Key Quotes for 2019

Key Quotes for 2019

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Last update: Sunday 22nd September
 
Senior doctors in the NHS are reducing their hours, turning down extra work and even retiring early to avoid being hit with huge tax bills on their pensions, a report reveals.Nearly 20% of consultants have cut the number of hours they work and 42% have reduced the amount of extra shifts they do, faced with the threat of receiving bills that can top £50,000 in a year, according to the research commissioned by NHS Employers.
MoneyThe Guardian
 
Adults turn to older teenagers for help online more than their work colleagues or partners, a survey has shown, revealing how families are increasingly reliant on children’s knowledge of technology. Teenagers over the age of 16 were the preferred choice for advice on how to be secure online by 15%, compared to 10% who said they would ask work colleagues, according to research carried out for GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre.
Young PeopleThe Sentinel
 
Members of Britain’s elite, who hold the top jobs in politics, the judiciary, media and business, are five times more likely to have been to private school than the general population, according to research.
Work/EmploymentThe Guardian
 
The number of children living in poverty has remained at more than four million while household incomes “stagnated” last year, figures reveal. Data from the Department for Work and Pensions showed that 4.1 million children in the UK were classed as living in a relative low-income household after housing costs in the past year, unchanged from the previous 12 months.
Young PeopleThe Sentinel
 
The world’s largest medicinal cannabis company has urged the government to allow GPs to prescribe the drug, calling on the UK to be a “leader not a laggard” in one of the world’s fastest growing major industries.
HealthThe Guardian
 
The world is seeing record sea level rises and devastating floods, storms, heatwaves and wildfires as climate change impacts grow, a UN report has said.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel
 
Austerity, inequality and job insecurity are bad for mental health and governments should counteract them if they want to face up to the rising prevalence of mental illness, the UN’s top health envoy has said.
HealthThe Guardian
 
Drinking a bottle of wine per week increases the lifetime risk of cancer by the equivalent of smoking five to 10 cigarettes, research suggests. This is due to the risk of cancer in parts of the body such as the bowel, liver and oesophagus, according to the team of researchers from the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Bangor University and University of Southampton
HealthThe Sentinel
 
Doctors from ethnic minorities are too often treated as outsiders by their NHS bosses and peers and not given the support they need, according to an investigation into why they are twice as likely to face disciplinary action as white doctors.
Work/EmploymentThe Guardian
 
Middle class people aged 60 to 74 are earning more than double what their parents were taking home at the same age as they are increasingly forced to work as they get older.The IFS says it reflects employment rates for older men and women continuing to rise as life expectancy increases and they have to compensate for less generous pensions than previous generations.
The ElderlyThe Telegraph
 
Tougher penalties are not an effective deterrent against handheld mobile use by drivers as many are “returning to their old ways”, research suggests.
CrimeThe Sentinel
 
Sperm counts have been declining in recent decades and various studies have pointed to poor diet as a significant cause. A groundbreaking investigation has established that teenagers who favour high-fat and processed foods like pizzas, chips and snacks are killing off sperm-producing cells that can never be replaced.
HealthThe Telegraph
 
The first NHS gambling clinic for children is opening amid growing concern that the rise of online gaming sites and targeted adverts is fuelling a problem among young people. There are 55,000 children classed as having a gambling problem in Britain, according to the Gambling Commission, which also found that 450,000 are gambling regularly – more than those who have taken drugs, drunk alcohol or smoked.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Guardian
 
Millions of drivers suffer stress when taking their vehicle for an MOT, a new survey suggests. Some 59% find the test stressful, a poll of 2,001 UK motorists commissioned by Co-op Insurance indicated.
HealthThe Sentinel
 
Developing countries’ debt payments increased by 85 per cent between 2010 and 2018, new data from the Jubilee Debt Campaign, published last week, shows. The average government external-debt payments across the 124 developing countries for which data was available had increased as a percentage of government revenue from 6.6 in 2010 to 12.2 in 2018, the campaign said.
MoneyChurch Times
 
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