Mental Health Campaigners Welcome New Government Plan

Mental health campaigners have offered cautious support to a government plan intended to improve mental health services. Cuts to services have let to what has been described as “dangerously high” bed occupancy rates and waiting times. Meanwhile, there have also been major problems in the sector with staff retention. And the Royal College of Nursing has been critical of government proposals, asserting that they appeared “not to add up”. But the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced... Readmore

40% of GPs Planning to Leave Within Five Years

A new report suggests that 40% of GPs are considering quitting the profession in order to retire within the next five years. The review was conducted by the Royal College of GPs, and increased concerns that many doctors are dissatisfied with changes promised by the Department of Health. Its Five Year Forward View initiative was intended to increase the number of family doctors by around 5,000, yet the NHS faces a decline in this number rather than the escalation promised. Support staff were... Readmore

More than 5,500 Delegates Expected for Manchester Expo

NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, and Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, top the line-up of leading national speakers at this year’s Health and Care Innovation Expo 2017 – the most significant health and social care event of the year. Delegates will have the chance to hear the latest on the progress of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, which is leading the transformation of patient services in key areas such as cancer care, mental health and emergency and urgent care. The... Readmore

Top universities to Provide Virtual Masterclasses in Healthcare Leadership

Three of the world’s top universities will provide virtual masterclasses in leadership and digital as part of a comprehensive programme to provide NHS staff with the right skills to drive digital innovation. The NHS Digital Academy led by Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation in partnership with Harvard Medical School and The University of Edinburgh will open for applications in September. Considered part of the NHS’ wider technology plan to simplify access to care... Readmore

Number of NHS Staff Vacancies Jump 10% in Just 12 Months

Official figures indicate that the number of unfilled NHS post escalated by 10% in the last 12 months alone. This means that tens of thousands of jobs are vacant across the NHS system. Responding to the data, the Labour Party accused Theresa May and the Conservative government of taking the whole service for granted, effectively overseeing "an unprecedented workforce crisis in the NHS". In March this year, there were 30,613 vacant full-time NHS positions being advertised, compared to 26,424... Readmore

Date Announced for Hypo Awareness Week 2017

Hospitals and GP surgeries are being urged to come together as a “national collective” to raise awareness of a short-term complication of diabetes. They are being urged to take part in Hypo Awareness Week 2017, which runs from Monday, October 2, to Sunday, October 8. Hypoglycaemia, also known as a hypo, happens when the blood glucose levels of people with diabetes drop too low and they can feel shaky, unwell and can even slip into a coma. The campaign aims to raise awareness of hypoglycaemia... Readmore

Future of NHS to be Debated at Royal Society of Medicine

A public meeting to debate the future of the NHS will take place at the Royal Society of Medicine on Saturday 19th August. Professor Sir Simon Wessely, the newly inaugurated RSM President, will open the meeting. Prominent panellists will examine the state of the NHS, the decisions and events that led us to the current situation, and discuss what is needed to sustain its founding principles. Speakers will include Dr Sarah Wollaston, Conservative MP and Chair of the Health Select Committee;... Readmore

GP Leaders Warn of ‘Airbrushing’ Over GP Numbers

GP leaders have warned that the government must not ‘airbrush’ its failure to deliver satisfactory increases in GP numbers. This follows the Health Secretary's annual review of performance in NHS England failing to evaluate progress on GP recruitment; a serious red flag indicating that all is not going according to plan. Jeremy Hunt lauded the GP Forward View and good progress on implementing improved access to GP services in the report, also noting the requirement for a larger primary-care... Readmore

Controversy Reigns Over New Prescription Plans

New plans intended to prevent GPs from prescribing drugs available over the counter, with the intention of saving the healthcare system in the region of £200 million, could deny vulnerable patients critical access to medication. This is the view of some of the most prominent doctors working within the healthcare system. NHS England had previously announced a plan to “drive out wasteful and ineffective drug prescriptions”. But a consultation on the new scheme suggests that it will have... Readmore

Practices in East London to Benefit from More Regular Payments

A new contract is set to benefit practices in East London, with more regular payments being received by the surgeries via the overarching federation. Tower Hamlets CCG has agreed a proposal to contract £5 million of local enhanced services with the GP Care Group. This federation currently comprises the thirty seven practices active in the borough, and has been involved in the collaborated delivery of enhanced services in the region for some years. The scheme is contracted through a network... Readmore

NHS Ranked World’s Best Health System Once More

The NHS has once more been ranked as the world's best healthcare system, having been rated against 11 comparable nations. It was particularly praised for its safety, affordability and efficiency. There is clearly room for improvement, though, as the service did not perform so well on issues such early death and cancer survival. Research was conducted by the Commonwealth Fund, a US think tank, and examined countries across the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia, France... Readmore

NHS England To Update CCG Guidance After Criticism of Executive Pay

A review of clinical commissioning groups discovered that levels of remuneration can be inconsistent across the NHS system. This has forced NHS England to update its guidance, after it was discovered that the level of pay is significantly high at Liverpool CCG. Complaints have been made by local MPs in order to instigate the review, and the investigation discovered that remuneration was set at an inappropriate level, and that governance procedures had been disregarded. Vice-chair, Professor... Readmore
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