Category: Insurance

  • Round-the-clock working ‘a false economy for multinationals’

    A quarter of employees believe it harms their mental wellbeing The trend for employees to work around the clock is leading to a false economy within the UK’s largest multinationals, insurance broker Lockton has warned. The broker’s inaugural Global Benefits Forum Survey found 74% of employers contractually require their employees to be available outside of core office […]

  • Millions of employees delay seeking help for mental health problems

    Misconceptions and a lack of awareness are to blame An estimated seven million employees delay seeking support for a mental health problem because of misconceptions and a lack of awareness, a study suggests. The survey of 1,098 UK workers found the majority struggled to identify the symptoms of common mental health conditions. Bipolar was the most […]

  • People with mental health problems ‘twice as likely to be in poverty’

    Only 53% are in paid work People with a longstanding mental health problem are around twice as likely to be in poverty as those without such a problem, research shows. Among 25-54 year-olds, 28% of people with a longstanding health problem and 40% of those with a mental health problem are in relative poverty, compared […]

  • Cancer cases among older people to surge 80% by 2035

    The elderly are more likely to be diagnosed as an emergency The number of older people diagnosed with cancer every year could rise by up to 80% to nearly a quarter of a million by 2035, the charity Cancer Research UK has warned. Every year around 130,000 people aged 75 and over in the UK […]

  • Average death-in-service benefit ‘leaves £68,000 gap’

    Poll shows death-in-service is not a substitute for life cover People receiving a death-in-service benefit from a loved one’s employer would receive an average payout of between £27,600 and £55,200, leaving them with a mortgage shortfall of £67,678, an analysis shows. The research from Direct Line Life Insurance found that although the average UK company […]

  • One in four Brits never exercise

    Some people use exercise to deal with ongoing illnesses Almost one in four British adults never exercise, a study has found. The poll of 2,000 adults found of the 77% who do exercise, 16% only exert themselves once a week. Walking is the exercise Brits are most likely to engage in, followed by jogging and […]

  • Marital status ‘a risk factor for heart disease and stroke’

    Unmarried people have a 42% higher risk of cardiovascular disease Marriage may protect against the development of heart disease and stroke as well as influencing who is more likely to die of it, a global study has found. The researchers at Keele University suggested marital status should be included as a risk factor for heart […]

  • Emerald Life launches travel cover with no HIV disclosure requirement

    People on effective medication can live long and healthy lives Insurance provider Emerald Life has launched a travel insurance policy with no requirement to answer questions on HIV status if they are on stable anti-viral medicine and their viral load is undetectable. Steve Wardlaw, xhairman of Emerald Life, said the insurance industry needs to become […]

  • Scotland pledges to reduce waits for bowel cancer tests

    Early diagnosis significantly boosts chances of survival The Scottish Government has pledged to cut the number of people waiting for bowel cancer tests by 20% by the end of September 2018. Health Secretary Shona Robison has committed an additional £6m to help health boards to deliver endoscopies to 2,500 people by September. She also announced a […]

  • Satisfaction with GP care in Wales falls

    Patients are finding it harder to make a convenient appointment The proportion of patients in Wales who are happy with the care they receive from their GP has fallen from 90% in 2016/17 to 86% in 2017/18. The 2017/18 National Survey for Wales found 42% of patients said they found it difficult to make a […]

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