The Department of Health doctors and nurses uni

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first_imgThe Department of Health, doctors’ and nurses’ unions and the contractors paid to carry out the assessments have refused to pledge to take any action following new research linking the government’s “fitness for work” test with about 600 suicides.The study funded by the National Institute for Health Research – which itself is funded by the Department of Health – concluded that the programme to reassess people on incapacity benefit (IB) using the work capability assessment (WCA) could have caused 590 suicides in just three years.Public health experts from Liverpool and Oxford Universities show in the study that across England as a whole, the reassessment process from 2010 to 2013 was “associated with” an extra 590 suicides, 279,000 additional cases of self-reported mental health problems, and the prescribing of a further 725,000 anti-depressants.The researchers warn health professionals such as doctors and nurses that their involvement in the WCA process as assessors employed by the US outsourcing giant Maximus “raises major ethical issues”.But despite that warning, the nurses’ union, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), appeared to dismiss the need to take any action.An RCN spokesman said: “As with nursing staff in many fields of practice, these professionals may come up against ethical dilemmas.“The NMC’s code for nurses and midwives is well placed to help deal with these dilemmas, particularly the first theme, which is prioritise people.“Nursing staff know the importance of acting within the code and it is used for professional guidance across all work settings.”But he refused to say if the union would take any action, such as offering guidance or advice, or even alerting members to the research.The British Medical Association, the doctors’ trade union, was too busy to comment on the research, and the researchers’ warning, or the 590 suicides.And a spokesman for Maximus, which is being paid £595 million to carry out the WCA on behalf of the government, said: “That research you have referenced does not mention us so we have no comment to make on it.”The Department of Health has also declined to say whether it will take any action, or even to comment on the findings, pointing only to a statement by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).A DWP spokesman said in its statement: “This report is wholly misleading, and the authors themselves caution that no conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect.“In addition, it is concerning that they provide no evidence that the people with mental health problems highlighted in the report even underwent a work capability assessment.”He pointed to the five independent reviews of the WCA – the first three carried out by Professor Malcolm Harrington – and “significant improvements to the process” made by DWP since 2010, including how the WCA assesses people with mental health conditions for their eligibility for employment and support allowance (ESA).He also said the percentage of people with mental health conditions who receive the highest level of ESA support has “more than tripled since 2010”.But he refused to comment on whether DWP agreed that the involvement of healthcare professionals in the assessment regime now “raises major ethical issues for those involved”.Disability News Service reported earlier this month how work and pensions ministers Chris Grayling and Iain Duncan Smith had failed to pass on a letter to Harrington that had been written by coroner Tom Osborne in the wake of the suicide of a disabled man, Stephen Carre (pictured), in 2010.The letter said Carre’s death had been triggered by being found “fit for work”, and it called for a review of the policy not to seek further medical evidence from a GP or psychiatrist if a claimant had a mental health condition.But Grayling and Duncan Smith decided to roll out the WCA to existing IB claimants, despite the letter from the coroner, while they also appear to have failed to complete a substantive response to that letter.More than three years after Osborne sent his report to ministers, another coroner wrote an almost identical letter warning of similar concerns about the safety of the WCA, this time after the death of a north London man, Michael O’Sullivan.When asked whether Grayling – now leader of the House of Commons – and Duncan Smith would now resign, in the light of these revelations and the new research, the DWP spokesman refused to comment.The study’s lead author, Ben Barr, senior clinical lecturer in applied public health research at the University of Liverpool, said DWP’s response to the study was “disappointing”, and that none of the other factors researchers had looked at as possible causes, such as cuts to local government services or a fall in wages, could explain the rise in suicides and the deterioration in mental health.He said these increases only happened among age groups most affected by the WCA, while the rise in mental health problems “tended to occur shortly after the increase in people undergoing the WCA in each area”.Barr also called on DWP to publish any data it has on claimants’ mental health before, during and after the assessment.He said: “Unfortunately, the DWP implemented the policy without a controlled trial or any plans to evaluate its impact on mental health. “Given that data is not currently available on the specific individuals who underwent the WCA and there is no trial evidence, the next best approach to investigate the potential effects on mental health is the one we applied in our study, using appropriate statistical methods to control for alternative explanations for these trends.  “Our findings should at the very least raise serious concerns for the DWP that the potential negative impacts of the WCA need to be investigated further.”last_img read more

Luccas last day Interviews with the bereaved

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first_imgLucca Ravioli Company, a Valencia Street fixture since 1925, will close its doors today.This was not the typical San Francisco gentrification story. The Feno family has owned this property, and more in the vicinity, for generations. Nobody is forcing them out. Rather, the real estate market, like Lucca’s own fare, is just too delicious to pass up. And, tomorrow, it’s finito. So Lucca will succumb, and something less tantalizing will come next.In the meantime, get your sausages and ravioli by the end of the day today. And listen in to these interviews with Lucca customers stocking up for one last feast.For Mission Local’s on-the-scene report of Lucca’s last day, see here.For a glorious 2009 photo slideshow from Lucca, see here. Anthony Holdsworth captures Lucca in February. Photograph by Camille Cohen. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

Brunswick County Schools announce makeup days due to Florence

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first_imgSchool bus (Photo: WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Students in Brunswick County will be heading back to school Monday following weeks of being off because of Hurricane Florence.The Brunswick County Schools School Board at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting approved six make up days that were previously either required/non-required workdays or an early release day.For traditional calendar schools, the following dates are now full days for students and staff: Schools Spokesman Daniel Seamans says, “these six days will help provide that valuable time our students have missed due to Hurricane Florence.” October 29December 21January 3 and 4February 18March 18- Advertisement – last_img read more

As Wilmington driving ranges vanish golfers flock indoors

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first_imgRounds Golf & Lounge in Wilmington (Photo: Facebook) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (StarNews) — On Sunday as the temperature dropped, wind gusted and clouds covered the sky, Wilmington golfers took their swings anyway.Three indoor facilities — Clubhouse Indoor Golf, Club Golf Indoor at River Lights and Rounds Golf and Lounge — have opened in the last two months. Featuring state-of-the-art simulators, comfortable seating and cold drinks served in a controlled climate, they have thrived in spite of the approaching winter blast.- Advertisement – “Golf in general is an intimidating sport,” said Trevin Blondin, co-owner at Clubhouse with Jeff Fuchs. “We’re looking to create a chill atmosphere, somewhere a non-golfer, beginner, or woman might feel comfortable playing. The majority of our members haven’t played golf before.”With real estate at a premium, Wilmington has watched three standalone driving ranges vanish in the last decade, tees and targets replaced by pavement and steel. A sputtering golf market prompted the closure of two other golf courses as the game struggles to carve its niche with millenials. Local entrepreneurs are trying to capitalize on the limited options available for those who aren’t members at a private club while also creating a golf environment that focuses on fun rather than score.Read more here.last_img read more

Brunswick Co girl fighting brain cancer heads home from hospital

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first_img Madison and her family’s lives turned upside down in March last year when doctors found the brain tumor.Madison has been receiving treatment at multiple hospitals including Chapel Hill.A fundraiser golf tournament is being held February 17 in support of Madison’s fight. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — We have some exciting news for a little girl who is fighting a rare cancer. According to the Team Madison-Donut Give Up Facebook page, she is back home!Last year, Madison Williams was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Community reaches out to help veteran after WWAY story

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first_imgBOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Wednesday we told you the story of John Ganey, an 80-year-old veteran who has been living in his garage since Hurricane Florence destroyed his home.We also told you that the city of Boiling Spring Lakes says he can’t live there anymore because it isn’t up to state code.- Advertisement – Now we have an update.Since the story aired, we have had numerous people reach out to us wanting to help Mr. Ganey.Our Facebook post has received nearly 100 comments, many of those asking what they can do to help.Related Article: 75 percent of homes have minor damage in Surf CityAt least three separate Go Fund Me pages have been created.One of those pages was created by Amanda Doyle, who also tried to file permits on Ganey’s behalf so he can use the camper that a friend gave him.“My heart was broken because he’s 80, and he has heart issues, and he’s a veteran,” said Doyle. “He’s already done a lot for this country, and my dad was a Vietnam veteran who was disabled. So, it kind of hit close to home. Especially because we were flooded out in Floyd.”We reached out to Mr. Ganey who said he doesn’t like the idea of taking handouts, but just knowing that so many people want to help him has made his life a lot better.He also says the city reached out to him Thursday about permitting his camper, and they were nicer to him.He says he’s going to wait until Tuesday to pay the permit fee to see if his property sells before that.last_img read more

Woman accused of driving drunk into cemetery damages tombstones

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first_imgBLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Deputies say an Elizabethtown woman drove drunk in a cemetery, slamming into multiple tombstones earlier this week.Allanda Darine Parrish, 66, is charged with five counts of disturbing a grave marker, one count DWI and one count reckless driving to endanger.- Advertisement – As of Thursday afternoon, she was still in Bladen County Jail under a $4,000 secured bond.Bladen County Sheriff’s Office say Parrish caused an estimated $3,000 worth of damage to the Garden of Memories cemetery in Kelly.last_img read more

Court rules in Lelands favor over H2GO suit

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first_imgH2GO building in Leland (Photo: WWAY) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County judge has ruled that the transfer of Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer (H2GO) to the Town of Belville was “unlawful, void, and no effect.”According to a news release from the Town of Leland, Superior Court Judge Charles Henry found in favor of the Town of Leland, who sued after the prior H2GO Board agreed to convey H2GO to the Town of Belville.- Advertisement – The judge also declared that H2GO is the “lawful owner” of all assets and debts involved in the transfer.The battle over H2GO has been ongoing since 2017.“This is a strong decision in Leland’s favor and a good decision for all North Carolina citizens,” said Joe Dowdy of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP, Leland’s lead attorney in this matter. “It prevents the illegal H2GO-Belville transfer from becoming a blueprint for other local governments to give themselves away to avoid the results of an election and the laws addressing how those local governments must conduct business.”Related Article: Girl hospitalized after being hit by car near North Brunswick HighIn the press release, the Town of Leland says they had no choice but to file a lawsuit against the prior H2GO Board and Town of Belville Board of Commissioners because that unlawful transaction would have placed control of water and sewer within Leland in the hands of a competitor that opposes Leland’s growth and economic expansion, and would have risked ownership and operation of the water and sewer systems by an unqualified entity.“The Sanitary District and Belville commissioners did not follow the processes and procedures laid out in N.C. General Statutes when making their decision and, in doing so, effectively subverted the will of thousands of Leland citizens and disenfranchised hundreds of voters,” Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman said. “This decision upholds our democracy. We may disagree on the issues or how to solve a problem, but we have to go through the lawful process of resolving those disagreements and finding the solutions.  Our opponents didn’t do that here, as the court recognized.”“I truly appreciate their patience and courage as Town leadership stood up against a threat to Leland’s interests, our people’s well-being, and the principle of representative government,” Bozeman added.Mike McGill with WaterPIO forwarded the following statement on behalf of the Town of Belville:“While we are disappointed with the Order, we will continue to advocate for the protection of the health and welfare of our citizens.  We are reviewing the ruling for a possible appeal because several aspects of the plaintiffs’ case were dismissed.It must be noted that the decision does not provide an opinion on the construction of the groundwater reverse osmosis plant.  In fact, the court found that “there is a legitimate public debate and concern in the communities of northeastern Brunswick County over the quality of the water distributed to the citizens through the H2GO system.  Both the conveyance agreement and the Belville resolution recited, and the defendant contends, that GenX, and other unregulated contaminants, potentially harmful to humans, have been detected in water drawn from the River. … These findings, conclusions of law, and orders by the court are not meant to resolve those important issues.It also must be noted that Leland’s press release today does not make any reference to providing its citizens with safe, clean drinking water.  In fact, it cites the desire to the prevent control of water and sewer from “a competitor that opposes Leland’s growth and economic expansion” as the main purpose for its lawsuit.Leland’s lawsuit has never been about making sure their citizens have safe, clean drinking water.  It’s always been about power and control.As the process moves forward, we remind everyone that Leland and H2GO’s current board continues to imperil their customers’ health and well-being through their actions.  By continuing to block the construction of the groundwater RO plant, they are preventing the only customers they are sworn to serve from receiving contaminant-free drinking water in just one year’s time and without a rate increase.”In a statement, Brian Edes, litigation counsel for H2GO said:“On Monday, April 22nd, 2019, North Carolina Superior Court Judge Charles Henry issued his decision in the case involving the attempted transfer of the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO assets and debts to the Town of Belville in November of 2017. The ruling held that the attempted transaction was unlawful and that H2GO is entitled to the return of its assets.We have always known that North Carolina law would not abide a transaction such as this. You simply cannot give away a unit of government because you don’t like the results of an election. We are very pleased that the Court reached the same conclusion and found the contested transaction to be null and void.We are also pleased that the Court determined that H2GO is the rightful and lawful owner of the 56+ million dollars of assets at issue in this litigation. It is our hope that Belville will return these assets as soon as possible without the need for further Court action.As H2GO Executive Director Bob Walker testified and is noted in the Court’s Order, H2GO has always provided its customers with water that meets or exceeds all applicable state and federal water quality standards.The H2GO Board of Commissioners thanks the Court for its ruling and looks forward to putting this matter behind them and governing H2GO without being further distracted by this litigation.”last_img read more

Motorcyclist suffers grievous injuries in hitandrun collision in Zebbug

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first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Credit: CMRUCredit: CMRU A motorcyclist has suffered grievous injuries following a hit and run collision with another vehicle in Zebbug.The police say that the incident took place at 11AM this morning on Dun Karm Psaila Road when a Kawasaki bike ridden by a 43 year old man from Zebbug was hit by a vehicle.The vehicle is understood to have fled the scene.An ambulance took the biker to Mater Dei Hospital where his injuries were certified as grievous.WhatsApplast_img read more

May an abnormal month for Maltese weather – MIA

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first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Thunder Rumbles as the Storm Clouds Gather – Mark WarnerThunder Rumbles as the Storm Clouds Gather – Mark Warner According to meteorologists at MIA, this year’s May weather was quite abnormal than previous.They state that Malta had six thunderstorms in May, six times as many on previous records.According to the weather assessments from Malta International Airport, this high number of thunder occurrences identified May 2019 as the stormiest May since 1951. This is added to the high SE winds reaching 48 knots.In addition to thunderstorms and wind, meteorologists identified that more than double the amount of rainfall fell in May than in 2018. The weather assessments should that 19.2mm of rainfall across the archipelago, over double the 8.5mm of rainfall was seen in 2018. The first rains appeared on the 3rd May.Despite the tempestuous weather, MIA also reported between 9 and almost 13 hours of sunshine, 289.7 in total across the month. This is apparently 10 less than is normal for this time of year.May also say the rise in the air temperatures across the islands. What started as just over 10°C from the 8th May, soon reached just over 26°C on the 29th May.MIA says that the air temperature was technically one degree below the normal climate temperature of 19.8°C, sitting instead at 18.3°C.  They also report that average sea temperature for May sat at 17.9°C, also one degree lower than the 18.0°C normally expected.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more