Resignation of Northern Ireland health minister forces search for replacement

A search for a new Northern Ireland health minister is underway following the resignation of the current post holder, Jim Wells. Incumbent minister Wells resigned following comments he made about gay couples during a hustings event. He has said that he wishes to spend more time supporting his wife who has had two strokes and undergone heart surgery. “The service needs continuity. To lose a minister only eight months into his tenure is at the very least unfortunate”, said BMA Northern Ireland... Readmore

Medical students invited to represent their peers

Medical students are being given the opportunity to represent their peers as nominations open for the British Medical Association (BMA) medical students committee elections. Every year, the BMA holds elections for one medical student representative and one deputy from each medical school. Students can stand for either position and choose their preference if elected to both. “The medical students committee takes on crucial issues, such as widening participation, foundation programme oversubscription,... Readmore

Monitor appoints Silverman as Deputy Medical Director

Health sector regulator Monitor has added former surgeon and clinical director Stan Silverman to its patient and clinical engagement team. Mr Silverman joins Monitor from the NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) where he also held the post of deputy medical director. “I’m really looking forward to joining Monitor”, said Mr Silverman. “At the NHS Trust Development Authority, I’ve seen firsthand the challenge the NHS faces and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to help Monitor... Readmore

Jeremy Hunt makes statement on NHS culture change and whistleblowing

The Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, has sent a message to all NHS staff concerning the issues of cultural change and whistleblowing.   Mr Hunt’s message falls on the same day as the publication of the Freedom to Speak Up report by Sir Robert Francis QC. The Secretary of State’s full statement is as follows: “Two years ago, Sir Robert Francis published his public inquiry report on the failures of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. His findings... Readmore

Sir Robert Francis QC whistleblowing review published

NHS whistleblowers who highlight poor standards of care are being ignored, bullied or even intimated, according to an independent review published today. The review - ‘Freedom to speak up?’ was conducted by Sir Robert Francis QC, who led two major inquiries into failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS foundation trust. Its aim is to create an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS. Undertaken during August and September 2014, the government commissioned review found “shocking” examples... Readmore
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