Occupational health news in brief

Royal Mail extends Atos Healthcare contract

Royal Mail has extended its occupational health and welfare services contract with Atos Healthcare for another three years. Atos Healthcare has been delivering OH services to the organisation’s 185,000 staff since 2002, where it has helped to reduce absenteeism in the Royal Mail letters business.

Personnel Today, 10 January

Doctors attacked in 2007

One in three doctors has been a victim of physical or verbal attack in the past year, research has revealed. A survey of 600 doctors by the British Medical Association showed that one-third had been abused in some way in the past 12 months. One in 10 had been physically attacked, with violent acts including biting, kicking, punching and stabbing.

Personnel Today, 10 January

Low public pay deal may damage morale

Gordon Brown’s public sector pay deal could demoralise workforces across the public sector if it is too low, policing bodies have warned. The prime minister revealed plans to implement three-year pay deals rather than the traditional annual agreements at his monthly media conference in January.

Personnel Today, 9 January

Firefighters want sign language training

Firefighters should be taught sign language and deaf awareness techniques when they join the service, their trade union has insisted. Tim Davis, the Fire Brigades Union’s learning co-ordinator in London (www.fbu.org.uk), said he had been inundated with requests from firefighters and support staff wanting to learn how to support a deaf or hard of hearing person during a 999 emergency or a fire safety risk assessment.

Personnel Today, 8 January

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