Theresa May Confirms Immigration Target Despite NHS Concerns

Prime Minister Theresa May has once again reiterated her desire to stick to previously stated immigration targets. This is despite the fact that experts have warned over potential skills shortages in the NHS, and the detrimental impact of this scheme. The Prime Minister spoke during a visit to Harrow, Northwest London, declaring her aim of ensuring that migrants are reduced from the current level of 272,000 to below 100,000. The 100,000 migrant target had been set by the government over... Readmore

New Director Appointed at NHS Improvement

Mark Hackett has been appointed as an improvement director at NHS Improvement. The new director has an excellent grounding in NHS affairs, being a former trust chief executive. Hackett has surprisingly quit his prominent role at University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust last year. But he will now attempt to assist Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust and East Kent Hospitals University FT on behalf of the watchdog. East Kent Hospitals University FT has experienced financial difficulties... Readmore

Junior Doctors Granted New Whistleblowing Powers After Court Intervention

A Court of Appeal ruling means that junior doctors will be granted new protection when whistleblowing. The landmark case involved Health Education England challenging the position of Chris Day; a junior doctor who claimed he was victimised. Day had suggested that the education and training body had treated him unfairly, after an employment tribunal indicated that Parliament had deliberately excluded junior doctors’ relationship with Health Education England from protection under employment... Readmore

Scapegoating Locums Threatens to Exacerbate GP Crisis GPC Warns

The General Practitioners Committee has spoken out on what it deems to be the unacceptable scapegoating of locum doctors. This risks undermining general practice and exacerbating problems already inherent within the system, according to the GPC. Dr Zoe Norris, chair of the GPC sessional committee, has suggested that the narrative relating to locums at present is nothing short of destructive, and the prominent individual called on NHS England to alter its conduct. Norris suggested that NHS England... Readmore

Underfunding to be Major Focus of LMC Conference

GP leaders convening at the LMC conference will discuss a raft of issues, including whether industrial action should be considered in the existing healthcare climate. The general view of the LMC is that underfunding in the system has been chronic, and that this is causing untold difficulties for healthcare professionals. Edinburgh will host the LMC conference on 18th and 19th May, and one debate on the future of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt promises to be particularly controversial. Healthcare... Readmore

Health Unions Call for NHS Protection Over Immigration Rules

The British Medical Association and Royal College of nursing both believe that the NHS should be exempted from the new new UK Visa Tier 2 immigration skills levy applicable to non-EU overseas doctors and nurses. These two influential healthcare groups have written to the UK Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, urging her to exempt workers in order to protect NHS budgets. The compulsory fee would force the NHS to fork out £1,000 per worker annually when hiring staff to come to the UK from nations outside... Readmore

MPs Set Deadline for NHS to Define Core Hours Definition

MPs have informed NHS officials that they must define what services practices are required to deliver during core hours by March of next year. The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee indicated that NHS England must report back within 12 months regarding the definition of what patients should expect to be available between the conditioned hours of 8 am and 6:30 pm. Officials will also be required to explain how they will ensure commissioners contract-manage practices effectively in order... Readmore

MPs Warn that NHS on the Verge of Collapse Without EU Workers

An influential group of MPs has suggested that the NHS and social care system in England would collapse without 150,000 workers from the European Union. The Commons Health Select Committee called on the NHS to end the uncertainty over Brexit, indicating that the authorities should guarantee the NHS working conditions of those who hail from the EU. Uncertainty is contributing to an unenviable atmosphere within the NHS according to the select committee, with many European Union workers unsure... Readmore

NHS Workers to Have Pay Cut by 12% Research Indicates

New research indicates that NHS workers will have their pay cut by about 12% by the end of the decade due to restraints that the government is imposing on wages. Not only will this impact on salaries, but the policy is also exacerbating chronic understaffing, according to the Health Foundation think tank. Pay rises of 1% at best will fail to keep up with the rate of inflation, resulting in 625,000 staff working within the healthcare system having their spending power eroded. Nurses will... Readmore

NHS Leaders Welcome Update to NHS Contract

GP leaders believe that an update to the standard NHS contract will have a positive effect on attempts to prevent hospitals from dumping work on GP surgeries. The new provisions in the contract could potentially save millions of appointments, easing the pressure on the beleaguered general practice system. Change to the contract have become operational from 1st April, with the aim of preventing hospitals from inappropriately transferring standard responsibilities to GP practices. Fit notes,... Readmore

Five Board Level Jobs Available in Huge Mental Health Trust

The largest mental health and community services trust in Britain has been forced to advertise for 5 board level jobs. Southern Health Foundation Trust has faced a raft of resignations which have necessitated this move. The trust has struggled with both care scandals and corporate governance problems over the last few years. Consequently, five non-executives resigned from the trust in March, with former chair Tim Smart leaving in September. Alan Jason has been serving as an interim chief... Readmore

Ethnic Minorities More Likely to Experience NHS Discrimination

NHS employees from ethnic minority backgrounds are more likely to experience discrimination at work, according to NHS England's second annual report into racial equality. The Workforce Race Equality Standard report found that there had been significant progress within the healthcare system, but that ethnic minorities still experience difficulties. Indeed, the report concluded that the NHS still has a considerable distance to traverse in order to ensure an equal and diverse workforce at all levels... Readmore
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