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.

5Jun

Long Waits For Surgery Have Triple in Last Four Years

According to the latest research from the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), the number of patients waiting more than six months for surgery treatment in England has tripled in the last four years. The number of patients waiting for treatment stood at 126,188 in March this year, a huge increase compared to March 2013, when only 45,054 were waiting over 6 months for treatment. But nine out of 10 patients were still treated within 18 weeks, data shows. The RCS is also announcing strategies to regularly analyse six and nine month waits in the National Health Service (NHS) to push political parties to take action and try and tackle increasing waiting times for treatment. In a recent investigation by health think tank the Nuffield Trust said that no political party was promising increases in NHS funding that would meet the rising demands on the health system nor had any clear plan to deal with increasing waiting times. The president of the RCS, Clare Marx said that the college is struggling to meet the standards and timeliness of care that the public truly expect. She further added that it is unacceptable for such a large number of patients to be waiting over six month in pain and discomfort for treatment. Many of those patients were older and waiting longer for surgery could have an effect on their quality of life and how well they recovered after surgery. The Labour’s shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth said that the underfunding of the NHS has pushed services to the brink. It is shameful that so many more people are waiting six months or more for treatment. A spokesperson from NHS England said that over the past five years the NHS has cut the number of patients waiting more than a year for treatment by nearly 13,000 and spending on non-urgent surgery is continuing to rise. 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.

4Jun

Beverley Bryant to leave NHS Digital and join System C as COO

From 1st August 2017, the Director of digital transformation at NHS Digital, Beverley Bryant is to leave the organisation to join the System C & Graphnet Care Alliance as chief operating officer (COO). The alliance is a partnership between two suppliers specialising in health and social care IT systems – Bryant will join the boards of both companies. Bryant has led several key technology programmes in the health service, such as NHS E-referrals, Integrated Digital Care Records, Patient Online and electronic prescriptions. She is one of the key players in the government’s £1.8bn plan to deliver a “paperless NHS”, is leaving the health service for a new job in the private sector. The decision to leave NHS Digital comes after spending over a year as director of digital transformation, and more than 3 years as NHS England’s director of digital technology. At NHS Digital, the role of Bryant was to build an effective client engagement, digital futures and business change function that would facilitate the organisation to better support the National Health Service (NHS) and local authorities in their adoption of technology. She co-developed the strategy ‘Personalised Health and Care 2020’. Bryant will work closely with the founders of System C, and joint chief executives Ian Denley and Markus Bolton in her new role in the private sector. In a statement, Bryant said that the System C & Graphnet Care Alliance stands out because they work across the whole health and social care economy. They have real ambition, a substantial user base and an excellent delivery record. She is pleased and excited to join the supplier community to help drive real change at such a critical moment. 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.

2Jun

NHS Could Face Bill of Over Half a Billion Pounds From Brexit

A report from a healthcare thinktank has calculated that the National Health Service (NHS) could face a bill of almost half a billion pounds if all the retired British citizens Currently living in other Europe countries are forced to return to the UK to receive free healthcare. The report from Nuffield Trust has revealed that the figure could even be higher if the NHS has to pay to replace staff, if EU migration is reduced, or if it faces a rise in the cost of medicines. The report says there could be a shortfall of 70,000 paid carers in the next eight years if the migration of unskilled workers to Britain from Europe is no longer permitted. Here are listed the main findings on the impact of Brexit on the NHS and social care from the Nuffield Trust. Currently, there are about 190,000 British pensioners living in other European countries, who receive healthcare through a EU agreement S1 scheme. If they all came back to the UK to receive care, the NHS would be looking at an enormous bill of around £1bn, twice the amount that the UK government currently reimburses to other EU states for their care. If those pensioners returned in the case of the benefit being withdrawn, the NHS would need around 900 extra beds, which is enough to fill two new hospitals. If the UK leaves the EU’s medicine licensing system, there is also a chance that the NHS will no longer have access to as wide a supply of medicines at as good a price. The extra cost could exceed £100 million. Department of Health have predicted that there could be a shortage of 20,000 nurses by 2025/26 if migration from the EU is cut off. The chair of British Medical Council, Dr Mark Porter said that the figures are a reminder that with the NHS at breaking point, politicians must keep the health service and its patients at the front during Brexit negotiations and decrease the effect that leaving the EU will have on health and social care across the UK. He further added that the that NHS resources could fall, but also current chronic staff shortages could be worsened as half of the 10,000 EEA doctors working in the NHS were considering leaving the UK. 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.

1Jun

RCM Launches Manifesto for UK General Election

On 30th May 2017, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has published its Manifesto for the upcoming UK General Election, highlighting better outcomes for pregnant women in its priorities. In the manifesto of RCM, it stated that midwife shortages were another important issue for politicians to focus on. It says having too few midwives make it harder to make sure that women have better continuity in the midwives they see throughout and after their pregnancy possibly undermine care and outcomes. The manifesto also draws attention to the public health roles that nurses play in supporting women and families after the birth. If midwives have the time to inspire women to breastfeed, for example, it will help the mother give the child the best nutritional start. It can help to prevent ill health and ultimately save the NHS money. Another most important issue is fair pay for National Health Service (NHS) midwives and maternity support workers. The manifesto has called for the NHS Pay Review Body to be allowed to make suggestions on pay without any restriction from the government. Moreover, there are about 1,300 midwives from other EU countries working in the UK, and the RCM urges the government to act immediately to secure the right of these midwives to remain in the UK post-Brexit. Losing these midwives will only worsen the current shortage. The chief executive officer of the RCM, Cathy Warwick said that they are calling on the government in power after the election to invest in the NHS, invest in midwives and maternity support workers. She further added that RCM have seen pay restraint and pay freezes which means midwives and other NHS staff are significantly worse off, indeed have effectively had a £6000 pay cut. Investing in staff is an investment in the NHS and an investment in patient care. 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.