Junior Doctors Lose High Court Challenge Against Health Secretary

Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health has won a High Court Fight with junior doctors over a new staffing contract. Junior doctors have complained Mr Hunt incorrectly forced the contract on NHS employers. Justice for Health, a group founded by five doctors said health secretary acted beyond the scope of his powers by forcing NHS employers to accept the new staffing contract. Dr Fran Silman, Dr Amar Mashru, Dr Nadia Masood, Dr Ben White and Dr Marie-Estella McVeigh founded the Justice for Health. They argued the contract was “unsafe and unsustainable”. They claimed Hunt’s decision to impose the contract on NHS Employers should be quashed. Last week, Mr Justice Green has analysed evidence at a High Court hearing in London, ruled in favour of the Health Secretary. He concluded that health secretary had approved the new contract but had not forced employers to adopt it. The judge said the conclusion was sufficiently clear and was not illogical. He added that the trust had the liberty as employers to decide whether they did force the contract on doctors. The court hearing follows opposition to health secretary plans for seven-day NHS services in England. Junior doctors have conducted six separate strikes over the new contract so far – but junior doctors strikes planned for October, November and December have been called off by British Medical Association (BMA) because of fears over patient safety. The Department of Health (DoH) spokesperson said the health department welcome the clear decision by the judge and urge the BMA to remove the thread of additional industrial action after Mr Hunt won a high court battle over a junior doctors new contract. For more updates on Healthcare System of the UK, visit our blog page daily.  Recruitment synergy is a London based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide recruitment and migrational services to our clients and candidates across the UK. 


BMA calls health secretary for discussion over seven day services

The British Medical Association (BMA) has called the health secretary Jeremy hunt to take part in a symposium on improving the quality and consistency of healthcare throughout the week. Hunt has been invited to the symposium, along with Medical Royal Colleges, Health professionals and leaders, patient unions and other professional associations. Ellen McCourt, chair of BMA junior doctor committee said that the junior doctor argument has emphasised the demand of an open and honest discussion about how the National Health Service (NHS) can provide high quality care across the week in the face of rising demand, staffing shortage and funding pressure. She further added that BMA is calling on the health secretary, along with leading voices from across the NHS, the patients groups and the medical profession to address the problems at the heart of this discussion and the aspects of patient care which the medical professional and the government want to improve. In a letter to health secretary, Dr McCourt and the chair of the BMA council, Dr Mark Porter said that the issue of the quality and consistency of health care across the week has been the subject of intense discussion, mainly during the junior doctors’ contract argument. They also urge health secretary to work with the organisations ‘critical to approving and delivering the required solutions to the serious issues and choices facing the country’. President of the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Jane Dacre, said the RCP fully supports a seven day services for very sick patient and welcome the opportunity to be a part of a symposium to debate the issues and barriers NHS face in completing their goal and offer possible solutions to them. The BMA plans the symposium to be held in November. Visit our blog daily for more updates on UKs' Healthcare System. Remember us for locum and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide compliance and migration consultation to our candidates.


Government Confirmed Reforms to Public Sector Exit Payments

On 26th September 2016, the government has published its response about reforms to the public sectors exit payments consultation. The changes will apply to the 5 million public sector workforce, including NHS workers, Civil servants, teachers, Local government workers, police officers, armed forces personnel and fire fighters. In a statement, the treasury confirmed that 350 responses had been received to the consultation, which included feedback from public sector organisations, unions and individuals. According to the government, the changes were necessary to safeguard consistency between public sector redundancy compensation. The new framework for exit payment have been designed to guarantee a “fair and appropriate” level of compensation for staffs who are required to leave public sector jobs, whether on a voluntary basis, compulsory redundancy or through retirement. For government Departments, it is now compulsory to produce proposals for reform for each of their respective workforce. The proposal must be reliable with the terms set out in the new framework. The Treasury has set out a deadline of 9 months for the changes to be made. The government is already committed to introduce two measures on public sector compensation. The two measures includes: Cap on public sector exit payments at £95,000 ‘Clawback’ mechanism on redundancy compensation Under the ‘clawback’ mechanism, a highly paid individual who returns to the public sector shortly after receiving an exit payment will be forced to refund their redundancy compensation. The proposed changes that vary from the existing NHS redundancy arrangements are: Maximum tariff for estimating exit payments of 3 weeks’ pay per year of service A taper on the sum of lump sum compensation an individual is enabled to collect as they get nearer to their average pension retirement age.  A maximum of 15 months payment that can be paid as a redundancy payment David Gauke, Chief Secretary to the Treasury said the reforms guarantee public sector exit payments are fair and consistent. By using these changes in the Public sector workforce, Applicable standards will be in place for staffs and public services will remain protected. For more updates from National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system, Visit our blog page regularly.  Recruitment Synergy is a Medical Recruitment Agency based on London, UK. Remember us for Locum, temporary and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide compliance and migration consultation to our candidates. 


CCGs to get £6 per patient to extend GP access from 2019

NHS England has announced every clinical commissioning group (CCG) will be given an extra £6 per patient to extend GP access on evening from April 2019. The weekend opening will be flexible depending on the local demand. The new guidance from NHS Improvement and NHS England has confirmed that the recurrent funding will be rolled out in the England as part of the GP forward view. This guidance covers total recurrent funding of £138 million by 2017/18 and £258 million by 2018/19. From this year, the funding will be made available to GP Access Fund pilot sites and will extended to include additional sites in 2017/18. The planning guidance documents said that CCGs must spread and advance access in line with requirements for new national funding by no later than March 2019. The guidance documents by NHS England also stated that by 2018/19 CCGs must implement the GP Forward view to guarantee the sustainability of general practice. This includes: Extending capacity in practices Increasing GPs number Co-funding pharmacists to work I general practice Investing in training practice staff Expanding IAPT with more primary care based therapists Extending online consultations NHS England Director of primary care, Dr Arvind Madan said general practice is under pressure so, they are determined to uphold the momentum in turning things around. The new planning guidance shows the detail information on how investment will be done in the coming years. It also shows the steps they will be taking with CCGs to stabilise and transform GP services for the benefits of staff and patients. Dr Richard Vautrey, GPC Deputy chair said NHS England have learnt lessons from many of the pilots which disclosed that there was few demand from patients for routine weekend appointments. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on Healthcare System of the UK. Recruitment synergy is a Medical Recruitment Agency providing recruitment solutions and immigration support to our candidates who wants to practice medicine in the UK. 


Only Five 'golden hello' Offered Across North of Scotland

A much- trumpeted government “golden hello” to attract GPs to the north of Scotland is available for only five trainees out of 37. The one-off bursary of £20,000 was planned to encourage family doctors to work in rural areas. Now, it is only offered to three posts in NHS Grampian and two posts in the NHS Highland. In August 2016, the Scottish Government announced 100 additional training posts, 37 of which would come with the £20,000 bonus. It was an attempt to increase numbers of GPs in ‘hard to fill’ posts like in remote, rural and deprived areas. Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, the health secretary said the trainee scheme is a step in the right direction but he is very disappointed with the number of bursary post available in north of Scotland. The difficulty remains same in finding GPs for many of rural, remote areas including Lochaber, Shetland, Caithness, Sutherland, Orkney and the Western Isles. In his recent visit, he found local practices struggling with the recruitment of GPs. Chair of Scottish GPC, Dr Alan McDevitt said vacant training places are a big challenge especially in remote and more deprived practices. The bursary is a move towards filling at least some of the trainee places that are having difficulty in recruiting GPs. A spokeperson for the Scottish Government said the 37 training places with additional bursary were chosen because the government had failed to attract candidates for three years in a row. Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing said Scottish government had considerably increased the number of new training places for GPs across Scotland this year. She further added that 100 additional GP training posts is to encourage trainee doctors to choose career in General practice and to make a GP a more attractive option. The government is also funding the initiatives to attract established GPs to return to practice. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on Healthcare System of the UK. Recruitment Synergy is a London based Medical Recruitment Agency. Remember us for Locum, Temporary and Permanent Job across the UK.   


Junior Doctors Call off Five-Day Strikes

On 24th September 2016, British Medical Association (BMA) has announced that junior doctors in England has suspended all planned five day strikes, following concerns over patient safety. It has called off all strikes which were due to take place in October 5-7and 10-11, November 14 -18 and December 5-9, in protest against a new contract of junior doctors. The decision to call of five-day strikes was made after the Junior Doctors Committee (JDC) elected a new leadership team, with Ellen McCourt retaining her position as chair. BMA and the government remain at loggerheads over the junior doctors new contract, which the Department of Health says will support to deliver a seven-day NHS. Six strikes have already taken place across the England which causes trouble to thousands of patients who have had appointments and operations cancelled. Chair of the BMA junior doctor committee, Dr Ellen McCourt said the latest decision to call of junior doctors strikes had been taken in light of feedback from patients, doctors and the public and following a thoughtful, passionate and wide-ranging debate amongst junior doctors. She added junior doctor committee still resist the imposition of the contract and are now planning different actions. However, patient safety is primary concern of doctors so, it is listening and responding to concern about the ability of the NHS to maintain a safe service. Junior doctor committee hope the government will grab this opportunity to engage with junior doctors and listen to the voices from across the NHS raising anxieties about doctors' working lives and the impact of the contract on patient care. Commenting on the planned walkout action earlier this week, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the junior doctors' argument is unethical to potentially harm to patients in search of what is a self-interested campaign. A spokesperson from Department of Health added that BMA should put patients on first priority without playing politics. For more updates on Healthcare System of the UK, Visit our blog page daily.  If you need any help with your Medical Recruitment in the UK, feel free to contact us anytime.