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Jan 2016

End to rubella screening in England

Officials from Public Health England have announced that due to the success of the MMR vaccination, pregnant women will no longer be screened for rubella in England, from April 2016, with the rest of the UK also considering the measure. Rubella, also known as German measles, is usually quite mild, causing a fever and rash.…

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27
Jan 2016

A step closer for Type 1 diabetes cure

Scientists from hospitals and institutions in the US, including Harvard University, have been successful in halting Type 1 diabetes for at least six months by implanting cells that produce insulin. Following implantation in mice, the cells, which were generated from human stem cells, immediately started to produce insulin in response to blood glucose levels, and…

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27
Jan 2016

NHS 111 phone line to undergo ‘fundamental’ reform

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that, following a report into the unnecessary death of a child, the NHS 111 phone line service is to undergo a ‘fundamental’ reform. The phone service was introduced in early 2014 in order to replace the NHS Direct phone line. The change was criticised due to the fact that…

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26
Jan 2016

Protests over A&E closure threat at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

Plans to close Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’s Accident and Emergency department have led to angry protests during a meeting to discuss the proposal. If the plans go ahead, it could mean that patients in Huddersfield would have to travel to Wakefield, Halifax or Barnsley for emergency treatment. The Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)…

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25
Jan 2016

Comparators in Age Discrimination cases

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently ruled on the correct approach for comparators in an age discrimination case. The EAT had to decide whether the fact that early retirement benefits were not available to employees aged under fifty years old meant that the employer’s treatment of employees aged over fifty and under fifty could…

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25
Jan 2016

Human Rights and Monitoring

Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (a right to respect for a private life, family and correspondence) is engaged when an employer accesses an employee’s personal messages on a work computer and uses this as evidence to justify a dismissal. Despite this, a recent judgement of the European Court of Human Rights…

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