Good month for Health Assured… The UK’s leading EAP provider Health Assured has won the Best Healthcare Trust Provider at the prestigious Health Insurance Awards 2017. The awards celebrate excellence across the intermediary and consulting sector, as well as achievements in the provider community. Health Assured overcame strong opposition from Bupa, AXA and Nuffield Health. Health Assured CEO, David Price, said: “Everyone at Health Assured is absolutely delighted and very proud to have won such a coveted industry award. The voting was open to clients, suppliers and intermediaries who receive or deliver health, wellbeing and protection products. The support we received from them is a strong reflection of the respect we show to all channels at each interaction.” “This award recognises the excellent work the Health Assured team do on a daily basis to make a difference in people’s lives while adding value to customers and partners. This award also further strengthens our integrity in the extremely competitive EAP market, and it really sets us apart from our competitors.” Bad month for Sainsbury’s workers… Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is to axe 2,000 jobs as it looks to slash costs by £500m to compete with discount supermarkets Aldi and Lidl. The chain is set to restructure both its stores and its back offices, getting rid of 1400 roles in payroll and human resources as well as 600 positions within its banking arm and Argos—part of the Sainsbury’s group. At present, Sainsbury’s employs about 119,000 full-time staff. As part of the standard restructuring process, it will either offer alternative roles to affected staff or a redundancy package, with the shopworker union Udsaw giving its support to employees.