Archives for June 20th, 2006

WORK-RELATED STRESS

Book News, PublicNet: 20 June, 2006

This report published by the Health and Safety Executive shows that just over a fifth of British workers are concerned about work-related stress. The 2004/05 Workforce Survey indicates that around 13 million working days were lost due to work-related stress in the year. Stress together with Musculoskeletal Disorders accounted for around 70% of all work-related working days lost.Around 40% of the people surveyed thought that the risk of stress in the workplace could be realistically reduced, but less than a third said that their employers had taken preventative action to reduce stress levels in the workplace.

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CONSULTATION OVER BID TO END LOTTERY ON CONTINUING CARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 June, 2006

Plans for a new single national system for access to free National Health Service continuing care are going out to consultation. The Department of Health believes the idea would do away with the so-called ‘postcode lottery’ and create consistency across the NHS by creating national policies for eligibility and assessment.The proposals would also abolish different nursing bands for free nursing care and end the need to carry out more than 130,000 nursing assessments each year. That will free more time for nurses and do away with repeated patient assessments. The DoH also claims the move will make the system faster and more convenient for patients and pave the way for tens of millions in administrative savings.

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REFORMERS SAY SPECIAL CENTRES FOR NEW PRISONERS WOULD REDUCE SUICIDES

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 June, 2006

Prison reformers are calling for all women’s jails to have special centres for prisoners’ first night in custody and for strategies to be developed that would lead to similar centres being opened in all prisons. The Howard League for Penal Reform today publishes ‘Care, concern and carpets’, which says the custody centres would help to reduce self-harm and suicide.The report says the period immediately after someone’s arrival in prison is one of heightened risk of self-harm and suicide. Half of those who take their own lives in prison do so during the first month of their sentence. First night centres help ease transition into the prison and the Howard League says its research shows that a dedicated wing, or unit, in which all new prisoners spend their first 48 hours, can contribute to saving lives.

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