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1.5 Million British Pensioners Left To Fend For Themselves

In Family, Health and Wellness, Healthcare by Paul Howell

The frightening situation facing many British pensioners as 1.5 million frail individuals are left to fend for themselves. Millions of British pensioners are struggling to fend for themselves and the situation is only going to get worse going forward. That’s one of the stark realities revealed by new figures from the UK’s largest charity for older people. According to the …

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How Employers Can Better Support Their Employees’ Financial Wellbeing

In Business, Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness by Paul Howell

More and more businesses are understanding the importance of employee financial wellbeing (and with good reason). After all, money problems affect employees and that in turn impacts employers, which is why financial wellness in the workplace has quickly become a significant priority on the management agenda. According to PwC’s 8th annual Employee Financial Wellness Survey, 59% of employee respondents cited …

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Number Of Patients Waiting For Elective Treatment On The NHS Has Risen 4.6% In A Year

In Healthcare, Industry News, Insurance by Paul Howell

The number of people waiting for elective treatment on the NHS has risen by 4.6% in just one year. Today, 4.4 million individuals are currently waiting for elective treatment, which is a procedure or surgery that is chosen by the patient or physician because it is advantageous to the former, but not necessarily urgent. Of these patients, one in seven …

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Excess Body Fat Linked To Increased Depression Risk

In Healthcare, Industry News, Mental Health by Paul Howell

Obesity is complex and having excess body fat is something that is not just a cosmetic concern. The bottom line is obesity is a medical problem and it increases a person’s risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, certain cancers and other health problems. But now new research suggests that carrying excess body fat also increases a person’s risk …

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Mindfulness Apps Help Boost Mental Health, Survey Finds

In Healthcare, In The Press, Mental Health by Paul Howell

New research shows that more than eight in 10 people (86%) find mindfulness apps beneficial for improving their overall mental wellbeing. According to the research from Vitality, more than half (56%) of respondents said they use mindfulness apps to help relieve stress, while just under half (49%) use them to improve their mental health. More than a third (34%) of …

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NHS Crisis Continues: Record A&E Attendances & Longest-Ever Waiting Times

In Healthcare, In The Press, Industry News by Paul Howell

New NHS data reveals record numbers of A&E patients, as well as the worst-ever waiting times for routine operations. Furthermore, the number of operations being cancelled is also on the rise and the number of patients waiting on a trolley for more than 12 hours has also increased since last year. According to the Society for Acute Medicine, the figures …

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Obesity Is The New Smoking, Warns NHS Chief

In Healthcare, Individual, Industry News by Paul Howell

By 2030, 360,000 people a year will be diagnosed with obesity-related cancers. That’s a staggering 36,800 obesity-related cancer diagnoses per day, approximately four people an hour, one person every 15 minutes. It’s a reality, the head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, says, that needs to be urgently addressed, otherwise the UK will have a weight-related crisis on its hands comparable …

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Study Finds Shift Workers More Susceptible To Heart Disease

In Industry News by Paul Howell

Working shifts is an inevitable part of some people’s jobs. But new research shows that shift work is particularly tough on workers’ hearts. According to a Chinese study of more than 320,000 people, shift workers have a heightened risk of heart disease, and the longer they work shifts, the greater that risk becomes. Cardiovascular Health For the research, led by …

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Death In Service Vs. Personal Life Cover: Which One Is Right For You?

In Business, Employee Benefits, Insurance by Paul Howell

We often get asked by clients what the difference is between death in service (also known as group life cover) and personal life insurance. As such, here’s what you need to know about the difference between the two: What is death in service? Death in service is an employee benefit sometimes provided by employers that is designed to pay a …

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5 Reasons To Review Your Life Insurance Cover

In Industry News by Paul Howell

While you may already have suitable life insurance based on your current circumstances, you could end up being under-insured in the future if you do not update your policy as key events occur in your life. To prevent any nasty surprises further down the line, and ensure you remain fully insured, it is important to understand when you might need …

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NHS Staff To Be Given Dedicated, Fast-Tracked Mental Health Support

In Healthcare, Industry News by Paul Howell

When it was born on July 5, 1948, the NHS was the first completely free healthcare service in the world based on citizenship. Fast-forward to today and the NHS employs around 1.4 million people across the UK. But while the doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who work in the NHS provide vital health services and much-needed support, what happens …

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Better Employee Benefits? Vast Majority Of UK Workers Affected By Money Worries

In Business, Employee Benefits, Industry News by Paul Howell

The vast majority of UK workers are troubled by money. That’s one of the key takeaways from new research that surveyed more than 5,000 employees and over 1,000 employers. According to the inaugural Close Brothers’ Financial Wellbeing Index, 94% of UK employees are suffering from money worries and over three-quarters (77%) say that money worries impact them at work. Two …