Junior Doctors Calls for Fresh Industrial Action

From September 2016, the BMA’s junior doctors committee is looking to re-start  ‘rolling strikes’ if the government rejects to address concerns over patient security and equality in its proposed new contract.   The new chair of the junior doctors committee, Dr Ellen McCourt is calling on the union’s full council to approve a fresh industrial action in their dispute over a new contract with the government.    This week, National Health Service (NHS) leads had made moves on concern over whistleblowing and the guardian of safe working role. Although, the government has not agreed the remaining concern like wage for those working less than full time and appreciating weekend working. The junior doctors Committee says that the ministers have failed to address concerns about the remaining issues.   In July 2016, junior doctors and medical students voted to refuse a deal on contract agreed with the BMA. The contract was rejected by 58% of its participant who voted in the ballot.  On 11th August 2016, Dr McCourt released a letter to members on twitter where she criticised the Government for staying “persistently silent” on the junior doctors issues and said it had led to the rejection of the contract.   Dr McCourt said that considering all this things junior doctors committee Executive has voted to refuse the new proposed contact completely and call for official re-negotiations on junior doctors concern.   She added that in the reaction to the Government silence, the committee has made a formal call for a special meeting of BMA Council to approve a rolling programme of industrial action in early September.    Reacting to Dr McCourt’s letter, Chief Executive of NHS Employers, Daniel Mortimer said that industrial action attains little or nothing but places pressure on previously stressed teams and services. It can cause anxiety, distress and disturbance for patients, caretakers and their families.   He further added that over the past two months NHS Employers had been speaking to the junior doctors committee and had reacted positively to junior doctors concerns regarding the whistleblowing and the Guardian Role.   Recruitment Synergy is a London based Medical Recruitment Agency which provide recruitment service across the UK. Visit our blog page daily for latest update on healthcare system of the UK.  


BMA and RCGP Demand Action to Give GPs Specialist Status

British Medical Association (BMA) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have released a combined statement about the GPs recognition as specialist in general practice/family medicine in the UK.  The statement was made on the long delayed of the recognition of GP as the specialist with an affirmation from the BMA’s Representative Body and the RCGP.   Government and General Medical Council (GMC) are being urged by the BMA and RCGP to take some steps quickly to make sure that GPs are accepted as specialists and placed them on equal position to secondary care doctors.  In a combined statement of BMA and RCGP, the GP heads of all organisation said that it was an  ‘anachronistic anomaly’ that post graduate GP training is still not known as specialist medical training in the UK.  Most countries like in Australia,  USA and Canada, and most of the EU nations identify General practice/family medicine as a speciality.   A recent call from UEMO (the European Union of General Practitioners/Family Physicians) for all EU countries to recognise general practice as a specialty shows support in the statement from other European medical organisation.   RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker and BMA chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul, along with the Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland co-representatives said that the recognition of GP as a speciality is now ‘long overdue’.  According to them, they call upon the government and GMC to make changes required to add GPs to the List of Specialists and equal GPs status same as their secondary care colleagues’.    All this demand arises after the General Practitioners Committee UK (GPC UK) warned that Brexit might affect efforts to provide GPs the same status as specialists.   Regularly visit our blog page for more updates on UK's healthcare system.  We are medical recruitment agency based on London, UK. Feel free to contact us anytime for your medical recruitment solution.  


New Legal Protections for Junior Doctors

British Medical Association (BMA) has secured a new legal protections for junior doctors acting as whistleblowers. Junior doctors can now raise concerns about patient security or other concerns related to their working lives without being afraid of risking their careers. Health Education England (HEE), the body liable for training junior doctors will place a provision in junior doctors contracts, which lets them take the health organisations to the court without worrying about any harmful effects on their careers.   Ellen McCourt, BMA junior doctors committee chair has addressed the new legal protection as a ‘significant win’ of junior doctors. The issue of legal protection was raised with the Health Secretary as a main concern among junior doctors. Additional issues at the meeting of McCourt with the health secretary includes safeguarding working hours, less-than full-time wage, respecting weekend employer and whistleblowing. According to Dr McCourt, the new legal protections will make sure that junior doctors have complete lawful security when speaking about their concern. Many junior doctors feels the lack of strong whistleblowing securities in the Government’s proposed contract which has let to a main patient security concern. The new protections will close current loophole, which means HEE will no longer have any lawful responsibility for whistleblowers because in the UK law HEE was not considered as an employer. Dr McCourt said that it is very important that junior doctors are able to report their worry without feeling like they are laying their career at danger. Closing the loophole will make sure that junior doctors will be able to create secure revelations to defend patient safety with complete legal protection. Professor Wendy Reid, HEE Medical Director said that they have always supported doctors in training to express anxieties about patient safety. Though, HEE is not an employer of junior doctors, but also HEE understand that they have a significant effect over junior doctors careers. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. You can Contact us  for any kind of locum, temporary and permanent jobs in the UK. 


First Report Shows Success in Revalidation

On 1st August 2016, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published the first quarter report of revalidation of nurse and midwife of the UK. NMC examined data of the first three months of revalidation in this first report. The report shows around 35,000, which is 91 percent of total nurses, and midwives have successfully completed the revalidation process. According to NMC, the first report has revealed an anticipated renewal rates in line and confirms no evidence of a negative consequence on the register of revalidation. Revalidation rates across the four UK countries are very similar, which range from 91 percent to 94 percent. However, the figure of those revalidating differ in line with the size of the geographic area. The largest group among the four UK countries are England (80 percent); followed by Scotland (9 percent); Wales (5 percent); Northern Ireland (4 percent), and remaining 2 percent from those living outside of the UK. Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar said that the first report of revalidation proves that nurses and midwives across the UK are embracing revalidation and the response so far is awesomely positive. In the NMC’s history, revalidation is the biggest change to the adjustment of nurses and midwives in the UK. In April 2016, revalidation was introduced by the NMC, accomplishing a main recommendation made from the Francis report into the flaws at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. All nurses and midwives must revalidate in every three years in order to practice medicine in the UK. It is the new process of renewing your registration with the NMC which have replaced the Prep requirements. Now, UK's 692,000 nurses and midwives have to prove on a regular basis that they are able to provide safe care in an effective and professional way. You can find out locum, temporary and permanent job from our job board.  If you need any help with your medical recruitment   then, feel free to contact us anytime.  Visit our blog page daily for latest update on healthcare system of the UK. 


Accessible Information Standard Comes into Force

On 1st August 2016, Accessible Information Standard (AIS) came into force which will assure clearer health and care information for individuals with disabilities and their caretakers in the UK. The new standard must be followed by all organisations that provide NHS and adult social care services. This includes NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts, GP practices, independent workers and providers from the private and voluntary sectors. The aim of AIS is to make sure that people with disability or sensual loss have access to the information in a way they can easily read or understand and are provided any communication support they might need. Large print, braille, easy-read materials, British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter, deaf blind manual interpreter or an advocate are some examples of support that might be needed. Following five things should be done as part of the AIS by all organisations. Ask disable people about their information or communication requirements and find out ways to meet their requirements. Record those requirements clearly in an approved way. Emphasise or Highlight the person’s file in order to make clear that they have communication or information needs and how those requirements should be met. If the organisations have permission or agreement then share info about people’s communication and information requirements with other providers of NHS and adult social care. Take some steps in order to make sure that people have received knowledge which they can access, understand and receive communication assistance if they need. NHS England works in partnership with the Health and Social Care Information Centre and with different organization, including CHANGE, RNIB, Action on Hearing Loss, Sense and independent patient representatives for more than 2 years to develop and overseen the Accessible Information Standard. Director of Patient and Public Participation at NHS England, Anu Singh said that easily understood or appreciated health and care info is necessary, especially for patients with the utmost needs. NHS must endeavour for equality across the health service and this new standard will benefit patients with disabilities get better quality care and involve them in how that care is provided.   Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. 


Using Digital Channels in Outpatient Settings - NHS Improvement

The NHS Improvement launched digital outpatient initiative program as a part of the King’s Fund Digital Congress on 6th July 2016. The program was introduced as a part of intensive year of improvement which focuses on shared learning of providers. At the launch, 60 NHS providers participated to set a vision and opportunities aimed to achieve a step to change for patient care in outpatient settings using digital channels. The launch introduced some of the best innovative digital approaches already being used to deliver outpatient care. NHS provider appeared enthusiastic towards using those clinically and financially compelling digital channels in their outpatient care. The digital outpatient initiative aims to: Support clinicians and managers to identify opportunities together with patients Develop and refine these opportunities using agile techniques Support fast and reliable solutions to the frontline Share those proven solutions across provider Interactive Workshop On July 24th, NHS Improvement held the first “problem identification workshop” at inspiring improvement conference at the Helix Centre. The workshop resulted in an immediate engagement with smaller providers in each region. The smaller number of providers (4 or 5) was selected on a basis of their commitment to work with the NHS Improvement on site within the outpatient service. The work aims to explore different digital change opportunities and its benefits in the outpatient areas from a discovery research exercise. NHS Improvement will return to wider workshops regionally later for the initial findings. Providers will be able to engage and collaborate in both workshops of the discovery research. NHS Improvement assures regular updates on the programs with details of upcoming events and continuing improvements and post regular updates resulting in a big picture. You can find more updates on using digital channels in outpatient settings in the NHS Improvement website. You can also visit our blog page for more updates and information on the NHS and UK's healthcare system. Remember us for any kind of locum and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide compliance and migration consultation to our candidates. Feel free to contact us anytime.