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Apr 2015

Over 400,000 diabetic patients not having annual foot check

According to new information released by Diabetes UK, over 400,000 diabetes patients are not getting their annual foot check, despite the checks being crucial in the prevention of diabetes-linked amputation. Despite the National Institute for Health Care and Excellence advising that everyone with diabetes should have the check each year, the figures reveal that an…

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28
Apr 2015

Cost soars for agency nurses

It has emerged that in the last four years, the spend on agency nurses in the South West of England has risen from around £12m to over £59m. The Royal College of Nursing has said that a shortage of nursing staff is “crippling” the NHS. There are fewer nurses now than in 2010, and the…

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27
Apr 2015

National Minimum Wage Rates Confirmed

Following the recent recommendations made by the Low Pay Commission, the Government has confirmed the following increases in national minimum wage rates to take effect on 1 October 2015: Adult rate to increase from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour. Youth development rate (18-20 year olds) to increase from £5.13 to £5.30 per hour. Young worker…

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27
Apr 2015

Is Diabetes a Disability?

The Equality Act 2010 does not provide a list of conditions which may or may not amount to a disability.  Instead, we must work with the definition in the legislation which defines a person having a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on…

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27
Apr 2015

Significant Award for Zero Hours Worker

In a recent case before the Employment Tribunal, a zero hours worker succeeded in a harassment claim on the grounds of their sex.  The individual was employed as a casual worker as a waitress and, under the terms of her agreement, there was no guarantee of any hours from the company and she was not…

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22
Apr 2015

Bowel cancers not spotted early enough

A charity has warned that too many people in England are dying from bowel cancer because the disease is being spotted too late. The charity, Beating Bowel Cancer, found that there was a substantial variation between NHS regions in diagnosing the disease, and said that 3,200 lives could be saved every year if all regions…

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