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. 


NHS Plans to Make Senior Doctors Reveal Private Work Earnings

National Health Service (NHS) England has set a new plan for senior doctors. Under the new plan, senior doctors will be asked to reveal the amount of money they earn form private work. This plan is set to improve transparency and avoid potential conflicts of interest. Chairman of NHS England, Sir Malcolm Grant said that the extent of private work carried out had been “under the radar” for too long and NHS is looking into something that is quite touchy subject. It is not an attempt to restrict private work by consultants. According to the new plan of NHS, Doctors would be required to declare their private practice earnings and state whether they earn less than £100 000 or more than £100 000 from private sources. Every hospital will have to publish the details of doctors private earning in a hospital register from April 2017. NHS England believed that about half of England's 46,000 NHS consultants do private work, on average earnings of £112,000 a year. General surgeons, Orthopaedic surgeons, ophthalmologists, urologists and cardiologists are thought to make the most in private work. A major consultation will be launched by NHS England on its proposals to reinforce the management of NHS conflicts of interest and to clamp down on wrong behaviour. A recent analysis of NHS has raised anxieties that some senior doctors may be handling too much work to junior doctors and spending a lot of time on their private work. Chair of the London Consultants’ Association, Neil Tolley warned that senior doctors would fight the plan and the new plan would be very unpopular. He said that private work is doctors own business and there is nothing to do with the NHS. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on Healthcare System of the UK. Recruitment synergy is a London based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide recruitment and migrational services to our clients and candidates across the UK.


New Health Coalition Intent to Guarantee Status of EU Staff

The Cavendish Coalition is a newly formed coalition of health and social care organisations. It has been created to ensure sustainable workforce supply and to maintain the standards of care after the Britain leaves the EU.   The coalition consists of 29 health and social care representative bodies, including the RCN, Unison, NHS Employers, the Royal College of Midwives, Care England, the Registered Nursing Home Association, UKHCA, British Medical Council and many more.   The coalitions aims to assist leading Bretix discussions with the knowledge, evidence and expertise necessary on issues affecting the health and care workforce. The Cavendish Coalition will be a combined voice which influences and lobbies on post-EU vote matters that affect the social care and health workforce.   The coalition emphasised that it is “united in its belief” that EU citizens employed in the UK’s health and social care sector should remain in the Country. It has made following commitments to protect the workforce required to uphold quality in health and social care:  It will create training and employment opportunities to support economic and social health of the UK’s communities.    It will promote employment policy and practice that guarantees that the UK continues to be able to attract vital skills to work in health and social care.    It will seek certainty for those EU citizens already employed in the UK health and social care sectors will have the right to remain in the UK.  Chief Executive of NHS Employers, Danny Mortimer said that this new coalition will be a shared voice which will work together to make sure continuing quality in health and social care post-EU referendum. NHS Employers would deliver a focal point for arrangement with NHS arms-length bodies and regulators and government departments on the workforce matters arising from the Bretix vote.  RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary, Janet Davies said that the first importance will be given to guarantee the future of committed EU staff working in health and social care services of the UK.  For more updates on healthcare system of the UK, Visit our blog page daily. Recruitment Synergy is a Medical Recruitment Agency based on London, UK. We provide Locum, Temporary and Permanent jobs across the UK.   


First Candidates Take New GMC Overseas Doctor Test

The General Medical Council (GMC) has announced that the new rules to strengthen the PLAB (Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board) test for overseas doctors who want to practice medicine in the UK is now in effect.   According to the GMC, at the beginning of September 2016, the first candidates have taken the newly re-vamped and strengthened PLAB test. The test includes more simulated clinical tests which reflect real life consultations.  In march 2016; the GMC has announced its plan to make the PLAB test harder for overseas doctors looking to practice medicine in the UK. The decision is made after an independent review of the assessment commissioned by the GMC. The review was published in 2014, which found that PLAB graduates had poorer clinical skills and knowledge than UK graduates on average.   For International Medical Graduates (IMGs), the PLAB test is the main route to practise medicine in the UK. The new PLAB test includes:  Broader Knowledge based written test with more detailed feedback for the candidates on their performance.  Practical questions and scenarios that will evaluate a candidate’s skills and understanding of ethics as well as their clinical skills.  Four attempts limit for candidates to pass both written and practical test.  A two-year limit to apply for a licence after passing the test.  GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said that the newly re-vamped PLAB test will help to ensure whether the overseas doctors are reaching the high standards required to practise medicine safely in the UK. The changes in the test will give confidence to patients that overseas doctors are capable of delivering high standards of compassionate and skilful care and treatment.    He also said that the contribution made by overseas doctors is precious to healthcare throughout the UK and the new changes will provide extra assurance because overseas doctors must pass a stringent assessment in order to practice medicine in the UK.  Visit our blog page daily for latest update from National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system. Contact us for Locum, temporary and Permanent job across the UK.  


600 GP practices at risk of closure, says RCGP

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has claimed that around 600 GP practices are at risk of closure by 2020 due to problems recruiting GPs in the UK. According to the RCGP, if nothing is done to solve the present shortage of GPs then patient safety across the UK could be ‘at risk’. It has identified up to 600 practices (including 543 in England) where more than 75% GPs are aged 55 and over, who will retire over the next 12 months. On average, family doctors retire at the age of 59. The college has predicted shortage of almost 10000 GPs across the UK by 2020. The RCGP has launched a new video and guide campaign, both called as ‘think GP’. It is designed to encourage medical students, foundation doctors and sixth form students into a career in general practice. The video and guide show general practice as an ‘exciting and challenging’ and try to address the misconception that the job of a GP is somehow run-of-the-mill, with family doctors simply treating coughs and colds. The college believes that by 2020 each nation of the UK will have a shortfall in the number of its full time equivalent GPs. It predicts shortfall of: 8,371 GPs in England 830 in Scotland 424 in Wales 316 in Northern Ireland Dr Maureen Baker, Chair of the RCGP said that in order to keep the NHS on its feet, it is imperative to recruit huge numbers of foundation doctors and medical students into general practice. If the college fail to recruit GP then there will be too few GPs and patient safety in general practice will obviously be at risk. He further added that ‘Think GP’ video and guide will help to explode dangerous myth about the general practice. It shows family doctors are skilled medical generalists who have to understand and manage chronic long-term condition and provide the continuing care to patients. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on Healthcare system of the UK. Feel free to contact us for any kind of Medical Recruitment and migration services across the UK.