BMA Confirms Two Candidates for Chair Position

As the British Medical Association seeks a replacement for the outgoing GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the organisation has confirmed that two candidates are currently being strongly considered. No further GPs have chosen to put themselves forward ahead of a major vote on the appointment. The two candidates understood to be vying for the post are current acting GPC chair Dr Richard Vautrey and current GPC executive team member Dr Mark Sanford-Wood, both of whom will be a extremely familiar to all healthcare... Readmore

Sarah Wollaston to be Re-elected Chair of the House of Commons Health Select Committee

Former GP Dr Sarah Wollaston MP will be re-elected chair of the House of Commons health select committee, according to media reports. The Conservative MP for Totnes, in Devon, was unopposed in the election to the position. It is expected that her appointment will be officially announced by the speaker of the House of Commons on Wednesday. Wollaston had assumed the position from former health secretary Stephen Dorrell in 2014 and was subsequently re-elected to the role after the 2015 general... Readmore

National Audit Office to Investigate Cyber Attack

In response to the recent cyber attack that targeted NHS organisations, the National Audit Office has announced that there will be a major investigation. The ransomware blight left many GP practices across the country struggling to deliver adequate patient care. LMCs called for compensation for surgeries affected, after the ransomware attack in May disrupted services and left practices facing a backlog predicted to last weeks. There have even been reports which suggest that some practices... Readmore

UK will Continue Medicine Cooperation with EU Senior Ministers Assert

Two senior government ministers have suggested that the United Kingdom will continue to cooperate with the European Union about the recent Brexit decision. Business Secretary Greg Clark and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt indicated their belief that this deal would be “in the interests of public health and safety”. Writing to the Financial Times, the duo indicated that “the UK would like to find a way to continue to collaborate with the EU”. Among the concerns following the recent Brexit... Readmore

NHS England and NHS Improvement Appoint Joint Regional Directors

NHS England and NHS Improvement have appointed joint regional directors. The thinking behind this is to pilot the concept of a more integrated approach between the two critical healthcare organisations. Under the new arrangement, a joint director for the South East and South West have been appointed. Anne Eden, currently NHSI’s regional managing director for the South and Jennifer Howells, who is currently NHS England’s regional director for the South West and its interim for the South... Readmore

New Commercial Director Appointed at Department of Health

One of the leading experts in procurement has moved government departments in order to become the new commercial director at the Department of Health. Belinda Johnson had previously worked at a commercial director for the Department of Transport, but has now brought this five-year stay in this post to an end. The Department of Health has officially confirmed the appointment of Johnson, who is expected to bring a wealth of experience to the role. Indeed, the esteemed individual has already... Readmore

Pressures Facing Health Service Require Urgent Action Warns Scottish Health Leader

Politicians must rise above the current political instability and focus on what must be achieved in the health service if the NHS in Scotland is to flourish, BMA Scotland Peter Bennie has asserted. In his speech to the BMA’s annual representative meeting in Bournemouth, Bennie commented that the NHS in Scotland faces a challenging climate. "The health service is never out of the political spotlight. Over the past three years, the NHS has been front and centre in two referendums, the Scottish... Readmore

£48 Million Out of Hours Contract Awarded

A £48 million contract for out of hours GP and 111 services has been awarded to a consortium of public and private providers, including an acute trust, by commissioners in the Cornwall region. The contract has been handed to Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Kernow Health Community Interest Company and Vocare, as decreed by Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group. Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be covered by the new contract, with a population of 550,000 people resident in the region. The... Readmore

BMA to Debate Whether Government has Deliberately Created NHS Crisis

As the climate in the NHS continues to deteriorate, the British Medical Association will debate whether the current crisis in the NHS has been created deliberately by the government. The hypothesis debated by the authoritative healthcare organisation is that the authorities have created the existing situation in order to justify an ulterior transformation and privatisation agenda. In order to discuss the matter, NHS representatives from across the UK will gather in Bournemouth on Monday for the BMA’s... Readmore

New Chair for Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Appointed

A former health secretary has been appointed as the chair of Norfolk and Waveney sustainability and transformation partnership. There are serious concerns that the organisation is progressing satisfactorily, and Patricia Hewitt has been appointed as an independent chair in an attempt to restore its credibility. The decision has been described as an attempt to “bang heads together” in what is apparently a troubled region of the sustainability and transformation programme. Hewitt had previously... Readmore

New Clinical Leads for Emergency Medicine Announced

Two of the top professionals in emergency medicine are to be centrally involved in a major new NHS project. The new scheme is intended to improve the efficiency in Accident and Emergency departments across England. Clifford Mann and Christopher Moulton will be joint clinical leads for emergency medicine under the Getting It Right First Time programme. Mann is NHS England’s clinical adviser on A&E and immediate past president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and is also employed... 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
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