Opinion

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    Health should be at the centre of the UK's Environment Bill

    After a year of lockdowns to tackle the pandemic, it would seem odd to accuse the government of not prioritising our health, but that’s the case when it comes to air quality and the Environment Bill.

    By Geraint Davies MP on 07 June 2021

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    Sexual harassment is rife in the UK healthcare sector

    Sexual harassment in healthcare has become ‘normalised’ and not enough is being done to address it. These are the bleak findings from a new survey of more than 2,000 nurses carried out by Nursing Times and UNISON.

    By Kim Sunley, UNISON on 16 August 2021

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    Seize the opportunity

    Recent times have been very challenging. The pandemic, which has killed over four million people globally and infected 200 million with long-lasting symptoms that debilitate, has had many other consequences.

    By Lawrence Waterman on 18 August 2021

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    Don’t get held to ransom over safety data

    Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly prevalent. While recent headlines may have highlighted ‘big business’ being attacked, cyber criminals are indiscriminate in the size of organisation they target.

    By Laura Gillespie, Pinsent Masons on 05 September 2021

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    Decisions, decisions

    We make a lot of decisions every day. Some simple, some difficult, but making a good decision is rarely easy. To make a good decision, we need to be able to interpret and evaluate lots of information.

    By Mike Robinson, the British Safety Council on 20 August 2021

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    Brain injury in sport: why the House of Commons report falls short

    When a group of MPs (Members of Parliament) call for ‘precaution’ to address an unproven link between an exposure and a disease, it invites applause as well as healthy scepticism. Such a call prompts especially these two questions: (1) are the authors truly interpreting the science in a ‘precautionary’ way?; and (2) are they calling for specific action(s) that truly embody precaution?

    By Professor Adam Finkel, University of Michigan School of Public Health on 01 September 2021

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    Action needed to cover UK fire safety remediation costs

    The Building Safety Bill includes much to be welcomed and could be the way to ensure that a tragedy like Grenfell and the cladding and fire safety defect scandal never happen again.

    By Royston Smith MP on 29 July 2021

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    We need to talk about e-health

    I recently returned to Twitter after a long break. The atmosphere felt grimmer. The interaction angrier. Previously active colleagues were missing.

    By Samantha Peters on 16 July 2021

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    Sprinklers must be fitted in all schools

    In 2007, the government published its Building Bulletin 100 – a document which outlined how school buildings can be designed with fire safety in mind.

    By Jonathan O’Neill OBE, Fire Protection Association on 23 July 2021

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    Long Covid: the UK government needs to act now

    The impact of long Covid on a person’s life can be devastating.

    By Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat MP on 01 July 2021