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Bucks County Council advice: Staying safe in a heatwave

A level 3 heatwave has been announced across the South East of England. A new County Council flyer sets out the “top tips” for staying safe in the heat: Stay out of the heat – especially during the hottest part of the day. If you’re out, keep to the shade, wear a hat and light, loose clothes; Cool yourself down – have plenty of cold drinks, eat cold food such as fruit or salad, and sprinkle yourself with water if the […]

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Senior pay for NHS staff in Bucks

In the context of recent concerns surrounding urgent care in Buckinghamshire and the Secretary of State’s comments about managerial accountability, I asked for data on senior pay for NHS staff across Buckinghamshire. The Minister replied that, between April 2011 and March 2012, the number of staff in Buckinghamshire Primary Care Trust and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust paid over: (a) £50,000 was 488; (b) £65,738 was 318; and (c) £100,000 was 147. (Note that each figure includes the staff in the […]

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Public health grant increased for Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire County Council will receive almost twice as much grant from the Government as that was initially proposed when it takes over public health duties from the NHS in the spring. The new figure is approximately £30 per head for 2013/14. The latest announcement follows a year when the Council pressed the Government to allocate more money to deal with major health concerns such as smoking and obesity. Patricia Birchley, Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing at Buckinghamshire County Council said: This announcement […]

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Tick-borne diseases

I just stopped by a stand operated by BADA-UK, explaining the dangers of tick-borne diseases in the UK. The fact that one of the ladies was in a wheelchair was evidence that the problem is non-trivial. You can find out more about defensive measures here. My skin is now crawling – horrible.

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