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FGM: Ban Ki-moon backs Guardians global media campaign - Fri, 31 Oct 2014

UN chief launches grants initiative in Kenya as part of Guardian-UNFPA push to change how female genital mutilation is reported and perceived

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, is backing a groundbreaking global media campaign led by the Guardian to revolutionise how female genital mutilation is reported and perceived across the world, with the aim of ending the practice.

Speaking at a key meeting with the heads of all of Kenyas main media organisations at the UN headquarters in Nairobi, he announced five international FGM reporting grants co-funded by the UNFPA, the UNs population fund, and the Guardian which will see key journalists in Kenya focus on FGM in an attempt to eradicate the harmful practice within a generation. Ban said he hoped the Kenyan model could act as a template that could be replicated across the continent.

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Put calorie labels on beer, wine and spirits, say public health experts - Fri, 31 Oct 2014
Alcoholic drinks are fuelling obesity epidemic and most have no idea how many calories their drinks contain

Beer, wine and spirits are fuelling the obesity epidemic and should be labelled with the calories they contain, say public health experts.

A large 175ml glass of 13% ABV (alcohol by volume) wine contains 160 calories, a bottle of alcopop contains 170 and a pint of 4% ABV beer contains 180.

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A Teddy Boys charter: from the archive, 31 October 1958 - Fri, 31 Oct 2014

The inaugural meeting of the National Association advocates no victimisation or violence, but attracts few actual Teddy boys

16 September 1956: Teddy boys run riot when the clock strikes one

The idea of a National Association of Teddy Boys captured the imagination of quite a few people in Birmingham tonight - but it did not attract many Teddy boys. Scarcely more than a couple of dozen turned up for the inaugural meeting.

At the time that the meeting was due to begin, not a single narrow trouser, sideburn, or eccentricity of dress was visible in the large hall of the Friends Institute in Mosley. Ten minutes later, the first arrived: two solemn young men, one in stark black and another in electric blue. They sat down sheepishly and there was a muttered If this is going to be a sermon, lets go. When they did return, it was with a small, respectable body of supporters, and in this staid manner the new age of official Teddy boy unionism was ushered in.

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Simon Stevens, PFI and the need for realism about NHS funding |@guardianletters - Thu, 30 Oct 2014

Perhaps Simon Stevens should rethink his defence of private finance initiative contracts in the NHS (The NHS is on life support. Can this plan revive it?, 24 October). Last year it required a massive public campaign to prevent the illegal downgrading or closure of A&E and maternity services at Lewisham hospital which was proposed in response to the problems in an adjacent hospital suffering crippling PFI payments. Lewisham hospital is now part of a new NHS trust and is once again threatened by extortionate PFI payments.

Our research shows the trust could save up to £18m a year by challenging the PFI profiteers. In the last financial year, the PFI companies accounts list a profit of £7.49m from service contracts and £1.82m for directors remuneration and administrative costs. The annual interest repayments were approximately £18m. The average interest charges on PFI contracts is 8% per annum, but borrowing through government the standard before PFIs were forced on public authorities is half that, reducing the trusts charges to £9m. These unjustified costs totalling £18m represent a 46% reduction in the trusts current annual PFI unitary payment of £39m.

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Nasty side effects of for-profit healthcare | @guardianletters - Thu, 30 Oct 2014

Your feature (How sick are the worlds healthcare systems?, g2, 30 October) demonstrated that any form of healthcare, irrespective of where in the world it is, that involves the for-profit private sectors is de facto not only more expensive but less efficient and subject to corrupt practices by drug companies, other suppliers and practitioners. You could have included Cuba in your survey as a contrast. It has a wholly public-funded and regulated healthcare system that, despite over 50 years of a US-imposed boycott, manages to treat its citizens in an equitable and efficient way, as well as despatch its medical staff to many other countries of the world where there are health problems, including to Sierra Leone to help with the Ebola crisis. Britain also once had an exemplary national healthcare system before New Labour and the Tories began privatising it piecemeal and tearing the guts out of it. Perhaps lessons to be learned?
John Green

I note in reference to the Chinese health system: Physicians are so underpaid that they often must supplement their salaries with kickbacks from drug companies and patient bribes. I spoke in Beijing this year about the reform of doctors pay systems and heard that doctors in China often supplemented their earnings as described in the article but there was no must about it. Such supplements are corrupt whether in the UK, China or anywhere else. Doctors in China are officially paid (not underpaid) roughly one and a half times the average earnings in Chinese society not as generous a differential as in Europe, but doctors still earn from official sources noticeably more than the average worker. Although I did hear of a determination to increase that differential.
Bill McMillan
Assistant director, medical pay and workforce, NHS Employers

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Most disabled ex-Remploy staff unemployed, trade union claims - Thu, 30 Oct 2014

One year on from factory closures, only a quarter of disabled former staff are currently in work, GMB report finds

Most disabled workers laid off after the closure of Remploy factories have not found another job a year after they shut, according to a new report.

The GMB union said only one in four ex-Remploy staff were in work, and many of those were on shorter hours and less pay.

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What should the next government do to support the ageing population? - Thu, 30 Oct 2014
Sponsored Q&A: Expert views from our live discussion on what policies should be put in place for older people

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Lord Filkin, chair, Centre for Ageing Better: six quick thoughts on what I would want to see from each political party:
Set out a vision to maximise all the benefits of a longer life
Face the facts of our biggest social change and how different England will be in five and 10 years time
Recognise the asset of more older people and think how we can utilise this
Listen to people more, be more focused on the public and more joined up!
Assess the increased needs and cost of health and social care and have an honest conversation with the public about why we will have to spend more and the choices of how we pay for this
Set out how the NHS will change from a hospital-centric system to a community based one

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Punitive drug law enforcement failing, says Home Office study - Thu, 30 Oct 2014

UK government study finds no evidence that harsh sentencing curbs illegal use and documents success of Portugals decriminalisation

There is no evidence that tough enforcement of the drug laws on personal possession leads to lower levels of drug use, according to the UK governments first evidence-based study.

Examining international drug laws, the groundbreaking Home Office document brings to an end 40 years of almost unbroken official political rhetoric that only harsher penalties can tackle the problem caused by the likes of heroin, cocaine or cannabis.

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Exclusive: Labour could make NICE guidance mandatory - Thu, 30 Oct 2014
A Labour government could reduce variation in access to drugs and procedures by making it mandatory for commissioners to follow NICE guidelines, Andy Burnham has revealed

Osborne's NHS spending claim disputed - Wed, 29 Oct 2014
Health finance experts have strongly disputed the chancellor’s claim that a ‘similar increase’ in NHS spending to the one achieved in this parliament would meet the funding call in the NHS Five Year Forward View

Exclusive survey: HR managers back end to pay restraint - Fri, 31 Oct 2014
NHS staff should be awarded a pay rise in line with inflation in 2015-16, according to a poll of HR managers by HSJ

Majority of HR managers would back imposing a contract on doctors - Fri, 31 Oct 2014
Most NHS senior human resources directors would support the imposition of national employment contracts on medical staff, an HSJ survey has found

HSJ Live 31.10.2014: Majority of HR managers would back imposing a contract on doctors - Fri, 31 Oct 2014
Survey finds almost three quarters of HR directors would support imposing national employment contracts on medical staff, plus the rest of today’s news and comment

HSJ unveils healthcare’s top innovators in 2014 - Thu, 30 Oct 2014
Clinicians, patient leaders, policymakers and managers are among the names in the second HSJ Top Innovators

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Lamb told ‘urgent’ funding for deprivation of liberty cases needed as legal threat looms - Wed, 22 Oct 2014

Local authority leaders tell minister that councils are in 'dire need' of funds amid nine-fold rise in deprivation of liberty cases

Problems accessing NHS units sees ‘too many’ mentally unwell end up in police cells - Wed, 22 Oct 2014

CQC review finds too many patients placed in police cells due to problems accessing health-based places of safety

Children living with parental alcohol abuse are being missed by system, report finds - Mon, 20 Oct 2014

A children's commissioner report has found children living with parental alcohol misuse are falling through the cracks

‘I’ll never forget the social worker who stuck with me when I was at my lowest’ - Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Ian Callaghan is using 25 years' experience of using mental health services to improve care. The kindness of staff, he says, is key.

Bed shortages and poor ward environments blighting mental health services, finds CQC - Thu, 16 Oct 2014

Feedback from first wave of mental health inspections identifies poor care that 'would not be acceptable' in physical health services

Social work on an eating disorders unit: ‘It was so powerful to see the girl leave hospital and start dreaming again’ - Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Community Care spends the day with a social worker in a specialist eating disorders team

How specialist social workers are supporting deaf children with mental health issues - Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Community Care spends the day with a social worker from the NHS's national deaf CAMHS service

‘The balance between risks and rights is key to forensic social work’ - Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Community Care gets an insight into social workers' role in one of the most stigmatised areas of mental health care

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Charity Commission refuses to register Independent Press Regulation Trust - Thu, 30 Oct 2014
In a decision review, the commission says the purposes of the trust, which was created to support a new press standards regulator, are 'too vague'

St Mungo's Broadway staff to stage another strike from 5 November - Thu, 30 Oct 2014
Unite union members at the homelessness charity plan a further 10 days of industrial action over pay and conditions

Sector fears not-for-profits will be subservient in MoJ's Transforming Rehabilitation - Thu, 30 Oct 2014
Charities and sector figures react after the announcement yesterday of the preferred bidders for 21 regional payment-by-results contracts for the Ministry of Justice programme

Giving circles cause power struggles within charities, report says - Thu, 30 Oct 2014
The study, by Angela M Eikenberry and Beth Breeze, was based on interviews with 80 giving circles in the UK and the Republic of Ireland

Mike Ashley appointed board member of the Charity Commission - Thu, 30 Oct 2014
Ashley is a non-executive director of Barclays and a member of the Treasury's audit committee, and will replace the departed Nazo Moosa

Regulator opens new statutory inquiry into Ethiopian church - Thu, 30 Oct 2014
And, as earlier this year in a separate case, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church St Mary of Debre Tsion has appealed to the charity tribunal

HMRC launches survey on a name for its online charity registration service - Wed, 29 Oct 2014
Respondents can choose one of the options provided or make their own suggestions as a name for the service for organisations that qualify as charities for tax purposes

Charities Evaluation Services to become part of NCVO from 1 November - Wed, 29 Oct 2014
Eight of the CES staff will transfer to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations next month; the other three will provide consultancy services to the umbrella body

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Have practices in your area received funding to tackle a recruitment crisis? - Fri, 31 Oct 2014

Pulse has found that just over £300,000 has been made available across 19 practices since April last year to help ease recruitment problems. Find out if your area has received a share of it.

Better Care Fund gets 18,000 care worker boost, UK national sperm bank opens, and UK veterans deprived of psychological support - Thu, 30 Oct 2014

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MPs call for independent review of NHS Health Checks - Wed, 29 Oct 2014

GPC backs call for review

GP candidates will fight Hunt at the ballot box - Wed, 29 Oct 2014

National health activists to stand in health secretary’s constituency

Practices invited to bid for £100m second wave of extended access funding - Wed, 29 Oct 2014

Priority to be given to bids promising extended hours opening

One third of CCGs fail to allocate £5 per head funding promised for vulnerable patients - Wed, 29 Oct 2014

Exclusive Only 27% of CCGs have given practices funding to support care of vulnerable and elderly patients

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