Surgery wait times have tripled over four years

  • June 7th, 2017
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The Royal College of Surgeons has said the number of patient’s waiting six months or more for surgery has tripled over the past four years. Whilst NHS England said it had cut the number of patients who had been waiting for more than a year for treatment, figures from March 2017 show 130,000 people had […]

Doctors warn of three week wait to see a GP

  • June 7th, 2017
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Recent analysis suggests patients will have to wait weeks for GP appointments, even if a Conservative government follows up on their promise to provide thousands of more general practitioners. Although numbers have continued to dip, ministers have pledged to recruit 5,000 extra GPs by 2020 to help to control and reduce family doctor waiting times. […]

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 […]

Two in five GPs in the South West plan to quit

  • May 4th, 2017
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A survey has found that two in five GPs in the South West of England are planning to quit, exposing a potential threat for doctors in the NHS. Survey figures published last month showed that there had been a drop in the number of GPs working, despite the Government’s aim of recruiting 5,000 more by […]

Jump in junior doctors training as GP’s in Wales

  • April 12th, 2017
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In 2016 the Welsh government offered a £20,000 incentive to junior doctors that trained as GP’s in the areas which have shortages. The incentive has seen a 16% increase in the number of junior doctors selecting to come to or stay in wales to train to become GP’s. Recent figures have shown that 84% of […]

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. […]

Life as a Locum Doctor

  • February 23rd, 2017
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Mike Gough graduated from Medical School in 2012 and worked his foundation years in the West Midlands, where he helped create and design websites is several NHS Trusts. He has shared his story with us, to give us an insight into his experiences of being a locum doctor.   “Don’t you have to keep moving […]

Wearable health monitoring device wins £1m NHS contract

  • February 22nd, 2017
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Healthcare technology firm, snap40, has won a £1 million contract from NHS England to help the start-up company trial the wearable monitoring device in two UK hospitals. The funding has been awarded through the Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI), to help the company expand and move towards the goal of getting its tech […]

Bed shortages causing surgeons to cancel or delay operations

  • February 15th, 2017
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The winter beds crisis has left surgeons going ‘days at a time’ without performing operations, health groups have warned. In a letter to the Sunday Times, Claire Marx, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, and Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers, said surgeons at hospitals in England are being left ‘kicking their heels’ […]

Matters of the mind – an insight into psychiatry

  • February 10th, 2017
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Psychiatry is an integral part of medicine. It offers a fascinating and rewarding career and the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of patients’ mental health and well-being. We spoke to one of our psychiatrists about his role as a Learning Disabilities Consultant.   Tell us about your background – what made […]

Leaked figures suggest January was worst month for A&E

  • February 9th, 2017
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Leaked data shows A&E wards in England experienced the worst month of delays in January, with a record number of patients waiting for longer than the four-hour target. 13 years since the four-hour target was introduced, the leaked figures, which were compiled by regulator NHS Improvement, also suggest a record high for patients waiting more […]

GPs could charge patients for out-of-hours treatment

  • January 30th, 2017
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Patients could have to pay for out-of-hours appointments with their GP, it has been reported. Doctors could use their own time during evenings and weekends to treat and charge patients in a way that does not conflict with their NHS contractual arrangements. Proposals show patients could also have the option of buying procedures such as […]