Annual Cost of Settling Negligence Claims Expected to Double by 2023

The Medical Protection Society suggest that the existing cost of settling clinical negligence claims is equivalent to training 6,500 doctors annually. Yet the authoritative organisation suggests that this figure will double by 2023. Already the bill for medical negligence is equal to £1.5 billion, and this will render such payments unsustainable and divert significant amounts of funding away from frontline patient care, a report from the medical protection society asserts. Its study – The Rising... 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

Surgeons Underworked due to Delays Health Groups Warn

Healthcare groups have warned that many surgeons find themselves at a loose end due due to delays of operations caused by bed blocking. The lack of social care provision for elderly patients is beginning to seriously hamper the NHS to deliver surgery. Clare Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, believes that cuts to healthcare services are having a significant impact over productivity. “Because of bed shortages, staff including surgeons are now sometimes left kicking their... Readmore

Ambulance Service Accused of Endangering Lives

An NHS ambulance service has been subjected to strong accusations after it discontinued a system involving specialist paramedics. A leaked memo from the South East Coast ambulance service (Secamb) indicated that the organisation will assign its most qualified medics to minor ailments. Critics have suggested that this will effectively endanger patients lives. Previously, specialist paramedics responded to the most urgent 999 calls, such as strokes, heart attacks and car crashes. But as the service... Readmore

GP Leaders Call for Rethink on Double Counting FTE

GP leaders have suggested a rethink in the way that GPs FTE equivalent workforce is calculated. It is suggested that double counting is taking place under the existing system. Official data published by NHS Digital earlier this year showed a headcount figure of 41,985 GPs in England, translating into an FTE GP workforce of 34,914. But senior officials believe that the FTE figure is misleading; potentially particularly serious considering the crisis currently emerging in general practice. GPs... Readmore

Paramedics Set for £4.4K Pay Rise

Paramedics will receive a pay rise worth at least £4,400 from the Department of Health and NHS Employers following concerns expressed by unions. It has been opined that these critical workers within the healthcare system are being insufficiently remunerated. Over 12,000 health workers in the NHS will see starting salaries increased from £21,909 to £26,302. Most paramedics will also move up the pay scales for the profession as part of the deal. Nonetheless, union leaders remain sceptical... Readmore

Second-Class Status of Non-Clinical NHS Staff must be Addressed Inquiry Suggests

An inquiry into the status of NHS staff who work in non-clinical roles has suggested that they are often considered 'second-class' citizens within the system. A joint investigation conducted by the Health Service Journal and Serco found that work which is conducted by approximately 500,000 NHS workers is persistently undervalued. The Maximising the Contribution of NHS Non-Clinical Staff study concluded that such work is too often hidden, and that this ultimately results in a divisive hierarchy. Not... Readmore

Consultants Set to Lose Weekend Privileges in Seven-Day Shake Up

The Conservative party vision of a true seven-day NHS culture is seemingly extremely close to being manifested, with news that will affect the careers of consultants emerging this week. Consultants are among the most privileged group of workers in the health service, yet it seems that this tranche of the NHS workforce is about to lose its right to work at weekends. As contract negotiations continue, it is believed that union leaders have agree to scrap the clause allowing senior hospital doctors... Readmore

NHS Workers March in Leeds Streets Over Privatisation Threat

Over 2,000 NHS workers marched through the streets of Leeds on Saturday to campaign against what they see as a growing threat of privatisation of the health service. The campaign group Keep Our NHS Public organised the march around the city centre, which was supported by junior doctors who are embattled in a row over pay and conditions. Gilda Peterson, one of the organisers, praised the response of people and suggested that there is an increasing groundswell of public opinion in favour of the protest. “It... Readmore

Chief Executive of Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital is New Success Regime Boss

Angela Pedder, chief executive of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RDE) has been unveiled as the new boss of the Success Regime for North, East and Western (NEW) Devon. Top of her list of tasks will be addressing a £440million funding black hole. The Success Regime is intended to play a major role in transforming the health service in the Devon region. In January, the organisation published a discussion document, which called for radical changes. This proved controversial as it seemed... Readmore

New Chief Executive of NHS 24 Appointed

NHS 24 has announced the appointment of a new interim chief executive. Angiolina Foster, the current chief executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, has been promoted to this new role. Foster will take up this new position on 1st March following the departure of current NHS 24 interim chief executive Ian Crichton. The new Chief Executive has been working in her previous position for nearly 2 years, having previously been the Director of Health and Social Care Integration in the Scottish... Readmore

Chewing Gum Could Save NHS Millions

Research suggests that the NHS could save over £8 million on a dental treatments annually if 12 year-olds agree to chew sugar-free gum on a daily basis. It is well-known that chewing gum can play a major role in reducing tooth decay by neutralising plaque acids and breaking down lingering food, but scientists believe that the extent of this could really save the NHS a significant amount of money. A recent study published in the British Dental Journal suggests that the saving could be equal to 264,000... Readmore
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