Secretary of State for Health visits
SECRETARY of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, on 22
August 2017, visited Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust to talk to staff about
improvements in patient safety at the Trust and across the NHS.
Karen Jackson, Interim Chief Executive at the Trust, welcomed the
Health Secretary and Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer, at NHS England to the
Hospital. Sheila Lloyd, Chief Nurse at the Trust then gave a presentation to the
Health Secretary and staff from across the organisation on the work the Trust is
undertaking to improve patient safety.
The Health Secretary also gave a presentation on the wider work being done
throughout the NHS to improve patient safety. Staff from the Trust were also
given the chance to ask questions, of which there were many!
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, said:- "It was a privilege to
meet staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, who do such a wonderful
job delivering care to patients.
I was hugely impressed by the way the Trust is embedding patient safety at the
heart of its culture and these important steps will help us all make the NHS the
safest healthcare system in the world."
Parenting Study in the North West
A nationwide survey of 2,000 mums and dads found they have
a very clear idea of when their children should have achieved, or be allowed to,
do particular things. They believe their little ones should begin to get pocket
money at nine, start putting their own clothes in the wash at 8 and be old
enough to have Facebook, at 14. Youngsters are considered mature enough to walk
to School alone and have their own mobile phone at 12 years of age. Teaching
children the value of belongings and how to avoid loss are among the things that
cause mums and dads the most problems as their youngsters get older.
Commissioned by My Nametags, manufacturer of durable sticker and iron-on labels,
the research of parents with kids aged 2 to 18 also found 70% believe privileges
are granted too soon nowadays.
Lars B. Andersen, Managing Director at My Nametags, said:- "The survey
just goes to show some of the many intricacies of being a parent. Of
course, every child is different and may be able to do things or take on certain
responsibilities later or earlier than our results show. However, it's
fascinating to get some indication of when mums and dads will typically allow or
expect their kids to do certain things."
Mums and dads will let their kids watch 12 certificate movies alone at 12 years
old, 15 certificate movies at 14 and 18 certificate movies aged 16. Once they
reach 16 they can have friends over when mum and dad aren't around and also be
out after dark. While 15 is the age they can listen to explicit songs, go on
dates and start buying their own clothes.
Parents are happy for their youngsters to have a TV in their bedroom at 11 years
old and trust them to surf the web unsupervised when they are 12. WhatsApp and
Snapchat accounts are permitted at 14, while MP3 players and tablets are allowed
at 12 and laptops are considered acceptable at 13.
10 is the age they can have friends over for sleepovers and go to their pals for
overnight stays too. And 13 is the point when parents trust their children to be
in the house alone and also go out on their own.
Those polled believe children can stay up until 8pm at 8 years old, not go to
bed until 9pm aged 10 and not get their heads down until 10pm aged 12.
29% of mums and dads consider themselves to be stricter than other parents.
However, 56% said that they granted many of the privileges featured in the research
earlier than they were granted them by their own Mums and Dads. 40% said they
feel peer pressure from other parents to allow their kids to do certain things,
while ½ have fallen out with their partner over certain privileges.
Lars B. Andersen, Managing Director at My Nametags, said:- "It's also
really interesting to find that a parent's biggest worry is their child losing
something, especially as we don't expect children to be responsible for their
possessions until the age of 10; which is halfway through Primary School. That's
a lot of School Kit, which can go missing before they learn to take care of it,
exactly why our name labels for children are so popular!"
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Local business owners should prepare for
pensions spot checks, warns local Tax specialist
LOCAL business owners should prepare for spot checks on
their staff pension schemes a local Tax specialist has warned. Andrew
Geddes who runs TaxAssist Accountants in Southport said:- "Spot checks
are being carried out across the country by the Pensions Regulator to ensure
that employers are complying with the new rules on workplace pensions. Local
business owners need to prepare for the short notice inspections, which will
check whether they are automatically enrolling qualifying staff in a company
pension scheme and contributing to their pension pot. Every month, the Regulator
is announcing a clampdown on new Towns and Cities, with spot checks already
carried out in London, the North West, Midlands, Yorkshire and Scotland.
We're advising many local businesses, which have now received notices from the
Pensions Regulator giving the date from which they must comply with automatic
enrolment. Many have planned well in advance and have fully compliant pension
schemes up and running already. But for those employers who are yet to
comply with the new rules, there is the prospect of a ₤400 fixed penalty
escalating to daily fines set at a minimum of ₤50 per day. Those fines increase
to ₤500 per day if they have over 5 employees and can reach a maximum of ₤10,000
per day if they have 500 or more employees, with the possibility of civil
penalties and court action." In the 1st 3 months of 2017, the Pensions
Regulator issued more than four thousand fixed penalty notices and over a
thousand escalating penalty notices. Some 200,000 employers per quarter will be
reaching their staging date for workplace pension schemes this year.