GP Partners See Pay Slump

GP partners experienced an average pay slump of 4% in the first six months of the financial year, new figures indicate. This is despite the fact that the global sum had been increased during this period. A survey of hundreds of partners located throughout the healthcare system discovered that nearly half had experience pay decreases between April and October, with only 8% enjoying a pay rise in the same period. Perhaps most alarmingly, nearly 10% of those survey indicated that their pay had receded... Readmore

Chief Executive of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust Set to Step Down

One of the most experienced chief executives working within the NHS system has expressed his intention to stand down and retire later this year. Peter Homa, chief executive of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, will retire in the summer after a decade presiding over at one of the largest and most important acute care providers in the country. Homa was originally appointed back in 2006, but his overall NHS service spans back to 1979, originally working as a hospital porter. Alongside... Readmore

Health Bosses in Wales Launch Major Recruitment Campaign

A major recruitment drive has been launched in Wales, as health bosses in the nation step up an international campaign to attract more GPs to live and work in the country. Even English doctors are being targeted, as the Welsh NHS casts its net as widely as possible in an attempt to recruit new healthcare professionals. The Health Secretary of Wales indicated that recruitment champions will help sell the idea of working in Wales to doctors considering relocation. These champions will include... Readmore

Health Education England to Place Flexibility Promise at Heart of GP Recruitment

A recruitment drive instigated by Health Education England will place flexibility at the centre of a potential GP career. Health Education England believes that general practice should shed the stuffy reputation associated with the profession, and develop new models of working to attract talented professionals. The healthcare organisation believes that placing less emphasis on traditional models of working will appeal to young people. Indeed, research suggests that this is a major barrier... Readmore

Research Indicates that Feedback can Improve GP Prescription Process

A study published in the British Medical Journal has suggested that GP feedback could play a major role in improving the prescription process. Providing GPs regular feedback on how safe their prescribing is relative to other practices enabled them to cut out potentially hazardous prescriptions, according to research. This is particularly important, as the errant prescription of medicine can cause serious and deadly consequences for patients. In Britain last year, 220 registered deaths were attributed... Readmore

Investigation Indicates Whistleblowers Being Blacklisted due to Employment Records

An investigative report conducted by The Daily Telegraph has suggested that whistleblowers in the NHS face the prospect of being blacklisted due to insufficient legal protection. Maha Yassaie had been awarded £375,000 compensation from the Department of Health, following an internal enquiry which revealed that she had been informed she was too honest to work for the NHS. Yet the post-NHS career of Yassaie has been frustrating, with The NHS apparently having indicated that she had been dismissed... Readmore

Majority of GPs Believe QOF Should be Scrapped

Over 60% of GPs believe that the QOF should be scrapped in order to ease their workload, according to an online poll commissioned by GPonline. The framework which affects all GPs had been introduced just over a decade ago, following the introduction of the 2004 GMS contract. Yeah most GPs now believe that this so-called performance system has now outlived its usefulness and passed its sell-by date. 62% of the GPs who responded to the survey online believe that the QOS should be scrapped completely,... Readmore

Award Winning Plastic Surgeon Suing Great Ormond Street Hospital

One of the most esteemed plastic surgeons in the UK is suing Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Consultant Jonathan Britto states that manages at the clinic effectively ruined his career with unacceptable conduct. Britto was forced to work under supervision following complaints by three consultants which led to an investigation into his work. The surgeon had previously acquired numerous awards for his work, and is a former president of the plastic surgery section at the Royal Society of Medicine. Britto's... Readmore

NHS Education for Scotland to Create 100 Additional GP Training Places

NHS Education for Scotland has announced the creation of 100 further GP trainee places which will begin in February 2017. The organisation is also offering £20,000 payments for trainees agreeing to undertake training in 37 hard-to-fill locations in rural and remote areas. The 100 new places created will increase the total number of GP training places in Scotland to 439, following the main recruitment round which took place earlier this year. However, it is still debatable whether this is sufficient... Readmore

Health Foundation Calls for Nursing Contingency Plan

The Health Foundation has asserted that it is essential for any plan to abolish bursaries to be accompanied by a contingency plan to deal with a predicted fall in the number of applications for training places. Despite massive opposition, the Department of Health has already indicated that it will proceed with proposals to replace bursaries with student loans. This is despite opposition from bodies including the Royal College of Nurses, Unite, the Patients Association and NHS Clinical Commissioners... Readmore

Health Education England Offering 100 Paid Places for GPs in South Africa

A new incentive scheme provided by Health Education England (HEE) will offer 100 prospective GP trainees the opportunity to take 12 months paid work experience in South Africa as part of their overall GP training. This Global Health Fellowship GP training scheme has been introduced with the intention of going live in February 2017. It provides trainees with a tantalising opportunity to experience one of the most physically attractive countries on the planet, along with one of the warmest and most... Readmore

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
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