12 May

OH service saved from closure

first_imgOH service saved from closureOn 1 Mar 2002 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. A London occupational health service has been saved from closure by alast-minute injection of funds. But HealthWorks in Newham still faces an uncertain future, with less fundingsecured than it had hoped for, and the prospect of only being able to offer areduced service. The community-based OH service has been operating since 1997 supported andfunded through a combination of Government regeneration money, the LondonBorough of Newham’s environment department and Newham Primary Care Trust. Funding had been due to run out this month but the service has now receivedan £84,500 lifeline from the regeneration fund which will part secure itsfuture for this year. But there is still a shortfall of some £50,000, which means the service willnot be able to operate as widely as before. Nor will it offer, an adolescentand teenage service as it has done in the past. The service recently carried out a survey of working people with health-relatedproblems in the borough, interviewing people in GP waiting rooms. It found morethan half reported work-related ill health resulting from their current orprevious work. Stress and musculoskeletal disorders were identified as the most frequentlyreported work-related health problems. Project co-ordinator Rachel Ashworth said the organisation was now seekingto secure further funding from the borough and the PCT as well as the NationalLottery. She had been hoping to expand the service this year, but this was nowunlikely to happen, she added. A spokeswoman for the London Borough of Newham, which has matched thefunding from the regeneration fund up to now, said it remained supportive ofthe service and was now assessing whether it could also provide extracash.”We are trying to help,” she said. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more