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Brits At Risk Of Being Left Financially Exposed

In Individual, Industry News, Protection by Rebecca Faulks

Statutory Sick Pay (or SSP) is flagging behind inflation, meaning millions of Brits would be left financially exposed if they were to get hit by an illness or injury, new research shows. According to the analysis by Cirencester Friendly Society, SSP has risen by just £25.14 since 2016 – from £383.28 to £408.42 per month. This is significantly less than …

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Supporting Women’s Health In The Workplace

In Health and Wellness, Individual, Industry News by Rebekah Bree

The obvious reality is that health requirements of women and men are different, yet this is something that’s been (for far too long) overlooked in the workplace. As a result, many women have switched employers, moved to part-time hours, turned down promotion opportunities or retired early – all of which cause businesses to lose valuable talent. But attitudes about women’s …

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Why Private Medical Insurance?

In Family, Healthcare, Individual by Paul Connolly

While UK residents can take advantage of the National Health Service (NHS), which is free at the point of use, there are times when individuals and families feel the need to safeguard their health with additional protection products. One such protection product is Private Medical Insurance (PMI), also referred to as health insurance, but what is it, why do you …

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Long-Term UK Care Provisions Falling Behind Other Countries

In Family, Healthcare, Individual by Stephen Ellis

Taking a look at the worrying signs as the UK falls behind other comparable nations when it comes to long-term care provisions. The UK is not keeping up with other nations when it comes to the provision of long-term care, a new analysis has revealed. According to the report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – which …

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What Are Health Cash Plans And Should You Get One?

In Family, Healthcare, Individual by Tom McGuinness

If you’re the type of person who frequently spends money on routine medical costs, such as prescriptions or dentist and opticians appointments, a health cash plan could help you save money. Unlike most other insurance products that cover unforeseen events, health cash plans help you spread the cost of routine healthcare. What are health cash plans? In short, a health …

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UK Students Waiting Too Long For Mental Health Support

In Individual, Industry News, Mental Health by Tom Pullinger

Students in the UK with mental health problems are having to wait up to 12 weeks (three months) for help from their universities. It’s a reality that has prompted fears that some may take their own lives during the delay. Figures collected by British universities show that students at the Royal College of Music had the longest waits for counselling …

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UK Renters Under-Protected & Need To Consider Protection As Much As Home Owners

In Family, Individual, Protection by Paul Connolly

According to Office for National Statistics data, the number of households in the UK Private Rented Sector (PRS) has risen from 2.8 million in 2007 to 4.5 million in 2017 – an increase of 63%. Furthermore, it’s younger people who are more likely to rent, with the 25 to 34 years age group making up the largest proportion (35%). But …

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New Report Reveals The Costly Financial Impact Of Cancer

In Family, Healthcare, Individual, Industry News by Claire Ginnelly

As if the reality of receiving a cancer diagnosis wasn’t bad enough, new research suggests hundreds of thousands of UK cancer patients are also suffering financially. According to a new report from Macmillan Cancer Support, entitled ‘Cancer – a costly diagnosis’, four million people will be living with cancer by 2030. Furthermore, four out of five cancer sufferers are £570 …

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Exercising More In Later Life Provides Plenty Of Benefits

In Healthcare, Individual, Industry News by Tom Pullinger

A new study reveals it’s seemingly never too late to lower your risk of death through exercise, even if you’ve not been particularly active and/or have existing health conditions. According to the research by the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, the results of which are published in The BMJ, by simply meeting and maintaining at least the …

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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 …