New Clinical Leads for Emergency Medicine Announced

Two of the top professionals in emergency medicine are to be centrally involved in a major new NHS project. The new scheme is intended to improve the efficiency in Accident and Emergency departments across England. Clifford Mann and Christopher Moulton will be joint clinical leads for emergency medicine under the Getting It Right First Time programme. Mann is NHS England’s clinical adviser on A&E and immediate past president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and is also employed... Readmore

Nurses Sceptical About Intentions of Jeremy Hunt

Nurses have stated that they are “not getting their hopes up” after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt offered to discuss a pay rise for NHS staff. The Health Secretary indicated that he is “sympathetic” to the idea of raising NHS staff pay. Hunt vowed to raise the matter with the Chancellor of the Exchequer. This comes in a climate of frustration and potential industrial action. Nurses raised the possibility of striking for the first time in history last month over low pay, which has been... Readmore

NHS Spare Land Eyed for Homes for Health Workers

Health service leaders have suggested that the NHS should utilise some of its spare land to create around 40,000 new homes for doctors, nurses and other key staff. These critical workers are being negatively affected by a serious housing shortage, according to healthcare observers. However, many people believe that house price inflation is ultimately caused by speculation, readily available credit and profiteering, and that simply making more homes available would have little impact. Nonetheless,... Readmore

Comms Conference to Give Staff a Holistic NHS Insight

Organisers of the Comms Conference suggest that those attending the event will gain an invaluable and fresh perspective on communications within the healthcare system. The event will take place in Liverpool on 12th June, and will be particularly useful for those dealing with stressed and limited budgets, according to the organisers of the conference. Among the topics addressed at the event will be the so-called ‘fake news’ phenomenon, and the importance of improving social media campaigns. Perspectives... Readmore

Over 50% of GPs Ready to Participate in List Closure

A major new poll suggests that over 50% of GPs are willing to participate in a mass closure of patient lists. This would highlight the ongoing crisis in general practice, and illustrates the difficulties being caused by a lack of investment and resources. When surveyed by GPOnline, 54% of GPs indicated that they would be willing to participate in “plans for GP practices collectively to close their lists”. This would be intended as a general protest at the crisis facing this critical... Readmore

Applebee Speaks Out on LMC Conference Ballot

Dr Jackie Applebee, Tower Hamlets LMC chair, has spoken out on the decision of the annual LMC conference to ballot for collective action over the ongoing GP crisis. The motion was ultimately shelved by the General Practitioners Committee after NHS England accepted the BMA’s Urgent Prescription rescue plan as the basis for further talks. But LMCs have consistently stated that the GP Forward View is insufficient to remould the profession and healthcare system, and have demanded a ballot on the subject. Applebee... Readmore

Indemnity Costs Excluding GPs from Profession MDU Claims

A major survey has suggested that newly-qualified GPs are being excluded from the profession due to imposing indemnity costs. Indemnity has long since been recognised as a major barrier to recruiting new doctors to this critical area of the health service. And the MDU has revealed that the extortionate cost of indemnity is not only resulting in younger GPs leaving the profession, but also forcing many into early retirement. Responding to the issue, the MDU indicated that it has been inundated... Readmore

Women Face Barriers to Achieving Senior GPC Roles

Senior GPC members have warned that both women and the sessional GPs face unfair barriers to acquiring senior roles within the General Practitioners Committee. And GPC leaders have essentially concurred with this verdict, conceding that more must be done in order to ensure leadership proportionally represents the profession. Top women GPs have warned that there is currently an uneven playing field in terms of recruitment, which is illustrated by the composition of the GPC compared with the profession... Readmore

15% of GP Posts in Scotland Unfilled

The British Medical Association has discovered that around 15% of practices in Scotland have at least one GP post that has been vacant for more than six months. Of 514 practices that responded to a BMA GP vacancy survey - representing more than half of the 963 GP practices in Scotland - 74 (14%) reported at least one GP post that had been unfilled for over half a year. 125 were vacant in total, indicating that the majority of practices had more than one position available. Across the 514 practices... Readmore

GPs Request Support in ORder to Challenge CQC Ratings and Inspections

The approach of the Care Quality Commission has been challenged by some prominent individuals working within the healthcare system. While the efforts of the regulator have steadily evolved during its short existence, there is still a feeling that sometimes the standards set by the Care Quality Commission are too stringent. And proposing a motion at the LMC conference in Edinburgh earlier this month, Dr Umar Tahir from Manchester LMC suggested that the commission must change in order to meet... Readmore

EU Nurse Migration Growing Figures Show

Official data indicates that the number of nurses from EU countries leaving the NHS is increasing rapidly. This figure was nearly 40% higher over the last 12 months in comparison to the previous year. It is widely believed that the results of the EU membership referendum have had a serious impact on nursing numbers. Many believe that it will ultimately lead to a workforce crisis within the healthcare system. Overall, the number of EU staff leaving the NHS in the year to December 2016... Readmore

Labour Government May Scrap GP Forward View

The former senior health administrator Lord Philip Hunt has suggested that a Labour government would not view the package of support for general practice as a ‘done deal’. Labour ministers would instead wish to ‘re-examine’ both the GP Forward View rescue package launched last year, and the wider NHS Five Year Forward View, “to make sure that it is realistic”. Extra funding for general practice was promised in the Labour manifesto, as part of a £37bn five-year investment package. But... Readmore
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