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
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.
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
One of the top clinical officials within NHS England has criticised the new care models programme intended to play a major role in reforming the healthcare system.
GP and NHS England London clinical director of emergency care, Dr Tom Coffey, stated that he is “not a fan” of the new care models and that vanguards and multi-specialty community provider schemes make him “lose the will”.
The opinion of this major figure will be considered particularly significant, as Coffey is responsible... Readmore
The World Health Organisation is calling for developed nations to play a leading role in work on viral hepatitis.
It is known that the disease is currently killing as many people globally as HIV and TB, with the death toll in 2015 reaching 1.34 million people.
A new report confirms this figure, while also suggesting that an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis caused by B or C virus infection.
Although there are hepatitis vaccines and medicines available,... Readmore
A major medical charity has suggested that government guidance will effectively make doctors into border guards.
Doctors of the World insist that Home Office plans to gain access to details of undocumented migrants who seek NHS treatment is placing unreasonable demands on GPs in particular.
In order to challenge this policy, the organisation has recently collaborated with the human rights charity Liberty, along with the National AIDS Trust.
The three parties have raised a petition aimed... Readmore
GP leaders believe that an update to the standard NHS contract will have a positive effect on attempts to prevent hospitals from dumping work on GP surgeries.
The new provisions in the contract could potentially save millions of appointments, easing the pressure on the beleaguered general practice system.
Change to the contract have become operational from 1st April, with the aim of preventing hospitals from inappropriately transferring standard responsibilities to GP practices.
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A critical publication has reached the public domain, with the NHS releasing its second annual report into race equality.
The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) report is based on data submitted by providers of NHS-funded care, including both the voluntary and private sectors.
Implementing the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is a requirement for NHS commissioners and NHS provider organisations.
The NHS Equality and Diversity Council announced on 31st July 2014 that it had agreed... Readmore
NHS whistleblowers have revealed some of the unenviable conditions currently common in hospitals, with patients commonly woken at 4:30 a.m. to be washed as staff simply do not have the time at any other point during the day.
Elderly people are often left hungry at meal times as there is no one available in order to assist them with eating, while other patients moved to different wards in the middle of the night on a regular basis.
All of the reports in question were delivered to the Care Quality... Readmore
The Chief Executive of the NHS in Wales believes that steady and sustained improvement is being made in the nation, according to a new report.
Dr Andrew Goodall launched the Annual Quality Statement for NHS Wales with a positive message on progress in the healthcare system.
This latest tome is intended to outline some of the improvements and innovations made in the health service over the last 12 months, but also outline potential areas for improvement.
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