Thousands of new posts for the mental health sector

  • August 2nd, 2017
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Health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced plans to expand mental health provisions by injecting an extra £1.3 billion – resulting in thousands of new posts created within the NHS. The aim is to recruit enough nurses, therapists and consultants to treat an extra one million patients by 2020-21. Whilst this is positive news, Mr Hunt […]

Four-hour A&E target only meant for urgent cases

  • January 11th, 2017
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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the four-hour A&E target should now only apply to ‘urgent’ cases. In a statement to Parliament, Mr Hunt said the government was ‘committed to maintaining’ the target, however if the standard was to be ‘protected’ it might only need to be applied to patients with urgent needs rather than […]

British Red Cross warns of NHS ‘humanitarian crisis’

  • January 9th, 2017
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The Government has dismissed claims from the British Red Cross that hospitals in England are facing a ‘humanitarian crisis’. The British Red Cross claimed hospitals and ambulance services are struggling to keep up with the rising demands, following the death of two patients on trolleys in the A&E department of Worcestershire Royal Hospital. Health Secretary […]

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 […]

Junior doctors High Court case reaches verdict

  • September 29th, 2016
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Junior doctors group Justice for Health went to the High Court on the 19th and 20th September to challenge the new junior doctor contract and on the 28th September, a verdict was reached. Mr Justice Green said Trusts had the freedom as employers to decide whether they did force the contract on doctors. The new […]

BMA suspends strikes due to patient safety concerns

  • September 26th, 2016
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Junior doctors have called off planned strikes in October, November and December, due to concerns that stopping work for an extended period would endanger patients. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the proposed new contract conditions are fair and will help to provide a seven-day NHS, however junior doctors have argued that it is unsafe and […]

Junior doctors in High Court

  • September 19th, 2016
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Justice for Health, a campaign group formed by junior doctors, will go to the High Court on the 19th and 20th September to challenge the new junior doctor contract. The new contract, which is due to be introduced next month, has been described as ‘unsafe and unsustainable’ by the campaign group. The group have received […]

New digital NHS 111 service announced

  • September 13th, 2016
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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has detailed plans to expand the current NHS 111 non-emergency phone line service. The new digital service will allow patients to enter their symptoms online and receive personalised advice or a call back from a health professional. The website will be relaunched with patients being able to book appointments, access […]

Junior doctors’ strike called off

  • September 7th, 2016
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The British Medical Association (BMA) has called off the junior doctors’ strike, which was due to take place in September, after NHS England warned hospitals had not been given enough notice. The BMA junior doctors’ committee chair Dr Ellen McCourt said: “Patient safety remains doctors’ primary concern. “While the BMA provided more than the required […]

Junior doctors will stage a series of five-day strikes

  • September 1st, 2016
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The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced junior doctors will stage the first national five-day strike in the history of the NHS next month following Jeremy Hunt’s imposition of the new contract. The strike will take place from 8am to 5pm every day from the 12th to 16th September. Ellen McCourt, the BMA junior doctors’ […]

Junior doctors’ dispute continues

  • August 15th, 2016
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Junior doctors are considering further strikes in September following Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirming the new contract would be imposed last month. The contract was rejected by the BMA in July after 58% of junior doctors and medical students opposed it in a ballot, with a 68% turnout. The junior doctors committee (JDC) of the […]

Experts warn seven-day NHS service cannot be achieved for 20 years

  • July 21st, 2016
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The government’s promise to deliver a seven-day NHS service cannot be achieved for 20 years due to underfunding and understaffing, an expert has warned. Professor Julian Bion, who is leading a large NHS-funded research project into the introduction of more services at weekends said, “I’ve been working as a frontline specialist in intensive care medicine […]