The first 100 days in LGBT rights

April 29, 2017

(CNN)Even before US President Donald Trump took office, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans feared his administration would roll back gains they made in the Obama administration. Now, 100 days into Trump’s presidency, advocacy groups say their concerns have been realized through Cabinet appointments and policy decisions that undermine civil rights for LGBT Americans. Here’s a timeline of key actions affecting LGBT Americans from the first 100 days. …


Reminder To Progressives: Abortion Is An Economic Issue

April 25, 2017

… concerns are a major reason why women chose to end pregnancies. Estimates suggest that between 40 and 75 percent of women seeking abortions do so for financial reasons. Low-income women are hit the hardest by unplanned pregnancies and by policies that limit abortion access. Low-income women also struggle to afford abortion, particularly because the Hyde Amendment has long restricted Medicaid coverage for abortion care. Research shows that in order to come up with the money necessary for the …


WH officials: Busy week, but no health care vote or shutdown

April 24, 2017

… days” in office, despite concerns among GOP leaders that the votes simply weren’t there in the House. “If we have the votes it will happen. If not will keep working,” the official said. The government will not shut down, officials said. That’s a directive straight from Trump. Top administration officials explained to the President this weekend that the most likely scenario is a short-term fix that would last a week or so until a deal is reached. …


White House downplays Australia tensions ahead of VP visit

April 22, 2017

(CNN)As Vice President Mike Pence heads to Australia on Friday on the next leg of his Asia-Pacific tour, a White House foreign policy adviser on the trip downplayed President Donald Trump’s early feud with the Australian Prime Minister. The adviser also said the two countries will reaffirm their partnership on security, trade and immigration issues during the visit. But concerns about the US-Australia relationship go beyond a sour first impression, as Pence will have to address thorny …


HMP Garth: Increase in violence at ‘unsafe’ jail, report says – BBC News

April 19, 2017

However, inspectors raised the following concerns: Levels of violence had increased “substantially”, with many incidents linked to drugs, gangs and debt Assaults on staff had increased and much of the violence was “serious” Living conditions were “very poor” in the segregation unit and staff were “overwhelmed” 85 prisoners (in addition to sex offenders) were held separately because of fears for their safety The prison had a drug problem, even …


Report: VA hospital in D.C. putting ‘patients at unnecessary risk’

April 13, 2017

(CNN)The Department of Veterans Affairs’ inspector general says practices at the Washington VA Medical Center are putting “patients at unnecessary risk,” and the VA has removed the director of the hospital from his position, assigning him to temporary administrative duties. A report out Wednesday raised several concerns related to staffing shortages, dirty storage areas and failure to keep track of medical equipment, leading to shortages that could endanger patient health. …


GOP health care bill: Inside a district that could make or break the vote

March 24, 2017

Colorado's 4th congressional district (CNN)When it comes to the fate of the GOP’s health care bill, no district is more important than this swath of eastern Colorado. Rep. Ken Buck is one of several Republicans who have said they might vote against their party’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. That has raised tensions in this largely rural district. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …


Whistleblowers ‘to be protected’ if they apply for NHS job – BBC News

March 20, 2017

‘Listened to, not vilified’ Sir Robert, the inquiry chairman, warned that staff often faced bullying and isolation if they tried to speak out and that staff struggled to find new jobs in the NHS. Under the UK-wide plans, applicants for an NHS job would have the right to complain to an employment tribunal if they had been discriminated against because they had previously raised concerns about the safety of patients. Applicants would also have the right to bring a claim in court …


Medway NHS Foundation Trust out of special measures after four years – BBC News

March 17, 2017

… had highlighted concerns over patient safety, organisation and governance. Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt said: “Some of the problems at Medway were deeply entrenched – which makes the achievement all the greater.” Image copyright PA Image caption Sir Mike Richards, chief inspector of hospitals As part of addressing its problems, the hospital took up a successful buddying arrangement with Guys’ and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and is now …