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NHS pay rises expected for entire workforce

More than a million NHS staff, including nurses, porters and paramedics, could expect pay increases of over 6% over three years, the BBC understands.

The deal, expected to be formally agreed by unions and ministers later, could cost as much as £4bn.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43481341

Johnson & Johnson agree deal to sell Lifescan for $2.1 B

Johnson & Johnson agree to a $2.1 billion offer from private equity shop Platinum Equity for its LifeScan blood glucose monitoring unit. This follows their wrapping up of the insulin pump brand Animas in Q4 of 2017.

Platinum Equity are not new to healthcare having set up SourceOne Healthcare technologies, an imaging products seller, on the back of buying healthcare divisions from Philips and PSS World Medical in 2002.

More at:

https://www.massdevice.com/johnson-johnson-moves-closer-to-exiting-the-diabetes-business-with-2-1b-lifescan-sale/

‘The NHS is creating drug addicts.’

With nearly 24 million opioids prescribed in 2017, experts warn that the NHS is creating an addiction crisis in the UK.

The powerful painkillers were being ‘dished out’ at a rate of 2,700 packs an hour leading to an increase in painkiller related deaths across the UK. In 2016 alone some 3,700 people died and this is only going up.

 

You can read more at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43304375

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