General News (Archive)

MoD:  Minister starts construction of £83m military logistics site – (Troops on parade as UK welcomes China with spectacular ceremony ~ DECA officially launched by Minister for Defence Procurement ~ MoD:  UK armoured battle group takes part in Poland exercise ~ MoD publishes equipment plan update & welcomes independent report ~ NAO:  Major Projects Report 2015 and the Equipment Plan 2015 to 2025 ~ Bomb Disposal 75: Prince Harry attends Commemorative Service)

VA&PC:  Continuance of UDR & R IRISH (Home Service) Aftercare Service

NHS England:  Fixing the future, listening to parents – (The NHS Five Year Forward View – One Year On ~ Tackling ‘Hot Topics’ around Information Governance ~ Delivering a Safe Haven amid the 5 Year Forward View ~ NHS England:  NHS England Specialised Commissioning Patient & Public Voice (PPV) partner/Lay member opportunities ~ Achieving better outcomes and better value with RightCare)

CQC:  Bootham Park Hospital update – (CQC’s response to the Bliss report ~ CQC:  ‘No notable improvement’ in people’s experiences of out-of-hospital mental health care, finds patient survey)

NAO:  The management of adult diabetes services in the NHS: progress review

National Ombudsmen reveals wide range of public service failures across NHS in England & UK government departments

Monitor:  Long-term partner needed for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – (Monitor:  Regulator proposes action to fix financial failings at Midland's trust ~ Monitor:  Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust taken out of special measures after improvement)

DH/PHE:  Act FAST adverts return to air to highlight symptoms of stroke – (DH:  New resources to improve health through the home ~ DH:  Lord Carter: reducing variation in care could save NHS £5bn ~ New evidence review of measures to reduce sugar consumption)

Audit Scotland:  Fundamental changes are needed to NHS services as pressures continue to rise ~ ScotGov:  Response to Audit Scotland's 'NHS in Scotland 2015' report)

Innovate UK:  Managing diabetes with mobile health: apply for business funding

LGA:  Obesity crisis - councils' concerns about obese teenagers as sports participation figures plunge – (LGA:  40% funding reduction would devastate local services & communities, councils warn ~ LGA:  Common sense approach to holidays is needed)

Environment Agency warns maize harvesting can result in run-off and pollution – (EA:  Lakes & Dales decisions create largest area of English National Park land)

FSA statement about Barton Farm Dairy

DCMS:  £35m Rembrandt painting at risk of leaving the UK

ScotGov:  10 years of cooperation with Malawi ~ Boosting food production in Malawi – (ScotGov:  Bags of success ~ ScotGov:  Edinburgh Castle turns blue for UN ~ ScotGov:  AAIB report on Clutha tragedy)

WAG:  Who’s in health? Children inspired to a healthcare career – (WAG:  Give your community champions the recognition they deserve – Last chance ~ Minister congratulates challenged Tonypandy school on huge improvement ~ Their Finest Hour & a Half creates significant economic benefits after 7 week shoot in Wales ~ WAG:  £10m EU boost for new Menai Science Park (M-SParc) ~ WAG:  Making Waves: £2m EU boost for new wave technology ~ WAG:  Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to remain in special measures)

TfL:  High Court declares that smartphones used in private hire vehicles are not taximeters – (Spooktacular Halloween treats ~ TfL awards new £6.5m contract to Loughborough Tube & Rail supplier ~ TfL releases land for 10,000 homes across the Capital ~ TfL land made available for new homes ~ First section of North-South Cycle Superhighway opens ~ TfL:  Incline lift at Greenford Tube station is UK first ~ Transport fun for families this half term)

Ofgem:  Keeping Britain’s power flowing

techUK:  BBC rule out funding Digital Radio Switchover – (techUK:  What techUK learnt from their #SMETownHall last week ~ techUK:  Next steps on Licensed shared access (LSA) study)

TUC:  Someone experiences work-related stress every two minutes ~ This impacts on the economy as well as individuals – (1 in 6 British steelworkers face losing their jobs, warns TUC ~ Know your rights to time off work when your child is sick, says TUC ~ Apprenticeships must be ‘quality rather than just quantity’, warns TUC ~ Government list of minimum wage offenders is only tip of the iceberg, says TUC)

Ofsted:  Too many apprenticeships not meeting the needs of young people, employers or the economy

CBI calls on Government to prioritise innovation spending from cuts – (London must invest in infrastructure & skills to remain globally competitive - CBI President)

National Archives launches Archives Inspire at DCDC

Unicef Philippines ready to provide support to the children affected by Typhoon Koppu – (Unicef concerned about children in unreached areas affected by Typhoon Koppu/Lando ~ Unicef Condemns the Brutal Gang Rapes of Girls in ‪‎Delhi ~ Unicef:  Support breastfeeding to reduce effects of poverty, says new report)

WWF - Countdown to historic climate meeting in Paris

EHRC:  Industry taskforce unveils campaign to improve the working conditions of cleaners – (EHRC comments on Theresa May’s call for more diversity in the police service ~ Home Office:  Diversity profiles published to encourage police forces to become more representative)

RoSPA:  Is Britain going backwards with workplace health & safety? – (Actions & priorities in child safety at RoSPA’s annual conference)

Met Office:  Name our storms - update

STFC:  Super-fast laser technique helping target cancer

Arts Council England:  Local arts projects receive over £5m

STFC:  Brand new tool for developing improved antibiotics produced by ISIS and Newcastle – (STFC's Hartree Centre, IBM, NVIDIA and Mellanox Launch new facility to help UK businesses exploit high performance computing)

ESRC:  UK and China team up on superbug research