:16 PM
....But he said it could be a challenge to borrow on the international markets. On Brexit, he said his "biggest worry" was "obsessed" politicians ignoring the trade deficit and NHS funding. ...
NHS trust triples injury payout to £9.3m under controversial new rules image
. The first case settled under controversial new compensation rules for serious injuries has seen an NHS trust forced to nearly triple its payout to a 10-year-old girl left with cerebral palsy from £3. ...
Car insurance prices set to jump by up to £1,000 from TODAY image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 03:02:00 PM
....Insurers have confirmed that premiums are going up following the Lord Chancellor Elizabeth Truss’ decision to change rates, which was previously labelled as "crazy" and "reckless" by the trade group the Association of British Insurers (ABI). The change could also mean an additional £1billon in compensation costs landed on the NHS, said the ABI. ...
If big business is to thrive, it needs a strong welfare state | Phil McDuff image
....87% and, in a fit of perversity, we’re “protecting” our children from those interest payments by forcing them to take payday loans at 1,500%. The NHS saves British business thousands on health insurance, compared with in the supposedly more flexible US. ...

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