‘Stark’ variation in levels of support available
GPs across almost a third of England have no access at all to occupational health (OH) services, while the support available elsewhere varies ‘starkly’, it has been claimed.
Information collected as part of an internal review by NHS England, obtained by doctors’ magazine Pulse [...]
NHS hospitals in England have been accused of hiding patient dissatisfaction with the food they serve.
NHS hospitals claim their own studies show that 99% of patient meals are rated ‘good’ or ‘excellent’. Three in five give themselves the highest possible rating for the standard of their food.
But campaigners are now pointing [...]
People who go to work on foot 40% less likely to have the disease
Walking to work each day could cut an individual’s chances of developing diabetes, a new study suggests.
Researchers found people who go to work on foot are 40% less likely to have the disease than those who drive.
Academics at Imperial College [...]
The number of people on NHS hospital waiting lists in England rose by 4,500 to stand at 1,039,000 in January, the Government said today.
Ministers said the increase had been kept to a minimum during one of the busiest periods of the year for the health service and pointed out that waiting lists rose by 11,000 [...]
Weekend and evening appointments could also be scaled back
A limit on the number of times patients can visit their GP in a year is being considered by the Conservative Party, reports suggest.
A Tory consultation document on local health provision asks activists whether evening and weekend appointments are a “luxury” [...]
Group risk provider Canada Life is warning employers to be alive to the risks associated with presenteeism, as a survey by the insurer shows more than nine in 10 employees have gone to work while ill.
A number of experts have warned in recent months that presenteeism – where employees come to work [...]
Study highlights inequalities across the nation
People who live in Manchester are more likely to die from coronary heart disease than anywhere else in the UK, research has found.
The area of Tameside in the city is the UK’s ‘heart disease capital’, the report from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) suggests.
Employee assistance programmes (EAPs) can be a useful tool when it comes to supporting employees in the workplace but businesses need to consider more ‘proactive and preventative’ measures as part of their stress management strategy, according to a senior consultant at Towers Watson, the employee benefits consultancy.
Rebekah Haymes said that while [...]
Work found to be most stressful factor in people’s lives
Work is the most stressful factor in people’s lives, above debt and health, a survey by a leading mental health charity has found.
A poll of more than 2,000 Britons commissioned by Mind shows that 34% of people describe their work life as [...]
Sixty five per cent of men are now classed as obese – and only one in three is now a ‘normal’ weight, new figures show.
The statistics, from the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show a ‘marked increase’ in obesity over the last 20 years, with 58% of women now [...]