News / UK and world by Press Association February 20, 2019, 2:08 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Health Secretary has apologised to the families of NHS workers let down by a lack of support. Matt Hancock said that across the health service “we don’t do enough to care for our carers”, as he vowed to improve working conditions for staff. A raft of proposals were unveiled on Wednesday, including 24-hour mental health support for those who suffer a stressful incident at work and better rest spaces in hospitals. The initiatives are recommendations outlined by Health Education England in a new report on the mental health and wellbeing of NHS staff and learners and are expected to be rolled out across the country. Mr Hancock, addressing the report launch in east London, said he had been struck by the loss of Dr Lauren Phillips, whose body has never been found after she failed to turn up to work at Southmead Hospital in Bristol. … [Read more...] about Health Secretary says sorry about lack of support for NHS workers
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HMRC spent more than £10,000 on flowers over the past five years to say sorry to taxpayers for mistakes, it has been revealed. Despite criticism, the taxman defended the delivery of bouquets as a "more personal gesture" for responding to complaints.According to a Freedom of Information request by the Daily Telegraph, HMRC paid florists a total of £10,298 between 2014 and this year to date. This included £3,149 in the space of one year alone, although spending on flowers last year was less than £900 - down from £2,547 in 2016.The newspaper reported past errors include sending a cafe owner from Stockport a near-£1bn bill, while flowers were also sent to a pensioner who was due a tax rebate of £800 but received a cheque for £1 instead.Campaigners claimed the spend was more evidence of the need for a simpler tax system to cut down on HMRC blunders.John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "What a ridiculous and woefully … [Read more...] about HMRC spends £10,000 on flowers to say ‘sorry’ for tax mistakes
The popular doll Barbie is taking to the internet to empower young women, and her latest vlog has created a lot of buzz because of what she’s challenging girls to do-- to stop saying sorry when you’re not sorry. Saying "sorry" is often a verbal hiccup for most women. When someone bumps into you, you may say "sorry." If a restaurant messes up your order you may say "sorry" for asking them to fix it. But, is it a bad habit, or do we actually mean what we say? "I think a lot of people say it when they don't actually mean it," says Barbie.The famous doll has been empowering women on her YouTube channel. In a recent vlog, Barbie says young girls are saying sorry too much."There is a bigger issue around sorry, especially with girls," expresses the doll. Someone else who agrees with Barbie is Karen Sugar, the founder and director of The Women’s Global Empowerment Fund.“It's an issue around inequality and that women are not … [Read more...] about Barbie challenges young girls to stop saying ‘sorry’ when they’re not
Isaac Stanley-Becker, The Washington Post Published 3:05 am PDT, Wednesday, July 25, 2018 The President of the United States is coming to speak. What an honor. What a coup. But be careful. If the past is any guide, you might end up having to say sorry. Or admonish your own members. Or generally do damage control. This is the baggage that comes with hosting Donald Trump, who takes pride in pushing rhetorical boundaries. "I've been challenged by so many people and I don't, frankly, have time for total political correctness," Trump, then a candidate, said during a Republican primary debate in 2015. The latest cleanup effort came after Trump's remarks Tuesday at the 2018 convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a nonprofit veterans service organization founded in 1899 by James C. Putnam, a veteran of the Spanish-American War. During his speech in Kansas City, Missouri, Trump lashed out at the news media, which prompted some in the audience to boo and heckle members of … [Read more...] about Trump doesn’t say sorry. But after hosting him, you might have to.
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally says she was sexually abused by a coach when she was in high school, The Wall Street Journal is reporting today.McSally, a Tucson Republican, is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jeff Flake.The interview with the newspaper is the first time the former fighter pilot has discussed publicly the alleged sexual abuse of her by the coach, who she said is 20 years older than she.McSally was 17 at the time of the alleged abuse.“It took a while for me to come to a place where I understood what the hell I had been through,” McSally, now 52 years old, says in the interview with The Wall Street Journal. “At the time, I was so afraid. I now understand — like many girls and boys who are abused by people in authority over them —there’s a lot of fear and manipulation and shame.”McSally attended an all-girls Catholic school in Rhode Island.The former coach denies her allegation.Calls to McSally's congressional office and … [Read more...] about Report: Rep. Martha McSally says she was sexually abused by high school coach