Mentally ill patients offered cash incentive to take drugs

Mentally ill patients offered cash incentive to take drugs
Four people with schizophrenia are being offered cash to take their drugs in Newham, east London, which researchers say has dramatically improved their adherence to treatment.

A paper on the scheme, in which the service users are given between £5 and £15 for each injection, has been published in the Psychiatric Bulletin.

However, a recent survey of mental health managers found three-quarters objected to payments on ethical grounds.

Source:- The Independent Wednesday 3 January 2007, page 15

Welsh news

Job survey trumpets diversity
Businesses need to be doing more to attract women, disabled, ethnic and older workers in order to make workplaces more diverse new research said today.

The survey of 2, 000 adults found that one in two customers would be more likely to use a business if they knew it had a diverse workforce.

Source:- Western Mail, Wednesday, 4 January 2007

Scottish news

Teaching union calls for an end to asylum dawn raids
Scotland’s largest teaching union has joined the protest over the “harrowing” practice of removing asylum seekers.

The Educational Institute of Scotland says that fellow students are left distressed when children of asylum seekers “disappear” from school overnight. It also wants the Dungavel detention centre in Lanarkshire closed.

Source:- The Herald, Wednesday 3 January 2007

Tribunal meltdown fear as 17,000 equal pay claims lodged
A flood of equal-pay claims by staff employed in local government and the NHS has put Scotland’s tribunal service in crisis.

An extra 17,000 equality cases threaten to overload the system.

Staff claim they are now dealing with thousands of new cases of employees suing local authorities and the health service.

Source:- The Scotsman, Wednesday 3 January 2007

Psychiatric ward bed shortages hit the young
Teenagers are being forced into adult psychiatric units because of bed shortages, in suitable wards, says a report.

The study, published today in the British Journal of Psychiatry, was based on a survey of 101 adolescents treated over a number of years in South Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Source:- The Herald, Wednesday 3 January 2007

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