The Health News United Kingdom October 6 2017

  • Conservative county councillor Dr. Suzanne Bartington said her party is failing to tackle health injustices which ‘disfigure’ the United Kingdom, as she took to the stage at the party’s conference. Dr Bartington, who stood in Oxford East at this year’s general election, said overcoming ‘burning injustices’ is at the heart of the party’s values as they attempt to ‘open up avenues of aspiration’ regardless of social background.
  • Most UK employees say they have experienced mental health issues because of work, yet over a million people face negative consequences after disclosing this to their employers. A survey of more than 3,000 employees found that among those who had disclosed mental health issues to an employer, 15% faced dismissal, disciplinary action or demotion. This is up from 9% identified in similar research by BITC undertaken in 2016.
  • Amazon has been described as “irresponsible” for selling a hoodie that describes anorexia as “like bulimia, except with self control”. Anorexia expert Doctor Susie Orbach told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme the online retailer should “remove it immediately”. Amazon declined to offer a statement, but a spokesman said the hoodie was not available to buy from the company’s UK website.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 6th of  October 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15572868.Oxfordshire_councillor_says_conservatives_are_failing_to_tackle_health_injustices_in_UK/

A conservative county councillor has said her party is failing to tackle health injustices which ‘disfigure’ the United Kingdom, as she took to the stage at the party’s conference. Doctor Suzanne Bartington, who stood in Oxford East at this year’s general election, said overcoming ‘burning injustices’ is at the heart of the party’s values as they attempt to ‘open up avenues of aspiration’ regardless of social background. But Doctor Bartington, who lives in Witney and works as a clinical researcher in Oxford, said the Conservative Government has not yet done enough for the next generation. Speaking on the main stage at the Tory conference in Manchester, Doctor Bartington said: “Despite the progress that has been made to improve the social conditions in which we’re born, grow, live, work and age, we have failed as a Government and as a party to tackle the health injustices that continue to disfigure our country.
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Doctor Bartington was praised by fellow party members at the conference, including Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/rising-numbers-of-uk-employees-facing-demotion-and-dismissal-after-disclosing-mental-health_uk_59d36af0e4b0f9629889dd27

Most UK employees say they have experienced mental health issues because of work, yet over a million people face negative consequences after disclosing this to their employers.That’s according to new research published by the charity Business in the Community, which found that three in five or sixty percent employees say they have experienced mental health issues because of their job.

The survey of more than three thousand employees found that among those who had disclosed mental health issues to an employer,  fifteen percent faced dismissal, disciplinary action or demotion. This is up from nine percent identified in similar research by BITC undertaken in two thousand sixteen.This could mean as many as one point two million people are negatively affected for disclosing mental health problems. The new report has been published by the charity ahead of World Mental Health Day, the focus of which is workplace wellbeing. Despite fifty three percent of people stating that they feel comfortable talking about mental health at work, just eleven percent of those surveyed felt able to disclose a mental health issue to their line manager. Only a third of eighteen to twenty nine year olds are comfortable talking with their managers about mental health compared to almost half of people in their forties. Women are more likely to report experiencing mental health issues related to work, with sixty four percent reporting issues compared to fifty six percent of men

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41483592

Amazon has been described as “irresponsible” for selling a hoodie that describes anorexia as “like bulimia, except with self control”. One woman living with anorexia said it could “damage” the mental health of those with the conditions. Anorexia expert Doctor Susie Orbach told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme the online retailer should “remove it immediately”.
It has previously been criticised for stocking T-shirts which say: “Keep calm and rape a lot”.
Beth Grant, who has lived with anorexia for thirteen years, said selling the product was “absolutely disgraceful”. “It could be extremely damaging to anyone suffering with either bulimia or anorexia,” she told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.

Doctor Susie Orbach, a psychotherapist and expert on anorexia, described the hoodie as “a way to make people feel really awful” when they were “already anguished enough”.
“This is terribly irresponsible on Amazon’s part,” she said. Doctor Orbach called for Amazon to “remove it immediately”.
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Amazon declined to offer a statement, but a spokesman said the hoodie was not available to buy from the company’s UK website. Beth Grant said this would make little difference to those with anorexia or bulimia.

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