Government Plan to Access Sick Note Records Condemned

A new initiative will provide the UK government with access to NHS records in order to identify which general practitioners administer the greatest number of sick notes. But the idea has already been strongly criticised by both doctors and privacy campaigners. The idea has been dismissed as little more than state nooping, and suggestions that data could be utilised in order to name and shame GPs who are perceived as soft have already been voiced. Yet despite the controversy around the policy,... Readmore

Welsh A&E Failing According to Leading Doctor

A leading Welsh doctor has suggested that the accident and emergency departments in Wales are experiencing massive difficulties. Dr Robin Roop, head of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine in Wales, described the plight of A&E in Wales as being “on the edge”. Roop suggested that the current waiting times are simply far too long, with some patients being forced to queue for over 24 hours in the accident and emergency department. He also warned no A&E department in Wales had enough... Readmore

Doctor Exodus Predicted As New Pension Regulations Kick In

Senior staff in the NHS have suggested that a raft of family doctors, surgeons and other experienced medical professionals could quite the health service owing to pension-related issues. The NHS has been forced to place a limit on the amount of pension savings available to employees, and it is feared that this could lead to many members of staff deciding to take early retirement. This could be particularly debilitating considering that the health service and government is already effectively in dispute... Readmore

NHS England Points to Higher Spending on GPs

NHS England has indicated that the amount of spending on GPs and primary medical care services will grow at a higher rate than other health services in the existing financial year. The critical health organisation was outlining the NHS budget for the next five years. In its statement, NHS England indicated that general practice will receive extra cash in the region of 5 per cent of its funding annually for the next five years. To achieve this, the primary medical care allocation formula... Readmore

Junior Doctors Dropping out of the NHS Rapidly

As the row over junior doctors continues, new figures indicate that training is becoming a massive issue in the health service. According to official figures, nearly half of junior doctors in the NHS are dropping out of their study before qualifying to be a doctor. Only 52 per cent of junior doctors who finished the two-year foundation training after medical school chose to stay in the NHS and work towards becoming a GP or specialist this year. This represents the lowest proportion in the history... Readmore

New Immigration Rules Set to Influence General Practitioners

The UK government has suggested that overseas visitors should be forced to pay for utilising GP services while in Britain. Ambulances and Accident and Emergency care are also to be subjected to these new changes should government plans come to fruition. The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has suggested that such a policy would save the NHS around £500 million every year. It would also ensure that such patients made a fair contribution to the upkeep of the health service. Earlier in the year,... Readmore

GP Issues Highlighted by National Audit Office Report

A new report suggests that an increasing number of patients are unable to access their GP surgery for appointments. The report conducted by the National Audit Office talks of an unacceptable access to care for patients across the United Kingdom. In total, 27 per cent of patients experienced difficulties getting through to receptionists – a rise from 19 per cent in just three years, the National Audit Office discovered. There was also an increase in the number of patients communicating dissatisfaction... Readmore

Eleventh Hour Talks Aim to Avoid Junior Doctors Strike Action

The British government has agreed to enter into talks with ACAS over the ongoing dispute with junior doctors. This eleventh hour effort is intended to mitigate against the threat of strikes, but the union representing junior doctors has underlined that they have not been called off at the time of writing. Responding to the threat of strike action, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has indicated that he is willing to utilise the conciliation service. Hunt had initially stated after the strike... Readmore

NHS Doctor Suspended Over English Language Issues

An Italian doctor has been suspended from practising medicine in the UK after he failed a series of English language tests. Dr. Alessandro Teppa will face disciplinary action over language skills following a change to legislation relating to the issue back in 2014. Although the situation is yet to be fully resolved, it is certain that his existing suspension will last for at least nine months, as determined by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS). Elsewhere, a Polish doctor who failed... Readmore

New Chair of BMA Scotland’s Junior Doctors Committee Elected

A Lanarkshire doctor has been elected chair of BMA Scotland’s Junior Doctors Committee (SJDC). Dr Christopher Sheridan, a junior doctor working in Perth, will take up this prestigious position in the SJDC. Sheridan is a natural choice for the position, as the experienced doctor grew up in the Clydesdale area of Lanarkshire. Additionally, Sheridan was educated in Glasgow, having graduated from Glasgow University Medical School in 2009. Sheridan is currently working as a Specialty Registrar in Psychiatry... Readmore

Health secretary Hunt bombarded with tweets from NHS staff

Following his speech last week in which he accused the NHS of possessing a “Monday to Friday” culture, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has been bombarded with an avalanche of tweets from NHS staff on weekend shifts. Mr Hunt’s calls for seven-day working across the NHS led to the #ImInWorkJeremy Twitter hashtag. As part of his speech Mr Hunt said that consultants having the right to opt-out of working at weekends had resulted in 6,000 deaths a year. He went on to set a deadline of September... Readmore

NHS Employers responds to doctors and dentists contract reform report

A report on contract reform for both consultants and doctors & dentists in training has been welcomed by the NHS Employers organisation. Contained in the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) report are recommendations and observations on the proposals put forward by the parties for reforming contracts for both doctors and dentists in training and consultants. The remit for doctors and dentists in training covered England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland: for consultants,... Readmore
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