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Nearly half of UK public think junior doctors are underpaid, survey finds

About half the public think newly qualified nurses, junior doctors and healthcare assistants are underpaid, polling has found.Research also showed that more people thought NHS staff overall were badly paid than well paid, amid signs that public sector pay could become an early test for the Labour government.Dr Nick Krachler, a senior lecturer in human resource management at King’s College London (KCL), which undertook the research alongside the pollsters Ipsos, said: “Our survey shows considerable alignment between public perceptions of NHS pay levels and the claims of trade unions and professional associations that pay levels … are unsatisfactory for frontline NHS roles.”Leaders of 56,000 junior doctors in England are preparing to open formal negotiations with the Department of Health and Social Care on Tuesday to try to resolve the long-running dispute over their claim for a 35% pay rise, which has resulted in 11 strikes since March 2023.Almost half (47%) of people surveyed said newly qualified junior doctors – whose salary is £32,398 – were paid too little, while 32% felt they were paid the right amount and 6% said it was too much

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UK parents should check under-18s’ phones for nude photos, says police chief

Parents of under-18s should be monitoring their children’s phones for nude pictures, according to the police chief for child protection, in order to tackle a “tidal wave” of online sexual abuse cases.The new lead for child abuse investigations at the National Police Chiefs’ Council, assistant chief constable Becky Riggs, told the Sunday Times parents needed to report any intimate images of their children to police.She said: “We in the police talk about the sharing of images from a criminal perspective. Parents should want to protect their children. Parents need to be inquisitive about what their child is doing, looking at your child’s phones to see what kind of conversations are happening

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GPs use AI to boost cancer detection rates in England by 8%

Artificial intelligence that scans GP records to find hidden patterns has helped doctors detect significantly more cancer cases.The rate of cancer detection rose from 58.7% to 66.0% at GP practices using the “C the Signs” AI tool. This analyses a patient’s medical record to pull together their past medical history, test results, prescriptions and treatments, as well as other personal characteristics that might indicate cancer risk, such as their postcode, age and family history

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Gordon Brown launches London’s first ‘multibank’ amid UK child poverty fears

The first “multibank” in London, distributing everything from basic foods to baby products and toiletries, will be officially launched this week, amid continued concerns about levels of poverty as the school summer holidays begin.The opening of Felix’s Multibank, which has the backing of former prime minister Gordon Brown and London mayor Sadiq Khan, is the latest in a growing network of multibanks.Brown said the new project was opening at a time when the country’s approach to the problem of destitution would change. There have been continued calls from within Labour for Keir Starmer to take stronger action on child poverty.Brown said: “The London Felix Multibank is the fourth of six that will be opened by the end of this year across Britain

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Labour MP calls two-child benefit cap ‘heinous’ in latest call to scrap policy

Keir Starmer has come under further pressure to scrap the two-child benefit limit after another of his backbench MPs described the policy as “heinous”.Writing in The Sunday Times, Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield said the cap, which came into effect under then-chancellor George Osborne in 2017, was “sinister and overtly sexist” and had been the main reason driving her to stand for parliament.More than a dozen backbenchers are understood to support an amendment to the king’s speech.The SNP has also tabled an amendment to scrap the limit, which prevents parents from claiming universal credit or child tax credit for a third child with a few exemptions.Duffield said: “The obvious target is the caricature of the ‘feckless’, ‘irresponsible’ people who drop children every few minutes without being able to pay for them, but the subtext is altogether more sinister: it is an attack on women’s right to choose how many children they have

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Can you prepare for a good menopause? Perhaps start by thinking of it as a ‘second spring’

There’s a hilarious sequence of events in Miranda July’s latest book, All Fours, in which the central character looks at a graph that shows how oestrogen goes off a cliff during menopause. Worried about what this might mean for her sex drive, she desperately surveys her older friends about their experiences, gathering anecdotes and wisdom in a valiant effort to be prepared for the onslaught.But can you war game a good menopause? Many women in their 30s or 40s may be wondering, given awareness of this momentous life transition is finally a moment.“And that’s good,” says Dr Karen Magraith, GP and past president of the Australasian Menopause Society, because “it’s always good to talk about menopause”.Yet with more awareness, some women may feel trepidation about what to expect, and a whole industry has sprung up offering solutions and serums for their worst fears

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