World Health Organization Calls for Global Accord on Hepatitis

The World Health Organisation is calling for developed nations to play a leading role in work on viral hepatitis. It is known that the disease is currently killing as many people globally as HIV and TB, with the death toll in 2015 reaching 1.34 million people. A new report confirms this figure, while also suggesting that an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis caused by B or C virus infection. Although there are hepatitis vaccines and medicines available,... Readmore

Medical Charity Launches Campaign Against Government Guidance

A major medical charity has suggested that government guidance will effectively make doctors into border guards. Doctors of the World insist that Home Office plans to gain access to details of undocumented migrants who seek NHS treatment is placing unreasonable demands on GPs in particular. In order to challenge this policy, the organisation has recently collaborated with the human rights charity Liberty, along with the National AIDS Trust. The three parties have raised a petition aimed... Readmore

NHS Leaders Welcome Update to NHS Contract

GP leaders believe that an update to the standard NHS contract will have a positive effect on attempts to prevent hospitals from dumping work on GP surgeries. The new provisions in the contract could potentially save millions of appointments, easing the pressure on the beleaguered general practice system. Change to the contract have become operational from 1st April, with the aim of preventing hospitals from inappropriately transferring standard responsibilities to GP practices. Fit notes,... Readmore

Five Board Level Jobs Available in Huge Mental Health Trust

The largest mental health and community services trust in Britain has been forced to advertise for 5 board level jobs. Southern Health Foundation Trust has faced a raft of resignations which have necessitated this move. The trust has struggled with both care scandals and corporate governance problems over the last few years. Consequently, five non-executives resigned from the trust in March, with former chair Tim Smart leaving in September. Alan Jason has been serving as an interim chief... Readmore

NHS Digital Appoints New CEO

NHS Digital has appointed Home Office chief technology officer, Sarah Wilkinson, as its new CEO. Wilkinson is currently the chief digital, data and technology officer at the Home Office. She will join NHS Digital later this year, replacing interim CEO Rob Shaw, who has been holding the fort since Andy Williams retired at the end of March. NHS Digital chair Noel Gordon welcomed Wilkinson to the team. “Sarah brings vast experience of implementing complex technology projects, alongside... Readmore

NHS Publishes Annual Race Equality Report

A critical publication has reached the public domain, with the NHS releasing its second annual report into race equality. The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) report is based on data submitted by providers of NHS-funded care, including both the voluntary and private sectors. Implementing the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is a requirement for NHS commissioners and NHS provider organisations. The NHS Equality and Diversity Council announced on 31st July 2014 that it had agreed... Readmore

Nurses Considering Strike Over Derisory Pay Offer

The nursing profession is seriously considering striking over low pay, with the largest nursing union claiming that it is effectively driving people away from the profession. In order to assess enthusiasm for a strike, the Royal College of Nursing has balloted its 270,000 members across the UK regarding industrial action. This would be an unprecedented event, as the union had never called a strike previously. The poll will be open until 7th May, at which time of the union will announce whether... Readmore

Survey Indicates that 40% of GPs are Considering Quitting the NHS

Around 40% of GPs are considering quitting the NHS, according to a major new survey. Academics at Exeter Medical School surveyed more than 2,000 GPs, with over half reporting low morale. Spirit among doctors has been described previously as perilously low by groups representing healthcare professionals, and this is leading to a crisis in frontline healthcare. Despite the apparent staffing difficulties within the healthcare system, Jeremy Hunt is still pushing forward with the vision of the government... Readmore

NHS Whistleblowers Reveal Problems with NHS Wake Up Calls

NHS whistleblowers have revealed some of the unenviable conditions currently common in hospitals, with patients commonly woken at 4:30 a.m. to be washed as staff simply do not have the time at any other point during the day. Elderly people are often left hungry at meal times as there is no one available in order to assist them with eating, while other patients moved to different wards in the middle of the night on a regular basis. All of the reports in question were delivered to the Care Quality... Readmore

Number of NHS Managers Grows by 18% in Four Years

Official data suggests that the number of NHS managers has grown by nearly 20% over the last four years. And this is particularly damning for the authorities, as the Conservative administration had previously introduced policies intended to reduced the level of bureaucracy in the health service. In April 2013, Jeremy Hunt had unveiled the Health and Social Care Act; considered controversial in some quarters. However, there has been an increase of 4,650 total management posts since this date. Observers... Readmore

Locum Doctors Faced with Striking Off Threat

The General Medical Council has indicated that locum doctors could be struck off if they exploit tax loopholes in order to gain additional earnings. Guidance has been issued by the GMC, after agency medics were accused of utilising an organised campaign in order to extort money from the NHS. This crisis has arisen following the introduction of new rules, attempted to clampdown on tax avoidance. NHS trusts must now subtract tax and national insurance from pay packets at source from workers... Readmore

Report Suggests Welsh Healthcare System Showing Positive Signs

The Chief Executive of the NHS in Wales believes that steady and sustained improvement is being made in the nation, according to a new report. Dr Andrew Goodall launched the Annual Quality Statement for NHS Wales with a positive message on progress in the healthcare system. This latest tome is intended to outline some of the improvements and innovations made in the health service over the last 12 months, but also outline potential areas for improvement. A new form of plastic surgery for lymphoedema... Readmore
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