£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

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
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