Call for Liverpool to adopt
a City wide strategy to end violence against women and girls
THE Women's Equality Party candidate
for Metro Mayor challenged fellow candidate Steve Rotheram to address
Liverpool's extremely high rates of violence against women and girls.
Tabitha Morton, who is campaigning to end violence against women and girls
across the Liverpool City region, said it was time the other mayoral candidates
committed to a City wide strategy. "Since March 2016 when the government
launched its strategy to end violence against women and girls, all major cities
in the country have produced their own regional strategies. This includes
Manchester, Sheffield, Bradford, Bristol and Oxford and almost all London
boroughs, but not the Liverpool City region. It is not an issue our policy
makers are unaware of: this is simply a lack of political will. Joe Anderson and
the other Labour led Councils seem to be too busy with other things. Liverpool
has the highest rates of reported domestic violence in the UK, and of very high
risk domestic abuse incidents. This tells us that violence against women and
girls is at epidemic levels in our region, and that is why we need a holistic
strategy to end it. These are some of the worst human rights violations of our
time." said Tabitha Morton.
Morton added that Liverpool's strategy should be based on best practises and
developed in close collaboration with local organisations that work with victims
and survivors of male violence. Tabitha Morton added that:- "Violence against women and girls is both a cause and a consequence of
women's inequality. Services that help women survivors
have been hit particularly hard by government cuts and women are being turned
away from live saving support. This has to stop. The funding model is broken and the Women's
Equality Party is calling for an end to competitive tendering as it does not
meet the needs of women who are suffering or have survived male violence."
NHS staff in Liverpool
deserve a better deal
TABITHA Morton, who is campaigning to
be mayor of the Liverpool City Region, reacted with anger to the reports that
senior NHS managers in the City have been awarded pay rises of up to 50%.
Morton, the Women's Equality Party candidate for Liverpool Metro Mayor, said:-
"The Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group's (CCG) decision to award
grotesquely inflated pay rises to their senior team; their chairman Nadim
Fazlani's salary rose by ₤50,000 to ₤155,000 in 2014 to 2015; is unjustified and
grossly unfair. It is also gendered; women are hugely outnumbered in senior
positions in the NHS and across working life." Morton added that the Government has set a target of a 1% pay rise for NHS
nurses, midwives and other healthcare workers this year. "Women take up the majority of these roles, and are working long hours for
less and less reward, while senior pay continues to rise across the NHS.
As Mayor of the Liverpool City Region I will ensure equal
numbers of men and women are represented at senior level across the public and
private sector. And I will implement policies to enable women to contribute
fully to our region's economic growth, addressing unequal pay and the lack of
opportunities to progress their careers.
Liverpool's metro mayor will have new powers to make big changes in this region.
I want to use those powers to help the women here to thrive." she said.
Insomnia associated with
increased risk of heart attack and stroke
INSOMNIA is associated with increased
risk of heart attack and stroke, according to research published in the European
Journal of Preventive Cardiology. "Sleep is important for biological recovery and takes around a third of
our lifetime, but in modern society more and more people complain of insomnia..."
said 1st author Qiao He, a Master's degree student at China Medical
University, Shenyang, China. "For example, it is reported that
approximately ⅓ of the general population in
Germany has suffered from insomnia symptoms. Researchers have found associations
between insomnia and poor health outcomes. But the links between insomnia and
heart disease or stroke have been inconsistent."
The current meta analysis assessed the association between insomnia symptoms and
incidence or death from cardiovascular disease (acute myocardial infarction,
coronary heart disease, heart failure), stroke, or a combination of events.
Insomnia symptoms included difficulty initiating sleep, difficulty maintaining
sleep, early morning awakening, and non restorative sleep.
The authors analysed 15 prospective cohort studies with a total of 160 867
participants. During a median follow up of three to 29.6 years, there were 11
702 adverse events.
There were significant associations between difficulty initiating sleep,
difficulty maintaining sleep, and non restorative sleep and the risk of heart
disease and stroke, with increased relative risks of 1.27, 1.11, and 1.18,
respectively, compared to those not experiencing these insomnia symptoms. There
was no association between early morning awakening and adverse events.
Miss He said:- "We found that difficulty initiating sleep, difficulty
maintaining sleep, or non restorative sleep were associated with 27%, 11%, and
18% higher risks of cardiovascular and stroke events, respectively. The underlying mechanisms for these links are not completely understood. Previous studies have shown that insomnia may change
metabolism and endocrine function, increase sympathetic activation, raise blood
pressure, and elevate levels of proinflammatory and inflammatory cytokines; all
of which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke."
Women with insomnia symptoms had a slightly higher risk of cardiovascular and
stroke events than men, especially for non restorative sleep, but the difference
between sexes did not reach statistical significance.
Miss He said:- "We cannot conclude that insomnia is more dangerous for
women, given the limitations of meta analyses and the lack of a statistically
significant difference between sexes. However, we do know that women are more
prone to insomnia because of differences in genetics, sex hormones, stress, and
reaction to stress. It may therefore be prudent to pay more attention to women's
Miss He concluded:- "Sleep disorders are common in the general population
and sleep health should be included in clinical risk assessment. Health
education is needed to increase public awareness of insomnia symptoms and the
potential risks, so that people with sleep problems are encouraged to seek