General News (Archive)

MoD searches for relatives of 2 men killed in World War II – (MoD:  HMS Enterprise rescues over 450 migrants ~ MoD:  Open innovation within defence ~ MoD extends its free mail service for Defence Personnel ~ RAF Typhoons return from Baltic Air Policing mission ~ Armed Forces Hindu Network celebrates Raksha Bandan across the UK ~ MoD:  Publication of Regulatory Notice (RN) regarding display flying)

NHS England:  Care & treatment reviews to become ‘business as usual’ – (NHS England:  Drop-in to the Maternity Review and be part of the change ~ Chief Nursing Officer bulletin: September 2015 ~ NHS England:  5m people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes, new figures estimate ~ 100,000 Genomes Project looks to recruit cancer patients)

CQC:  Give us your views on how we regulate independent doctor services – (CQC:  Update to the regulation of air ambulances ~ CQC:  NHS Trust inspections for January 2016)

Monitor:  Finances of Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust under investigation – (Monitor:  Commissioners in Devon did not breach regulations in transforming community services)

Collaborate:  New care models - To keep up, the NHS must shift focus in 3 ways

DH:  Use of police cells for those in mental health crisis halved ~ Crisis Care Concordat – (DH:  Help shape the Independent Patient Safety Investigation Service ~ DH:  PHE Neurology briefing provides CCGs with new resources to improve provision of care)

NHS Confederation:  Mental Health Network responds to mental health spending figures released by Labour ~

ScotGov:  Investment in mental health ~ NHS Confederation responds to figures on patient complaints)

NHS England:  5m people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes, new figures estimate

Welsh NHS Confederation comments on waiting times

Patients Association - Patient Safety

HM Treasury:  Chancellor praises Yorkshire poppies – (HM Treasury:  Chancellor pledges £1m for a new helicopter for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance)

Home Secretary visits Birmingham to celebrate local action against extremism – (Home Office:  First contract for new emergency services network awarded)

DWP:  2,000 starts by young people every week into work experience or sector-based work academies

DfT:  Rail Minister tours Great Western electrification works

CLG:  Enterprise zones boom with thousands of new jobs attracted this year

ScotGov:  22,000 more young people eligible for EMAs – (Longannet taskforce meeting ~ ScotGov:  1,000 more NHS staff planned for 2015/16 ~ 875,000 patients treated within 12-week guarantee ~ ScotGov:  The future of electronic monitoring ~ ScotGov:  Further cases of bee disease confirmed ~  Sourcing Scottish produce ~ Most Ethnic Groups Report Better Health than ‘White: Scottish’ ~ ScotGov:  Chief Constable resignation)

WAG:  Minister praises remarkable success of Schools Challenge Cymru schools – (WAG:  Survival rates for heart disease are improving in Wales ~ Deputy Minister urges farmers to respond to SAF queries ~ WAG:  Over 5,000 doses of badger vaccination delivered in the IAA ~ Secondary School attendance levels at record high ~
Welsh Government scheme providing a boost to Garden City ~ Vibrant & Viable Places Programme)

NCA:  Operation Vivarium targets users of Lizard Squad’s website attack tool

Ofsted:  Inspection of Bradford local authority school improvement support

Ofwat awards licence for Thames Tideway Tunnel

techUK:  UK Government announces formal consultation on proposed apprenticeship levy – (techUK:  Mobile Payments to hit $1 trillion in value in 2017 ~ techUK:  Netflix exceeds 25% reach of UK pay TV homes)

Environment Agency:  New tidal gauge will record data to improve flood forecasting  - (EA:  £26m flood scheme unveiled to protect tourist town)

Cutting public spending on the old is not the answer to youth crisis, says TUC – (TUC:  Independent watchdog slams government trade union proposals as ‘not fit for purpose’ ~ TUC & NUS sign campaigning partnership ~ More must be done to tackle the gender pay gap, says TUC ~ TUC calls for urgent enquiry after back-to-work deaths revealed)

Women's work? Latest pay gap data reveals women work for free 1h 40m a day ~ Adam Smith Inst:   CMI’s pay gap findings fatally flawed by not controlling for working hours

BCS:  Finalists announced in the 2015 BCS & Computing UK IT Industry Awards

Skills Funding Agency:  Funding Reform & Localism Steering Group

LGA says foreign drivers should be made to pay parking fines – (LGA - Blue badge thefts more than double ~ LGA:  Firefighters tackle dementia, cot deaths and childhood obesity as local authorities embrace public health responsibilities ~ LGA responds to Money Advice Trust report on council use of bailiffs)

UK’s timber trade body gets behind WWF-UK Forests Campaign

Innovate UK:  C-Enduro: World Wildlife Fund research project

TfL:  Increased services for Docklands Light Railway routes – (TfL:  Innovative Cycle Superhighway junction in UK safety first ~ Get into Gear – TfL’s ‘Cycling Grants London’ scheme is open ~ Pedal power gets a big boost ~ LU decides to defer launch of Night Tube to allow successful conclusion of union talks ~ TfL:  Extra trains bring a better DLR service ~ TfL encourages Londoners to take part in National Cycle to Work Day ~ TfL:  All aboard for next in a new series of bus garage open days)

Natural England:  Pilot project aims to help great crested newts

UNICEF:  Persil Launches Initiative To Help 10m Children Access Quality Education – (Unicef Supports Children Fleeing Violence and on the Move in Europe ~ Severe water shortages compound the misery of millions in war-torn Syria, Unicef says ~ Unicef And WFP Reach Thousands Of People In South Sudan Stranded Without Humanitarian Assistance For Months ~ World Tennis No. 1 Novak Djokovic Takes Centre Court For Children With Appointment as Unicef’s Newest Goodwill Ambassador)

EHRC:  New partnership to tackle LGBTI hate crime in Scotland

WWF:  Government faces legal challenge after failing to protect some of England’s most precious rivers

RoSPA warns parents of nappy sack dangers as latest baby death is confirmed

CBI:  30 hours free childcare

New Ways to Engage: The Potential of Voice Technology in the Public Sector