16Feb

NHS needs £9.5bn to Success in STPs

The British Medical Association warns that modernising and securing the future of the National Health Service (NHS) England would cost at least £9.5bn of capital funding. The BMA says that NHS leaders are unlikely to have anything like the capital required to deliver the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), with budgets already under severe pressure. The Health managers in 44 areas have been requested to draw up Sustainability and Transformation Plans setting out how they will decrease costs, improve care in their region and change services. However, such an overhaul would need significant capital investment, according to the BMA. BMA sent Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to all the 44 areas asking for their estimates to implement the STPs, among which 37 replied, with the figures quoted in responses totalling £9.53bn. BMA has found that more than half of the STP footprint areas have told NHS that they would need more than £100 million of upfront funding to make changes. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside, West Yorkshire, North Central London and North East London have quoted capital needs of £500m or more. The chairman of the BMA council, Dr Mark Porter said the NHS England is at breaking point and the STP process could have offered a chance to deal with some of the problems that the NHS is currently facing, like expensive fragmentation and buildings and equipment often unfit for purpose, unnecessary competition. A spokesperson for NHS England rejected the BMA’s findings and said that the clinicians, local health and care leaders are coming together to try and solve some deep-seated problems by identifying practical ways to improve services. For latest update from National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system, visit our blog page daily. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. Remember us for Locum, temporary and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide compliance support   and  migration consultation to our candidates.

15Feb

Consultation Launched to Ensure Excellent Care for Congenital Heart Disease Patient

On 9th February 2017, National Health Service (NHS) England launched a public consultation on how it will put in place new standards for hospitals providing services for patients with congenital heart disease in England. The public consultation aims to gather as many views as possible from clinical experts, patients and families and will include face-to-face meetings around the country, webinars and an online survey. The consultation will runs for sixteen weeks from 9th February to 5th June 2017. The consultation follows a new set of quality standards for all hospitals providing congenital heart disease, which was published in 2015. The standards were developed in conjunction with Royal Colleges, clinical experts from more than 15 hospitals, hundred of patients and their families. Currently, NHS England is looking for views and input on how the standards can be put into practice. The standards set out the requirement for surgeons to do a minimum of 125 cases per year to ensure the best outcomes for patients. By April 2021, there should be a minimum of 3 surgeons in the team to cover the workload 24 hours a day, increasing to four surgeons per team. The National Clinical Director for Heart Disease, Professor Huon Gray said that they have worked hard with clinical professional and patients to develop a set of standards to accomplish this, and heard clearly during this process that this would only be value something for patients if acted upon. In a combined statement, the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Royal College of Surgeons said they fully support these standards. NHS England must guarantee that the standards are applied for the advantage of patients, by ensuring that expertise is focused where it is most suitable. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system. Feel free to contact us anytime for your Medical Recruitment Solution and migration solutions to work across the UK.

14Feb

Jeremy Hunt to Consider Merging Health Regulation Bodies

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt is preparing to launch a consultation documents that could lead to medical professions no longer having their own dedicated regulators. Later this year, the Department of Health will launch a consultation which will look at the potential of merging the existing nine health regulators into a single body. This would mean that over one million healthcare staff would be supervised by the same regulator, which could potentially result in changes to fees, standards and fitness to practise. The Director of nursing at the Royal College of Nursing, Donna Kinnair said that the new proposals raise a huge number of questions that will need addressing before any regulatory changes are made. The consultation paper will set out a range of options including: Bringing some of the nine together Merging all nine bodies into one new overarching health regulator Leaving the nine as separate entities but working more closely together. According to the Department of Health sources, the Health Secretary has no preferred plan. The sources said that the Health Secretary wants to advance public protection against the probability of being harmed by poor professional practice and make sure that worries about the poor performance of health professionals is dealt with quickly and appropriately. The Director of policy at the Nuffield Trust health thinktank, Candace Imison said the regulatory separation can impose professional separation, and create a difficult situation over who is in charge as new roles develop. However there needs to be sufficient time and effort to get this new organisation right, which the National Health Service has not always managed in the past, she added. The cost of running nine separate regulatory bodies costs £288 million, however they are run with self-funding from fees to registrants. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. Remember us for Locum, temporary and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide compliance support   and  migration consultation to our candidates.

13Feb

New Guidelines on Tackling Conflicts of Interest

On 9th February 2017, National Health Service (NHS) England has published a new guidance that will improve the management of conflicts of interest and make sure that the NHS is a world leader for transparent and liable healthcare. The new guidance will let medical staff to take small tokens of appreciation like a box of chocolates from patients but will require them to drop anything that could be seen to affect their professional judgement. Gifts worth over £50, received on behalf of organisations, will need to be declared. It will also be standard practice for NHS promises to take priority over private practice, and for any clinical or non-clinical staff to declare outside work and the details of when and where this takes place although not earnings at this stage. From June 2017, the new guidance will come into force and will reflect the feedback received and if endorsed. Here are listed some measures included in the new guidance: Requiring organisations to make registers of interests accessible for public inspection Setting reliable and clear minimum standards and guidelines for staff when they should declare gifts and hospitality. Highlighting NHS England’s support for the Disclosure UK scheme, which publishes details of payments made to staff by the pharmaceutical industry. NHS England launched a six-week consultation in September last year for all interested parties to make their voices heard about proposals which cover hospitality, outside employment and private practice, gifts, sponsorship and other interests. The Chief Executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson welcomes the new guidance and said that the NHS Providers understand the need to bring greater unity and consistency to how the health service handles conflicts and potential conflicts of interest. The Chairman of NHS England, Sir Malcolm Grant said the NHS have invited comment from the patients, public, NHS staff and other stakeholders on their proposals and have performed on what they have told NHS to do. This new guidance will bring a stable approach to conflicts of interest and guarantee that the public can have faith in the honesty of the NHS. For latest update from National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system, visit our blog page daily. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. We offer Medical Recruitment and migrational services to our clients and candidates all over the UK.

12Feb

NHS Trust to Charge Foreign Patients 'upfront' Under Law Change

On 6th February 2017, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that every National Health Service (NHS) trust will have a legal duty to charge foreign patients “upfront” unless they can prove they are eligible for non-urgent care. From April this year, the law would be changed to make sure that the overseas patients made a “fair contribution” to healthcare they received. Once the law come into effect then, foreign patients could be refused operations unless they cover their costs in advance. The health secretary has ordered hospitals to carry out strict nationality checks to prevent health tourists cheating the NHS. This new law means overseas patients for non-urgent treatment such as cataract removal or hip operation could now be turned away unless they agree to pay the NHS bill. If ineligible overseas patients cannot pay first then they will be refused from treatment unless their case is deemed urgent. Mr Hunt said that the government have no problem with overseas patients using the NHS service as long as they make a fair contribution to the NHS, just as the British taxpayer does. The aim of these changes was to recover up to £500m a year by the middle of this Parliament to reinvest in the NHS. According to the Department of Health, nobody would be refused from emergency treatment, whether they could pay or not. Under the new changes, immigrants from outside the Europe, who pay an immigration health surcharge, will also lose their right to free NHS fertility treatment. The chair of the British Medical Association council, Dr Mark Porter said that it is hard to see how these new proposals will operate from scratch in just three months in an NHS, which is already incapable to cope with normal operations. He warned the government to be very careful not to demonise overseas patients. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on UKs' Healthcare System. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. Remember us for Locum, temporary and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide compliance support  and migration consultation to our candidates.

10Feb

BMA Announces New GP Contract Agreement for 2017/18

The British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee,NHS England and the Government have reached agreement on changes to the general practice contract that will benefit both GPs and patients. From 1st April 2017, the new contract will take place and will see investment of around £238 million going into the contract for 2017/18. In addition, £157 million from an earlier earmarked plan will be transferred into core GP funding so that family doctors can be more flexible in how they care for the most weak. Every year NHS England and the BMA conduct discussions on revisions to the GP contract. Here are listed some key changes made for the 2017/18 GP Contract for England. £30m to cover increases in indemnity costs. Provide significant improvements to sickness and maternity absence cover arrangements. Direct reimbursement of Care Quality Commission registration fees Bring extra funding for the care of people with learning disabilities Cut bureaucratic workload over unplanned admissions Provide funding to cover the extra work caused by the new system for transferring patient records run by Capital. Improve the GP retainer scheme National Health Service (NHS) England has also agreed with the BMA that a group will be set up after April 2017 to examine the future of the payment arrangements known as “QOF”. The chair of BMA General Practitioners Committee (GPC), Dr Chaand Nagpaul is very pleased that BMA have reached an agreement that offers important and significant improvements to the contract. Dr Nagpaul said the changes in the GP contract will provide much needed stability and relief for GP practices by lessening bureaucracy and providing financial support in key areas. It is promising that NHS England were willing to listen to GPs' concerns in many of these areas and work with the BMA’s GP committee to provide workable solutions. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. We offer Medical Recruitment and migrational services to our clients and candidates all over the UK.