The British Medical Association (BMA) have a short news feature on their website about the move towards a Scottish GP contract. The article also details the next steps and timetable towards the contract, with the proposed contract to be published in November and then a series of roadshow events leading to a poll and the final decision on whether to accept the contract. If accepted, it would be implemented from April 2018.
The Scottish Government have announced that social care staff working ‘sleepover’ hours are to receive a pay increase and will now be paid the Living Wage of £8.45 for sleepover hours. Care workers have received the Living Wage for non-sleepover hours since October 2016.
The quarterly update of the Scottish Public Health Observatory website has been carried out. There is updated information in a number of subject areas. The updated topics are listed on the website and include, amongst others, alcohol, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and physical activity.
The latest issue of the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network newsletter is available. the newsletter contents include a brief update on the ActWELL study, articles on healthy eating (recipe for kale, sweet potato and chickpeas with hummus sauce…) and physical exercise initiatives and a research round-up.
They have also announced the date of the 2018 SCPN Conference. The event has the theme ‘We can, I can’, designed to highlight that organisations and individuals can take action against cancer, and takes place on 5th February 2018.
The Care Inspectorate have published a report on staff vacancies in care services in 2016. The report provides the first national overview of vacancy levels and recruitment difficulties among the individual care services that report directly to the Care Inspectorate. More than a third of social care services have reported unfilled staff vacancies and almost half faced difficulties recruiting the right staff.
What Works Scotland have produced an evidence review and briefing on steps that local authorities and community planning partnerships can take to mitigate and prevent child poverty and identify early trigger signs that may suggest an increased risk of poverty.
Treanor, Morag C. (2017) Actions to prevent and mitigate child poverty in Community Planning Partnerships, Edinburgh: What Works Scotland.
National Records for Scotland have released figures for winter mortality in Scotland in 2016/17. The figures show that the seasonal increase of 2,720 deaths in winter 2016/17 was smaller than in most of the 65 previous winters but above the level seen in five of the previous ten winters.