New Immune Cell to Help with Lung Cancer Therapy

Researchers have reportedly identified a new type of immune cell which could have a massive impact on lung cancer. Scientists say that it will be possible to predict which lung cancer patients will benefit most from treatment with immunotherapy by utilising the newly discovered cell. Cancer Research UK has been involved in the funding of the study, which has been published in the journal Nature Immunotherapy. And researchers demonstrated that lung cancer patients with a high level of tissue-resident... Readmore

NHS England Announces Second Wave of Diabetes Prevention Programme

NHS England has unveiled the second tranche of the Diabetes Prevention Programme. This will involve 30 new areas delivering the scheme to those patients considered to be at risk of developing the debilitating condition. Recent data has indicated that Britain has experienced a diabetes epidemic over the last few years. And the new initiative is intended to tackle this growing problem. The Diabetes Prevention Programme is run collaboratively by NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes... 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

Former Regulator and Trust Chair Criticises NHS Funding Regime

A notable format regulator and NHS trust chair has described the way that the additional funding is allocated within the NHS as “economic lunacy and grossly unfair”. Sir Peter Dixon has been chair of multiple NHS trusts, including University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust for nine years, as well as former housing regulator the Housing Corporation. And this credentialed individual believes that the rules almost inevitably result in dishonesty throughout the NHS system. It is now known... Readmore

GP Practices in Northern Ireland Set to Lose Money

GP practices based in Northern Ireland will lose thousands of pounds following the collapse of services across the nation. Officials from the health department in Northern Ireland have already informed GP organisations that they will not change the way that QOF payments are made. This is despite the fact that increased list sizes have been caused by the raft of practice mergers and closures required in order to ensure that the service remains operable. Northern Ireland GPC (NIGPC) is now preparing... 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

Labour Will not Roll Back Health and Social Care Act

The Shadow Health Secretary has indicated that Labour has no intention of rolling back the entire health and social care act should it form the next government. Jonathan Ashworth indicated that the 2012 act would not be repealed in its entirety. This is despite the fact that the Labour Party manifesto commits to “reversing privatisation of our NHS and returning our health service into expert public control”. It goes on to indicate that “Labour will repeal the Health and Social Care... 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
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