NHS secures tighter EU rules to keep unsafe doctors and nurses away

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

On Monday (18 January 2016) new rules enter into force governing the free movement of professionals (including health professionals) around the European Union (EU). It is a success for the NHS in Europe that will help the service maintain its workforce and keep patients safe. Existing EU law provides for holders of certain qualifications, such as medical and nursing qualifications, to have their qualifications recognised in EU countries other...

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Six in 10 managers back junior doctors ’ strike

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

A snap survey by the Institute of  Healthcare Management (IHM) has revealed that six in 10 healthcare managers  (58%) back strike action being taken by junior NHS doctors in England, with  more than four in 10 (43%) saying they ‘strongly support’ it. A third (33%)  said they opposed the action.  IHM, which represents almost  3,000 health and social care managers at all levels of the health service  across the UK, surveyed members on the day of...

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BMA calls for UK Governments to prioritise end-of-life care, as new research finds the current provision does not consistently match either the public or doctor’s expectations

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

The BMA is calling on all UK Governments to prioritise the improvement of end-of-life care and ensure a high-level of care is available across the country, as new research finds that the current provision does not consistently match either the public or doctor’s expectations. How the health service cares for people at the end of their lives has come under popular scrutiny in recent years through public and political debates around issues...

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Is the junior doctors’ strike on again? One thing happened and another didn’t

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 7 comments

The thing that happened The 48 hour walk out of junior doctors on March 9th and 10th 2016 did not gain as much mainstream media coverage as the previous one day stoppages. Nor did it trigger government concessions on the new junior doctor contract. So on March 18th the British Medical Association (BMA) announced plans for an “escalation” of strike action over the Government’s decision to impose a new contract on junior doctors.  The chairman of...

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Winter is coming…

Posted by on Dec 27, 2015 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Each year, as the nights draw in and the weather worsens, increased pressures on the country’s health service push it almost to breaking point. A combination of staffing challenges, demand and capacity imbalances, poor patient flow and other local factors impact the NHS’ ability to deliver. Never was this more evident than last year, when the health service experienced a winter crisis that prompted the Government to allocate a record £700m to...

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