21st Sept NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Medical and Health news from British Medical Jobs, the UKs leading portal for all Medical and Social Care jobs.

In this week’s news is a call for transparency on Consultants private work, the Department of Health continuing to distance itself from Boris’ £350m NHS pledge and NHS Improvement claiming junior Doctors are helping prepare the way for Jeremy Hunt’s new contract…

NHS News

NHS Doctors have been asked to declare all their income from private work to be published to avoid any conflicts of interest and to provide “transparency” http://bbc.in/2cjchcT

Depart of Health civil servant writes open letter to local campaign group disowning Boris Johnson’s direct promise to spend £350m a week on the NHS. Although this is old news it’s interesting that the Department of Health is continually having to distance itself from a Ministers promises made only a matter of months ago http://bit.ly/2cYGWAE

The Daily Mail writes of NHS Improvement claims that many Doctors are helping in preparation for Jeremy Hunt’s contractual changes for junior Doctors by helping to interview candidates for the new role of Guardians of Safe Working – a position introduced by the new contract to “oversee working hours and wellbeing” http://dailym.ai/2d3MDP1

Drug Treatments and Developments

Another excellent piece from NHS choices, this week taking apart the Daily Mail’s story that taking the pill will protect you from getting the flu http://bit.ly/2deIW8q

The New Scientist runs an interesting report on how what you eat when you are ill can determine whether you get better or more ill http://bit.ly/2cgBfNt

Medical Recruitment News

More news from a report published by the RCGP about the huge shortfall of Scottish GPs likely to be experienced over the next few years http://bit.ly/2clwcbk

Further to this report on Scotland the RCGP also has predicted a shortfall of almost 10,000 GPs across the UK by 2020 http://bit.ly/2cYIOJL

An interesting piece from the Leicester Mercury about how some of their Eurpoean nurses have returned home since the Brexit vote and how they plan to fill nurse vacancies from India and the Philippines http://bit.ly/2cYJFdp

Other News

Staff working for North Cumbria hospitals have been reminded of their responsibilities of conduct in relation to social media in what would seem to be an attempt to stop people posting concerns or negativity about upcoming proposals which are likely to downgrade a number of services the hospital provides http://bit.ly/2cJaTH6

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

The British Medical Jobs team

 

 

 

7th Sept Weekly NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Medical and Health news from British Medical Jobs, the UKs leading portal for all Medical and Social Care jobs.

In this week’s news is the latest on the proposed Junior Doctor’s strikes, the new digital NHS 111 services are announced and David Cameron has the gall to complain about his local hospital suspending services due to staff shortages.

NHS News

The GMA issues stern warnings to Doctors over proposed strikes in Sept and threatens any Doctor who puts patients as risk with being struck off http://ind.pn/2crJFD7

Jeremy Hunt is set to announce a new online NHS 111 service today http://bbc.in/2c9B3PI. As part of the move towards a paperless NHS the new website will allow patients to access medical records, order prescriptions and receive health advice based on symptoms entered into the website.

David Cameron complains about his local hospital suspending high risk births due to staff shortages http://bit.ly/2cAZIyc

Drug Treatments and Developments

Read the NHS Choices view of the Guardian’s report that vitamin D could halve the risk of serious asthma attacks http://bit.ly/2cAWOK0

A radioactive drug Radium 223 has been given NSH approval as a treatment for prostate cancer http://ind.pn/2bHqdTZ

New techniques are being developed to aid with the earlier detection of Oesophageal cancer http://bbc.in/2cc025s

Medical Recruitment News

The Southern Health NHS Foundation trust has created a new role for its former CEO who resigned after her position became “untenable” after an inquest into the deaths of hundreds of patients http://bit.ly/2c3fBL7

Other News

An interesting think piece from the Guardian on the modernisation plans outlined in Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) http://bit.ly/2cACYi3

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

The British Medical Jobs team

31st Aug NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Medical and Health news from British Medical Jobs, the UKs leading portal for all Medical and Social Care jobs.

In this week’s round-up we have a call to increase National Insurance to pay for the NHS from a former Tory minister, reports of closures of NHS services on a massive scale to plug the funding gap and Jeremy Hunt’s push for a 7 day NHS being shown to be ill informed and incomplete…

NHS News

Former Tory Minister and Doctor Dan Poulter calls for a new tax to fund the NHS and care services http://bbc.in/2bx0U1b, going on to state the raising National Insurance contributions would be the simplest way.

There are reports of 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) being put in place to shut down NHS services including A&E due to a £23bn funding shortfall http://bit.ly/2bU4Gm6

The Department of Health’s risk analysis of a “7 day NHS” shows clear major risks and also states that the objectives and scope are not fully agreed upon, yet Jeremy Hunt is still trying to push this policy through http://bit.ly/2bRz7vD

Drug Treatments and Developments

1 in 3 heart attacks are found to have been misdiagnosed according to a BBC New report. NHS Choices takes a closer look at the headlines http://bit.ly/2bRzXJ2

A study is claiming the vaping causes as much damages to the heart as smoking normal cigarettes, which appears to contradict last year’s advice given by Public Health England that vaping is 95% less harmful than tobacco http://huff.to/2bFI5ZS

Medical Recruitment News

Katrina Percy the Chief Executive of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has quit over ongoing media attention focused around the trusts ability to investigate patient deaths http://bbc.in/2bBKVii

NHS Grampian’s spend on Nursing, in particular stand-in Nursing has risen from £70k in 2011-12 to £1.9m in 2015-16, with NHs Grampian and NHS Highland having spent over £7m between them on agency Nursing staff in the last 5 years http://bit.ly/2bNS4Bb

Other News

The CQC has placed Huntercombe Hospital in Stafford in special measures after an unannounced inspection triggered by a member of staff blew the whistle http://bit.ly/2bRzXJ2

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu the Senior Fellow to the Chief Executive of NHS England takes a look at how the NHS could learn some valuable lessons from Pokémon Go http://bit.ly/2bB95hn

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

The British Medical Jobs team

10th August Weekly NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Medical and Health news from British Medical Jobs, the UKs leading portal for all Medical and Social Care jobs.

A new report from the Nuffield Trust warns of unrealistic NHS savings targets leading to rationing of healthcare provision,  a CCG is talking about suspending non-essential surgery and the Olympic cupping craze!

NHS News

St Helen’s CCG is looking at suspending all non-essential operation and referrals for four months over the winter in a bid to plug a £12.5m funding gap http://bbc.in/2aS9oAb

A new report from the Nuffield Trust has outlined the require efficiencies needed by 2020-21 to close the funding gap faced by health providers. It doesn’t make pretty reading as the report called “Feeling the Crunch” says providers need to fin 4% of efficiencies next year and 3% in 2018-19, but such sustained efficiencies have never been achieved http://bit.ly/2bfaA5x

Public Health England has warned that this year’s music festivals have encouraged the spread of measles and are asking people attending to check their vaccination status http://bit.ly/2b62GtE

Drug Treatments and Developments

There’s a new drug in development for treating 3 parasitic diseases affecting more than 20 million people worldwide and causing 50,000 deaths per year http://bit.ly/2azTJot

Read NHS Choices take on the Guardian’s report on a “game changing” new asthma drug. The new drug “fevipiprant” has shown promise in a small; study of people with moderate to severe asthma http://bit.ly/2b2JxWz

The NHS has apparently spent over £1.75m on homeopathy, despite the clear lack of evidence that it has any effect on treating illness http://ind.pn/2aEARdD

Medical Recruitment News

No increases in public sector pay are on the horizon. Following from the EU referendum vote the public pay review bodies have stated that “fiscal context remains very challenging”, meaning austerity looks set to continue and pay restraint for Nurses, amongst others looks set to 2020 http://bit.ly/2b7GQXS

NHS Grampian announces it had hired 186 extra nursing and midwifery staff over the past year but still has over 400 vacancies http://bit.ly/2aL3lzu

Dr Drew Walker, Tayside’s director of public health, tops the first ever “Nanny State Rich List ” in Scotland http://bit.ly/2b7K1ib

Other News

The downturn in the oil industry ha=s meant that recruitment in particular roles including care workers, HR, finance and IT have improved for NHS Grampian http://bit.ly/2b5KUXf

Cupping seems to be the new craze amongst Olympians this week, here’s an interesting article from the BBC on the form of acupuncture http://bbc.in/2aGcvNW

Researchers are hoping a recent discovery will lead to slowing or stopping the spread of skin cancer http://huff.to/1Imh8XY

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

The British Medical Jobs team

3rd August Weekly NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Medical and Health news from British Medical Jobs, the UKs leading portal for all Medical and Social Care jobs.

An interesting week with regards a court ruling on NHS funding of a new HIV treatment, arguments over the basis of figures the government has used to argue for a “7 day NHS” and an encouraging report on cancer survival from MacMillan.

NHS News

Jeremy Hunt’s plan for a seven day NHS have been based upon figures stating there are higher mortality rates at weekends in Hospitals. These figures are being strongly disputed and the government accused of spin in manipulating these numbers to suit their argument http://ind.pn/2aJqLpW

A MacMillan Cancer report states that 170,00 people diagnosed with cancer up to 40 years ago are still alive today http://bbc.in/2aoLNcc. People are now twice as likely to survive for at least a decade than they were in the 1970’s.

A new class of antibiotics have been discovered by researchers in Germany after studying bacteria contained within the human body http://bbc.in/2axA7qo.

Drug Treatments and Developments

A court has ruled the NHS can fund a new drug that is highly effective in preventing people becoming infected with HIV http://bit.ly/2asphza. NHS England is set to fight appeal the ruling because of the high costs passed kin from pharmaceutical manufacturers and potential cheaper alternatives

Another article from the interesting NHS choices website takes a more detailed look at the Daily Mail’s online reports of hope for faster treatment of depression http://bit.ly/2axECwI

Medical Recruitment News

A whistleblower who accused an NHS chief executive of bullying has been awarded a £250k payout http://dailym.ai/2ahhNAL

More bad news on the number of GPs in Scotland and with a third of GPs set to retire in the next 5 years there are calls for the Scottish government to intervene http://bit.ly/2aPbRzR

A Telegraph article reports on off-payroll interim managers being paid huge sums of money compared to their permanent counterparts http://bit.ly/2aktLoH

Other News

An interesting think piece from the Guardian penned by a soon to be qualified mental healthcare professional, looking at the positive aspects of working in the NHS http://bit.ly/2akxW42

The Huffington post has a great blog from Justin Madders the Labour MP for Ellesmere Port taking to task Jeremy Hunt’s NHS document – published on the last day of Parliament to avoid public scrutiny http://huff.to/2arZSob

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

The British Medical Jobs team

13th July Weekly NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Medical and Health news from British Medical Jobs, the UKs leading portal for all Medical and Social Care jobs.

In an important week for the NHS as plans are to be revealed to try and reduce the NHS’s budget deficit the King’s Fund call for the government to be honest about how the NHS can operate given finances allocated to it, 5 new drug treatments are approved for use in Scotland, and Dr Keith McNeil (of Addenbrook’s fame) is back in work.

NHS News

The King’s Fund has said that if the government want to get NHS finances under control then staff cuts will be necessary  http://bbc.in/29OIFsd. This comes in an important week for the NHS as plans are to be revealed by NHS leaders to try to cut the £2.4 billion deficit. The King’s Fund go on to say that the government also need to be honest in saying that a 7 days NHS is not achievable with current finance levels http://bit.ly/29Chu1I.

It has be hinted that Jeremy Hunt wanted to scrap the NHS bit in the opening sequence of the 2012 Olympics http://bit.ly/29D1VnZ. Danny Boyle doesn’t name Jeremy Hunt specifically,  but in a TV programme to be aired on Sunday night (BBC1 programme Olympic Imagine Special: One Night in 2012) he talks about “forces” wanting to cut the NHS section.

The Royal Brompton, Glenfield and Central Manchester Trusts have been ruled by NHS England as failing to meet the new higher minimum standards for providing specialist children’s heart surgery  http://bit.ly/29P4oOa.

Drug Treatments and Developments

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has approved 5 new drugs for the treatment of ling cancer, depressions and epilepsy among others http://bit.ly/29IeUYj

Researchers working on a  cure for HIV have stated that they will continues to focus on remissions after a number of setbacks occurred on work on cures for the infection. http://bit.ly/29QKVvU

A teenager is hoping the NHS will fund treatment in the USA for a rare brain tumour http://bit.ly/29QM3zV

Medical Recruitment News

The former Chief Executive of Addenbrook’s hospital in Cambridge, Dr Keith McNeil, has been appointed as the first NHS Chief Clinical Information Officer 10 months after leaving the Cambridge Trust http://bit.ly/29MvUeU. But NHS England has been forced to defend his appointment as the CQC issued a damning report on Addenbrook’s shortly after his resignation http://bit.ly/29OK02q

The Health Foundation think tank has said that new Nursing Associates won’t be a quick fix for the NHS and could take 10 years to train this section of the workforce to be of a significant size to have an impact on improving healthcare http://bit.ly/29v9a58

Other News

The Royal College of GPs has announced that 29 GPs will be tasked with further integrating health and social care, saying that it is vital that GPs are represented on the 44 new Sustainability and Transformation Boards http://bit.ly/29Bt2Ca

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists have talked about the vital need for continual training and education to handle patient data safely and effectively  http://bit.ly/29B4ZEA

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

The British Medical Jobs team

6th July Weekly NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Medical and Health news from British Medical Jobs, the UK’s leading portal for all Medical and Social Care jobs.

In this week’s news are continued warnings of falling care standards in the NHS, the junior Doctors’ dispute enters a new phase, we have new figures released on the most popular drugs being prescribed and another report from the King’s Fund…

NHS News

NHS Finance Directors are warning of impending reductions in quality of care, longer waiting times for care and rationing of resources in 2016 to 2017 http://bit.ly/29j9Zwh

The prospect of further industrial action in the NHS took a step closer with junior Doctors voting to reject Jeremy Hunt’s contract offer http://bit.ly/29xIoHk

The King’s Fund Five Year Forward View outlines a need for the NHS to continue and develop more collaborative relationships with its patients and communities http://bit.ly/29tlJgy

Drug Treatments and Developments

New figures released from the Health and Social Care Information Centre reveal the nation’s most popular and commonly prescribed drugs http://bit.ly/29vU68h with a sharp increase in the prescribing of anti-depressants.

Another piece from the always informative NHS Choices websites looks in more depth at the science behind one of the Daily Mail’s many reported health reports http://bit.ly/29wJIwx

The annual NHS survey of cancer patient care is being studied in detail to help deliver the national cancer strategy http://bit.ly/29vW9ZZ

Medical Recruitment News

The NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) Nursing forum remains strongly opposed to government plans to abolish bursaries for Nurse and Midwives http://bit.ly/29maeXo stating the impact will be to further reduce numbers being recruited into the industry.

A lesser know staff shortage in the NHS is revealed to be a lack of candidates applying for its executive positions as potential senior staff are choosing to stay in middle management http://bit.ly/29imV3n

Other News

Google’s DeepMind research arm has announced another collaboration with the NHS working with Moorfield Eye Hospital to try to improve early diagnosis of blindness http://bit.ly/29l00oV

The Westminster Commission on Autism has called for extensive Autism awareness training the NHS to ensure people with the condition don’t feel they get inadequate treatment from Medical professionals http://bit.ly/29pXkaa

The SNP are reviewing the number of regional bodies delivering Scottish healthcare in a bid to look at driving efficiency and saving money http://bit.ly/29hivco

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

Hayley & the British Medical Jobs team

29th June Weekly NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Medical and Health news from British Medical Jobs, the UKs leading portal for all Medical and Social Care jobs.

What a week of news! The fallout from Brexit continues to unfold rapidly and the implications still aren’t fully understood but there’s huge concern for the Health sector following on from last Thursday’s vote. You can pick any number of stories about the Leave campaign’s backtracking on NHS funding promises, here’s our round-up of what we’ve been reading…

NHS News

The Vote Leave campaign have wiped most of their website on Monday http://ind.pn/298a4lN in an attempt to distance themselves with the pledge for extra NHS funding from the savings to be made from being outside of the EU. Most people will have seen Farage’s desperate backpedalling on Friday morning here http://ind.pn/28UD5V0

More warnings of a crisis brewing in Nursing due to staff shortages, funding cuts and a lack of recruitment http://bit.ly/294rVv6

There’s concern about the possibility that Brexit means we have to give up the European Health Insurance card http://bit.ly/28Zn6Fs with the same article going to say that Brexit could cause foreign workers to leave and cause a staffing crisis.

Drug Treatments and Developments

NHS Choices website picks apart a Daily Mail report that eating broccoli can help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes http://bit.ly/28XJNsk

New parasitic bacteria life form discovered in saliva is linked to disease http://bit.ly/28Pk6bY

Medical Recruitment News

NHS bosses in Hull are seeking to boost Nursing numbers by recruiting from the Philippines http://bit.ly/298A6Fy. Having 248 Nursing vacancies has meant that Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust are getting creative to fill vacancies

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust has been criticised for allegedly re-hiring 6 senior managers after it had spent close to £1m making them redundant http://bit.ly/294WHpq

Jeremy Marlow has been appointed on secondment to as director of operational productivity at NHS Improvement following the Cater Review’s statement that £5bn a year can be saved through efficiencies by 2020 http://bit.ly/298FaKi

Other News

Former NHS Chief Executive of South Devon NHS Foundation Trust Paula Vasco-Knight has denied allegations fraud by directing NHS funds to her husband’s company http://bit.ly/29gAvEI

The NHS and Care Homes are working more closely together in the London Borough of Sutton to improve patient experiences, care and waiting times http://bbc.in/294XjLM

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

Hayley & the British Medical Jobs team

22nd June Weekly NHS, Medical & Sopcial Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Medical and Health news from British Medical Jobs, the UKs leading portal for all Medical and Social Care jobs.

Headlines this week continue focusing on tomorrow’s referendum and  NHS shortages as well as new discoveries in gene behaviour and a brand new treatment for melanoma being introduced in England and Wales.

NHS News

Warnings  at the RCN conference of the NHS being in perpetual crisis leading to staff being unable to cope have, unsurprisingly, been rejected by government ministers http://bbc.in/28MpTjd. Medics pointed out statistics stating that showing other major European countries having twice as many hospital beds.

Jeremy Corbyn calls out Boris Johnson for saying he could use money saved from a Brexit to put into the NHS http://ind.pn/1UuwtM8.

Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, speaking at the RCM annual congress argues that Brexit would have a profound impact on the NHS http://on.ft.com/28SNH2E

Drug Treatments and Developments

New research suggest genes continue to work for up to 48 hours after death http://bit.ly/28OLtDQ having implications on the safety of organ transplants.

NICE approves a new drug combination for use with melanoma patients http://bit.ly/1UfqD2L. One of NICEs faster drug assessments has resulted in patients with advanced melanoma in England and Wales to be the first in Europe to try the treatment.

Claims have been made that over half of the a adult population is living with chronic pain http://bit.ly/28LVOg4

Medical Recruitment News

Chairman of NHS England Sir Malcolm Grant discusses what is being do to combat conflicts of interest in senior NHS management http://bit.ly/28MRDnc

The level of shifts left unfilled in hospitals around the  is to remain fixed or to increase after the introduction of agency caps according to a survey of trust agency leaders http://bit.ly/28Otf6H

Other News

A fascinating piece about how the European health system has helped one family’s crisis and a warning about the effect Brexit could have on British nationals receiving specialised treatment in Europe http://on.ft.com/28SNH2E

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

Hayley & the British Medical Jobs team

15th June Weekly NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and after a short hiatus, whilst we were busy restructuring our new website, welcome back to our weekly compilation of news from across the medical and social care industries.

Headlines this week, unsurprisingly, focus on the referendum and its impact on the NHS; recruitment shortages of Doctors and new laser treatment for enlarged prostate symptoms.

NHS News

George Osborne warns of further cuts to NHS funding should the UK vote for Brexit http://bbc.in/25WRgz0.  The Institute of Fiscal Studies estimates an economic shortfall of between £20 and £40 billion per year by 2020 after leaving Europe and the Government is warning of emergency tax and budget measures to fill the shortfall.

Remain campaigners argue the Brexit will have a negative impact on NHS staffing http://bit.ly/1UasAgR with over 40,000 EU migrants currently working in the NHS. Whilst MP and GP Dr Sarah Woolaston swaps from “Leave” to “Remain” over the question of the NHS http://ind.pn/1tbUn4x.

Drug Treatments and Developments

Clothing specially designed to diagnose epilepsy has now been approved for use by European health services including the NHS and could herald a breakthrough in diagnosis http://bit.ly/1UhIyTn.

NICE recommends new laser treatment for enlarged prostate http://bbc.in/1OmRtUz. Most men over 60 are said to experience non cancerous growth of the prostate and laser treatment would replace traditional surgical treatment to manage these symptoms.

Study finds that vaping is a gateway to cigarette smoking http://bit.ly/28DIS6l. A study of 300 Californian 17 years old who had never smoked but half had vaped showed those that had vaped were 6 time more likely to take up smoking.

Medical Recruitment News

Julie Wood, the chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) talks to the National Health Executive about the development of staff to fill the positions in the next generation fo clinical commissioning leaders http://bit.ly/1Uj4vl3.

The Scottish government has said it will support measure to hire more GPs after figures demonstrate a drop in the numbers of doctors throughout the UK http://bit.ly/1XWroPA. The Information Services Division of NHS Scotland published figures highlighting a drop of 90 full time GPs whilst the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland said another 830 GP were needed to return to the same level as 2009.

Other News

A new report by the Sustainable Development Unit of NHS England claims the NHS could save over £400M and 1 million tonnes of carbon emissions through introducing efficiencies in hospitals http://bit.ly/1U7ZGZv

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

Hayley & the British Medical Jobs team