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

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 Jonathan Ashworth indicated that the 2012 act would not be repealed in its entirety.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

NHS Professionals Take to the Streets of Colchester in Protest March

Over 800 people have taken to the streets of Colchester in order to show solidarity with NHS workers. The ‘Save our NHS’ march was organised by The Colchester People’s Assembly and the Colchester Trade Unions Council. And the intention of the rally was to prompt voters to consider the NHS ahead of the general election. Polls have indicated that the once huge lead of the Conservative party has dissolved to virtually nothing. Of course, such polls have frequently turned out to be completely... Readmore

NHS Commissioners Proposing Revolutionary Autism Initiative

Commissioners in south west London are considering radical proposals intended to reduce the number of children being diagnosed with autism in the region. This centres around restricting diagnosis to only the most severe cases, with the proposal having already been discussed in meetings in the area. However, despite conducting an open dialogue on the subject, the local alliance of five clinical commissioning groups has stated explicitly that nothing has been decided yet. But the National... Readmore

Government Officials Accused of Report Publication Cover-up

Government officials have been accused of a cover-up over what is believed to be a delay in the publication of NHS trust deficit figures. These will now emerge after the general election, but opposition parties suggest that this has been deferred in order to bury bad news. The data will outline the full scale of the deficit posted by trusts in England in the latest financial year. And this had been due for publication two weeks ahead of the general election, which will take place on 8th June. But... Readmore

NHS Confederation Calls for Pay and Recruitment Action

NHS Confederation has indicated its belief that there is an onus on government ministers to address mounting disquiet among NHS staff regarding pay and recruitment. Indeed, the authoritative organisation suggests that a full-blown staffing crisis is on the cards if the government fails to satisfactorily respond. Niall Dickson, chief executive of NHS Confederation, spoke out on the issue at a time when it is predicted that 2,000 European-born doctors could leave the NHS system owing to concerns... Readmore

NHS Confederation Outlines NHS Transformation Plan

The NHS Confederation has outlined a proposal for the next government to support its bid in transforming the UK’s health service. Responsible for representing NHS providers and commissioners, the commission is calling for a “clear and credible approach” to funding. A new officer for Budgetary Responsibility in Health (OBRH) should also be created according to the commission, in order to provide an objective assessment of NHS finances. The Confederation first called for such an officer... Readmore

Primary Care Experts Warn on Vital Investment Needs

Primary care experts have warned that investment in general practice should be considered absolutely requisite, considering the damage that has been done by years of underinvestment. In particular, executing the sustainability and transformation programme adequately is absolutely dependent on sufficient monies being proffered. Academics from Sheffield and Glasgow warned that general practice is “stretched to its limit”. Should the authorities fail to invest strongly in the NHS system,... Readmore

Former NHS Head Pushes Extra Penny Tax Policy

A former head of the NHS has suggested that an extra penny on income tax is required in order to ensure that the woefully underfunded health and social care services are of an adequate standard. Sir David Nicholson, who was head of NHS England for nearly ten years, is just one of several senior healthcare professionals and experts who believe that an increase in personal taxation is critical to the future of the NHS. The group also includes former heads of the Royal College of General Practitioners... Readmore

Underfunding to be Major Focus of LMC Conference

GP leaders convening at the LMC conference will discuss a raft of issues, including whether industrial action should be considered in the existing healthcare climate. The general view of the LMC is that underfunding in the system has been chronic, and that this is causing untold difficulties for healthcare professionals. Edinburgh will host the LMC conference on 18th and 19th May, and one debate on the future of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt promises to be particularly controversial. Healthcare... Readmore

Health Select Committee Calls for Streamlined Approach to Brexit

The Commons Health Select Committee has suggested that the healthcare system must take a streamlined approach for recruiting overseas workers into the NHS. This will allow health and social care to retain what the committee describes as the “brightest and best” staff following Brexit. In its assessment of how the UK departure from the European Union will affect health services, the committee suggested that a new system intended to recruit swiftly from overseas would need to be implemented... Readmore
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