Unions demand extension to visa renewal scheme for international health workers

International healthcare workers should have their visas automatically renewed for free to ensure they can help tackle the UK’s second wave of coronavirus, the British Medical Association (BMA) has said.

Between the end of March and October 1, health and care staff with expiring visas had them automatically renewed for 12 months free-of-charge, allowing them to stay and work in the country.

Now, the BMA, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Unison have written to Home Secretary Priti Patel asking for the system to be extended “as a matter of urgency”.

Home Secretary Priti Patel (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The joint letter said: “It is clear we are now entering a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“With daily cases reaching record highs we need to do as much as possible to retain the skills and experience of our talented overseas colleagues as we have an incredibly tough few months

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COVID-19 Health Innovation Collaborative Attracts Ideas from Across U.S. to Address Health Pandemic Challenges

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell), the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care, announced 13 health-tech companies from across the nation will showcase solutions that address some of the major challenges of the current health pandemic today at the GuideWell COVID-19 Health Innovation Collaborative Showcase. A virtual substance abuse support system and an AI-powered COVID-19 symptom attestation platform are among the concepts and prototypes that will be featured.

All of the ideas focus on increasing the scope and scale of resources to reduce the complex stress factors COVID-19 is having on our country’s health care system. 

“Overcoming the health care challenges associated with COVID-19 requires out-of-the-box thinking from some of the brightest minds,” said Camille Harrison, senior vice president and chief operating officer of GuideWell Commercial Markets and GuideWell Innovation. “It is more imperative than ever

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Resources for end-of-life planning, from wills to emergency health plans

The pandemic has prompted people of all ages to consider wills and emergency health plans.

At a minimum, lawyers recommend New Yorkers complete a health care proxy and consider a power of attorney, which, respectively, allow others to steer their treatment and finances, if necessary.

Here are few resources for end-of-life planning.

Definitions and documents

When and why

Consider and codify your preferences when you’re healthy because documents cannot be finalized if there are questions about your ability to understand what you’re signing, said Maria Hunter, director of the public benefits unit at New York Legal Assistance Group, which provides free financial planning and legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers.

Be aware that if your wishes do not match the state’s framework, you will want to draft your own plans. Working with an attorney becomes more important when your preferences are “jumping the line,” according to Erika Verrill, attorney for

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Mastercard Survey Shows Consumers Are Now Placing More Value on Family, Health and Mental Well-Being than Before COVID

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The survey shows results about the essential aspects of Latin Americans’ lives after quarantine.
The new Mastercard campaign seeks to support consumers and small businesses as they return to a new normal.

MIAMI, Oct. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Latin America and the Caribbean are entering a new reality: many countries are reopening their borders, governments are easing distance measures, and non-essential businesses are opening to the public again.

During this new phase, Mastercard announced its new regional campaign, “Lo Esencial” (The Essentials) to highlight those everyday moments that became essential after COVID-19. The campaign will provide consumers and local businesses with safe shopping experiences, tools, and education that help fulfill their everyday needs.

To develop this initiative, Mastercard conducted a survey in 13 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean including, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, and Peru, to better

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Trump makes bold claims about his own health as returns to the Fox interview circuit

President Donald Trump returned to form on Thursday morning, engaging in a freewheeling, 55-minute interview on Fox Business in which he made bold claims about his health and coronavirus in general just days after announcing he had contracted the deadly disease.

The president, his voice steady but slightly raspy, even boasted that he was in shape to stage one of his marathon political rallies — if he was allowed to hold one.

“First of all, I think I’m better, to a point where I’d love to do a rally tonight,” Trump said in an interview with Maria Bartiromo. “I wanted to do one last night,” he said.

Trump, who at 74 years and clinically obese is at an elevated risk of serious complications from Covid-19, has repeatedly said he feels better than he has in 20 years. On Thursday, he said he feels “perfect” and “there’s nothing wrong.”

Using a

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For kids to stay in school, adults need to buy in to COVID-19 health rules, new Billings campaign says | Local News

The campaign comes as Yellowstone County Health Officer John Felton has said new rules will issued if Billings can’t halt the increase in its new cases, and as health providers issued a plea for people for people to follow health precautions. 

The push is backed by groups including the Billings Chamber of Commerce, St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings Clinic, RiverStone Health, Big Sky Economic Development, Visit Billings, Billings Public Schools, Billings Catholic Schools, Montana State University Billings, Rocky Mountain College, and the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools. 

Whether school buildings should remain open has been a topic of academic and practical debate. Education and health experts have made evidence-backed cases for both sides.

Schools offer critical in-person services for kids, and there was significant concern about student mental and emotional health during spring shutdowns. However, school buildings have the potential to become hotbeds of COVID-19 spread if safety measures like

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Business Group On Health Honors Bon Secours Mercy Health

Press release from Mercy Health – Great Lakes Group:

Oct. 7, 2020

Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of more than 440 large employers, today honored Bon Secours Mercy Health, parent company of Mercy Health – Lorain, for providing one of the best workforce health and employee well-being programs in the nation.

Bon Secours Mercy Health is among 39 U.S. employers that received 2020 Best Employers: Excellence in Health & Well-Being awards presented at the Business Group’s virtual Workforce Strategy 2020 Conference. Bon Secours Mercy Health received a Silver Award for its Be Well employee well-being program.

“Bon Secours Mercy Health’s vision to be where associates want to work, clinicians want to practice, people seek wellness and communities thrive starts with associates being their best self,” said Bon Secours Mercy Health Chief Human Resources Officer Joe Gage. “The well-being program, Be Well, helps guide associates on their personal and

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Gnosis by Lesaffre Fully Merges Human Health Capabilities, Unveils New Business Strategy

The business unit uses microorganisms to create solutions for human health and wellbeing

Gnosis by Lesaffre is striving to create a world that moves better, digests better, ages better, feels better, and, ultimately, lives better thanks to microorganisms and biotransformation. Earlier this month, Gnosis by Lesaffre unveiled its new, fully integrated brand and business strategy to help make this vision a reality.

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Gnosis by Lesaffre, a business unit of the Lesaffre Group, is unveiling its new, fully integrated brand and business strategy to the dietary supplement, functional food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Gnosis by Lesaffre, a business unit of the Lesaffre Group, harnesses the power of microorganisms and biotransformation processes like fermentation to cultivate nutritional actives, probiotics, and nutritional and functional yeasts that benefit human health and wellbeing. The business unit collaborates with dietary supplement,

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