Finance & Resource Management

Contaminated blood victims ‘no closer’ to support parity

Contaminated blood victims 'no closer' to support parity PA Northern Ireland victims of the contaminated blood scandal have said they are no closer to securing financial support that would bring them into line with victims in England. They met Health Minister Robin Swann on Thursday and urged him to address a disparity in payments. Victims in Northern Ireland are paid less than those elsewhere in the UK. They said the meeting was constructive but Mr Swann told them he was keeping his options open. Nigel [...]

Pensions row ‘making bad situation worse in NHS’

Pensions row 'making bad situation worse in NHS'. PA MEDIA The continuing dispute over pensions that has seen doctors stop working overtime is "making a bad situation worse", hospital bosses are warning. Some have been refusing to work extra hours because they were being landed with bills after changes to how much could be accrued in pensions tax free. A short-term fix, proposed in November by NHS bosses in England, will see the NHS pick up the tax bills. But NHS Providers said it [...]

Cyber security breaches hit unprecedented highs in UK defence industry

Cyber security breaches hit unprecedented highs in UK defence industry. An unprecedented number of security incidents were reported to the Ministry of Defence during the last 12 months. Heavily redacted defence documents reveal an increase in security breaches Cyber security breaches have risen to unprecedented levels across the British defence industry over the last year, according to a heavily redacted government document obtained by Sky News. Sky News previously revealed the MoD and its partners failed to protect military and defence data in 37 [...]

Nurses’ strike: All you need to know

Nurses' strike: All you need to know. PACEMAKER Members of the Royal College of Nursing will go on strike for 12 hours at 08:00 GMT An estimated 15,500 nurses are taking strike action across Northern Ireland in protest over pay and staff numbers. The figure includes about 9,000 nurses who belong to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) union and about 6,500 who are members of Unison. The widespread strike is unprecedented as it is the first time in the RCN's 103-year history that its [...]

NHS gives Amazon free use of health data under Alexa advice deal

NHS gives Amazon free use of health data under Alexa advice deal. UK health service will not gain commercial benefit from future Amazon products using its data Amazon has been given free access to healthcare information collected by the NHS as part of a contract with the government. The material, which excludes patient data, could allow the multinational technology company to make, advertise and sell its own products. In July the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said a partnership with the NHS that allowed Amazon [...]