90% of GPs Believe NHS Should Fund Indemnity

Around 90% of GPs believe that the NHS should fund the cost of indemnity, according to an authoritative survey. Indemnity costs are proving to be an increasing difficulty in this critical part of the healthcare system, while evidence also suggest that NHS claims related to clinical negligence are escalating. Indeed, in the most recent financial year, the NHS shelled out around £1.7 billion on this issue. Meanwhile, the MDU - the leading medical defence organisation in the UK - has warned... Readmore

Doctors Horrified by STP Staff Costs

An investigation conducted by the British Medical Association has uncovered a vast phalanx of operations managers, communications executives, administrators and financial analysts has been created to drive forward controversial STPs (sustainability and transformation plans), which are effectively siphoning millions out of the NHS system. The investigation revealed that health leaders have created more than 150 jobs, with annual salaries of at least £8.5 million, despite funding on the front line... 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

Majority of Patients Positive About GP Care

According to the GP Patient Survey 2017, most people in Britain are satisfied with the service provided by their general practitioners. This extensive survey questioned 800,000 people, and concluded that around 85% consider the overall experience of their GP surgery as being at least good. Furthermore, trust in GPs remains extremely robust, with almost 92% of those surveyed indicating that they had confidence in medical practitioners. Over three-quarters of those responding to the survey... 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

GP Practices Green Lighted for Personalised Diabetes Treatment

A new diabetes strategy has resulted in large swathes of GP practices in England being able to refer high-risk patients for personalised treatment. This tailored assistance now covers over 75% of the English population, and is intended to assist individuals with losing weight in order to help manage the risk of developing diabetes. This second wave of the ‘Healthier You’ programme was launched last month, expanding the scheme to cover an additional 25% of the population. As a result... 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

BMA Opposes Patient Charging Plans

The British Medical Association has officially voiced its opposition to charging patients in order to see a general practitioner, or for missing a GP appointment. A vote at the Annual Representatives Meeting in Bournemouth rejected this notion, following close on the back of a vote by LMCs last month asking the General Practitioners Committee to produce a discussion paper on alternative funding options for general practice. This proposal would include co-payments should it come to fruition. GP... Readmore

Restrictive Language Test Harming Nursing Recruitment

Language tests introduced by the government to restrict immigration are stopping the NHS from recruiting foreign nurses. This can even include highly qualified native English speakers, according to authoritative nursing voices. There are clear gaps in the number of nursing staff available, yet even Australian and nurses from other English-speaking countries are being turned down due to unduly prohibitive English tests. This is reflected in a sharp drop in the number of nurses registering... Readmore

Annual Cost of Settling Negligence Claims Expected to Double by 2023

The Medical Protection Society suggest that the existing cost of settling clinical negligence claims is equivalent to training 6,500 doctors annually. Yet the authoritative organisation suggests that this figure will double by 2023. Already the bill for medical negligence is equal to £1.5 billion, and this will render such payments unsustainable and divert significant amounts of funding away from frontline patient care, a report from the medical protection society asserts. Its study – The Rising... Readmore
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