The Health News United Kingdom August 7 2017

Overview

  • Female staff were groped and forced to give sexual favours for promotions at a scandal hit ambulance trust, a damning report has revealed. Women at South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust told investigators that ‘sexual predators’ within the organisation ‘groomed’ young workers while managers propositioned staff for sex.
  • Up to 200 mothers across Northern Ireland are hoping to set a new record for breastfeeding.They will be feeding their children together as part of the Global Big Latch On. It’s a feature of Breastival – a celebration of breastfeeding which aims to normalise the issue. Northern Ireland has the lowest rate of breastfeeding in the UK and one of the lowest in Europe.
  • Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman warns that overcautious health and safety procedures in schools are denying children the chance to develop “resilience and grit”. Spielman said the culture of wrapping children “in cotton wool” was damaging for pupils, as it makes it difficult for them to learn to cope with “normal everyday risk”.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 7th of August 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/04/female-staff-groped-forced-give-sexual-favours-promotions-scandal/

Female staff were groped and forced to give sexual favours for promotions at a scandal hit ambulance trust, a damning report has revealed. Women at South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust told investigators that ‘sexual predators’ within the organisation ‘groomed’ young workers while managers propositioned staff for sex. The independent study, which is the largest ever undertaken into workplace ill-treatment, was commissioned following complaints in a staff survey last year, and overseen by Professor Duncan Lewis, of Plymouth University, a leading researcher into bullying and discrimination.In a highly critical report published today, researchers said they were ‘shocked’ by levels of bullying and sexual harassment within the trust, which is also failing to meet targets for emergency calls.

The authors found that ‘employees were living in daily fear.’ Investigators were told that ‘covert and overt’ sexualised behaviour was embedded in parts of the management structure.

More than forty per cent of the two thousand staff who took part in the inquiry said they had been bullied or harassed within the past twelve months. One in five said the abuse happened on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.The report concluded: “Female staff talked about sexual favours being sought in return for career progression whilst others were hounded by managers seeking sexual favours for personal reasons.

In February The Telegraph revealed that the the ‘endemic culture of bullying’ had driven one nine nine nine call handler to attempt suicide. In recent months the trust has seen the resignation of a string of executives, with just one permanent director now listed in its staff.

Paul Sutton, the Head of the Trust resigned last year, as did chairman Tony Thorne, after the Telegraph exposed their part in a rogue operation which deliberately delayed responses to twenty thousand calls.  Chief operating officer James Kennedy also resigned, soon after an acting chairman took over.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-40826075

Up to two hundred mothers across Northern Ireland are hoping to set a new record for breastfeeding.They will be feeding their children together as part of the Global Big Latch On.

It’s a feature of Breastival – a celebration of breastfeeding which aims to normalise the issue at Belfast’s Mac on Saturday. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says the UK has one of the lowest rates of the practice in Europe. Just a third of babies are receiving breast milk at the age of six months, it says. Northern Ireland has the lowest rate of breastfeeding in the UK and one of the lowest in Europe. Doctor Jennifer Hanratty, a nursing mother herself, wants to change that and offer women support to make breastfeeding babies the norm.

“Northern Ireland has one of the lowest rates in the UK, the UK has the lowest rate in the whole world. We are at the bottom of the table,” she said.

Doctor Hanratty said women in Northern Ireland face a lot of pressure and a certain amount of stigma. She said many stopped breastfeeding before they really wanted to.

Despite the NHS and World Health Organisation recommending that children should be breastfed until the age of two, only seven percent of children in Northern Ireland are breastfed past the age of six months.

In the UK, only thirty four percent of babies were receiving some breast milk at six months, compared with forty nine percent in the US and seventy one in Norway, according to medical journal The Lancet.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/school-health-and-safety-culture-harms-pupils-ofsted-chief-warns-amanda-spielman-a7879326.html

Overcautious health and safety procedures in schools are denying children the chance to develop “resilience and grit”, the chief inspector of schools has warned. Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman said the culture of wrapping children “in cotton wool” was damaging for pupils, as it makes it difficult for them to learn to cope with “normal everyday risk”. She said her message to schools is to make sure they “distinguish between real and imagined risk”.

Miss Spielman said children in hi-vis jackets on school trips looked like “tiny construction workers” – giving out a message to the public that she said makes her feel “uncomfortable and more than a little sad”. What’s more, pressure on teachers to focus on and worry about the potential for every “bump, germ or bruise” limited children’s freedom and distracted from “real issues”.

Miss Spielman wrote: “My message to schools is this: keeping children safe from harm should always be your overriding concern, but in doing so, make sure you distinguish between real and imagined risk. She also states that trying to insulate your pupils from every bump, germ or bruise won’t just drive you to distraction, it will short-change those pupils as well – limiting their opportunity to fully take advantage of the freedom of childhood, and to explore the world around them.

 

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