Dear Boris: Don’t overlook healthcare during Brexit negotiations

  • August 23rd, 2019
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We’ve been keeping a close eye on Brexit negotiations and appreciate that it’s an unsettling time for healthcare professionals in and outside of the UK. In the case of a no-deal Brexit, Boris Johnson has stated that on 31st October the current system of freedom of movement will end. As of July, around a third […]

EU doctors: locum work after Brexit

  • July 9th, 2019
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Since the EU Referendum took place in the UK in June 2016, there has been a level of uncertainty surrounding Brexit and how it would evidently affect our valued EU doctors. To ensure you feel prepared, we’ve been speaking to some of our EU doctors about how they have been preparing for post-Brexit and how […]

NHS will pay recruiters £100 million to plug staffing gaps

  • September 1st, 2017
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Starting in the autumn, recruiters will be paid £100 million to find enough doctors to fill NHS staffing gaps, as a seven day working week comes into force. The NHS recruitment drive will take place over the next three and years, with an estimated 5,000 more GPs will be needed; with almost half coming from […]

Sharp drop in EU nurse applications since Brexit

  • June 12th, 2017
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According to new figures, the number of nurses registering with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) since the EU referendum has dropped by 96%. In July last year, 1,304 nurses from the EU joined the NMC register, compared to just 46 in April this year. Alongside this, the number of EU trained nurses and midwives […]

Nurses vote in support of strike over low pay

  • June 7th, 2017
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The RCN has warned that unless the one percent pay cap is lifted, nurses will hold a ballot on industrial action later this year. The government’s cap on public sector pay has meant nurses have suffered a 14 percent pay cut since 2010. The RCN believes, low levels of pay are responsible for the thousands […]

General Election 2017: The NHS pay cap must be lifted

  • May 17th, 2017
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  NHS bosses say the pay cap on NHS staff must be lifted because it puts patient’s safety at risk. According to NHS providers, the cap had caused retention and recruitment problems in England, which has limited pay rises to only 1% a year up until 2019. NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson said his […]

Should the NHS be exempt from new immigration charge?

  • March 13th, 2017
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The Immigration Skills Charge (ISC), which comes in to effect in April, will have a damaging effect on the NHS, the British Medical Association (BMA) and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) warn. The charge means the NHS must pay £1,000 each year for any worker coming in to the UK from outside the European Union. […]

25% rise in student doctor places for NHS

  • October 6th, 2016
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The number of medical school places will increase by 25% in a bid to make NHS England ‘self-sufficient’. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced there will be 1,500 additional training places available each year, however he has called for greater loyalty to the NHS in return. The trainees will need to work for the NHS for […]

Former Health Secretary calls for extra £5bn for NHS

  • September 23rd, 2016
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Former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has called for an extra £5bn a year to be given to the NHS as part of a “Brexit bonus”. The former Conservative MP said the public are right to feel the NHS should receive additional funding following Leave campaigners’ £350m pledge to the NHS prior to the EU referendum […]

Record number of students get university places on A-Level Results Day

  • August 18th, 2016
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Record numbers of students are celebrating getting a UK university place today. The proportion of A* and A grades was 25.8%, down by 0.1% on last year. The pass rate of 98.1% however, remained the same. UCAS say 424,000 places have been offered, which is an increase of 3% from last year’s results day. Thousands […]

Recruitment drop after Brexit

  • August 9th, 2016
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According to a survey, the number of people in the UK securing a permanent job in July fell at the fastest rate since May 2009 following the Brexit result. The Report on jobs, produced monthly by IHS Markit came in just a day after the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, warned that […]

Nursing shortages could be made worse following EU vote

  • July 8th, 2016
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Following the vote to leave the EU, a shortage of nurses in the UK will continue for years to come and could get worse, experts are predicting. A new report from the Institute of Employment Studies (IES) has recommended the government grant up to 15,000 visas for nurses from outside the EU over the next […]