13 Jul

Price tag: NHS medicine to have price labels under Jeremy Hunt proposals

first_img Price tag: NHS medicine to have price labels under Jeremy Hunt proposals James Nickerson whatsapp Thursday 2 July 2015 4:21 am A price tag is to be put on prescription medicines in the UK under a plan to cut waste in the National Health Service, along with a stamp reading “funded by the UK taxpayer”.All pharmaceuticals over £20 will have an “indicative cost” on the packaging once the scheme is rolled out next year, as part of an effort to reduce the £300m bill for “wasted” medication, which is prescribed but not used. “This will not just reduce waste by reminding people of the cost of medicine, but also improve patient care by boosting adherence to drug regimes,” health secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a speech to the Local Government Association in Harrogate.Jeremy Hunt wants a new social contract between the NHS and the public (Source: Getty)Hunt said it was vital that patients understand there was “no such thing as a free health service,” as he called for a new social contract between the NHS and the public.He added:Everything we are proud of in the NHS is funded by taxpayers, and every penny we waste costs patients more through higher taxes or reduced services.Initiatives such as these aim to increase transparency, and fit into a government push of increasing awareness of costs and choices involved in public spending.While integration of health and social care was vital to delivering high standards of health care, personal responsibility needs to sit alongside system accountability, Hunt said.He noted that over the next five years the number of people aged 70 and over will have increased by one million, and a third of them will be living alone. “The health and social care system must do a much better job of looking after them. But so too must all of us as citizens as well,” said Hunt. Sharecenter_img Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorEliteSinglesThe Dating Site for Highly-Educated Singles in ScottsdaleEliteSingles whatsapp Tags: NHSlast_img read more

23 Jun

They’re the next new thing in cancer immunotherapy, but will bispecifics help more patients than CAR-Ts?

first_imgPharma Illustration of a BiTE, Amgen’s bispecific antibodies Amgen Log In | Learn More STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. GET STARTED [email protected] By Sharon Begley Feb. 27, 2019 Reprints About the Author Reprints Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What’s included?center_img What is it? @sxbegle Tags biotechnologycancerdrug developmentSTAT+ They’re the next new thing in cancer immunotherapy, but will bispecifics help more patients than CAR-Ts? Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. In cancer immunotherapy these days, technology is advancing so fast that 2017’s buzzy new treatment may soon be passe: Only 18 months after approval of the first CAR-T, pharmaceutical companies and biotechs are already talking about next-generation cancer therapy.Called bispecific antibodies, they’re being developed by some two dozen companies large and small, with a version cleverly branded as BiTEs already constituting 60 percent of Amgen’s oncology pipeline. The appeal: Bispecifics make the immune system kill tumor cells like first-gen immunotherapy, but, unlike the weeks it takes to laboriously manufacture CAR-Ts, they can start being infused almost as quickly as an oncologist can write a prescription. Sharon Begleylast_img read more

20 Jun

Laois senior hurling team named for All-Ireland Qualifier clash with Clare

first_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date TAGSLaois senior hurlers Pinterest Photo: Paul Dargan The Laois senior hurling team has been announced for this weekend’s game.All four adult Laois GAA teams are in action this weekend and Eddie Brennan’s charges are up first.The hurlers are in action as they play Clare on Saturday in Nowlan Park at 1.15pm.That is in an All-Ireland Qualifier game and if they lose, they will be out.If they win, they will advance to Round 2 alongside Tipperary, Wexford and the winners of Dublin v Cork.Laois lost heavily to Dublin in their Leinster quarter final two weeks ago and have been forced into two changes.Ronan Broderick (knee) and James Ryan (thumb) both suffered injuries in that defeat and are out.They have been replaced by Jack Kelly and Mark Kavanagh.LAOIS: Enda Rowland; Lee Cleere, Sean Downey, Donnacha Hartnett; Jack Kelly, Podge Delaney, Ryan Mullaney; Fiachra C-Fennell, Paddy Purcell; Aaron Dunphy, Willie Dunphy, James Keyes; Mark Kavanagh, Ross King, Stephen Maher.Laois will take on Clare on Saturday November 7 in Nowlan Park at 1.15pm.Supporters will not be permitted to attend but we will Live Blog the game as always.SEE ALSO – Glorious sunshine and brisk trade as Laois’s newest market continues to impress Twitter Twitter Pinterest Previous articleLaois Ladies name team for Sunday’s crucial Round 2 clash with ClareNext articleLaois senior football team and panel named for Longford Leinster clash Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Home Sport GAA Laois senior hurling team named for All-Ireland Qualifier clash with Clare SportGAAHurlingLaois Senior Hurling Team WhatsApp Laois senior hurling team named for All-Ireland Qualifier clash with Clare News WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 6th November 2020 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Facebook Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival last_img read more

18 Jun

IIROC introduces mediation program

first_img The new program will give both firms and individuals that find are the subject of a disciplinary proceeding a process to help resolve the case more quickly. The program will use independent mediators, paid by both sides, to “facilitate the settlement of IIROC’s disciplinary cases or any specific issues arising during the course of a disciplinary proceeding,” IIROC says in a notice announcing the program. Mediation provides a tool to help resolve cases, or particular issues, more quickly, notice adds. “It is conducted on a confidential basis that allows the parties to engage in full and candid negotiations through a neutral mediator that will assist the parties in reaching a mutually agreeable resolution that may not otherwise be reached between the parties,” the IIROC notice says. The use of mediation is voluntary, and both sides must agree to its use in a particular case. They also must agree on the mediator that will handle the case, and enter into a standard mediation agreement that sets out terms of the process. If a settlement agreement is produced through mediation, it will still need to approved by an IIROC hearing panel before it can be finalized. Photo copyright: serezniy/123RF Keywords EnforcementCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) is launching a mediation program for those facing disciplinary action, the self-regulatory organization announced on Monday. IROC’s enforcement department will be introducing the program effective immediately. Related news IIROC reaches settlement with three former All Group reps serezniy/123RF PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case James Langton BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

18 Jun

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

first_imgThe Conservatives say that could save a two-income couple earning an average salary over $850 a year.That’s in line with how much they say people’s taxes have increased under a Liberal government.The party says the tax cut will be phased in starting in 2021 and fully implemented by 2023.Scheer made the pledge in Surrey, B.C. — part of the volatile voting area that is B.C.’s Lower Mainland. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media New rules for employee stock option deductions likely to move forward Canadian income tax form 123RF Minority Liberal government has tax, pension implications How will the new government handle economic challenges? Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer continued making a pitch to voters via their pocketbooks Sunday with the promise of a new tax cut.Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket, slicing the rate from 15% to 13.75%. Advisors’ reactions mixed following federal election Keywords Federal election,  Income taxes Canadian Press Related news Will a minority government revisit small business taxation? Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

17 Jun

Clarendon 4-H Parish Achievement Day a Success

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedClarendon 4-H Parish Achievement Day a Success RelatedClarendon 4-H Parish Achievement Day a Success FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Clarendon 4-H Club is reporting success with its annual achievement day, which was held yesterday (March 15) at the Knox Community College in May Pen.”We’re very pleased with the outcome of the day,” said Ron Blake, field services co-ordinator for the Jamaica 4-H central region. He pointed out that the turnout was beyond expectation and highlighted the reach of the 4-H’s activities.“Achievement day is really about showcasing the talent and work of clubbites throughout the year and to showcase the work of the organization to the rest of Jamaica and these were achieved,” he told JIS News.More than 3,000 clubbities from some 50 school, church and community clubs participated in the day’s activities, vying for top prizes in 21 competitive areas such as art and craft, culinary art and agro-processing, and the care and management of cattle and poultry.Winners in the various categories will represent the parish at the national achievement day, which is slated for March 28 at the Denbigh Agricultural Showground.According to Mr. Blake, the events were keenly contested and reflected a high standard of preparation on the part of clubbites. He noted that the criterion for selection varied from category to category, with judging done by experts in the various areas.He thanked the government and private sector sponsors for their support of the event and the work of the 4-H movement in general.“We are fortunate that the government of Jamaica puts in the lion’s share, which takes care of training in the 4-H and that’s what makes these events possible,” Mr. Blake said, noting that, “capital support from the private sector served to complement the government’s input as well as play a major role in the running of the event.”4-H recruiting officer, Shian Christie, told JIS News that a key objective of the annual achievement day was to increase club membership. He said that at the registration desk, which was set up, young people were encouraged to get involved in an existing group or assisted to form new clubs.Meanwhile, Constable D. Cover of the Four Paths Police Station congratulated the organisers of the event, noting that he was pleased to see young people engaged in a wholesome, violence-free activity. The achievement day culminated with the presentation of trophies for boy and girl of the year, best public speaker and the agro processing and environmental challenge awards.center_img Clarendon 4-H Parish Achievement Day a Success UncategorizedMarch 16, 2006 RelatedClarendon 4-H Parish Achievement Day a Successlast_img read more

16 Jun

Stanford model accounts for behavioral changes during epidemics

first_imgStanford model accounts for behavioral changes during epidemics A new model of disease spread describes how competing economic and health incentives influence social contact – and vice versa. The result is a complex and dynamic epidemic trajectory. By Taylor Kubota The morning news reports a rise in coronavirus infections in your area. Taking in this information, you decide to skip your daily coffee run or put off your grocery trip for another week. Although many of us have probably experienced some version of these adaptive responses to coronavirus, the whims and vagaries of human nature are not easily captured by epidemiological models, which tend to portray people’s behaviors as stable factors in disease spread.“In epidemiology models, we often think, ‘Everybody’s milling around in the market, so we need to tell everybody to go home and that’ll stop the spread of disease,’ ” said Ronan Arthur, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford University School of Medicine. “But that’s not appreciating people’s individual incentives or the government’s incentives.”Arthur was inspired to develop a more behaviorally responsive model of epidemic disease after noticing how predictions about the Ebola epidemic ended up being much more dire than what actually occurred due, in part, to people’s changing behaviors. That new epidemiological model, detailed in a paper published Feb. 10 in PLOS Computational Biology, has revealed a complex interplay between health and economic motivations and social contact.“The key to the formulation of this model mathematically is the insight that optimizing behavior under conflicting health and economic incentives can drastically change epidemic dynamics and outcomes,” said Arthur, who is lead author of the paper.Epidemic equilibriumUnlike standard epidemic models, this model assumes that people face a behavioral trade-off and describes this as a mathematical function known as a utility function. In the model, people are motivated to improve their utility and do so by interacting with other people – perhaps by working, attending school, or socializing. Under normal circumstances, they would arrive at an ideal level of social contact to maximize their utility, but in an epidemic, interacting becomes risky. So, rationally, they will cut back their contacts to a level that balances their interactions with their risk of catching the disease.According to the model, there is a theoretical endemic equilibrium to such a system, which means that absent successful eradication, such a disease may not go away. In fact, according to the model, it is possible there will be waves of infection surges and reactionary social change – in an ordered or chaotic way – in perpetuity.This fluctuation around an equilibrium results from a negative feedback loop between behavior and health risk. As a population attempts to attain the best possible utility, a higher risk of disease leads to less social contact, which then leads to lower risk and greater social contact, which increases risk once again in a repeating cycle.When there are delays in the spread of information about disease risks, these fluctuations become even more chaotic. “There is some inherent uncertainty in modeling that really is brought out in our work, because you have feedback mechanisms that can toss entire conclusions out the window,” said Arthur.When the social system is reacting to an epidemiological reality that is no longer accurate, people’s behavioral responses become derailed from the actual, current circumstances. These complexities make for interesting math where small changes in the parameters, even the number of initial infected, can have outsized and qualitative effects on the epidemic outcomes.“The problem is that you usually get information about the infection with a delay and, in epidemics, those delays can cause all sorts of weirdness to happen in your prediction,” said Marcus Feldman, the Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and senior author of the paper. “In our model, we see that the delay of information turns out to be critical.”The art of overreactionThis model suggests that the best way to counteract this information delay and address an epidemic is to overreact to the predicted consequences from the very beginning by, for example, enacting a strict lockdown to prevent social contact for a brief time at the earliest possible indication of a potential epidemic disease – ideally, when the disease can still be controlled on the local level. This, said the researchers, also highlights the need for better early warning systems, transparency, information sharing and international cooperation during the outbreak stage to prevent widespread infection.Once a disease is established, as coronavirus is in many places, determining the best response is trickier – but exaggerated limitations on social contact are likely to be part of the solution.“It seems that the authorities have to take the vagaries of what different people think of advantageous behaviors for themselves and override those individual desires with some severe population-wide restrictions,” said Feldman. “That is how we minimize the dynamics that we see with COVID and avoid these huge spikes and then subsequent drops and then spikes again.”However, these restrictions should be enacted with care and planning, because the model also demonstrates that short-term thinking in epidemic response can lead to perpetual cycling and be more costly over the long-term.“There is a logical downside to lockdowns that we have to acknowledge,” said Arthur. “It’s true, you need to lockdown but there are trade-offs to reducing social contact that should be incurred intentionally and thoughtfully – preferably in one, short, heavy, lockdown, rather than opening and closing cyclically in delayed response to the number of infected.”In the future, the researchers hope to tweak their model to account for the transmission of cultural ideas that can affect people’s behavioral responses – such as being anti-mask or anti-vaccine – and the profound influence vaccines have on the course of an epidemic.James Jones, associate professor of Earth System Science in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences (Stanford Earth) is also co-author of this paper. Additional co-authors include researchers from Harvard Medical School, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel), and Tel Aviv University (Israel). Feldman is a member of Stanford Bio-X, the Stanford Cancer Institute, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute. This work was funded by the Morrison Institute for Population and Research. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:computational biology, coronavirus, disease risk, Earth, environment, Finley, Government, Harvard, infection, Morrison, neurosciences, research fellow, social change, Stanford University, Tel Aviv University, universitylast_img read more

16 Jun

Medicine substitution legislation welcomed

first_imgMedicine substitution legislation welcomed The passing of legislation allowing pharmacists to substitute a different medicine when a patient’s usual medicine has been declared to be in ‘serious scarcity’ has been welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.Under the new laws, a legislative instrument will be registered each time a substitute medicine is needed to address a serious scarcity which will make the adoption of the notices easier and more consistent across all States and Territories. Having a notice listed as a legal instrument removes the need for individual States and Territories to recognise the substitutions in their own legislation, allowing faster and more consistent implementation.The National President of the Guild, George Tambassis, said the legislation was a commonsense move which ensured continuity of care for patients irrespective of where they lived, while also recognising pharmacists as being medicine experts.“Medicine shortages has been a long-term problem, exacerbated over the past 12 months by COVID-related disruptions.“Allowing pharmacists to substitute specific medicines without prior approval from the prescriber will go a long way in helping to ease pressure on doctors and help patients get faster access to alternative medicines when there is a serious scarcity,” Mr Tambassis said.“The TGA has recognised this as one management strategy for medicine shortages and with the Guild’s support and advocacy, has led on having this implemented permanently through legislation.“The next step is for the Government to allow the substituted medicines to be dispensed as pharmaceutical benefits so patients are not adversely affected by costs.“It is also critical that serious shortages are identified as early as possible so this process can be activated and the impact on patients minimised.”Mr Tambassis said pharmacists should continue their usual practice and for prescribers to be promptly notified following the substitution. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Government, Impact, legislation, medicine, pharmacy, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, President, TGAlast_img read more

16 Jun

Another empty announcement on jobs from Liberal Government

first_imgAnother empty announcement on jobs from Liberal Government Tasmanian LaborAnother day, another re-announcement lacking detail Jobs hubs crucial in addressing growing unemployment rateAction needed now to address unemployment across regional TasmaniaThe Liberal Government has again jumped on the empty announcement bandwagon by failing to provide any real detail on how it plans to address Tasmania’s appalling unemployment rate.Acting Labor Leader, Anita Dow, said Sarah Courtney’s re-announcement of a Jobs Tasmania Unit proves the Government doesn’t have a plan to create jobs across Tasmania.“Labor welcomes the Government rolling out our jobs hub policy – a key priority in Labor’s Plan for Jobs – but we want to see action on this policy now not in three years’ time,” Ms Dow said.“Labor went to the election with a plan to create 35 thousand jobs across Tasmania which included the creation of 10 Jobs Hubs to support 1,000 people of all ages into work each year.“These jobs hubs along with other initiatives in Labor’s Plan for Jobs including the $55 million jobs and innovation fund, $18 million plan for small business and our dedicated focus on rebuilding TAFE from the ground up including better regional access to TAFE, would have immediately helped address Tasmania’s alarming regional unemployment rate.“The latest ABS data shows Tasmania has the highest regional unemployment rate in the country and at 7.4 per cent, the North West and West Coast is the highest in Tasmania. The jobs hub in Burnie must be delivered.“Tasmania’s regional communities continue to face significant economic challenges and initiatives designed to link local people with local skills and training and employment opportunities must be the highest priority for this Government.“We are urging the Government to stop making re-announcements and get on with the job of delivering these vital initiatives to ensure Tasmanians have every opportunity to get a job no matter where they live and that Tasmanian businesses get access to the skilled workforce they are crying out for.“When will these much needed jobs hubs be up and running in Burnie, Brighton, Huonville and St Helens? Tasmanians can’t wait another 3 years for action on job creation by this Liberal Government.”Anita Dow MPActing Labor Leader /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ABS, abs data, Brighton, Burnie, employment, Government, Huonville, innovation, Small Business, St Helens, TAFE, Tasmania, Tasmanian Labor, Tassie, unemployment, West Coast, workforcelast_img read more

16 Jun

NSW Education Department must replace unflued gas heaters in our schools

first_imgNSW Education Department must replace unflued gas heaters in our schools TFEDTeachers Federation members at Uralla Central School in the chilly New England region have called for the replacement of dangerous unflued gas heaters in their school.NSW Teachers Federation Senior Vice President Amber Flohm said staff donned blankets on one of the coldest days of the year, in protest at the failure of the Education Department to install safe gas heaters with flues at the school.“When the maximum temperature in Uralla is five degrees as it is today, how does the NSW Education Department expect students to learn when the expectation is that they will need to open widows in the room to allow for the operation of these unflued heaters,” Ms Flohm said.“NSW Health and others continue to warn of the harmful effects of unflued gas heaters, particularly on children and susceptible adults, whereby air pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide are pumped straight into a classroom.”“Such a continuing health hazard for students and teachers is unacceptable.”“The winter climate in Uralla is famously harsh and instead of pushing this school down the list for replacement heaters, it should be a priority.”“Our members say they want students in Uralla to be able to learn in winter with the windows shut when it is raining or snowing, like many other schools in the New England region.”“It is absurd and unacceptable that in one of the coldest areas of NSW, the Education Department’s advice to schools in winter is to open a window.”“The NSW Government has promised to replace unflued gas heaters in our classrooms but acknowledges that they are still used in the majority of public schools.”“The health and safety of our teachers and their students must become a priority for this government.”“It’s time they stepped up and committed to our kids’ learning environments.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Central, children, climate, education, failure, Government, health, health and safety, nitrogen, NSW, NSW Health, operation, President, protest, students, Urallalast_img read more