Hunt Asks Independent Pay Review Body to Consider Salaried GP Recruitment

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has requested the independent pay review body to specifically consider salaried GP recruitment when making recommendations for a pay cut for the 2017/18 financial year. With junior doctors having recently rejected the British Medical Association-approved contract which proved so contentious, there is no doubt that eyes will be cast squarely on this process. Hunt has already written the to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) chair Professor... Readmore

Health Education England Releases Data on GP Training Trends

New information released by Health Education England (HEE) indicates that a significant number of younger professionals training to be clinicians have applied for specialist training positions in the NHS. Data from HEE indicates that over 120 additional additional junior doctors have applied for specialty training, with 170 trainees applying to become GPs. This represents a small increase in the number of doctors applying for training post following foundation training, with the year-on-year expansion... Readmore

Retainer Scheme Incentives Improved as Government Seeks to Retain GPs

As the NHS comes under recruitment pressure, NHS England has announced a new package of sweeteners intended to ensure GPs can be retained by the health service. NHS England has increased the level of financial incentives for those GPs who work on the retained doctors scheme by 33%. This is intended to convince doctors to stay in the profession for longer, amid reports that many are considering quitting clinical practice in the wake of the ongoing junior doctors dispute. GPs on the retained doctors... Readmore

Simon Stevens Calls for Government Brexit Pledge on Overseas Workers

The head of the NHS in England has urged the government to provide assurances that over 130,000 staff from the Eurozone currently working in healthcare and social care settings will be allowed to remain in the UK. This has been thrown into doubt by the recent British vote to exit the European Union. Simon Stevens has spoken out on the subject, asking for thousands of valued public sector healthcare workers to be protected against potential sacking. Stevens comments followed closely on the back... Readmore

Health Education England Warns on GP Recruitment

Official documents indicate that the NHS faces major difficulties with recruiting a satisfactory number of doctors. Indeed, board papers state that the possible failure to recruit enough GP trainees in the coming year could be the greatest problem that Health Education England has to tackle. There is apparent scepticism that it will be possible for the organisation to meet government workforce targets in the existing climate. Health Education England has set the mandated target of attracting half... Readmore

Hunt Indicates Intention to Press on with Seven-Day NHS

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has reiterated his commitment, and that of NHS England, to ensuring that his seven-day NHS vision is realised. This policy will remain in place despite the resignation of David Cameron as prime minister, and his subsequent replacement by Theresa May. In a written ministerial statement, Hunt indicated that he expected NHS England to “make further progress on the priority of rolling out the seven-day NHS commitment including 'to improve access to GP services, particularly... Readmore

Government’s Seven-day NHS Impossible for 20 Years Says Expert

A leading healthcare expert has suggested that the government's plans for a seven-day NHS are deeply unrealistic, and will not be feasible for at least two decades. Professor Julian Bion is leading a major NHS-funded research project investigating the possibility of introducing increased service provisions at weekends. Bion is an NHS consultant in intensive care medicine and chief investigator of the high-intensity specialist-led acute care and seven-day services (Hislac) project at Birmingham... Readmore
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