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25
Aug 2015

Scientific breakthrough turns cancerous cells benign

Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Florida have discovered a code for ‘switching off’ cancerous breast and bladder cells and making them benign again. The researchers say that this discovery reveals ‘an unexpected new biology that provides the code, the software for turning off cancer’, and that it uncovers ‘a new strategy for cancer therapy’.…

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25
Aug 2015

Increased demand prompts firefighters to assist with emergency services

Following a pilot scheme in the east Midlands, appointing firefighters to support ambulance crews could become a possibility. Three ‘fire ambulances’, manned by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, have been used for the last 12 months as a first response for the most critical medical emergencies. The firefighters, trained in basic emergency care, attend patients while…

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25
Aug 2015

Fit for Work Service Rolled Out

Employees who have been absent for at least four weeks because of illness or injury can now be referred by their G.P.’s to a new Fit for Work service.  It is hoped that the new service will assist in increasing the number of employees making a return to work from sick leave without incapacity becoming…

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25
Aug 2015

Latest Ruling on Holidays

A series of landmark decisions have been made in recent years focusing on the rights of workers on long term sick leave to holidays and holiday pay.  The EAT was recently asked to consider the specific issue of whether or not an employee should lose his right to holiday pay unless he can demonstrate an…

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25
Aug 2015

Social Media and Unfair Dismissal

There have been a growing number of cases in recent years which have focused on dismissal in circumstances where employees have posted offensive or derogatory remarks on private social media accounts.  Contrasting outcomes have been delivered and Employment Tribunals struggle to balance the rights of an employee to express their opinions on private accounts, against…

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11
Aug 2015

Proposals to cut trainee GP pay subsidies could put patients at risk

Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt has been told by family doctors that plans to cut salary supplements to trainee GPs could have a ‘catastrophic’ impact on the workforce and compromise patient safety. The government is considering proposals to stop pay subsidies worth between £14,300 and £16,200 to trainee GPs, which had originally been brought in…

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