As someone within the profession who is directly affected, I can reveal many reasons why the proposed NHS junior doctor contracts are enraging medics
Some of you may have been following the news about junior doctor contracts. You may have heard about the recent protest in Westminster. It will be unsurprising if you haven’t - coverage has been fairly scanty. The term “junior doctor” encompasses all doctors who are not consultants or fully fledged GPs. I qualified in 2006 and have worked for the NHS for the last nine years, and am currently a paediatric registrar. I am a junior doctor and I am angry.
In the last few weeks, junior doctors have been told that the British government wishes to impose a new contract on us. Not negotiate. Impose. You may have read about the British Medical Association (BMA) walking away from negotiations with the government. This is true. Less widely publicised is that fact that the BMA were also told the new contract would be imposed regardless of whether they cooperated with the government or not. Negotiations (meaning a discussion to come to a compromise or agreement) subsequently fell apart.
A looming winter crisis awaits unless local NHS trusts get spiralling ‘bed blocking’ figures under control, an MP has warned.
Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff, a member of the Health Select Committee, believes if urgent action is not taken the rising cost of the delayed transfer of patients who are fit enough to leave will result in crisis.
Chancellor George Osborne must set out a roadmap to deliver 11% of NHS funding to general practice by 2020, RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker has demanded, warning that the crisis in the profession has deepened in the past 12 months.
Three leading medics say the checks for over-40s have prevented as few as 1,000 deaths a year at a cost to the NHS of about £450,000 each The NHS is wasting £450m a year on health checks for 40-74-year-olds because they often fail to spot that...
Niche pharmaceutical company, Quantum Pharma Plc, has secured its first ever large-scale NHS homecare contract through it Biodose Services division.
Following a competitive tender process, the Burnopfield-headquartered company has been awarded an 18 month contract with Yorkshire and Humber NHS Pharmaceutical Purchasing Consortium, with an option to extend for a further two years by mutual consent.
Biodose Services provides pre-prepared medication regimes to care homes as well as delivery of medication.
Through the new contract, it will supply nearly 3,000 patients with medicines - including antiretrovirals, anti-tuberculosis medication, medicines for cystic fibrosis, and oral chemotherapy medication - which will require 9,500 deliveries to individuals per annum.
It is expected the work will begin in the fourth quarter of 2015, reaching full capacity within six months.
It follows on from a contract agreed in June 2015 with The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to supply arthritis medication to a number of patients, while operating the Stork Facility Service, which provides homecare to 1,200 patients - both private and NHS - per month.
NHS chiefs racked up a bill of nearly £1 million per month on sending patients to private hospitals for procedures last year as part of attempts to tackle spiralling waiting times.
The use of private facilities such as Spire Murrayfield has risen as NHS Lothian attempts to slash the number of people waiting beyond the Scottish Government’s Treatment Time Guarantee – which entitles inpatient or day-case patients to treatment within 12 weeks. ADVERTISING
Figures released through freedom of information legislation revealed the health board spent £11.3m on private hospitals in 2013-14, more than double the amount from 2008.
Areas such as orthopaedics, urology and ophthalmology were among the worst hit, as the service struggle to cope with the ageing population.
Mental health crisis services across west London will receive a much-need cash injection from the NHS.
On Wednesday, NWL Clinical Commissioning Groups announced they are investing £1.9m a year to expand adult mental health crisis teams.
The announcement came after the CNWL were forced to apologise for care in Hillingdon borough, when acute wards at Riverside Mental Health Centre were deemed 'inadequate' in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection report.
Mental Health service provider CNWL will use the investment for new Home Treatment Rapid Response Teams (HTRRT).
The will deliver a 24 hour, 7 day a week, rapid response function for urgent and emergency referrals into adult secondary care mental health services, across five boroughs: Hillingdon, Brent, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.
It is hoped these changes will make it easier for people to access services in a mental health crisis.
Knee ops cost £6,500 each while hip replacements are setting the NHS back a whopping £9,000.
Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said: "Obese people are getting even more obese and people’s bodies are now buckling under their sheer weight. "NHS chief executive Simon Stevens is absolutely correct when he says that the cost of obesity could well bring down the NHS."
In the past six years, the total of knee replacements carried out in NHS hospitals has risen from 76,071 to 91,436 at a cost of £600 million a year. “Obese people are getting even more obese and people’s bodies are now buckling under their sheer weight”
The number of knee ops for obese patients has soared from 3,787 in 2009/10 to 15,188 in 2014/15. Hip replacements cost the NHS around £1 billion a year after a rise in ops from 94,913 to 113,000.
The number of fatties getting hip ops rose from 2,404 to 9,539, said the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
The NHS is gripped by the worst financial crisis in its 67-year history, Jeremy Hunt has admitted.
The Tory Health Secretary issued the startling confession that after five years of Conservative rule, the health service was more cash-strapped than ever before.
He blamed a “triple whammy” of more old people, a lack of Government spending and higher expectations from patients following the notorious Mid Staffs scandal, where up to 1,200 patients died needlessly.
Gloomy Mr Hunt told MPs: “The first thing is to acknowledge the financial pressures on the NHS are the worst that they have ever been in its history.
“There’s a triple whammy of the ageing population which means there will be a million more over 70s by the end of the parliament than there are today - that’s a massive impact; the financial pressure which means that the Government is not able to increase spending...
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Almost three-quarters of people in Scotland do not know how to avoid potential ear damage when listening to music through headphones, a new report has warned.
Research showed 73% of people questioned in Scotland were unaware of the NHS guidelines on earphone use which recommend a listening time of 60 minutes a day at 60% level of volume.
The survey revealed the figure for the UK as a whole was 81%, with 94% of parents of 16-year-olds in the dark over the guidelines.
John Quail, managing director of www.claims.co.uk, which commissioned the research, said: "Parents are well aware of talked about health issues for children and teens, such as alcohol awareness and healthy eating, so learning the risks of personal music devices may come as a shock to many across the country.
In fact, of the 15.6 million prescriptions that doctors made for skin-softening 'emollients' in England last year, two-thirds cost less than £8.20 when bought straight from the chemist.
Similarly, in 2014 doctors made 7.7 million prescriptions for hydrocortisone creams, often used for skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis. But the drugs cost less than £8.20 in about three-quarters of these prescriptions.
The NHS has spent almost £1bn giving 74,000 cancer patients drugs rejected by the medicines regulator but does not know if they have extended their lives, the National Audit Office has said.
In a new report released on Thursday, the NAO castigated the NHS and Department of Health’s failure to collect data on the outcomes experienced by patients helped by the Cancer Drugs Fund as a major weakness.
Meg Hillier, the Labour MP who chairs the public accounts committee, said the NHS and the Department of Health’s failure to ensure data collation “makes no sense” and made it impossible to judge if the scheme had succeeded in extending patients’ survival.
The budgets of other NHS services have also suffered as a result of spending sums as large as £416m a year on the fund, the public spending watchdog found. The fund, set up by the coalition government in 2010, has improved access to more than 40 cancer drugs not usually available on the NHS which might enhance survival, the NAO said. Most recipients had a terminal form of the disease.
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