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NHS future workforce: how a university is helping tackle the shortage of nurses | Driving Change. Inspiring Potential

NHS future workforce: how a university is helping tackle the shortage of nurses | Driving Change. Inspiring Potential

Northumbria University has a long history of training generations of nurses – in fact, it’s not uncommon for the children of former nursing students to follow in their footsteps. “Mothers or fathers have had really good experiences and then the child comes through, and they qualify as a nurse. My daughter’s just graduated too,” says Prof Alison Machin, a former student who is now head of the university’s department of nursing, midwifery and health and chair of the national Council of Deans of Health. “One of the special things about Northumbria is the legacy it has left in the region.” For a trained nurse, there is a broad spectrum of jobs available, from working in the community to being in intensive care units or making the switch to healthcare management. But in recent years, the demand for nurses and midwives has increased faster than the number being trained in the UK. Over the next 15 years, the population of England is projected to increase by 4.2%, but the number of people aged over 85, who …

A major sriracha shortage is on the horizon as severe drought conditions threaten pepper production

A major sriracha shortage is on the horizon as severe drought conditions threaten pepper production

Huy Fong Foods is halting production of its world-famous Huy Fong Sriracha amid severe weather that is threatening the brand’s supply of spicy hot peppers.  News of yet another sriracha shortage made headlines Wednesday, after the Washington Post published a dismal report on the iconic condiment that’s best known for its deep red hue and sweet yet garlicky taste. Turns out, the extreme drought conditions in Mexico — where Huy Fong’s red winter jalapeño peppers are grown — are causing pepper plants to stop ripening and preventing the crop from achieving their signature red color. According to a letter sent to wholesale buyers, the company said its peppers are still too green, which would alter the color of its brand name sriracha. Huy Fong has decided to cancel all shipments and pause production of its sriracha and related products (including the brand’s Chili Garlic and Sambal Oelek) until the next chili harvesting season begins. That means production will be on pause until after Labor Day. “It’s a double-edged sword when the success of this particular …

Another Huy Fong Foods sriracha shortage could be coming

Another Huy Fong Foods sriracha shortage could be coming

Jennifer Wunderlich can’t recall the last time Huy Fong Foods’ Sriracha sauce was in stock at her workplace, a New York-based specialty confections and gourmet food distributor. It’s been “months and months” since Wunderlich said she’s seen the rooster-adorned, green-capped bottles at Nassau Candy, where she works as a customer support and sales specialist. Other distributors said their inventory of the red, garlicky sauce, which has cultivated an ardent popularity, is also depleted — and they worry it won’t be returning any time soon. Source link

‘Our culture is dying’: vulture shortage threatens Zoroastrian burial rites | Pakistan

‘Our culture is dying’: vulture shortage threatens Zoroastrian burial rites | Pakistan

Traditional Zoroastrian burial rites are becoming increasingly impossible to perform because of the precipitous decline of vultures in India, Iran and Pakistan. For millennia, Parsi communities have traditionally disposed of their dead in structures called dakhma, or “towers of silence”. These circular, elevated edifices are designed to prevent the soil, and the sacred elements of earth, fire and water, from being contaminated by corpses. Bodies are placed on top of the towers, where they decompose, while vultures and other scavengers eat the flesh on the bones. After being bleached by the sun and wind for up to a year, the bones are collected in an ossuary pit at the centre of the tower. Lime hastens their gradual disintegration, and the remaining material, along with rainwater runoff, filters through coal and sand before it is washed out to sea. “We are no longer able to fulfil our traditions,” Hoshang Kapadia, a Karachi resident in his 80s, said. “We’ve lost a way of life, our culture.” Kapadia explained that the purpose behind the Parsi burial customs was …

Paris Olympics may face security contractor shortage

Paris Olympics may face security contractor shortage

PARIS — Three months before an Olympics that presents unprecedented security challenges at a globally tense time, French officials are facing a potential shortfall of qualified private contractors to help protect the Games. Paris 2024 organizers have been saying that they need 22,000 private security agents to work in and around Olympics venues, while 35,000 police officers and 18,000 French military troops secure public spaces. But leaders in the private security sector say that a worker shortage may make it hard to meet the demand. “The problem is the workforce,” said Pierre Brajeux, president of the French Federation of Private Security. “Will we have enough guards to properly ensure the security of the Games? We need to hit the accelerator.” The Olympics organizers, he said, “have struggled to find companies” through four rounds of contract bidding. An especially tough sell: the job of managing the 104,000 ticketed spectators on the lower banks of the Seine during the floating boat parade of the July 26 Opening Ceremonies. President Emmanuel Macron has said that only in the …

Prior authorizations make growth hormone shortage worse : Shots

Prior authorizations make growth hormone shortage worse : Shots

Winston Hall, 9, needs growth hormone to manage symptoms of Prader-Willi syndrome, a genetic condition. A shortage of the medicine has contributed to behavioral issues that led him to be sent home from school. Bridget Bennett for NPR hide caption toggle caption Bridget Bennett for NPR Winston Hall, 9, needs growth hormone to manage symptoms of Prader-Willi syndrome, a genetic condition. A shortage of the medicine has contributed to behavioral issues that led him to be sent home from school. Bridget Bennett for NPR Dr. Jennifer Miller has been an author of dozens of studies about rare endocrine diseases over the last two decades. Hundreds of patients fly to Gainesville, Fla., from all over the U.S. to see her for treatment. But now, her office is inundated with faxes, emails, texts and phone calls that have little to do with her life’s work. Miller, a professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine, has research papers in her inbox that just need a few finishing touches before publication in medical journals. …

Maintenance staff shortage could clip aviation industry’s wings

Maintenance staff shortage could clip aviation industry’s wings

NEW YORK: The United States is grappling with a shortage of maintenance workers in the aviation industry, with baby boomers retiring and others changing jobs during the pandemic. This comes as the global fleet of commercial aircraft is set to balloon a third by 2034, involving more than 36,400 vessels, according to a recent study by consulting firm Oliver Wyman. In its wake, spending in the maintenance, repair and overhaul market is projected to grow almost 20 per cent by 2034. But the sector suffers from a shortfall of qualified manpower – and an inadequate pipeline of talent. It lacks some 24,000 aviation maintenance technicians in North America, a figure due to reach nearly 40,000 by 2028, Oliver Wyman notes. This gap is not one that the renowned Aviation High School in Long Island will be able to fill with its cohorts totalling 2,000 students. “I don’t think the Aviation High Schools have enough capacity to train enough people,” said Steven Jackson, principal of the Aviation High School in Long Island City. “We are one …

Visualizing Gaza’s aid shortage as ‘man-made’ famine looms

Visualizing Gaza’s aid shortage as ‘man-made’ famine looms

Gaza faces a catastrophic supply shortage. Five months into the conflict, the deficit between the volume of all supplies, including food and medical necessities, that would have entered the Gaza Strip if not for the war and what has actually been received has reached at least half a million tons. Accumulated deficit Truckloads at prewar pace Truckloads at prewar pace Truckloads at prewar pace The enclave has long been dependent on hundreds of truckloads of aid imports per day, under strict regulations imposed by Israel and Egypt. Imports accounted for two-thirds of food consumption in Gaza as of 2022, according to World Bank estimates. Since Israel’s invasion in response to the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, the stream of trucks has dwindled to a trickle, reaching Gaza through only a few checkpoints, subject to strenuous Israeli inspections and beset by logistical logjams and security concerns. Israel maintains that it does not restrict aid, but aid organizations and governments, including that of the United States, have applied mounting pressure on it to facilitate the flow of trucks, …

WHO Urges Immediate Action Amid Cholera Vaccine Shortage

WHO Urges Immediate Action Amid Cholera Vaccine Shortage

The World Health Organization on Wednesday called for immediate action to combat a worldwide spike in cholera cases amid a global vaccine shortage. “Immediate action is needed to stem an unprecedented multiyear upsurge in cholera cases worldwide,” WHO’s International Coordinating Group on Vaccine Provision said in a statement. “The severe gap in the number of available vaccine doses, compared with the level of current need, puts unprecedented pressure on the global stockpile of vaccines.” The group manages the global cholera vaccine stockpile. It predicts vaccine shortages to continue for at least two years. Cholera is an acute diarrheal disease caused by ingesting contaminated food or water. If untreated, cholera can kill within hours. The WHO reports that, worldwide, as many as 143,000 people die each year because of cholera. The main cause of cholera is a lack of clean water, soap and adequate sanitation. Proposed actions to mitigate the spread of cholera include investing in safe water access and increasing sanitation and hygiene measures. Improving testing to detect outbreaks more quickly and supporting overall accessible …

NATO chief says members are responsible for Ukraine’s ammo shortage – POLITICO

NATO chief says members are responsible for Ukraine’s ammo shortage – POLITICO

“NATO allies are not providing Ukraine with enough ammunition and that has consequences on the battlefield every day,” he added. Stoltenberg also warned that it’s a “huge challenge” as “the Russians are able to outgun the Ukrainians every day.” “It’s one of the reasons why the Russians have been able to make some advances on the battlefield over the last weeks and months,” he said. “Therefore it is an urgent need for allies to make the decisions necessary to step up [and] provide more ammunition to Ukraine. “ “Of course, we have the capacity, we have the economies to be able to provide Ukraine with what they need. This is a question of political will to take the decisions and to prioritize support for Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said. Source link