Deal ‘holds NI to ransom’ over health staff pay

“I want to focus on public services, they need to get back to work,” he said. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStormont talks: Julian Smith warns that financial package depends on an agreed deal Patricia McKeown, from Unison, told the BBC that the dispute over health workers’ pay could be “resolved immediately”. “That’s about holding the people of Northern Ireland at ransom,” she said. “It’s about really infringing on their human rights, health workers and patients alike.” Assembly recall Mr Smith and Tánaiste (Irish Deputy Prime Minister) Simon Coveney made the announcement of a draft deal at a media conference at Stormont on Thursday evening. The Northern Ireland Secretary had asked the Stormont speaker, Robin Newton, to …

The Staggering Cost Of American Health Care Paperwork Has Been Calculated

The United States health care system is by far the world’s most expensive – not just in total but per person served. Bureaucratic costs are the single largest reason, and a new study reveals the scale. In 2017, Americans spent an estimated $812 billion on paperwork associated with medical care, either through direct payments or taxes, on top of the actual costs of being treated. Even worse, its proportion is growing. The figure comes from a study published in the highly influential Annals of Internal Medicine. On average, each American spends $2,479, so that bits of paper concerning their health coverage can be shuffled around, a figure separate from corporate profits made in the process. Canadians, who the study used as a …

Top mental health tips for 2020

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Boxer Tyson Fury has described depression as his “toughest opponent” Research by charity Mental Health Foundation showed men were less likely than women to seek help when feeling depressed. They are also more likely to seek help in A&E when their depression is at an acute stage, rather than earlier at a GP surgery. Image copyright PA Media Image caption The Sussexes and Cambridges have publicly supported mental health charities According to experts, self-harm usually starts as a way to relieve the build-up of pressure from distressing thoughts or feelings. It may provide temporary relief from emotional pain, but the underlying reasons remain. Prof John, who wrote the Welsh Government guidelines on the subject, …