Total Number of GPs Remain Below 2015 Levels

Health leaders have warned that the total number of GPs working within the NHS system has yet to return to 2015 levels. This is based on official headcount and full-time equivalent data over the final quarter of the 2016/17 financial year. The figures would seem to indicate that the NHS is far from being on track to meet the Conservative party’s pledge of training and retaining an additional 5,000 GPs by the end of the decade. This policy appeared in the recent Conservative election manifesto. NHS... Readmore

LMCs Speak Out on Long-Term Recruitment

LMCs have called on the GPC to push for general practice to be added to the UK shortage occupation list to help practices struggling with long-term vacancies recruit GPs from overseas. Delegates approved a motion at the LMCs conference urging the UK Visa Bureau to add general practice to the UK shortage occupation list so they can employ doctors from outside of the EEA to fill vacancies. Proposing the motion, Dr Henry Akpabio from Redbridge LMC said many occupations – including nurses, paramedics,... Readmore

NHS Confederation Calls for Pay and Recruitment Action

NHS Confederation has indicated its belief that there is an onus on government ministers to address mounting disquiet among NHS staff regarding pay and recruitment. Indeed, the authoritative organisation suggests that a full-blown staffing crisis is on the cards if the government fails to satisfactorily respond. Niall Dickson, chief executive of NHS Confederation, spoke out on the issue at a time when it is predicted that 2,000 European-born doctors could leave the NHS system owing to concerns... Readmore

LMCs Issue Warning Over GP Training

LMCs have warned that GP training must be overhauled in order to prepare registrars to take on partnership roles. Furthermore, there should be a focus on increasing the number of placements in general practice settings, according to comments made at the annual LMC conference. Delegates also backed calls for GP training to be geared more towards preparing trainees to become GP partners and principals. There was also a suggestion that GP training schemes should be extended to at least four... Readmore

GPC Sessional Subcommittee Member Suggests GPs Should Boycott Out-of-Hours Surgery

As the controversies over general practice continue to accumulate, a member of the General Practitioners Committee sessional subcommittee has suggested that GPs should consider boycotting out-of-hours sessions. Dr Preeti Shukla from Lancashire and Cumbria LMC believes that the scandalous costs related to indemnity should provoke this action. Shukla spoke at the LMC conference in Edinburgh, where the sessional GP indicated her intention to introduce the proposal to General PractitionersCcommittee... Readmore

Dozens of GP Practices Consider Legal Action Over Lease Terms

Dozens of GP practices are considering legal options related to premises owned by NHS Property Services (NHSPS). Several surgeries in the south of England are currently taking legal advice in response to new terms that may be less favourable. The new conditions of payment are set to formalise huge service charge hikes that have been experienced throughout the NHS system. This has naturally drawn strong opposition from surgeries and healthcare professionals. The terms in question have... Readmore

British Journal of General Practice Study Outlines Value of Listening Skills

A study published in the British Journal of General Practice suggests that the listening skills of general practitioners are a top priority for patients concerned that they might have cancer. Researchers involved in compiling the report suggest that the study will play a major role in helping clinicians understand barriers to consultation in primary care, and that this can be used to convince patients to present at an earlier date. Prompt presentations with cancer symptoms in primary care can have... Readmore

RCGP to Work with GPs In Order to Build up Core Skills

The Royal College of General Practitioners has signalled its intention to work with GPs in order to build core skills. GPs with a special interest seven key categories will receive special assistance from the authoritative healthcare body. Inflammatory bowel disease, women's health, acute kidney injury, inflammatory arthritis, health checks for people with learning disabilities, perinatal mental health and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes will all be covered by the new initiative, with doctors working... Readmore

Simon Stevens Reassures Healthcare Workers on Five-Year Plan

NHS chief Simon Stevens has indicated that the Five Year Forward View delivery plan will remain central to the future of the healthcare system regardless of the outcome of the forthcoming general election. Stevens indeed stated that there is no “version of reality” in which this document will not be prioritised. The Chief Executive was speaking at a conference held by the King’s Fund think tank. And Stevens predicted a great deal of change throughout the NHS system across the entirety... Readmore

NHS Pushes for Savings on Agency Fees Despite Increased Demand

Hourly pay rates across all levels of locum staff in the NHS have risen to new heights, driven by demand and a shortage of temporary staff, according to an authoritative new report. The findings of Q3 2016/17 came in research by Liaison, the organisation which provides financial and workforce services to more than two thirds of the NHS. It showed that pay levels in the period were the highest since price caps were introduced to help drive down the total annual cost of temporary staff that totalled... Readmore

NHS Bosses Call for Pay Cap to be Lifted to Ensure Safety

NHS bosses have indicated their belief that the pay cut for staff working within the NHS must be lifted in order to ensure patient safety. NHS Providers suggests that the current pay situation in the NHS is causing severe recruitment and retention difficulties. As it stands, pay rises are limited to 1% annually between now and 2019. But NHS Providers has called on whichever party wins the imminent general election to reassess the decision immediately. The Labour Party has stated that... Readmore

Figures Show Mental Health Nurse Numbers Slumping

The King's Fund think tank has released figures which suggest that the number of mental health nurses working within the NHS has fallen by 15% since the turn of the decade. Furthermore, 20% of job vacancies in the sector remain unfilled. This is considered particularly serious as community-based teams account for 97% of mental health patients, with nurses playing a pivotal role in developing trust between patients and their families. Helen Gilburt, a fellow in health policy at the King’s... Readmore
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