European Court Ruling Offers Solace to Healthcare Workers

A ruling by the European Court of Human Rights could affect the daily working life of healthcare professionals across the UK. The new ruling states that travelling from home to first client, patient or customer and home from the last one at the end of shift, should be considered as working time to be paid for by employers. Unions that have been campaigning for the decision have welcomed the initiative by the European Court of Justice, which will have an impact on workers who travel on a regular... Readmore

Ipsos MORI Poll Finds Public Support for Seven-Day NHS

An Ipsos MORI poll has indicated that there is considerable public confusion regarding the supposed need for seven-day NHS services, but that the concept is broadly supported. A majority of respondents to a survey carried out by the polling institution indicated that they believed seven-day services are being implemented for reasons of convenience. In fact, the government has asserted that this new ethos needs to be put in place in order to improve weekend mortality rates. A more positive sign... Readmore

NHS Employers Asserts Home Office Rules Putting Patient Safety at Risk

NHS Employers has expressed concern about recruitment policies in the NHS related to the European Union. According to figures provided by NHS Employers, around 1000 nurses from outside of the European Union have been rejected to date by the Home Office due to immigration rules. The organisation was keen to emphasise that legislation is compromising patient safety, with a shortage of nurses potentially crippling the NHS. It is believed that the reluctance to recruit NHS nurses will be particularly... Readmore

London Conference Discusses Latest in Agile

A London conference will examine how to create, implement and sustain Agile in public sector organisations. The 13th annual Agile Business Conference (ABC 2015) will focus on ensuring that an Agile environment can be sustained across an organisation. Due to be held in the city of London on the 6th and 7th October, the conference will be aimed at public sector directors, senior managers, CEOs, CIOs, IT directors, senior programme and project managers and other change managers. The conference comes... Readmore

New Chair of BMA Scotland’s Junior Doctors Committee Elected

A Lanarkshire doctor has been elected chair of BMA Scotland’s Junior Doctors Committee (SJDC). Dr Christopher Sheridan, a junior doctor working in Perth, will take up this prestigious position in the SJDC. Sheridan is a natural choice for the position, as the experienced doctor grew up in the Clydesdale area of Lanarkshire. Additionally, Sheridan was educated in Glasgow, having graduated from Glasgow University Medical School in 2009. Sheridan is currently working as a Specialty Registrar in Psychiatry... Readmore

Bullying Culture in Worcs NHS Rejected by Independent Adjudicator

An independent report carried out on an NHS trust suggests that it has insufficient policies and procedures in place to deal with bullying. The investigation carried out by the Good Governance Institute suggests that existing anti-bullying policies at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust (WAHT) are "not fit for purpose”. During the course of the investigation, more than 700 members of staff across the trust's three hospitals - in Kidderminster, Worcester and Redditch - were interviewed. However,... Readmore

GMB Members Angry Over Inept Managers’ Golden Handshake

Members of the GMB are seeking assurances that managers who submit resignations will not receive compensation. There are concerns among the trade union that golden handshakes or other forms of pay-off could be offered to resigning managers, damaging trust in the NHS. The hierarchy of the GMB has made it clear that members believe managers being rewarded for what are deemed “dismal failures” should be considered completely unacceptable. Speaking on behalf of union members, Gary Palmer, GMB Organiser,... Readmore

National Institute for Biological Standards and Control Announces New Director

The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) has announced the appointment of a new director. Director Dr Stephen Inglis has headed the institute for 14 years, but is now entering into retirement. NIBSC have announced that Dr Christian K Schneider will replace Inglis, although he will not formally begin his duties in the organisation until January 2016. Schneider is currently head of the medical division of the Danish Health and Medicines Authority. The NIBSC is a global... Readmore

NHS England Launches New Initiative to Address Staff Absences

NHS England has today announced an initiative intended to impact positively on the health and wellbeing of staff in the service. The Chief Executive of NHS England, , will outline the plans aimed at the organisation’s 1.3 million employees speaking at the NHS Innovation Expo conference. Measures introduced as part of these plans will include serving healthier food, promoting physical activity, reducing stress, and providing health checks covering mental health and musculoskeletal problems. These... Readmore

Health Education England extends ultrasound workforce survey

Health Education England (HEE) has extended their call for information to help investigate and identify the extent of shortages in the ultrasound workforce. Friday 31 July is the new deadline for organisations to submit their information. The survey has been developed by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) to be completed by services or departments who perform ultrasound either as a direct service or as a tool within another service. HEE recommends that the survey be completed by the department... Readmore

Type 2 diabetes drug under investigation by EMA

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched a review into the safety of Type 2 diabetes medicines called SGLT2 inhibitors. The review was requested by the European Commission following over a hundred cases of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in patients treated with canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin - medicines known as SGLT2 inhibitors. The EMA says that patients who use these drugs should consult their doctor if they have any of the symptoms of DKA, which include excessive thirst,... Readmore

Simon Stevens to face House of Commons Health Committee

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, is to give oral evidence to the House of Commons Health Committee from 9.30 am today, Tuesday 21 July. The Committee is expected to question Mr Stevens on a variety of matters affecting the NHS, including the financial performance of the NHS, prevention and public health, the NHS workforce and staffing, urgent and emergency care, mental health services, and the post-Francis Review progress on changing culture in the NHS. Ahead of the session, the Committee... Readmore
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