Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

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Last update: Wednesday 20th June
 
Public satisfaction with GP services has dropped to the lowest level since the 1980s, a survey has found. The British Social Attitudes survey found satisfaction with family doctor services - usually seen as the “jewel in the crown” of the NHS – fell to its lowest level in 35 years.
HealthThe Sentinel – 28 February 2018
 
A clear majority of people on the Isle of Man support the right to life before birth and oppose sex-selective abortion, according to poll results revealed in February.
Research by ComRes, on behalf of Concerned Manx Healthcare Professionals, found that 70% of people believe the law should be defined so that sex-selective abortion is not possible, and 81% of people think all pregnant women should be assessed by a doctor before abortion to ensure that there is no coercion.
Social IssuesEvangelicals Now – April 2018
 
Unemployment has increased by the biggest amount in almost five years, new figures reveal. There was 1.47 million people out of work in the quarter to December 2017, an increase of 46,000 giving a jobless rate of 4.4%. The quarterly rise was the biggest since early 2013, although unemployment is 123,000 lower than a year ago, according to the Office of National Statistics.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel – 22 February 2018
 
Pakistan is the riskiest country for newborns, the UN children’s agency said. Of every 1,000 infants born, 46 dies at birth.
World IssuesThe Sentinel - 21 February 2018
 
Gambling physically alters the structure of the brain and makes people more prone to depression and anxiety, new research has shown. Scientists examining problem gamblers found they had more grey matter in and connections between regions linked to the mental conditions.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCARE Impact Direct - 13th April 2018 (The Telegraph)
 
For the first year ever, more than 1,500 people in the UK have donated their organs after they died and this means that more people than ever have had a transplant to transform their life. Latest figures for the end of the financial year show there were 1,575 deceased donors during 2017/18, an 11% increase on the previous financial year. It is the highest ever number of donors in the UK. There were 162 more deceased donors than the previous year, the highest year on year increase in 28 years.
HealthCARE Impact Direct - 13th April 2018 (NHS Blood and Transplant)
 
Millennials still value marriage with almost three quarters of those who are unmarried (72%) intending to tie the knot, according to new research by the Church of England. While official figures recently showed a decline in the marriage rate, a study commissioned by the Church of England’s Life Events team suggests that 18-to-35-year-olds still dream of having their big day.
FamilyCARE Impact Direct - 13th April 2018 (The Church of England)
 
China has prohibited buying the Bible from major online stores, whilst claiming the country promotes religious freedom. According to widespread media reports, Amazon China and two other large online outlets have dropped the Bible from sale.
Religious PersecutionThe Christian Institute - 6th April 2018
 
Cannabis is four times stronger today than in the 1960s and countries legalising it are experimenting with the minds of their youth, two experienced psychiatrists have warned. Professor Robin Murray and Marco Colizzi issued the stark caution as they said it was “now incontrovertible that heavy cannabis use increases the risk of psychosis”.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 6th April 2018
 
A clear majority of people on the Isle of Man support the right to life before birth and oppose sex-selective abortion, according to a new poll. Research by ComRes, on behalf of Concerned Manx Healthcare Professionals, found 86 per cent of adults believe a child should have a right to life at some point before birth.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 16th February 2018
 
According to the latest report from Oregon State in the US, 143 had an assisted suicide death last year. As in previous years, a significant proportion (55%) of those opting for assisted suicide cited concerns about being a burden on family, friends or caregivers as one of the reasons for their decision.
World IssuesCARE Impact Direct - 16th February 2018
 
Ninety per cent of children who leave primary school in low-income countries are not expected to read or do basic maths, a new report from the Department for International Development (DFID) says. Globally, most children now have access to basic education, and, in 2015, 17 per cent of spending in low-income countries and 16 per cent in lower-middle-income countries went to education. But it is estimated that low- and middle-income countries spend two per cent of GDP on education that does not lead to learning.
EducationChurch Times – 9 February 2018
 
Christians in India are suffering a “dramatic upsurge” in attacks, a new report produced for Irish politicians warns. The report, Official India: On the side of the militants, was published last week by the Irish charity Church in Chains for the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence…The 57 “serious incidents of persecution” listed are a “representative sample”, the authors say, and are “almost certainly a gross understatement”. In the first half of 2016, the Evangelical Fellowship of India and All-India Christian Council recorded 410 incidents as in the whole of 2016. In 2014, it was 147.
Religious PersecutionChurch Times – 9 February 2018
 
A Government review of sharia in the UK has said that a “culture change” in Muslim communities is required for women’s civil rights to be acknowledged. The Independent Review into the Application of Sharia Law in England and Wales, chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui and published on Thursday of last week, also recommended that marriage laws should be changed to ensure that civil marriages were conducted before, or at the same time as, Islamic weddings, as happened in the case of Christian or Jewish weddings in the UK.
The LawChurch Times – 9 February 2018
 
Loneliness and mental illness are by far the commonest community issues being addressed by parish priests in the Church of England, a new survey suggests. The survey of 1094 incumbents of parishes around the C of E was conducted by the Mission and Public Affairs Council and the Church Urban Fund to inform the latest Church in Action report….More than three quarters (76 per cent) of all respondents reported that loneliness was a “significant” problem in their community last year: 18 per cent higher than in 2011.
Social IssuesChurch Times – 9 February 2018
 
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