NHS Must not be Eclipsed by Brexit During Election, Warns RCGP

The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has called on politicians from all parties to use the General Election as a catalyst to fix the crisis in general practice and address a number of key concerns, including the status of EU workers in the health sector and pressures arising from staff shortages in NHS. The college expressed concern that Brexit domination of the political agenda will mean that critical decisions affecting general practice and the future of patient care could be ignored or overlooked. It claims that patient safety could be at risk unless the status of EU workers is guaranteed and existing pledges to improve general practice are prioritised. On 26th April 2017, the RCGP has launched its own election manifesto- Six Steps for Safer General Practice in the run-up to the General Election to safeguard general practice and patient care. Its manifesto sets out the essential demands of any new government to protect the future of general practice and the care it provides for patients. Here are listed the manifesto set by the RCGP. Delivery of the GP Forward View in England with an additional investment of £2.4bn per year in general practice by 2020. Guaranteed status for EU healthcare staff already working in the UK. By 2020 employ at least 5,000 more full-time equivalent GPs, with more medical students choosing general practice as a career and improved support to retain GPs already working in general practice; Long term measures to reduce medical indemnity costs to GPs. The introduction of a ‘return to work’ scheme to boost the number of nurses and mental health therapists in GP surgeries. Extend the GP specialty training from three to four years to accommodate for the increasingly complex health needs of patients in primary care. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, the chair of RCGP said that the future of general practice was too important to be “left hanging in the balance” while politicians concentrate solely on Brexit. She further added that General practice is on a knife-edge and GP workloads are spiralling and patients are facing longer waiting times for an appointment because RCGP simply don't have the resources or enough doctors to provide safe care in the face of soaring patient demand. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.


Support for Medical Students Facing Hardship

The British Medical Association has welcomed the new guidance that aimed at supporting medical students facing stress or financial hardship. The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) has published the updated guidelines and information on managing the emotional pressures of studying and how to seek financial support. The Vital Signs for Medical Students, an online document, outlines when and why medical students are likely to face issues such as stress and anxiety. The online document is a downloadable guide that explains how students can recognise problems and seek to manage this and where they can turn for additional support. Now, the students facing economic concerns can access an interactive budgeting tool on the RMBF website, along with information on how they can access help such as maintenance grant funding. The British Medical Association itself provides complete guidance on financial challenges and the mental and emotional pressures faced by the students, with the association’s charity trust fund offering a range of yearly and one off grants to both students and doctors. Steve Crone, the chief executive of RMBF said that hundreds of students have already accessed to the online support. In 2012, the RMBF started providing help to medical students and have seen their support has made vast difference to the lives of dozens of student beneficiaries, and hundreds more have accessed their online resources. He further added that there are many more students out there who are struggling against unexpected hardship. RMBF wants to reach to as many students in difficulty as they can, and they have built key relationships with the UK medical schools to make sure that all medical students can access to their help in times of crisis. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. Remember us for Locum, temporary and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide compliance support   and  migration consultation to our candidates.


Government Urged to Increase Medical Legal Costs Cap

On 21st April 2017, the Medical Protection Society stated that the UK government should take further action to put a cap on legal costs incurred from clinical negligence cases to limit the amount of money lost by the National Health Services (NHS). In January this year, a consultation was introduced to fixed recoverable costs in lower value clinical negligence claims. The consultation suggests a fixed price on legal fees that can be charged for cases of clinical negligence up to the value of £25,000 in Wales and England, a measure that is expected to yield around £45m in savings to the NHS a year. The consultation will close on 2nd May 2017. The Medical Protection Society, who represents about 300,000 healthcare professionals in the UK, has stated that it agrees with the proposals and it also believes that the government needed to go one step further by including cases of up to £250,000 under the cap. The Medical Protection Society has called on the government to make the “bold decision,” on the threshold to guarantee that opportunities for large NHS savings and a fairer system were not missed. The Director of claims at the Medical Protection Society, Emma Hallinan, said that they fully support the introduction of mandatory fixed recoverable costs for claims of clinical negligence. In 2015-16, the NHS paid out £1.5bn in clinical negligence costs, with legal costs accounting for 34 per cent of that bill, and that the government changing its policy on legal costs could save much needed funds of NHS, she added. She also stated that the new scheme presents an opportunity to create a more balanced, fairer system while generating savings to the NHS, which can be used to deliver front line care. It is an opportunity that should not be wasted. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. Remember us for Locum, temporary and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide compliance support   and  migration consultation to our candidates.


New Tools to Support General Practice Move Work Back to Hospitals

From 1st April 2017, the 2017/18 NHS standard contracts for secondary care trusts have came into force. The new contract has placed new requirements on hospitals to lessen inappropriate bureaucratic workload shift onto GP practices. Now, GPs in England are given support to make sure that unsuitable workload from secondary care is returned to hospitals and treatment for patients becomes quicker. The new guidance published by the British Medical Council (BMA) contains information, checklists and letter templates to help general practices manage inappropriate workload. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the chair of General Practitioners Committee (GPC) sent a letter to GPs saying that he is very pleased to announce that they have as a result secured important changes to the hospital contract in England for 2017-18. These build on last year’s 2016-17 hospital contract changes following GPC pressure which include Hospitals should directly communicate with patients should they miss an outpatient appointment rather than ask GPs to re-refer. The results of enquiries requested by hospital clinicians should be communicated by the hospital directly to patients Hospitals should make direct internal referrals to another department or clinician for a correlated medical problem rather than send the patient back to the GP for a new referral. According to the BMA, the new changes on the 2017-18 hospital contract would also decrease inappropriate workload on GP practices and advance patient care across the primary/secondary care interface in different ways. These includes: Hospitals must not transfer management under shared care without prior contract with the GP Hospitals issuing fit notes after a patient has had a hospital procedure Hospital clinic letters to be received by the GP within ten days and within seven days from 1 April of next year. Hospital trusts responding to patient queries for matters relating to their care such as hospital test results, treatment and investigations. Dr Chaand said that the government has listened to the BMA’s requests in Urgent Prescription for General Practice campaign and agreed to a series of hospital contract changes intended at holding NHS managers to account. He further added that the new requirements aim to reverse a culture spanning decades of secondary care passing on inappropriate workload and bureaucratic demands on GP practices. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.


NHS and Leading Suppliers Join Forces to Cut Sugary Drinks

National Health Service (NHS) England has announced that hospitals will be banned from selling sugary drinks and high calorie snacks next year unless action is taken to drastically cut their sales. Bottles and cans of soft drinks as well as coffees made with syrup will be affected. The move will also hit fruit juices and milk drinks with added sugar. NHS said such drinks would be banned unless further voluntary action is taken to cut sales. NHS cafés and canteens must reduce sugary drink sales to just 10% of their total drink sales within a year. A number of key suppliers working in NHS hospitals including Marks & Spencer, Greggs, WH Smith, the SUBWAY(r) brand, Medirest have all pledged to cut sales of the drinks in a pledge to promote a healthy lifestyle in NHS buildings. NHS England has said that from April 2017 it will introduce national incentives for hospitals and other providers to boost the amount of health food found on their premises. All sugary drinks will be banned if the voluntary target is not met within 12 months. NHS England will be the second country in the world to introduce such a plan, with Portugal taking pioneering action last year. Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England said that a spoonful of sugar might help the medicine go down but spoonful of added sugar day-in, day-out mean serious health problems. Following discussion with NHS England, the Leading Suppliers are agreeing to take decisive action, which helps send a powerful message to the public and NHS staff about the link between sugar and obesity, diabetes and tooth decay, he added. NHS England has already announced measures to improve healthy eating in hospitals, including axing deals on sugary drinks as well as those for fatty, salty, and sugary foods. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime. 


HEE Call for Training to Combat Resistance

0n 19th April 2017, the Health Education England (HEE) launched a report and called on employers and healthcare providers to do more to ensure their staff are well trained to responsibly administer and prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of resistant infections. The HEE survey, combating antimicrobial resistance: educational approaches for the responsible prescribing of antimicrobials, asked 72 CCGs and trusts across the country about their approaches to antibiotic use and how staff were educated about the drugs. Here are listed some findings from the HEE survey. Half of respondents said that they provided training covering mandatory core requirements for prudent antibiotic use, in addition to introductory sessions on each induction to all prescribers, both medical and non- medical. Less than Half of the respondents said that they provided training to medical prescribers only, and fewer said that they extended this training to cover groups of staff such as clinical staff, pharmacists, nurses and Allied Health Professionals. Less than Half of the respondents said that they were able to confirm that prescribers within their organisations were familiar with and/or provide training that covers the PHE/ARHAI antimicrobial resistance and stewardship competencies. These findings has led HEE to ask all employers and providers to make sure that training on responsible antibiotic use was put in place for all prescribers of medicine as part of their induction, and that providers should continue to update and support their training throughout their careers. The Director of Education and Quality at Health Education England, Professor Ged Byrne said that the antimicrobial resistance cannot be eliminated so, HEE can work together to limit its risk to the public and reduce its impact. It is crucial that prescribers have the right knowledge and skills, to make sure that prescribing interventions are safe and that they deliver the best outcomes for their patients, he added. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. Remember us for Locum, temporary and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide compliance support   and  migration consultation to our candidates.