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Stigma Attached to Women’s Health Issues at Work Needs to Be Broken

A new report reveals that women’s health issues are still considered a taboo subject in the workplace, and as a result often go under-recognised. According to the Work Foundation’s “More than ‘Women’s Issues’ – women’s reproductive and gynaecological health and work” report, common women’s health conditions, such as endometriosis or infertility; having a long-term condition during pregnancy; and dealing with …

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Majority of Brits Put Their Partner’s Health Ahead of Their Own Wellbeing

Millions of Brits are putting their own wellbeing at risk because they worry too much about the health of their partners, new research has found. In fact, three in four of the 2,000 adults surveyed for the Bupa Health Clinics poll said they worry about their partner’s physical health, while one in three admitted to regularly (yet unsuccessfully) pleading with …

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Survey Finds More Men Than Women Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines

New figures released by NHS Digital show that more men than women are meeting physical activity guidelines. According to the Health Survey for England 2016 figures released on 13 December 2017, almost two-thirds of men (66%) met national activity guidelines in 2016, compared to 58% of women. The Health Survey for England series monitors trends in the nation’s health, covering …

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Routine Operations Could Be Rationed As NHS Faces Growing Cash Crisis

A growing cash crisis in the NHS could see routine knee and hip operations rationed going forward. As the National Health Service in England struggles to make ends meet, other so-called “non-urgent” procedures could also be delayed. Patients waiting for cataract surgery and hernia operations could find themselves shunted down the list as health service funds dry up. Prior to …

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Startling Number of ‘Gig Workers’ Have No Financial Protection

Millions of Brits today are employed in what are known as “gig jobs”. This term is used to describe workers who are often independent contractors or freelancers, and are paid for each “gig” they do – instead of by the hour/day. It’s a setup that both employers and individuals like because of the flexibility it affords. However, many such workers …

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PMI Second-most Valued Employee Benefit, Finds Study

A survey of employees and employers in the UK has revealed what they believe are the most valuable employee benefits. The poll of 1,150 employees and 1,001 employers by group risk insurer Ellipse found that workplace pensions were considered to be the most valued benefit overall to employees, with 58% selecting it in their top three. Private Medical Insurance (PMI) …

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One in Seven Employees Suffering with a Mental Health Issue, Report Finds

The stigma associated with mental health and the challenges of addressing mental health issues in the workplace cost UK businesses between £33 billion and £42 billion each year, according to an independent, government-commissioned report. The report, Thriving at work: The Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers, was commissioned by Prime Minister Teresa May in January 2017. It found the …

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Upfront Charges to Curb NHS Medical Tourism ‘a Threat to Everyone’

NHS patients will now be asked to prove their eligibility to receive state-funded medical treatment under new plans designed to curb medical tourism and save the health service much needed funds. Going forward, medical staff will routinely ask patients for utility bills, bank statements and proof of employment in an attempt to identify who should be paying for treatment. Migrants …

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Stress in the Workplace Can Be Tackled by Training Managers, Report Finds

Managing stress in the workplace doesn’t need to be a major investment for businesses and one of the most effective ways to boost wellness it by training managers to spot rising stress issues before they become a business problem. That’s one of the key findings to come out of a new report by insurance provider MetLife Employee Benefits. According to …

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Uninsured Women Leaving Their Families Just Seven Months Away from Financial Hardship

Some women are leaving their families in potentially uncertain positions financially because of their lack of financial protection, new research has shown. According to the survey from Scottish Widows, more than three-quarters (76%) of women say their families would struggle to cope with everyday chores and household expenses if they fell ill or passed away. In fact, these women indicated …