How nine City experts reacted to Philip Hammond’s NIC u-turn

Wednesday 15 March 2017 2:29 pm whatsapp Emma Haslett 3. Get rid of all NICs 4. It’s chaos 1. Watch out for other tax hikes Whilst the U-turn will be welcomed by the millions of self-employed workers, the Chancellor will likely seek to raise revenues by another route and could do so by increasing the additional rate of Class 4, which currently applies at the rate of two per cent for profits over £43,000. – Suzanne Briggs, Blick Rotheberg whatsapp It is time for an end to the roller-coaster of policy making from the Treasury. First we had a dividend tax break introduced and slashed a year later. Then we had a National Insurance rise for the self-employed reversed within days of being announced. What is needed is a long-term strategy for tax, not a serious of short-term announcements. Now that the Chancellor has committed to leave NICs for the self-employed alone, we also need a long-term commitment to stop meddling with pension tax relief. That would provide savers with the certainty that they urgently need. We also need a strategy to tackle the pensions saving crisis amongst the self-employed which remains unaddressed – Steve Webb, Royal London The principle of aligning what the self-employed and employed pay is right, but cutting NICs for the latter rather than raising those for the former would have been a much better way of achieving this. Better still the Chancellor should have scrapped National Insurance Contributions altogether, including those paid by employers. They are a tax on jobs and wages and getting rid of the burden they place on working families would significantly help lower-income households. – Julian Jessop, Institute of Economic Affairs 5. This will damage Hammond’s credibility Read more: Hammond’s U-turn on National Insurance hike plans – read his letter in full How nine City experts reacted to Philip Hammond’s NIC u-turn 6. The self-employed may still be punished – Stephen Herring, Institute of Directors 2. Awkward… It’s official: Philip Hammond has bowed to criticism and scrapped his controversial plans to hike National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed. Reactions from have varied, from confusion to outright glee. Here’s how nine of the City’s most important organisations reacted. The whole National Insurance saga can only be described as chaotic. The irony is that there are good reasons to look at levelling the playing field for employees and the self-employed, as the tax on direct employment is disproportionally higher. However, it would have been much better if… the government had waited for the conclusions of its own review of modern employment, and reformed wholesale how different forms of work are taxed. Instead [it] announced it would raise one tax in isolation, only to cancel it a week later. 9. The government is out of touch 7. Celebrate strivers This is a stunning u-turn by the Chancellor, just a week since his Budget. Whilst we welcome this climbdown, it does show just how out of touch this government is with Britain’s hardworking, already-squeezed and over-taxed entrepreneurs – the lifeblood of the UK economy. – Nigel Green, deVere Group The true cost of this decision may still be borne by the self-employed. It’s clear that the chancellor will look to recoup money from other sources and many tax reliefs will be in his sights. The likes of business property relief – used by many sole traders and partnerships to hand down family businesses free of inheritance tax – could now be under threat and any sense of relief among self-employed people could become a sense of foreboding once the autumn Budget draws near. – Sean McCann, NFU Mutual 8. Time to end roller-coaster policy making Hitting small business owners with an extra £2.1bn in tax on the eve of Brexit seemed a very strangely timed measure. Politicians always claim to value entrepreneurs and ‘strivers’ but then they keep cranking up their tax rates. The self-employed take big risks and miss out on holiday pay, sick pay and many other benefits. It is time the Treasury stopped picking on them. – Roy Maugham, UHY Hacker Young Such a high profile Budget ‘U-Turn’ will damage the credibility of the measured and methodological ‘spreadsheet Phil’. The former chancellor, George Osborne, had a reputation as a maverick capable of both an ‘omni-shambles’ Budget, but also credited with revolutionising retirement with his 2014 surprise pension reforms. Hammond had been positioned as a more considered, consultative successor. – Jon Greer, Old Mutual Wealth ​”This U turn poses some awkward questions about the government’s ability to get through even moderately unpopular policies. 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Before the Bell: Europe lags behind as Germany and France hit pause on AstraZeneca vaccine

first_img“The big question now is whether February sees this positive momentum sustained or whether we see a slight pause, with expectations of a -0.5 per cent decline.” The problems are also likely to delay the timeline of an economic re-opening across Europe, as the vaccination program sees vaccine shortages get more acute, with the result that more people are likely to become infected, and possibly die, he added. “If one was being cynical one might suggest that some countries in Europe are using AstraZeneca as a scapegoat in order to disguise their own failures in respect of their own vaccine rollout programs.” Some of the main outperformers were US airlines after data that showed US air travel hit its highest level in over a year, and reports of cinema re-openings in LA buoyed sentiment, along with an expectation that a significant proportion of the new $1,400 stimulus cheques were likely to trickle into US stock markets as well. Macron and Merkel Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Macron and Merkel Also Read: Before the Bell: Europe lags behind as Germany and France hit pause on AstraZeneca vaccine “Coming on top of the negative press the vaccine received from the likes of French President Emmanuel Macron, who said it was only quasi effective in the over 65’s, this is yet another blow to the credibility of the Oxford vaccine, and ultimately the last thing AstraZeneca, and more importantly the populations of Europe needs given that, of all the vaccines, the Oxford jab is by far the easiest to transport,” commented Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK, this morning. Rebound Michiel Willems After an initially positive start markets in Europe rolled over and finished yesterday in negative territory, after Germany, followed by France, Italy and then Spain said they were pausing the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine over concerns that it might be a contributory factor in certain cases where blood clots have been reported. While markets in Europe rolled over into the close, US markets started the new week on a more positive note, with the Dow, S&P500 and Russell 2000 all posting yet more record highs for the third successive session in a row, at the same time as US 10-year yields slipped back. 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The initial rebound in the aftermath of the first lockdown was one such instance, Hewson continued, before a slowdown into year-end as the expiry of certain unemployment benefits, uncertainty over the US election, along with the imposition of tighter coronavirus restrictions started to weigh on consumer confidence. The US labour market has certainly seen the positive trend continue which suggests that sentiment ought to remain positive, though there could also be a negative bias due to the cold weather snap, which kept people indoors in February, he added. He singled out “one positive sign amongst all the jitters” is that the EuroStoxx600 Travel and Leisure index has recovered all of its post pandemic losses, posting a record high yesterday, although the airline stocks have lagged behind those of the better performers in that particular sector, which have been the gaming companies. The suspensions came about despite the WHO, and the European Medicines Agency saying the jab is safe, and where there have been no reported cases of a similar nature here in the UK, where regulation and scrutiny is equally as stringent. “While expectations are for a decline of -0.5 per cent, any disappointment is likely to be tempered by the expectation that we’ll see a huge surge in March and April, as the next set of stimulus payments ripple out across the US economy,” Hewson concluded. Tuesday 16 March 2021 7:21 am When it comes to the last 12 months of US consumer spending, its resilience has largely been driven by the US government and the issuance of stimulus payments. “With the DAX hitting record highs last week, it can safely be assumed that investor sentiment is fairly bullish this month with the latest German ZEW expectations survey set to rise to 74, from 71.2 in February,” Hewson noted.      Macron and Merkel Also Read: Before the Bell: Europe lags behind as Germany and France hit pause on AstraZeneca vaccine More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org “As we look ahead to today’s European open, it seems likely that last night’s late US rebound is likely to aid into a modestly positive start for markets here in Europe later, with Asia markets also trading higher this morning, though we can hang onto any positivity is another matter, given the failure to hang onto yesterday’s similarly strong start,” Hewson said. 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Bwin.Party share price soars as it confirms takeover talks

first_imgShares in FTSE-listed Bwin.Party soared by more than 10 percent this afternoon, after the online gambling company was forced to confirm rumours it was in early acquisition talks. The statement issued to the London Stock Exchange entitled “media speculation” said: The Board of bwin.party confirms that it has entered into preliminary discussions with a number of interested parties regarding a variety of potential business combinations with a view to creating additional value for bwin.party shareholders. Such discussions may or may not result in an offer being made for the Company. While Bwin.Party did not reveal its potential suitors, media reports have named Playtech and Amaya Gaming Group. This morning Playtech issued a a €315m (£248m) convertible bond, saying it would use the cash to fund “organic opportunities”. But Credit Suisse was unconvinced, saying Platech’s “focus on M&A [was] not necessarily aligned with shareholder interests”. Bwin.Party share price soars as it confirms takeover talks Wednesday 12 November 2014 9:14 am More From Our Partners Mark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekWarped SpeedCan You Name More State Capitals Than A 5th Grader? Find Out Now!Warped SpeedEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorcenter_img Jessica Morris Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp Tags: Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment Company Mergers and acquisitionslast_img read more

Savills boss Jeremy Helsby gets £2.2m after record year

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Amlin hit by weaker euro

first_img Express KCS INSURANCE group Amlin saw a one per cent reduction in gross written premium in the three months to 31 March, down to £1.26bn from £1.28bn in the first quarter of2014. The company said income growth from a strengthening of the dollar was “largely offset by weakening in the euro”. Amlin boss Charles Philipps said: “We expect our business and geographical diversity to be of increased importance in the current environment.” whatsapp Amlin hit by weaker euro Share Show Comments ▼center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTotal PastAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongTotal PastOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent Express Thursday 21 May 2015 8:54 pm More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Listen: Shocking FDA rejections, a setback in longevity science, & the latest on Covid-19 immunity

first_img About the Authors Reprints Damian Garde National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. Did the FDA suddenly get stringent about new drugs? Is longevity research over-hyped? And what can recovered patients teach us about Covid-19 vaccines?We discuss all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, we break down a pair of shocking FDA rejections for Gilead Sciences and BioMarin Pharmaceutical and what they might portend. Next, STAT’s Matthew Herper joins us to explain some disappointing results for Unity Biotechnology and the implications for longevity research. Finally, medicinal chemist and blogger Derek Lowe calls in to discuss the latest research on coronavirus immunity and the development of vaccines for Covid-19.For more on what we cover, here’s the news on BioMarin’s rejection and the FDA decision on Gilead’s drug; here’s the latest on longevity research; here’s Lowe’s blog; and here’s STAT’s complete coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.advertisement By Damian Garde , Rebecca Robbins, and Adam Feuerstein Aug. 20, 2020 Reprints The Readout LOUDListen: Shocking FDA rejections, a setback in longevity science, & the latest on Covid-19 immunity @damiangarde [email protected] center_img [email protected] We’ll be back next Thursday evening — and every Thursday evening — so be sure to sign up on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.And if you have any feedback for us — topics to cover, guests to invite, vocal tics to cease — you can email [email protected] Adam Feuerstein Interested in sponsoring a future episode of “The Readout LOUD”? Email us at [email protected] Senior Writer, Biotech Adam is STAT’s national biotech columnist, reporting on the intersection of biotech and Wall Street. He’s also a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. @adamfeuersteinlast_img read more

Insurers pressured to go mobile

first_img GWL reports ‘solid’ Q1 earnings Megan Harman The insurance industry must adapt to new technologies, faster service models, and new ways of interacting with clients in order to keep up with changing consumer expectations, a panel of industry executives said on Wednesday. At the Canadian Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (CAILBA) Annual Conference in Toronto, speakers said that as consumers have become accustomed to getting instantaneous service and information from companies online – and particularly via mobile devices – the insurance industry is facing pressure to keep up. Related news Wealthsimple’s peer-to-peer app goes national “People are beginning to experience and understand and demand this level of service,” said Alex Melvin, president of Cannex Financial Exchanges Ltd. “It’s become an expectation from all of your clients, whether you’re an advisor, whether you’re an MGA or whether you’re a manufacturer, people expect this level of technology and access to information.” “People want everything now, they don’t want to wait, and they want to get personalized information,” said Erik Kalin, vice president, IT strategy and innovation at Kingston, Ont.-based Empire Life Insurance Co. In this kind of environment, Kalin said, a 30-day turnaround period on issuing an insurance policy is not acceptable to consumers. The industry should embrace technology as a tool to help speed up these kinds of processes, the panelists said. “It gives us the ability to streamline and simplify a lot of these things,” said Melvin. The industry must also be open to new ways of interacting with clients and prospects, including social media. As consumers increasingly look to social networking sites such as Facebook for recommendations on products and services, the speakers said it represents a new platform for advisors and insurance companies to secure new clients. “If you want to be leading edge, you’ve got to get out there and get into [social media],” said Kalin. “It’s a very easy way to network electronically.” Although social media presents a risk that consumers could share negative experiences about advisors or companies, Kalin said it also provides a platform for clients to share positive experiences and recommend products and services to their friends. “You have to look at social media as an amplifier,” said Kalin. “If you have really good customer service, people will talk about that, and it will get spread out and amplified a lot more than before we had social media.” He suspects that this trend will increase, and that clients could begin to rate advisors online, similar to the way they rate hotels on TripAdvisor.com and restaurants on Yelp.com. “This is where customer experience, and those interactions become even more critical, because you’re going to be under more and more scrutiny,” he said. There are steps advisors can take to control their image on social media, the speakers said. For instance, consider inviting clients to share positive experiences via LinkedIn’s recommendation feature, said Mark Patterson, vice president of digital services at London Life. “If you have good clients, they may be more than willing to write a recommendation for you,” he said.center_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Insurers rethink client service Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Insurance advisors,  Social media,  Mobile applications and devices last_img read more

Trelawny Spirits Rekindled in New York

first_imgRelatedTrelawny Spirits Rekindled in New York Trelawny Spirits Rekindled in New York Foreign AffairsMay 29, 2009 RelatedTrelawny Spirits Rekindled in New York RelatedTrelawny Spirits Rekindled in New Yorkcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Conversations flowed freely, hugs and kisses were exchanged, childhood friends rekindled old ties, and food and spirits were bountiful, as thousands gathered in Queen’s, New York last weekend for the annual Trelawny reunion picnic.The buses and cars began rolling into the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area at 7:00 a.m., and by noon, the grounds of the tree-lined park near Bear Mountain, was carpeted with blankets, picnic tables and barbecue grills, as former residents of Trelwany and the historic town of Falmouth, invaded the area.They journeyed from as far as Australia, Canada, California and Jamaica to attend the annual event organised by Friends of Trelawny Association (FOTA). It was the first time the picnic was being held at Anthony Wayne. The event was moved from Rockland Lake in Nyack, because it had outgrown that facility.President of FOTA, Michael Wattkis, could not hide his pleasure at the large turnout. “Can you imagine that 27 years ago about four families from Falmouth gathered in Rockland Lake to have a picnic at Rockland Lake Park? And 27 years later, we have thousands gathering.”He noted that the event was one of camaraderie, with “everyone bringing their own food and drink and freely sharing with each other, whether you are friend or stranger.”At Anthony Wayne, picnic goers had the opportunity to not only share in the harmony, but the younger generation also participated in soccer, volleyball, basketball, sack races and egg-and-spoon races.Falmouth Mayor Colin Gager, (stooping centre) shares a moment with residents of Rio Bueno, who attend the annual Friends of Trelawny Association picnic held on May 24 at the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area in New York.“What is interesting here is that we are seeing a lot of second and third general Trelawnyities, who look forward to coming to the picnic. This gives them an opportunity to learn about their heritage and what makes the parish so special to their parents and friends,” Mr. Wattkis pointed out.He noted that Trelawny is the only parish in the Diaspora that brings together so many former residents from a Jamaican parish.Falmouth Mayor, Colin Gager, who travelled to New York with three of his councillors to attend the reunion, congratulated FOTA on the staging of this annual event. “The coming together of former residents of Trelawny living abroad at a picnic like this, speaks volumes for the parish and your organisation. We at the council are pledging our support to work with you to see how the parish can benefit from an event like this,” he stated.“It is amazing. You have thousands and thousands of former Trelawny residents here, some of whom I have not seen in years. We must see how we can have this reunion held in Trelawny one year. It will give the residents an opportunity to see the developments that are taking place, to invest in their parish and bring home the younger generations to see where their parents came from,” he said.The picnic was the culmination of a weekend of reunion activities that started on May 22 in Brooklyn with a cocktail reception at the Fisheye Bar and Grill, followed by a business and investment symposium May 23 in Queen’s, which focused on investment opportunities in the parish.The parish of Trelawny is expected to see an injection of US$30 billion in investments over the next 10 years. Advertisementslast_img read more

Civic leader takes helm of Mackay Hospital and Health Board

first_imgCivic leader takes helm of Mackay Hospital and Health Board Minister for Health and Ambulance Services The Honourable Yvette D’AthA former deputy mayor with a wealth of financial consulting experience has been appointed Chair of the Mackay Hospital and Health Board.Darryl Camilleri is joined on the nine-person board by new members, corporate executive Annabel Dolphin and physiotherapist Tom McMillan.Existing members Professor Richard Murray and Suzanne Brown have been reappointed.Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said both Mr McMillan and Ms Dolphin had strong records in serving the Mackay region.“I’d like to welcome them to the Mackay Hospital and Health Board,” Minister D’Ath said.“Both are civic-minded professionals with a genuine interest in representing the interests of Mackay residents.“I have no doubt Mr Camilleri will be an excellent board chair, having recently acted in the role. He was deputy mayor of the Mackay Regional Council and has served as chair for a host of community and industry organisations.“Ms Dolphin has an extensive background as company director and a business consultant specialising in human resources, business advisory and corporate governance.“Mr McMillan is a director of PhysioPlus in Mackay and the vice-president of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. Clearly his health background will be valuable to the board.“We’re very fortunate to have such experienced and dedicated professionals on the Mackay Hospital and Health Board. I know that they will work hard to ensure the region’s residents continue to receive excellent health services.”Mackay Hospital and Health Board’s members are:Mr Darryl Camilleri (Chair)Ms Annabel DolphinMr Tom McMillanMs Suzanne BrownProfessor Richard MurrayDr David AprileMrs Helen CarusoMs Adrienne BarnettDr Elissa HatherlyThe 16 boards throughout Queensland are responsible under the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 for local performance of their health service and the delivery of public health services within their communities. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Ambulance, Australia, Australian, Australian College, community, corporate, director, Government, health, health services, hospital, industry, Mackay, Minister, Professor, public health, QLD, Queensland, resourceslast_img read more

New alliance for comprehensive primary health care aims to transform health and wellness in India

first_img Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha By EH News Bureau on April 6, 2021 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Alliance spearheaded by USAID includes Swasti, Asian Development Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and LGT Venture PhilanthropyOn the eve of World Health Day, several organisations signed a Statement of Intent to form the Alliance for Comprehensive Primary Health Care (Alliance) in India. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) spearheaded the Alliance as part of its long-standing work to enhance comprehensive primary health care (CPHC) in India. Other founding Alliance members include Swasti-the Health Catalyst, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and LGT Venture Philanthropy.As per a press release, based on principles of equity, quality, and affordability, CPHC is an approach to health and wellbeing that is centered on the needs and preferences of individuals, families and communities. In 2018, the Government of India introduced Ayushman Bharat-Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs), its flagship programme to provide CPHC and universal health coverage. The Alliance was formed to ensure that CPHC reaches its full potential in India.Alliance members will use their collective expertise to ensure norms and standards for CPHC are developed and established, adequate financing is available for primary health care, and there is an increase in the availability of quality CPHC that meets the needs of diverse populations. This will ultimately strengthen, sustain, and promote CPHC in India.Commenting on the Alliance, Sangita Patel, Director of the USAID/India Health Office, said, “The organisations that have joined this new Alliance are committed to making equitable, accessible, affordable, and quality comprehensive primary health care available for the health and wellbeing of all Indians. USAID is proud to be a part of this important endeavor.”Tom Kagerer, Investment Director, LGT Venture Philanthropy, emphasised, “An alliance is a great idea as funded entrepreneurs can be embedded into larger initiatives, helping them scale up.”Noting the catalytic role the Alliance can play, Stefan Nachuk, Deputy Director, Health System Design of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation observed, “The Alliance should not be limited to a knowledge sharing platform, but bring together lessons, principles, ideas in a concrete, instead of an abstract manner.”Sonalini Khetrapal, Social Sector Specialist (Health) of ADB said, “ADB has been a long standing financing partner in supporting urban health since 2015 with an initial loan of $300 million, and an additional commitment of $300 million approved in December. The urban health ecosystem continues to be varied and active engagement in the Alliance across partners will be key to bridge gaps and highlight this priority agenda.”As countries around the world grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for health care that addresses broader health needs is more urgent than ever. By strengthening CPHC, this Alliance will reportedly ultimately help India better address emerging health challenges like the pandemic, while providing high quality health and wellness care, according to the release. Asian Development BankComprehensive Primary Health CareLGT Venture PhilanthropySwastithe Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationUSAIDWorld Health Day 2021 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share News Public Health Comments (0) Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services New alliance for comprehensive primary health care aims to transform health and wellness in India Related Posts Add Comment Read Article The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19”last_img read more