14Jun

Number of EU Nurses Coming to UK Falls 96 Per Cent Since Brexit Vote

On 12th June 2017, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has released new figures relating to EU trained nurses and midwives. The new figures show that there has been a 96 per cent drop in nurses from the European Union (EU) countries registering to work in the UK since the Brexit vote last year. The Health Foundation obtained the latest figures after submitting a freedom of information request to the NMC. The NMC data shows that the number of applicants from the EU registering to practice in the UK has fallen from 1,304 in July last year to just 46 in April this year. The UK has often used international recruitment as a stop gap measure to fill staffing shortages, and since 2008 the majority of international nurses registering in the UK have come from within the EU. But the fall in EU registrants suggests that the NHS requires a new, sustainable long-term approach to workforce planning to avoid patient care being affected. The director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, Anita Charlesworth said that the recruitment and retention of nurses is one of the biggest challenges facing health and social care, with a lack of 30,000 nurses in England only. Without EU nurses, it will be even harder for the National Health Service (NHS) and other employers to find the staff they need to provide safe patient care. The new figures should be a wake-up call to politicians and health service leaders, she added. Janet Davies, the chief executive and general secretary of RCN said the healthcare system of the UK rely on the contributions of EU staff and this drop in numbers could have severe consequences for patients and their families. She further added that the nursing workforce is in a state of crisis, with more than 40,000 vacancies in England alone. Across the health service, from A&E to elderly care, this puts patients at serious risk. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.

11Jun

Thousands of Child Operations Cancelled Each Year, NHS Figures Show

Doctors have warned that the lack of beds, staff and equipment in the National Health Service (NHS) is leading to thousands of hospital operations for children being cancelled every year. The NHS statistics released after a Freedom of Information (FoI) request from the Labour Party revealed that more than 46, 000 children’s operations were cancelled over the last four years. During 2016-17, a total of 12,349 surgeries, including many essential operations to repair broken bones and remove rotten teeth or insert grommets, were cancelled as doctors’ leaders warned that the figures show the NHS is at breaking point. The Labour Party said the figures are likely to be significantly higher as the results of the FoI request only cover around half of England’s 153 NHS hospital trusts. Dr Mark Porter, the chair of British Medical Association (BMA) said that it is time to say enough is enough because the sustained underfunding and under-resourcing of the NHS starts to impact on children’s health. He further added that the tens of thousands of children’s operations cancelled over the past 4 years show the true picture of an NHS at breaking point, buckling under the increasing pressure felt across the service. The president of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Neena Modi said the latest figures are shocking, all the more so as they clearly suggest only the tip of the iceberg, and are further evidence that the NHS is being pushed to the brink. Children are harmed by gaps in operations, and for some destruction may be long-term. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system.  Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide locum, temporary and permanent medical jobs in a variety of specialities. Feel free to contact us for your medical recruitment and migration solutions to work across the UK.

9Jun

RCGP Backs WHO Antibiotic Priority List to Fight Resistance

The Royal College of General practitioners (RCGP) has welcomed the new advice on the use and prescribing of antibiotics to tackle common infections released by the World Health Organisation (WHO). On 6th June 2017, the WHO has published new guidelines on medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and leukaemia that add 30 medicines for adults and 25 for children, whilst also specifying new uses for nine already listed products. This bring the total to 433 drugs deemed essential for addressing the most important public health needs. The new updated WHO Essential Medicines List (EML) will help to crack down on unnecessary antibiotic use and preserve vital treatments against the rising threat of antibiotic resistance. Many countries used the EML to increase access to medicines and guide decisions about which products they ensure are available for their populations. The Director of essential medicines and health products at WHO, Dr Suzanne Hill said that the new WHO list should help health system planners and prescribers ensure people who need antibiotics have access to them, and ensure they get the right one, so that the problem of resistance doesn’t get worse. Responding to the update, Chair of the RCGP, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said that the increasing resistance to antibiotics is a serious threat to patients’ health worldwide, so RCGP welcome the World Health Organisation taking action to help curb this. She further added that the new updated EML should be useful in GPs daily practice. GPs and other prescribers must have access to new guidance and tools that help medical professional prescribe safely for all conditions, in the best interests of individual patients and public health globally. WHO Assistant Director General for Health Systems and Innovation, Dr Marie-Paule Kieny said that the Safe and effective medicines are an essential part of any health system. In order to progress universal health coverage, it is very important to make sure that all people can access the medicines they need, when and where they need them. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.

8Jun

Northern Health Organisations Collaborate to Drive Medical Innovation

On 6th June 2017, two major health organisations the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) and the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh (RCPE) have announced that they will collaborate to drive better innovation and understanding in medicine. MAHSC and RCPE will work together to deliver a programme of clinical and academic learning, training and research in the north of England. MAHSC aims to provide patients and clinicians with fast access to the latest innovations that improve the quality and effectiveness of patient care. MAHSC is a partnership between the University of Manchester and six highly rated National Health Service (NHS) organisations in Greater Manchester. As part of the cooperation, there will be new opportunities to share knowledge between the these two organisations including sharing the college’s educational programme, seminars on present health topics and gathering opinions together on local health and other related topics. The work have been started to develop a 2 year programme of clinical and academic events for the first RCPE Manchester activities that will include a series of RCPE Evening Medical Updates to kick off in summer this year. The president of the RCPE, Professor Derek Bell said that the college has a long history of developing standards of medical care and training in order to provide the best possible care to patients. He added that the RCPE Manchester would progress innovation and understanding in medicine by sharing their expertise and knowledge and working together to drive forward the best standards in healthcare. The director of MAHSC, Professor Ian Greer said that the new undertaking came at an exciting time for Manchester as the organisation looked to capitalise on the opportunities brought about by the city’s devolved health and social care budget and multi-million-pound investment in clinical research and associated infrastructure. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system.  Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide locum, temporary and permanent medical jobs in a variety of specialities. Feel free to contact us for your medical recruitment and migration solutions to work across the UK.

7Jun

One in Four Surgeries is Struggling to Recruit a GP

The latest survey from the British Medical Association (BMA) shows that more than a quarter of GP practices in Scotland currently had at least one vacancy. The doctors’ group surveyed 963 practices in Scotland, receiving 514 responses, and found that 26 per cent of general practices had at least one GP vacancy. More than 70 per cent of the empty posts have been vacant for more than six months. The crisis in GP recruitment is a problem across the UK. The findings from the latest survey follow many similar disclosures from other groups, including the Royal College of GPs (RCGP), which stated that improving doctor recruitment should now be a matter of urgency for health leads in the UK. Latest National Health Service (NHS) England figures on GP recruitment have created a bleak picture for the sector, with the former parliament’s Public Accounts Committee warning in April that no improvement had been made on increasing numbers in England. Dr Alan McDevitt, the chairman of BMA Scotland's GP committee said that the vacant position in Scotland is extremely troubling. The latest survey indicates that the recruitment and retention problems in general practice are not improving. He further added that all vacant position puts more and more strain on remaining GPs who must struggle to cover the gaps in their practice while also coping with increasing demands on GP services. Currently, the BMA is negotiating a new contract for GPs in Scotland, and addressing recruitment and retention issues is one of their top priorities. However, there is much more work to do to make sure that general practice is an attractive career choice for doctors. Shona Robison, Health Secretary of Scotland said that the Scottish government would invest an additional £500m in primary care by the end of this parliament. She recently set out £250m of this new investment in direct support of general practice, helping to transform the way services are delivered in the community - an approach that was agreed with the BMA, she added. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime. 

6Jun

RCGP Announces Professor Mayur Lakhani As Next President

Following a national ballot of RCGP members, Professor Mayur Lakhani has been elected as the next President of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). Professor Lakhani was chair of the RCGP Council from 2004 to 2007 and is currently practising GP in Leicestershire. He beat off competition from Professor Rodger Charlton, Professor Roger Jones, Dr John Chisholm and Dr Paul Myres to win the election. As a RCGP president, Lakhani will serve a two-year term from November 2017 until November 2019, succeeding Dr Terry Kemple who will leave office at the college’s annual general meeting in November after completing his two-year term. The RCGP President acts as the ceremonial head of the college, working with the Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, the Chair of Council who sets the strategic direction and policy of the RCGP. The new president of RCGP, Prof Lakhani said that he would like to thank members of the RCGP for electing him to be their next President. He will take the responsibility of president very seriously. He would like to thank all the other candidates who also stood in the election and from whose perspectives he has learnt a lot. He look forward to working with the chair of the RCGP and other officers, members and faculties. RCGP also elected six council members, with the successful candidates announced as Professor Clare Gerada, the college’s former chair, as well as Dr Jonathan Leach, Dr Stuart Blake, Dr John Cosgrove, Dr Robert Hampton and Dr Martyn Hewett. Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick, Acting chief executive officer and college returning officer Congratulate Mayur and all other candidates for the fair and professional way in which they have conducted this round of elections. She further added that currently GPs and general practice are under unprecedented pressures. So, is very important that we have a democratic College that is able to represent members and patients on the issues that matter most. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system.  Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide locum, temporary and permanent medical jobs in a variety of specialities. Feel free to contact us for your medical recruitment and migration solutions to work across the UK.