National staffing challenges require regional solutions

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Figures obtained by the BBC and published at the end of February 2016 revealed that more than two-thirds of trusts and health boards in the UK are actively trying to recruit from overseas. There are currently almost 6000 vacant medical posts in the UK and many millions of pounds are being spent each month on locum cover to fill these gaps in service delivery. The difficulties with overstretched provision in the NHS sadly make our own UK...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Please support GMB domestics and caterers facing cuts DEMONSTRATION THURSDAY 24th MARCH 12-2pm Meeting at St George ’s Blackshaw Road entrance Marching from St George’s to Tooting Broadway and back at 12:00 and 1:30pm (to time with GMB members’ shifts) St George’s NHS Trust and Mitie, their private catering and cleaning contractor, have signed a deal to reduce the privatised cleaning and catering service right across the hospital. Patients and...

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62% of Britons are using technology to access healthcare

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Ordering repeat prescriptions, speaking to GPs online, attending video appointments  are the most popular ways patients are using new technologies. An overwhelming number of UK patients are currently using technology to access doctor’s appointments and medication, according to new research into patient behaviours and the healthcare ecosystem. 62% of Britons have used technology to access healthcare, according to a study of 1,014 British adults...

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Dementia – More muddling along?

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Dementia has become a political problem, with the Prime Minister intervening in the debates about how best to respond to the growing numbers of people with the condition. Special payments to GPs for spotting people with dementia have been quietly withdrawn, but there is no shortage of planning for new services for people with dementia, and of course for more investment in research. The UK Government has published its plans for tackling dementia...

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EU – Better In than Out?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

The “Healthier in the EU” website ( launched on March 4th, announces the campaign’s advisory board, team, mission, blog pieces and provides dozens of supporting statements and signatures from leading UK health professionals. Healthier in the EU (“Healthier IN” for short) is a grassroots campaign set up to raise the voice of UK health professionals, carers, patients and researchers in the EU referendum debate. The advisory...

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