How do you tackle stress in the workplace?

  • 5 December 2018
  • From the section Health
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Is the workplace more stressful than it was? Do employees feel more under pressure than before? Are staff feeling burdened by work emails around the clock? Recent data and surveys suggest there is an increasing problem.

Now one business owner wants other employers to follow his lead and allow employees to do a four-day week and to switch off completely on the fifth day.

Ankur Shah runs lifestyle brands company Mahabis and says he lets staff, within reason, choose where they work on the four days as long as they are in contact via email or Skype.

There is also no monitoring of working hours.

Staff in London are expected to attend a monthly meeting.

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How do we incentivise people to be healthier?

  • 28 November 2018
  • From the section Health
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The obesity challenge to the NHS looms large. The costs of treating related health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, are rising relentlessly. Policymakers are anxious to find answers. Prevention is the goal, but what sort of nudge is most effective to get people to look after themselves better?

A new study suggests that the fear of losing something is a better incentive than the prospect of gaining a benefit.

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Deal gives patients faster drug access

  • 23 November 2018
  • From the section Health
Pharmacy shelves piled with prescription drugs.

It's been billed as a win-win for patients, with new drugs and medical devices being made available more rapidly and money flowing back into the NHS.

It sounds too good to be true - and it may turn out to be that.

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Budget 2018: 'NHS will face cuts as well as gains'

  • 30 October 2018
  • From the section Health
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Spending on public health, and doctors' and nurses' training in England is set to fall next year according to the fine print of the Budget documents.

The chancellor announced annual real-terms funding increases for NHS England which provides front-line services. But other areas of health spending run by the Department of Health will fall in 2019-20, according to a think tank.

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NHS: Will this winter be even worse?

  • 22 October 2018
  • From the section Health
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Will there be a bleak winter for the NHS?

A cycle of perpetual winter crises and the NHS running on empty - these are the latest warnings coming from groups in England representing hospitals and doctors.

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Contaminated blood scandal: What have we learned so far?

  • 27 September 2018
  • From the section Health
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It has been said before that the contaminated blood scandal was the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS.

This week, we have heard that the public inquiry, which has just begun, will be the largest ever held in the UK.

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What will the NHS 10-year plan look like?

  • 13 September 2018
  • From the section Health
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Long-term planning is rare in Whitehall with the five-year election cycle driving most policymaking.

But the NHS in England has a chance to break that mould with a 10-year plan.

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Vaping – good, bad or not clear?

  • 17 August 2018
  • From the section Health
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A new report from MPs has certainly generated a new talking point - not least among vapers and smokers taking a break from their desks.

It has raised again the questions of whether e-cigarettes are a positive force for public health and whether they could yet cause harm to users. Both it seems could be true.

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The pain of waiting for a knee operation

  • 9 August 2018
  • From the section Health
Richard Cubis

Richard Cubis, 69, has learned to live with Parkinson's - but it's the constant pain in his knee he finds most difficult.

He was put on a waiting list for a knee replacement in May 2017. Since then, there have been four cancellations.

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Why did more people die in depths of last winter?

  • 1 August 2018
  • From the section Health
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Every year, more people die in the winter than the summer. Excess winter deaths, largely linked to the cold weather and flu, are expected.

But they were even higher this past winter in England and Wales than in previous years, and experts are concerned.

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