19May

BMA Welcomes Labour Investment Pledge

The British Medical Association (BMA) welcomed the announcement made by the labour government to increase NHS funding by £37bn over the next parliament as part of a 'new deal' for the health service. On 15th May, the party's leader Jeremy Corbyn made the announcement in a speech at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) annual conference in Liverpool. Mr Corbyn set out NHS pledges to tackle winter pressures, cut waiting times, boost cancer care and deliver capital investment. Here are listed the Labour NHS proposals pledge: £37bn additional NHS funding in the next parliament, including £10 billion of capital funding to ensure that NHS buildings and IT systems are fit for the modern day. Make sure that patients are seen within four hours in A&E. Guarantee treatment within 18 weeks to take '1m people off NHS waiting lists'. By 2020 deliver the Cancer Strategy for England in full. Create a new £500m winter pressures fund Labour said the increased funding for the health service would be paid for by a 5 per cent tax on private medical insurance and by cutting costly management consultancy fees in the National Health Service (NHS). Jonathan Ashworth, Labour shadow health secretary said that the Labour is promising to give the NHS the resources it needs to deliver the best possible service for patients right across the country. Medical Professionals, experts and patients have been calling for a significant cash rise to the NHS. The chief executive of the King’s Fund, Chris Ham said that they welcome the pledge to additional funding for the NHS and social care, which will go some way to addressing the pressures facing the NHS and reversing the decline in social care services for elder people and people with disabilities. Dr Mark Porter, the chair of BMA said that the NHS is chronically underfunded and understaffed, so the promise of extra investment is desperately needed. The funding gap in the NHS have a harmful effect on patients who are facing unacceptably long delays in care, and staff who are working under difficult conditions in an NHS at breaking point. 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.

18May

Nurses Vote to Strike Over 1 per cent Pay Rise

The Royal College of Nursing has announced that nurses have voted overwhelmingly to pursue a ballot for UK-wide strike action this summer in protest at below-inflation pay rises. In the consultative ballot, nearly four out of five members (78 per cent) of the Royal College of Nursing backed a walkout, while 91 per cent favoured industrial action short of a strike. The large majorities reflect growing dissatisfaction within the nursing profession over wages. The latest figures show around 40,000 vacant nurse posts in England, with 12,000 more health care support worker vacancies. Community care and mental health are experiencing the greatest shortages. The RCN has warned that low pay scale is partly responsible for tens of thousands of vacant posts. Since 2010, nurses have experienced a 14 per cent pay cut in real terms because of the government’s cap on public sector pay. In 2015, a formal pay cap of 1% was introduced. The chairman of the RCN Council, Michael Brown said that the member of the RCN have given very clear message that they can’t and won’t take any more. The result of the ballot shows the anger and frustration over the Government’s pay policy. Now the Politicians must listen and tell what they will do about nursing pay. RCN is demanding answers on behalf of patients as well as nursing staff, he added. Commenting on the ballot result, the director of policy, employment relations and communications at Royal College of Midwives’, Jon Skewes said that the NHS staff have now seen 7 years of pay restraint and with at least another 3 years on the horizon. Continuing pay restraint is a disastrous, unjustifiable policy for maternity services and the National Health Service. RCM is working with other NHS trade unions to break the government’s policy of pay restraint. The chair of the British Medical Association council, Dr Mark Porter said that the Year after year of real-terms pay cuts have had a damaging impact on the morale of frontline NHS staff. 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.

17May

Massive Ransomware Attack Hits UK Hospitals

The security experts has said that the Hospitals across England have been hit by a major ransomware attack, but the attacks may not be targeted at the National Health Service (NHS) alone and could be part of a global ransomware campaign. Government and NHS heads are facing questions about why hospitals had been left vulnerable to the global cyber attack that crippled services on 12th May. NHS England has said that large number of hospitals, GPs, and walk-in clinics across England have been hit by a large-scale cyber attack, affecting some to divert emergency patients. Many Doctors have reported getting messages of payment demand, which seems to indicate that ransomware, is involved in the attacks. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts a victim’s documents, images, music and other files unless the victim pays for a key to unlock them. According to the BBC research, at least 16 trusts out of 47 in the United Kingdom are being forced to divert emergency patient, after computer systems there were infected with ransomware. Patients have been told to turn up for appointments, unless notified otherwise, while some GPs are asking people to consider whether they really need to attend the surgery imminently. On 15th May, Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health attended a Cobra committee meeting on cyber-security and said that it was "encouraging" that there has not been any fresh attacks, although the National Crime Agency said this did not mean there would not be one in the future. He added that the government have not seen a second wave of attacks and the level of criminal activity is at the lower end of the range that the government had anticipated. Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary chaired the Cobra meeting on cyber security and said that the UK was working with international partners in the global manhunt to find the ransomware's creators. She further added that the National Crime Agency and the National Cyber Security Centre are working with Europol and other international partners to ensure that they all collect the right evidence, which they need to do, to make sure that they have the right material to find out who has done this and go after them. NHS Incident Director, Dr Anne Rainsberry said that NHS like to reassure patients that if they need the NHS and it’s an emergency then they should visit Accident & Emergency (A&E) or access emergency services in the similar way as they normally would and healthcare professional will make sure that patients get the care they need. NHS Digital are investigating the incident and across the NHS they have tried and tested contingency plans to confirm that they are able to keep the NHS open for business. 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.

16May

Improving GP Recruitment Rates Now ‘Matter of Urgency’, Warns RCGP

On 12th May 2017, the Royal College of GPs (RCPG) has stated that the current rate of GP recruitment and retention must be significantly improved “as a matter of urgency”. The chair of RCPG, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, issued the message in light of the upcoming general election, which offers a chance to reach targets set out in the GP Forward View. NHS Digital revealed its findings in March, which showed that despite the targets to recruit additional 5,000 GPs by 2021, numbers had actually fallen in the last quarter of 2016. The RCGP called for immediate action to stop the mass “haemorrhaging” of doctors numbers that was putting patient safety at risk. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said that the RCGP understand that practices across the nation are finding it really difficult to recruit GPs to fill empty posts, and the degree to which this problem has increased over the last 6 years is shocking. In most of the severe cases, not being able to employee has forced practices to close, and this can be a harmful experience for the patients and staff affected, and the wider National Health Service (NHS). She further added that the workload in general practice is escalating. According to the latest research, the workload has increased 16 per cent over the last 7 years. Still the investment in GP service has steadily declined over the last decade and the number of GPs has not increased in step with patient demand. The RCGP has also launched its ‘Six Steps for Safer General Practice’ manifesto for the next government, which urges to deliver the GP Forward View in full, including £2.4bn extra a year for general practice and 5,000 more GPs by 2020. The college said that the Scottish Government must deliver the £500 million of funding promised by the First Minister for GP practices and health centres. This should give general practice an 11% share of the NHS Scotland budget on an yearly basis from 2021. Other points raised for Scotland include additional funding for GPs in the most deprived areas and IT improvements. 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.

15May

New RCM Chief Executive Announced

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has appointed Gill Walton, as a new chief executive of RCM to succeed Professor Cathy Warwick later this year. On 5th May 2017, the RCM made the announcement to mark thousands of RCM midwives and Maternity Support Workers (MSW) coming together for the international day of the midwife 2017. Currently, Gill Walton works as the Director of midwifery and maternity services at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, and is an experienced midwife and leader. At University College Hospital, Walton started nursing and then undertook her Midwifery training at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton. Earlier she has also held the position of the director of midwifery at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, as well at Barking Havering and Redbridge and John Radcliffe in Oxford. Walton has also directed numerous transformation programmes for maternity services and been involved in different national maternity-related assignments. Currently, she is involved in a Better Births Choice and Personalisation Pioneer Programme and is actively involved in setting up a Local Maternity System in Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth. She has also been involved in national policy and strategy development, including work with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), RCM and Department of Health (DoH) and actively supports improvement and development in other maternity services in the UK. Commenting on her appointment as new chief executive of RCM, Walton said that she is very excited to have been appointed to the role of Chief Executive and General Secretary for the RCM, an organisation she have tremendous respect for. She is looking forward to working with members from all 4 countries of the UK, to support cement a positive future for maternity support workers, midwives and maternity services at this time of great change. The chair of the RCM Board, Dr Susan Way said that she is very delighted with the appointment of Gill as the next Chief Executive of the RCM. Gill has a wealth of experience that will be a benefit to the College and she look forward to working with her. For more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system, visit our blog page daily. 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.

9May

Royal Colleges Call for Bigger Investment in NHS Workforce From Next Government

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has called on the next government to put patient care at the centre of the Brexit negotiations. A major health group has released a four-point plan to keep patient care at the forefront of the political debate in anticipation of the UK’s General Election, which is going to take place on 8th June. The RCP has drawn up the manifesto, ‘Keeping patients at the heart of the NHS’ which states 4 key points that politicians of all parties should bear in mind as they prepare the strategies that they hope will see them elected in General Election. The key points include: Placing patients at the centre of Brexit negotiations, Investing in the NHS workforce, with the recruitment of more doctors, better training and the promotion of new roles such as physician associates New financial settlement for the NHS and social care that meets growing demand, and better investment in public health through supporting people to live healthier lives. Protect the right of the NHS workers from Europe to remain in the UK, and develop a clear plan for staffing the NHS and social care in the long-term. Professor Jane Dacre, the president of RCP said that new government comes with a new opportunity to make sure the National Health Service (NHS) has sufficient resources, people and services to provide excellent care to patients. She further added that Patients must be at the centre of decisions made on healthcare provision, and that includes serious consideration of the implications of Brexit on patient care. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) also called on the next government to increase the numbers of emergency doctors. Emergency Medicine physician training positions should be added by 250 places per annum for four years. And 2,200 new consultants are required overall in Emergency Departments in England to achieve safe and sustainable staffing levels. 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.