Practices to Vote on Collective Closure of Lists

General practices across the country have been sent a critical letter on an indicative vote. The text of the letter question surgeries on whether they will be prepared to participate in a collective closure of practice lists. This headline-grabbing activity would be a response to the perceived failure of NHS England’s GP Forward View to provide adequate resources. And the British Medical Association is now asking doctors whether they would temporarily suspend patient registrations, or apply... Readmore

Doctors Horrified by STP Staff Costs

An investigation conducted by the British Medical Association has uncovered a vast phalanx of operations managers, communications executives, administrators and financial analysts has been created to drive forward controversial STPs (sustainability and transformation plans), which are effectively siphoning millions out of the NHS system. The investigation revealed that health leaders have created more than 150 jobs, with annual salaries of at least £8.5 million, despite funding on the front line... Readmore

Sarah Wollaston to be Re-elected Chair of the House of Commons Health Select Committee

Former GP Dr Sarah Wollaston MP will be re-elected chair of the House of Commons health select committee, according to media reports. The Conservative MP for Totnes, in Devon, was unopposed in the election to the position. It is expected that her appointment will be officially announced by the speaker of the House of Commons on Wednesday. Wollaston had assumed the position from former health secretary Stephen Dorrell in 2014 and was subsequently re-elected to the role after the 2015 general... Readmore

Majority of Patients Positive About GP Care

According to the GP Patient Survey 2017, most people in Britain are satisfied with the service provided by their general practitioners. This extensive survey questioned 800,000 people, and concluded that around 85% consider the overall experience of their GP surgery as being at least good. Furthermore, trust in GPs remains extremely robust, with almost 92% of those surveyed indicating that they had confidence in medical practitioners. Over three-quarters of those responding to the survey... Readmore

National Audit Office to Investigate Cyber Attack

In response to the recent cyber attack that targeted NHS organisations, the National Audit Office has announced that there will be a major investigation. The ransomware blight left many GP practices across the country struggling to deliver adequate patient care. LMCs called for compensation for surgeries affected, after the ransomware attack in May disrupted services and left practices facing a backlog predicted to last weeks. There have even been reports which suggest that some practices... Readmore

NHS Should Receive More Money After Public Sector Pay Cap Scrapped

The Chief Executive of NHS Improvement has suggested that the health service should be granted more funding if the government indeed decides to scrap the public sector pay cap. This has been a hot potato issue over the last few days, with the Labour party led by Jeremy Corbyn calling for more pay for public sector workers. And Jim Mackey, speaking at the Patient Safety Congress in Manchester, suggested that it would be impossible for the NHS to deliver efficiency savings that would match the funding... Readmore

GP Practices Green Lighted for Personalised Diabetes Treatment

A new diabetes strategy has resulted in large swathes of GP practices in England being able to refer high-risk patients for personalised treatment. This tailored assistance now covers over 75% of the English population, and is intended to assist individuals with losing weight in order to help manage the risk of developing diabetes. This second wave of the ‘Healthier You’ programme was launched last month, expanding the scheme to cover an additional 25% of the population. As a result... Readmore

Restrictive Language Test Harming Nursing Recruitment

Language tests introduced by the government to restrict immigration are stopping the NHS from recruiting foreign nurses. This can even include highly qualified native English speakers, according to authoritative nursing voices. There are clear gaps in the number of nursing staff available, yet even Australian and nurses from other English-speaking countries are being turned down due to unduly prohibitive English tests. This is reflected in a sharp drop in the number of nurses registering... Readmore

Annual Cost of Settling Negligence Claims Expected to Double by 2023

The Medical Protection Society suggest that the existing cost of settling clinical negligence claims is equivalent to training 6,500 doctors annually. Yet the authoritative organisation suggests that this figure will double by 2023. Already the bill for medical negligence is equal to £1.5 billion, and this will render such payments unsustainable and divert significant amounts of funding away from frontline patient care, a report from the medical protection society asserts. Its study – The Rising... Readmore

New Apprentices for Healthcare Sector Announced

The National Skills Academy for Health has released a new video as part of their bid to encourage SME employers to take on more than 500 apprentices in the healthcare sector by April 2018. Last year, the National Skills Academy for Health ran a campaign to promote the benefits of taking on apprenticeships. Their engagement resulted in over 755 young people taking up roles and many business leaders embracing the role of apprenticeship schemes within their organisations. After last year’s... Readmore

Number of GPs Seeking Assistance for Substance Abuse Increasing

The medical director of a new NHS support service for doctors has warned that an increasing number of GPs are seeking specialist help for substance abuse and mental health problems. Clare Gerada, former chair of the Royal College of GPs, suggested that incidences of this problem are increasing on an almost daily basis. Referrals to the GP health service have surpassed expectations since its launch in late January, with medics in all fields seeking help in what are described as escalating numbers,... Readmore

New Chair for Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Appointed

A former health secretary has been appointed as the chair of Norfolk and Waveney sustainability and transformation partnership. There are serious concerns that the organisation is progressing satisfactorily, and Patricia Hewitt has been appointed as an independent chair in an attempt to restore its credibility. The decision has been described as an attempt to “bang heads together” in what is apparently a troubled region of the sustainability and transformation programme. Hewitt had previously... Readmore
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