NHS Whistleblowers 'Gagged and Blacklisted', says Petition Group

A group of doctors, staff and patients has warned that NHS whistleblowers face being “fired, gagged and blacklisted” while confessions go uninvestigated due to the healthcare manager's lack of powers and resources. The group has criticised the Care Quality Commission for being “low value” and has called for radical change in health service regulation. The group has exposed huge shortcoming and said the Care Quality Commission had failed to detect poor care and power since it replaced the Healthcare Commission in 2009. In a letter to the Times, the group exposed the shortcomings and also mentioned an example where an investigation of a foundation trust cost £273,900 but failed to spot hundreds of uninvestigated deaths. The Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Sir Mike Richards said the Care Quality Commission takes concerns raised by the staff and patients and the Hospitals chief takes appropriate action. Here are some act performed by hospitals chief: Raising concerns with the provider, Carrying out or bringing forward an inspection Alerting another organisation, including the police The group said the Care Quality Commission protests that it has no powers to inspect individual cases. Most of the patients, whistleblowers and bereaved relatives are totally frustrated that revelations to the Care Quality Commission have not resulted in change. On the contrary, if National Health Service (NHS) staff whistleblow, then they may still be fired, gagged and blacklisted. Sir Robert Francis QC, a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission said that the watchdog had to do more to safeguard whistleblowers, in his report into failings at Mid Staffs. 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.


One Third of GP Vacancies Remain Unfilled

A recent survey from British Medical Association (BMA) has shown that 31% of GP partners in England have been unable to fulfil staff vacancies in the past twelve months. Almost a third of GP partners replying to the association’s GP survey confessed that they had had to put up with vacancies, having not been able to hire staff over the long period. The BMA survey also found that only one in eight said they had had no vacancies to fill, while one in five GP partners said their practice taking between three to six months to hire staff to vacant posts. The areas with the highest levels of unfilled vacancies include the east of England and the west midlands, each at 35%. The chair of the BMA General Practitioners Committee (GPC), Chaand Nagpaul said the survey result is deeply concerning that many GP partners are reporting that their practices effectively have permanent holes in their workforce, which they are unable to fill. Only few number of GP practices are operating with no vacancies, while the huge majority of GP services are suffering from constant shortages of GPs. He further added that due to the staff crisis general practice is being kept afloat by the essential support of locums who are stepping in to deliver day-to-day services to patients. All these chronic shortages come despite government promises to recruit 5,000 more GPs, a pledge that has failed to happen. Zoe Norris, GP trainees subcommittee chair said thousands of GPs across the England choose a career as a salaried or Locum GP, which is a positive choice. However, the government should not be blind to the point that Locum and salaried GP are getting the same pressures that are threatening all of general practice.   National Health Service (NHS) England and the government need to realise that they cannot continue to rely on burnt-out grassroots GPs to provide a service that is under threat of collapse, she added. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on UK's 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  and migration consultation to our candidates.


UK on Verge of 'Social Care Crisis', Government Warned

The government has been warned that the nation is on the brink of a "social care crisis" if funding for the elderly care is not improved. The figures obtained by the Observer showed that more than half of councils tasked with care for the elderly - 77 out of 152 - have had at least one residential and nursing care provider closed in the last 6 months. According to the data, 48 councils have seen at least one company that deals with helping to care for the elderly in their own home forced to close. Fifty-nine councils requested new care preparations after contracts were considered by the providers to be insufficiently financed to meet the needs required. A cross-party group of politicians said the social care crisis is real and it is happening nowadays. The Government cannot ignore it any longer if we are to really have a community that works for everybody. An additional £2.6bn is immediately required to dive the funding gap as the safety and quality of elderly care is at danger and the defenceless will increasingly struggle to get the support they need to meet fundamental needs such as dressing, washing or getting out of bed, the group added. The chairman of NHS Confederation, Stephen Dorrell said the mini-budget statement of the Chancellor had made him very disappointed because it not said anything about social care. In his view, not to make an investment in social care was a mistake. A spokesman from the government said that the government is supporting those must in need with a social care package worth £3.5 billion by 2019-20 compared to the £2.9 billion councils said they required. The government have also devolved new powers and funding to local areas so they can incorporate health and social care, deliver better services for older people, and plan for an aged population. 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.


NHS to Use Private Firms to Beat the Winter Crisis

According to the Leaked memos, NHS hospitals have been told to pass on some scheduled surgery to the private sector clinics to ease a potential winter crisis in the NHS Hospitals. Health Officials have also ordered NHS hospitals to discharge thousand of patents in a bid to decrease record levels of crowding and the managers have been prohibited from stating “black alerts”, which is the highest level alert used when hospitals are unable to handle the demand of patient healthcare. All these instructions were revealed in a memo sent by National Health Service (NHS) England and the regulator NHS Improvement to the NHS hospitals. It comes as NHS chiefs struggle to bring bed occupancy levels down to a safe level of 85%. Before the Christmas, hospitals are being ordered to “increase elective activity” using the independent sector and schemes that pay NHS consultants lucrative overtime rates. Last year the organisation recorded the highest deficit in its history and schemes in the independent sector can pay consultants rates of up to £1,000. The chair of British Medical Association (BMA) council, Dr Mark Porter said the highest deficit is an evidence of an over-stressed healthcare system that the government failed to properly fund. The government must outsource patient care to private providers to manage the predictable patient demand. He further added that the unmanageable pressure in the NHS has been made worse by cuts to social care provision. Now, it’s the time to take the blinkers off by the government and provide sustainable funding and increased staffing to safeguard the long-term future of the NHS. The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron said the NHS needs more funding from the government. Using the private sector like this will only runs down the NHS and will cost the taxpayer more in the long run. 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.


Hospital Outpatient Appointments and Cancellations at Record High

The latest annual figures for hospital outpatient published by NHS Digital has shown a record number of appointments being cancelled, due to the rising financial and functional strain on NHS hospitals.  Last year hospitals in England cancelled 7.68 million outpatient appointments, nearly 3 times more than that had been cancelled in 2005-06 (2.76 million). Cancellations have also increased over that time as a proportion of all outpatient appointments, from 4.6 per cent in 2005-06, to 6.8 per cent in 2015-16 – which is a 48 per cent jump.   The NHS Digital latest figure confirms that the demand for healthcare has been increased sharply. While there were 60.6m appointments in the year 2005-06, that had almost doubled to 113.3m in 2015-16. The registrar for the Royal College of Physicians, Andrew Goddard said the increasing rate of outpatient appointments is another sign of NHS hospitals under pressure. Although most of the appointments are rescheduled rather than cancelled. The extra waiting time can cause concern for patients and delay in receiving the right treatment in time. He further added that the evidence gathered by the Royal College of Physicians denoted that the National Health Service (NHS) was struggling to cope with the rising pressures of healthcare demand and inadequate funding and therefore it required a new budget plan. Women are more likely to attend outpatient appointments than men. Last year, 51.7 million women attended in comparison to 37.6 million men. There were 186 outpatient visits among women per 100 populations but just 139 for men. The figures also showed that 5 areas of specialist medical care accounted for 30% of all outpatient appointments in 2015-16. The 5 areas are: Trauma and orthopaedics (7.65m) Obstetrics (3.65m) Ophthalmology (7.3m) Obstetrics (3.65m) and Dermatology (3.46m) Justin Madders, the shadow health minister called the latest figures ‘shocking’, saying that the government underfunding had stretched the healthcare system to breaking point despite the best efforts of NHS staff. 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.


New Measures to Support the NHS Workforce

On 30th November 2016, Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health has announced a range of new measures aimed at supporting the NHS workforce. Speaking at the NHS Providers conference in Birmingham, Mr Hunt announced a number of workforce-related measures. The measures focus on career progression, leadership, motivation, morale, doctors in training and flexible working in the NHS. Here are listed some key announcements made by the Health Secretary. All trusts must meet the best practice on e-rostering, as outlined in NHS Improvement’s best practice guide by the end of 2017.                A new programme and review to motivate more clinicians to go into senior managerial roles. Improvement of a ‘skills escalator’ to advance staff through entry-level apprenticeships to a nursing degree apprenticeship. A major review of the assessment and appraisal process for junior doctors, to make it simpler and more helpful. Other announcements include Career progression, Leadership and Doctors in Training. Career progression A new degree-level nursing apprenticeship standard has been approved by the Department of Education. The employers can offer the new nursing degree apprenticeship to new or existing staff from September 2017. Next year the government will consult on whether the physician associate role should also be regulated or not. Mr Hunt has written to the NMC chair to seek agreement to regulate nursing associates, with work starting as soon as possible on the necessary legislation. Work continues on the improvement of the apprenticeship standard for the new nursing associate role. Leadership As part of a fast-track development programme, the NHS Leadership Academy is to send thirty students every year to top universities of the world such as Yale. HEE will double the number of places on the graduate management scheme from 2018. The NHS will associate with British universities to offer an NHS MBA for senior NHS professionals, with the first students joining in September 2017. Doctors in Training New HEE plans will improve training and rotations to help couples who have caring responsibilities or who are training. £10m funding will be made available to help HEE implement new programmes with the Universities to support doctors returning to training after maternity leave and approved time out. HEE will work with the Royal College of Surgeons, BMA and a number of hospitals to study whether a modern ‘firm’ structure might better support trainees. 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.