MaForty plans funny Africa Day

MaForty plans funny Africa Day

“With the Afreakans Comedy show, we’ll be celebrating Africa Day while bringing out humour on all things African,” said MaForty. The show will have …
See all stories on this topic

Comedy review: James Roque, Boy Mestizo

One of the best things about the NZ International Comedy Festival in recent years has been the broa…
See all stories on this topic

An alternative social commentary

A collection of 17 quirky oil paintings has been fascinating visitors to Spazju Kreattiv since the …
See all stories on this topic

Golden protests 'gotcha politics' move by House leaders

Golden protests ‘gotcha politics’ move by House leaders

Upset by what he saw as “a cynical move” by congressional leaders, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared G…
See all stories on this topic

Liina Siib’s “Politics of Paradise”

Liina Siib, Witches (detail), 2019, “Politics of Paradise” at Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, 2019 P…
See all stories on this topic

Did Anti-Abortion Activists Overreach in Alabama?

Hi. Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics. I’m Lisa Lerer, your host…
See all stories on this topic

Sports fund of €10m is released just days before polls

Sports fund of €10m is released just days before polls

The Government has already faced Opposition accusations of pre-election stunts after announcements …
See all stories on this topic

Work starts to improve Maryport sports pitches, funded by Lidl

Work is starting this week to improve two Maryport football pitches. Allerdale council has commissi…
See all stories on this topic

Sports Direct International Sells Off 4.8% Stake In MySale Group (ALLISS)

LONDON (Alliance News) – MySale Group PLC said Monday that FTSE 250 sports retailer Sports Direct I…
See all stories on this topic

Nostalgic Sheffield show Redcoats looks back to Butlin's holidays

Nostalgic Sheffield show Redcoats looks back to Butlin’s holidays

The show mixes humour, pathos and songs to re-create memories of Butlin’s holiday camps that enab…
See all stories on this topic

Louise Redknapp: ‘Am I not allowed to say that?’ Chris Evans cuts off star on Virgin Radio

Little bit of adult humour Louise Redknapp Louise Redknapp, 44, appeared on Chris Evans’ Virg…
See all stories on this topic

Mario Gotze tells hilarious story about Jurgen Klopp’s hair transplant

The Germany World Cup winner was given his professional debut by Klopp, and is still a huge fan of …
See all stories on this topic

SpaceX Starship: INCREDIBLE pictures show RIVAL rocket assembly site

SpaceX Starship: INCREDIBLE pictures show RIVAL rocket assembly site

And SpaceX believes a little friendly competition will improve performance of its next-generation S…
See all stories on this topic

BREAKING: President Buhari Sacks FAAN Boss, Dunoma, Appoints Hamisu Yadudu As …

Barely two years after his confirmation of his five-year tenure as the Managing Director of the Fe…
See all stories on this topic

Sky News: More than breaking news

Sky UK Limited and our trusted partners use cookies and similar technologies on this Sky News site to provide you with website services and …
See all stories on this topic

Everyone Hates Health-Care Stocks—Buy Them Anyway

Everyone Hates Health-Care Stocks—Buy Them Anyway

Health-care stocks may get well soon. The sector led the market in 2018. This one has been very different. Health stocks in the S&P 500 have returned …
See all stories on this topic

Should you use an active workstation at home?

Get health information and advice from the experts at Harvard Medical School. What can we help you …
See all stories on this topic

EPA plan to end funding for children’s health research leaves scientists scrambling

Originally published by E&E News Despite repeatedly expressing public support for children’s …
See all stories on this topic

Tory party suspends Michael Heseltine for backing Lib Dems

Tory party suspends Michael Heseltine for backing Lib Dems

This is a betrayal of the younger generation, who are passionately opposed to taking them out of the centre of world politics. “Am I supposed to sneak …
See all stories on this topic

‘Politics isn’t going to wait for you’: has Change UK missed its moment?

Fighting an election sooner than intended, it is struggling in the polls – but Chuka Umunna insists the new party is on the up. by Jessica Elgot.
See all stories on this topic

From politics to pontoons as minister tries sailing

The deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism and helped launch Adventure Smart UK in Cardiff …
See all stories on this topic

How One Health System Overcame Resistance to a Surgical Checklist

How One Health System Overcame Resistance to a Surgical Checklist

During a time when health care is undergoing the most sweeping change ever, health systems, not sur…
See all stories on this topic

Industrial action imminent at Altnagelvin Hospital: “Health staff are treated worse than second class …

A trade union has said that strike action at Altnagelvin Hospital will be “absolutely inevitable” after a meeting with health staff this week. Unison represents around 2,000 staff at the Derry Hospital and it says that health workers in Northern Ireland are being treated “worse than second class citizens”. There is disparity in salaries between staff in NI and those living elsewhere in the UK, and pay for workers in the domiciliary care sector, for instance, falls below minimum wage when expenses are taken into account. Unison Branch Secretary, Conor McCarthy, told the Derry News that its industrial action committee will be meeting staff this week when the recommendation will be to lobby its members to take industrial action. He said: “The Department of Health has said that to close the pay gap between health workers in NI and the rest of the UK will cost £20millon. “We believe this is achievable given almost £200million has already been spent on agency staff. Strike action is most likely on the cards.” He added: “Strike action is absolutely inevitable, the pay parity issue in Northern Ireland is beyond a joke. We’re way behind with regards to the restoration of pay parity. “We’re also the only jurisdiction in the UK to have band 1 workers. The likes of domestic porters, caterers, etc. There is no band 1 in England, Scotland and Wales, they’re all on £17,000 and we would like to see band 1 eradicated here. “We’re currently working with employers to have that migration across to band 2 but in order to do that we need job description reconfigurations. The delay here is said to be due to the absence of a health minister, that is simply not true, the permanent secretary at the Department of Health has the powers to implement it here.” Workers providing domiciliary care can often be worse off as these services are outsourced to private companies. Mr McCarthy said that these workers aren’t paid mileage and have to use their own phones which means their level of income falls below minimum wage. Nurses based at the Altnagelvin Hospital were outspoken about their plight during a public meeting at the Guildhall organised by the Royal College of Nursing last week. They explained how they live in “constant fear” of making mistakes due to inadequate staffing levels and told those in attendance that nurses are now having to avail of food banks to make ends meet. The RCN believes the nursing shortage has become a public safety issue and services are now at “crisis point”. It said that in Northern Ireland there are over 2,500 unfilled nursing posts across the system, with a similar level of vacancies estimated in nursing homes. Nurses’ pay within the health service in Northern Ireland continues to fall behind England, Scotland and Wales. The salary for newly qualified nurses in Northern Ireland stands at £22,795, while their counterparts in England and Wales earn £24,214 and this rises to £24,670 in Scotland. Meanwhile, nurses in the Republic of Ireland have recently negotiated a new pay deal, with nurses there starting out on €29,000 and rising to €42,000. The real value of nurses’ pay in Northern Ireland has fallen by 15% over the last eight years, whilst the cost of securing nursing staff via nursing agencies has increased to an all-time high of £32 million in 2017-2018. These factors have a direct impact upon the health and well-being of the people of Northern Ireland, the health and well-being of nursing staff, with long waiting lists and waiting times, difficulties in accessing services, and nurses so over-stretched that they are simply unable to provide the level of care to patients and their families that they are trained to provide and want to provide, the RCN has stated. And it believes there is a link between nursing shortages, cost-saving measures and low pay. We are very aware of the frustrations and workload pressures facing health and social care staff. ‘Budgetary pressures’ Meanwhile the DOH acknowledged that health and social care pay policy is a devolved issue. A departmental spokesperson said: “We have made clear that UK-wide pay parity in health and social care would involve significant budgetary and pay policy issues that would require Ministerial and cross-departmental decisions. “The Department continues to face well documented budgetary pressures and cannot spend money it does not have. We were pleased to be able to finalise a 2018/19 pay award for health and social care staff and continue to invest in growing the nursing workforce.” The Department recognised the need for adequate staffing levels to deliver of “safe and effective care” and added that hospital staffing levels are the responsibility of individual HSC Trusts. “Nursing shortages are managed through a range of measures including effective rostering of staff, use of bank and agency nurses and active recruitment. “The Department’s policy, Delivering Care; Safe staffing in Northern Ireland provides a regional framework for determining staffing ranges across nursing specialities. “The Department is also continuing with the implement of the Health and Social Care Workforce Strategy, published in May 2018,” she added. If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Derry Now editorial team on 028 7129 6600 for Derry City stories Or 028 7774 3970 for County Derry stories. Or you can email [email protected] or [email protected] at any time. A budding Derry film director seeking funding for his first major production says Derry is being under utilised as a location for movie industry. Aaro… The 38th anniversary of the SAS killing of Derry IRA man George McBrearty will be marked with a independent commemoration in Creggan this coming weeke… The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has described a statement from Saoradh criticising the presence of the media at PSNI raids on homes of their a… Get the top stories on Derry Now delivered directly to your email inbox every day with the Derry Now Daily News Update. Bulletin. It’s free, it’s just one email once a day, and your email address is safe with us. Plus, you’ll be entered into our regular prize draws that are only available to Daily News Update Bulletin subscribers.
See all stories on this topic

The Health 202: Large employers don’t want Medicare-for-all

WASHINGTON – Medicare-for-all advocates argue enacting their plan would lift a heavy burden off emp…
See all stories on this topic

5 matters of urgency for the World Health Assembly 2019

5 matters of urgency for the World Health Assembly 2019

This week I am at the 72nd World Health Assembly at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarter…
See all stories on this topic

Education Levels Spark Health Disparities, Limit Patient Wellness

May 20, 2019 – Educational attainment remains a key barrier to health and wellness, despite in…
See all stories on this topic

WHO Chief Pitches Universal Health Coverage

GENEVA —  In opening this year’s World Health Assembly, WHO General-Director Tedros Adhano…
See all stories on this topic

Britain's Duchess Kate designs woodland garden at Chelsea Flower Show

Britain’s Duchess Kate designs woodland garden at Chelsea Flower Show

LONDON (Reuters) – Kate, Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge, has designed a show garden at Lond…
See all stories on this topic

CAUGHT: Suspect in Auburn shooting that killed officer, injured two others, now in custody

AUBURN, Ala. (WTVM) – Three officers involved in a deadly shooting on Wire Rd. in Auburn have been …
See all stories on this topic

BREAKING NEWS: Public Protector’s #Vrede dairy report declared invalid

The Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, has declared Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s report on th…
See all stories on this topic