NHS funding crisis – who’s at risk of closure?

  • November 17th, 2017
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Recent reports have revealed hundreds of GP surgeries, A&E units and walk-in centres are facing closure due to NHS financial problems, understaffing and modernisation plans. Over the past four months 70 NHS services across England have been shut down or have been downgraded, some of which included maternity units and community hospitals. Holly Maltby, a […]

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 […]

How to compose a doctors CV

  • June 15th, 2017
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When writing a CV the aim should be to present your history of education, job qualifications and emphasise the skills you have, which are specific to the job role. Your CV should be clear, concise and only contain relevant information. Length – Keep it brief with good quality information, and try to avoid long sentences. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Doctors urged to prescribe exercise to tackle obesity

  • September 8th, 2016
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The Local Government Association has called for doctors in England and Wales to offer overweight patients “green space” prescriptions to get them exercising outdoors. Whether it’s walking, attending fitness classes or participating in activities in parks, doctors should be encouraging them to be more active, in a bid to tackle the nation’s obesity crisis. Spokeswoman […]

Should GP appointments be longer?

  • August 31st, 2016
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The British Medical Association (BMA) has called for GP appointments to be longer following doctors being forced to see up to 60 patients a day. The current standard slot is 10 minutes, however the BMA GPs committee (GPC) believe that increasing the appointments by five minutes would help improve decision-making and service. NHS England has […]

Doctors praised for prescribing less antibiotics

  • May 27th, 2016
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Last year GPs were ordered to prescribe less antibiotics to avoid being penalised. NHS Improvement have found a decrease of prescriptions for all types of antibiotic by more than 2.6 million from the previous year. They say it is a “fantastic result” and shows doctors are being careful not to over-prescribe them. The target reduction for all types […]