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

Survey Indicates that 40% of GPs are Considering Quitting the NHS

Around 40% of GPs are considering quitting the NHS, according to a major new survey. Academics at Exeter Medical School surveyed more than 2,000 GPs, with over half reporting low morale. Spirit among doctors has been described previously as perilously low by groups representing healthcare professionals, and this is leading to a crisis in frontline healthcare. Despite the apparent staffing difficulties within the healthcare system, Jeremy Hunt is still pushing forward with the vision of the government... Readmore

New Apprenticeship Programme Launched in England

The National Skills Academy for Health and Health Education England have launched a new set of principles to ensure excellent practice in Apprenticeship provision across UK healthcare organisations. Health Education England has commissioned the National Skills Academy for Health with the intention of developing the principles, which were subsequently approved by their Executive Team on 4th April. The Quality Principles for NHS Apprenticeships have been compiled following detailed discussions... Readmore

Locum Doctors Faced with Striking Off Threat

The General Medical Council has indicated that locum doctors could be struck off if they exploit tax loopholes in order to gain additional earnings. Guidance has been issued by the GMC, after agency medics were accused of utilising an organised campaign in order to extort money from the NHS. This crisis has arisen following the introduction of new rules, attempted to clampdown on tax avoidance. NHS trusts must now subtract tax and national insurance from pay packets at source from workers... Readmore

Care Quality Commission to Review GP Special Measures Scheme

The Care Quality Commission has signalled its intention to review the way that its GP special measures scheme operates. Poorly-performing practices will be dealt with in what the commission describes as a ‘lighter touch’ inspection model from October. The scheme provides a framework and timeframe for inadequate practices to improve, but is set to be axed under new plans documented by the Care Quality Commission. A spokesman indicated that the commission is presently investigating how it should... Readmore

New Toolkits Launched to Aid Health and Social Care Workforce

New resources are being made available to employers, training providers and employment professionals to help alleviate London’s social care skills shortages. Ambition London, funded by JP Morgan Chase Foundation, has authored two new toolkits. These are intended to promote skills-sharing and tackle common misconceptions of careers in both the health and social care sectors. It is known that health and adult social care sectors face an acute shortage of skilled workers with too few entrants,... Readmore

House of Commons Health Committee Announces STP Inquiry

The House of Commons Health Committee is announcing an inquiry into sustainability and transformation plans (STPs). This follows the publication of the Next Steps on the NHS Forward View by NHS England. NHS England espouses the notion that STPs were initially “pragmatic vehicles for enabling health and care organisations within an area to chart their own way to keeping people healthier for longer, improving care, reducing health inequalities and managing their money, working jointly on behalf... Readmore

New GP Smartphone Service to be Trialled

The first ever tele-medicine service which enables patients to be treated by GPs using a mobile phone has been officially launched. Known as GP Online, the smartphone-based system is currently being piloted in six surgeries in both urban and rural locations. The intention is to roll out the application across the entire nation later this year. Funding has been provided by the National Association of GPs, with the organisation predicting that approximately 100 family doctors will be able... Readmore

Investors Vying for Control of NHS Professionals

A group of financial investors and healthcare groups have submitted bids with the intention of acquiring control of NHS Professionals. The staffing agency currently supplies around 90,000 doctors and nurses to hospitals located throughout the United Kingdom. Advisors to the Department of Health have already requested groups to lodge proposals to buy a majority stake in NHS Professionals. This move is the latest attempt to semi-privatise the staffing agency, after a previous effort was aborted. NHS... Readmore

Leeds March Offers Support to Healthcare Professionals

Around 1,000 people have marched through the city of Leeds to pledge their support to the principle of the NHS and its valued healthcare workers. Campaigners and political groups from across Yorkshire joined forces for the event, which was particularly intended to highlight the difficult conditions in the current NHS climate. Those protesting gathered in front of Leeds Art Gallery before setting off on the march just after midday. It is believed that the protest was the largest demonstration... Readmore

GPs in England Deliver 25% More Appointments than Safe Limit

Analysis indicates that doctors in England are currently engaging over 25% more appointments every week than the safe limit suggested by the British Medical Association. The imposing workload that GPs must deal with is beginning to put patients at serious risk, according to the authoritative healthcare organisation. Doctors have been forced to provide large numbers of appointments due to demand, with tiredness increasing the possibility of major errors. NHS England has already estimated... Readmore

GP Forward View Plans Remain on Track Ministers Claim

Health ministers have told the Commons that plans announced as part of the GP Forward View to increase GP funding to over £12 billion by the end of the decade are on course to be satisfied. Jeremy Hunt and health minister David Mowat faced questions from MPs on the matter, with problems with recruitment, practice closures and underfunding all been highlighted. Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley requested the Health Secretary to outline the steps that the government has taken in order to ensure... Readmore
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