Women managers work for free nearly 2 hours every day

Women managers effectively work for 2 hours every day for free.

Women in equivalent full-time jobs earn 22% less than men.  This is equal to 1h 40m a day or 57 days each year. These are findings from the annual survey of 72,000 UK managers published by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

For men and women of all ages in all professional roles the gender pay gap now stands at £8,524, with men earning on average f £39,136 and women only £30,612. In 2014, or a  pay gap of £9,069, or 23%.

The survey reveals the pay gap becomes wider as women grow older. Women aged 26-35 are paid 6% less than their male colleagues, rising to 20% for women aged 36-45. The gap increases to 35% for women aged 46-60, just like working  for 681 hours for free compared to male colleagues.

For women and men in their 60s the pay gap expands to 38% – so much for the success of equality initiatives and the lack of political drive to ensure a more equal society.

EFN Update – Sept-Oct 2015

EFN Updates for September – October 2015

You can dowload as a pdf here


ie Free GP care

Press Statement Dept. of Health, Ireland

As of today, Tuesday 18th August over 160,000 Under 6s have registered for GP Care. 92% of GPs have agreed to provide the new, enhanced service, which for Under 6s includes assessments focused on health and wellbeing and the prevention of disease when a child is aged 2 and again at age 5 and an agreed cycle of care for children diagnosed with asthma.

Minister Varadkar said: “I’m still very encouraged by the numbers to date.  However, I am encouraging and reminding those who haven’t yet done so to register. It means there will be no hassle or bureaucracy for you when you or your child is sick and needs to see your GP. 9 out of 10 GPs have agreed to this new, improved and better funded GP service for children.

Those GPs not participating can still do so by returning the signed contract to the HSE’s National Contracts Office.’ Minister Lynch said: ‘the second step to universal healthcare commenced on
August 5th, all 400,000 people aged 70 and over will be able to see their GP without paying fees. It’s an important step because, for the first time, the eldest and youngest in our society will be able to access GP care without being charged. To date over 23,000 people over 70s have
signed up to see their GP without paying fees’.

All persons aged 70 or older will be able to access a GP service without charges, replacing the existing GP service arrangement for this age group which is based on a means-test. Their dependents, including spouses or partners, who are under the age of 70 will continue to have access to a GP service without fees where they meet the existing income limits. Please note that persons Over 70 who already hold a medical or GP visit card do not need to register.

If anyone needs help or guidance they can contact the helpline 1890 252 919 (weekdays 8am-8pm)

A simple online registration system is available on www.gpvisitcard.ie.

Alternatively people can download a form from the website www.gpvisitcard.ie, or

lo-call 1890 252 919 to receive a copy by post.

The registration form will also be available in pharmacies and local health offices.

For more contact:
Press and Communications Office, Department of Health| (+353) 1 635 4477|
www.health.gov.ie| Twitter @roinnslainte

Tribute to pioneer in public health and patient safety!

EIWH pays tribute to pioneer in public health and patient safety.

17 August 2015 – Last week, Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, the FDA regulator and worldwide pioneer in medicines safety and the protection of patients, died at the age of 101. As a young scientific officer, freshly employed by the FDA, she stubbornly questioned the evidence of the safety data submitted for the market authorization of Thalidomide.  The drug became notorious for causing birth defects when taken by pregnant women against morning sickness.

Frances Kelsey’s persistence to refuse authorization in light of fierce pressure from the manufacturer of Thalidomide, spared American women from experiencing the series of tragic birth defects and death the drug had caused in Europe where the medicine was available.

She also changed regulatory history: following the Thalidomide disaster, the US government revised the regulation of pharmaceutical products. Medicines approval is now based on the criteria of quality; safety and efficacy, which is still the gold standard, used today by the FDA and here in Europe by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and national medicines agencies.

From the scientific, societal and women’s health perspective this was an enormous achievement for a young female scientist in the 1960s and we can only hope for another pioneer like Frances who will take us to the next rigorous step of patient protection.

Even today we are faced with a situation where approval data is not always robust for women and older people since, for safety reasons, they are still all too often excluded from clinical trials, yet these population groups are the heaviest medicine takers. In addition, it is estimated that currently around 80% of pregnant women take medicines during pregnancy often due to already existing chronic conditions.

As more and more women postpone pregnancy until later years, this will become a societal concern that needs urgently addressing”,

said Peggy Maguire, EIWH Director General.

A step forward will be provided by the new EU Clinical Trial Regulation, which came into effect in May 2016.  This new legislation will require population group analysis according to gender and age. The number of men and women included in the trial will have to be made more transparent, while strict protective measures to include pregnant and lactating women in clinical trials will be required.

Our recent EUGenMed Roadmap conference, which examined sex and gender in pharmaceutical regulation, recommended that Europe improve rigorous sex- and age-specific pharmacovigilance reporting for existing products.  In order to address the current knowledge gap, a regulatory framework should be developed for safe use of medicines during pregnancy, which should include post-marketing data collection and common rules for pregnancy exposure registries,“

concluded Hildrun Sundseth, EIWH President.

For more information:

Whole Grains

Whole Grains (updated 2015)

Grains are the seeds of cereal crops including wheat, rye, rice, oats or barley.
They have been a staple food for humans for thousands of years. In pre-industrial times grains were commonly eaten whole but advances in the milling and processing of grains allowed large-scale separation and removal of the bran and germ, resulting in refined flour that consists mainly of the starchy endosperm.
Refined white flour became popular because it produced baked goods with a softer, more open texture and extended freshness. However, the bran and germ contain important nutrients that are lost when the grain is refined. ...more

Gender gap in Scientific research

Scientific research has a gender gap, and not just in humans.

In many disciplines, the animals used to study diseases and drugs are mostly male, which might significantly reduce the reliability of research and create drugs that may not work in half the population.

A new study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience suggests that research done on male animals may not hold up for women. Its authors reported that hypersensitivity to pain works differently in male and female mice. For males, immune cells called microglia appear to be required for pain hypersensitivity, and inhibiting their function also relieves the pain. But in female mice, different cells are involved, and targeting the microglia has no effect.

If these differences occur in mice, they may occur in humans too. This means a pain drug targeting microglia might appear to work in male mice, but wouldn’t work on women. …more

7th European Innovation Summit, 7-10 December 2015

7th European Innovation Summit, 7-10 December 2015 at European Parliament, Brussels.

4 day event calling for “A Pact for Innovation”.

Highlights of this year’s programme include topics such as ‘policies and politics for innovation: creating a framework for success’; ‘European Innovation Ecosystems’; tackling the society’s grand challenges in areas such as water, energy, environment, agriculture, bio-economy, health, transport and the role of the digital revolution in areas such as smart manufacturing. Very importantly, the Summit will engage actively with young people and discuss the opportunity for them in driving the future of innovation in Europe. …more

eu: Guidelines for Nursing and Social Care

Evidence Based Guidelines for Nursing and Social Care on eHealth Services

ENS4Care Guidelines are validated!

The ENS4Care guidelines on Prevention, Clinical Practice, Advanced Roles, Integrated Care, and Nurse ePrescribing have been validated and available at the ENS4Care website.

Taking the discussions at the last General Assembly forward, an Evaluation Expert Panel from individuals which had not been involved in ENS4Care as partners was set up. …more

All queries, please contact ENS4Care Project at ens4care@ens4care.eu

ie: Review of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Ireland:  Review of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme


In a Press Release Monday 20th July 2015, the Dept. of Health , Ireland gave results of a Review they carried out in collaboration with the HSE with input from Deloitte and Touche as external consultants.

Based upon the experience of operating the Scheme over the last five years and the findings of the Review, it has been possible to identify a number of administrative improvements.

Specific recommendations are:

  • standardise or centralise certain administrative processes;
  • develop the use of information technology and web-based systems;
  • enhance application materials and make these easier to understand;
  • improve procedures used in the validation of financial information submitted by applicants and in the recovery of deferred contributions and
  • develop new approaches to setting nursing home prices to ensure that value, adequate capacity, and transparency are achieved.

The Government has decided to establish a Working Group composed of representatives of a number of Departments, the HSE and the National Treatment Purchase Fund,where relevant, to oversee implementation of these recommendations.

The review is available on the Department’s website here.

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