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50,000 NHS Job Losses + Cuts to Frontline Locums says the REC

False Economy sent Freedom of Information requests to NHS Trusts across the country asking for ‘confirmed, proposed or potential’ job losses over the next four years. They found that:

  • 1,013 full time staff are set to be cut between 2010 and 2015 at the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, including 50 doctors and dental staff, 270 nurses, midwives and health visitors
  • 682 full time posts will be cut between 2010 and 2013 at the Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • 1,349 (22.5% of total staff) will be cut between 2011 and 2015 at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust
  • 1,600 jobs are to go at the Heart of England NHS Trust which runs hospitals in Birmingham, Solihull and South Staffordshire

In response to the findings Peter Carter, the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing said that \”We are constantly monitoring the situation and given the recent spate of job losses across the health service, it seems obvious that this figure is now increasing. We know that many trusts are facing financial difficulties but cutting jobs and services is never the answer.\” And Labours Shadow Health Secretary, John Healey, went on to attack the Government by saying that \”The government is piling extra pressure on the NHS with its huge, high-cost reorganisation and by breaking the prime minister\’s pledge to give the NHS a real rise in funding next year. The Tory-led government has asked parliament to vote an extra £1.8bn to pay for its big reorganisation of NHS management. This is wasted money which could pay for almost 15,000 nurses for the next three years.\”

Speaking further to the reported cuts the REC’s Healthcare Policy Advisor, Ed McRandal, said that “Whilst the focus this week has been on the predicted 50,000 jobs losses, these figures do not tell the full story. The slashing of agency budgets is already impacting on thousands of flexible staff who provide essential patient care to front line services. Temporary staff are the hidden casualty of NHS cuts. As well as impacting on individual workers, the lack of effective staffing arrangements is increasingly compromising patient care and creating excessive caseloads for remaining staff. Rather than seeing agency costs as an easy target, we need to look at ways of enhancing the contribution that recruitment professionals can bring to an increasingly streamlined NHS. Specialised healthcare provide qualified professionals to cover sickness, absence or changes in demand- preventing standards of service from slipping. Private sector organisations recognise agency work as an intrinsic part of a modern and cost-effective resourcing strategy.  This should be replicated in the public sector.”

Only a few weeks ago hundreds of protestors gathered outside the houses of Parliament in an organised demonstration against the Coalition Governments proposals to drastically reform the National Health Service (NHS). The protesters carried estate agency signs bearing the message “NHS, Not for Sale”. At the time Trade Union bosses sounded ‘apocalyptic’ warnings ahead of a second debate on the controversial Health and Social Care Bill.

The General Secretary of Unison, Dave Prentis, said that \”This Bill is heading for trouble. The YouGov poll shows a clear split between Liberal Democrat and Conservative supporters. There is very weak support from Conservative voters and clear opposition from Liberal Democrats. The fact is there is very little support for this Bill from anywhere. Many GPs are opposed to it, as are patients, NHS staff, clinicians, charities, think tanks, MPs and unions. The Government\’s vanity project is undemocratic, unaffordable and unnecessary. The NHS is already under severe financial pressure because of Government demands to make £20 billion in so-called efficiency savings. This titanic reorganisation threatens to sink the NHS. The Government should step back from the brink and pronounce this Bill DOA – dead on arrival.\”

Although the National Health Service budget has been ring fenced during the course of this Parliament that does not mean that large official budget cuts will have to take place in the future. Many NHS Trusts are simply getting their houses in order for a far lower budget in the future. Many believe that in the long term restructuring the NHS will help to make drastic savings however modern systems must also be implemented in Health IT. As well as this the public should be notified of the cost of health treatments (e.g. receiving a notice saying how much a consultation or scan cost the NHS for example).

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Health Select Committee says Revalidation from 2012 should not be delayed

Speaking further to the announcement the Recruitment and Employment Confederations Director of Policy and Professional Services, Tom Hadley, said that “The Health Committee is right to highlight the need for robust checks. The revalidation process must provides clear guidance and empower Responsible Officers to take action when quality of care is compromised.  Professional recruiters already play a key role in promoting safe recruitment through the effective vetting and placing of temporary and locum staff. The REC has consistently argued that protecting vulnerable groups should be the overriding concern when implementing new revalidation measures.  At the same time, a number of key questions remain. Healthcare recruiters are being asked to take on responsible officers without sufficient knowledge of what the role will require. Wider reforms to the healthcare system are also creating a lack of clarity as to how the accountability process would operate. The Department of Health must work with the General Medical Council (GMC) to ensure that these rules are clearly laid out, preventing confusion from impeding the implementation process. The REC will continue to work with the Department of Health and the GMC on this issue, making the case for a robust system which protects patients whilst reflecting the particular nature of locum work and is workable for specialised recruitment agencies. “

Last year the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, extended by a year the Revalidation Pilots to March 2012 in an effort to ‘allay the medical profession’s concerns’. At the time Mr Lansley said that “I do not yet have sufficient confidence that there will be time properly to gather and evaluate evidence on all aspects of revalidation and to amend plans in the light of the current pilots. I therefore intend to extend the piloting period for a further year to enable us to develop a clearer understanding of the costs, benefits and practicalities of implementation, so that it can be paced in a way that is affordable, supports high-quality care and makes effective use of doctors’ time. I know that the service will be closely scrutinising the plans, and will want to ensure that the benefits are robust and achievable and the costs [are] affordable when decisions are being made about the speed of final roll-out. In particular, we will need to be able to assure doctors, employers and commissioners that the proposals for medical appraisal and the [medical] royal college standards are proportionate.” In response the GMC Chair, Peter Rubin said “the decision to extend piloting of revalidation in England will ensure that these systems are sufficiently robust without being burdensome or bureaucratic for doctors or employers.’

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NHS Reform Protestors expected outside Parliament today

The General Secretary of Unison, Dave Prentis, said that \”This Bill is heading for trouble. The YouGov poll shows a clear split between Liberal Democrat and Conservative supporters. There is very weak support from Conservative voters and clear opposition from Liberal Democrats. The fact is there is very little support for this Bill from anywhere. Many GPs are opposed to it, as are patients, NHS staff, clinicians, charities, think tanks, MPs and unions. The Government\’s vanity project is undemocratic, unaffordable and unnecessary. The NHS is already under severe financial pressure because of Government demands to make £20 billion in so-called efficiency savings. This titanic reorganisation threatens to sink the NHS. The Government should step back from the brink and pronounce this Bill DOA – dead on arrival.\”

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Online Medical Records may be the first step to Self Care Revolution

Some within the industry believe that patients must make the mental leap to ‘self-care’ before the system does, otherwise the NHS will spend hundreds of millions on a system that know one wants. However others believe that the technology has the power to change the thinking of the population and drive the UK healthcare system well and truly into the 21st centaury.

Speaking to Computing Magazine the Healthcare Programme Manager at Intellect, Jon Lindberg, said that “Self-care must become a greater part of how the English population look at healthcare, so that they can be better off, spend less time being stressed, and ultimately be healthier and stay out of hospitals. We must overcome the traditional view that patients go and see a doctor or nurse to be told what their ailment is and what he or she needs to do next. This ingrained practice does not lend itself to a sudden, automatic empowerment of patients through access of information online.”

Recently CSC published a report explaining how new technologies, including online medical records, have the potential to revolutionise the healthcare system in the United Kingdom. The ‘’Future of Healthcare: Its Health, Then Care’’ report highlighted five key areas in which technology has the ability to radically change the system for the better.

  • E-Power to the Patient: The emergence of smart-phones will not only enable patients to take the reins when it comes to their health records but also allow for at home monitoring to take place which will allow for earlier detection of medical problems.
  • Earlier Detection: By diagnosing ailments quicker Doctors will be able to catch problems at an earlier stage thereby potentially reducing costs
  • High Tech Healing: Cutting edge technologies which internally monitor patients will be developed that will send notifications of when pills have been swallowed, order further pills etc
  • Resources: More, but different: Smartphone enabled patient coaching, robotic care assistants etc will give patients greater access to healthcare resources
  • Global Healthcare Ecosystem Emerges: Global data systems will make it easier for medical professionals to collaborate and share new ideas.

By driving technological change in the National Health Service the Government may end up revolutionising the way the British population thinks about healthcare. Sometimes it is not possible to wait for people to make the mental leap to a new system on their own; they must be pushed for their own good and the good of the healthcare system.

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MPs told by NHS; ‘We have no solution to midwife shortages’

Sir David Nicholson told the committee that there is indeed a requirement for 4,500 extra midwives but denied the service was in crisis. When asked how long it would take the fill the gap, he responded “I think we’re working through what that means at the moment. I don’t think we’ve concluded how we can do it.”

Following the committee meeting the General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, Cathy Warwick, said that “We were so pleased when the Prime Minister (David Cameron) promised a year ago to recruit an extra 3,000 midwives, a promise that has disappeared without trace. It is notable that David Nicholson is suggesting that even this number would not be adequate.”

Recently the Director of Policy and Professional Services at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Tom Hadley, said that “The lack of available midwives demonstrates the extent of the staffing challenge facing the National Health Service as well as other public sector employers. The squeeze on public expenditure will inevitably impact on the workforce but we must avoid knee-jerk cuts that not only impact on patient care but also place unsustainable pressure on remaining staff. One solution is to make more use of flexible staffing arrangements such as temporary and locum staff in order to meet peaks in demand and provide essential cover in emergency situations such as complicated births. Rather than seeing agency costs as one of the first budget lines to be slashed, NHS Trusts and other public bodies must recognise the importance of being able to call upon suitably qualified and properly vetted flexible staff. The recent report also underlines the need for strict guidelines – for example, in terms of number of workers per bed – in order to provide some objective measurement that adequate staffing levels are being met. In 2011, the public sector will see the real impact of 2010’s budget cuts – it is crucial that staffing costs are not seen as an easy way to balance the books with no regard to the impact on front line services.”

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Unions reject NHS Employers pay freeze proposals

Last week, in an open letter to the British press 12 National Health Service (NHS) bosses backed the plans which could be brought in by creating a new National Framework Agreement (NFA) which, once agreed locally, would allow the National Health Service to freeze wages.

In the letter the bosses said that “Although the National Health Service has been offered significant protection of funding in the most recent spending round, rising costs and increasing demand for patient care make the next two years a huge challenge and we expect to have to make efficiency savings of well over 5 per cent per year. We are looking at all areas of expenditure to find savings, but salaries represent 60 to 70 per cent of our costs so we need to explore measures to contain the pay bill. NHS Employers’ proposal represents a practical way forward, which maintains the integrity of the nationally agreed pay systems. We believe that this is a fair deal and one that can be delivered. It is not only desirable as a way of dealing with financial pressures, it is essential in order to be able to protect employment and staffing levels”.

The 12 Signatories backing the plan

  • Maggie Boyle (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • Sir Robert Naylor (University College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Jo Cubbon (Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Peter Cubbon (West London Mental Health NHS Trust)
  • David Dalton (Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Stephen Eames (County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Mike Farrar (North West Strategic Health Authority)
  • Andrew Foster (Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Julian Hartley (University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Simon Pleydell (South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
  • John Rostill (Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • Chris Sharratt (Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust)

2011 will undoubtedly see mass action taken by workers unions, with large scale strikes expected later in the year.

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Serious Shortages of Midwives in England

The Director of Policy and Professional Services at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Tom Hadley, said that “The lack of available midwives demonstrates the extent of the staffing challenge facing the National Health Service as well as other public sector employers. The squeeze on public expenditure will inevitably impact on the workforce but we must avoid knee-jerk cuts that not only impact on patient care but also place unsustainable pressure on remaining staff. One solution is to make more use of flexible staffing arrangements such as temporary and locum staff in order to meet peaks in demand and provide essential cover in emergency situations such as complicated births. Rather than seeing agency costs as one of the first budget lines to be slashed, NHS Trusts and other public bodies must recognise the importance of being able to call upon suitably qualified and properly vetted flexible staff. The recent report also underlines the need for strict guidelines – for example, in terms of number of workers per bed – in order to provide some objective measurement that adequate staffing levels are being met. In 2011, the public sector will see the real impact of 2010’s budget cuts – it is crucial that staffing costs are not seen as an easy way to balance the books with no regard to the impact on front line services.”

NHS Bosses Back Pay Freeze

Recently 12 National Health Service (NHS) bosses send a letter to the British press backing plans by the organisation NHS Employers to freeze pay for two years in return for a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies above Agenda for Change Band 6 (salaries of £34,189 or above). NHS Employers propose to bring in the changes by creating a new National Framework Agreement (NFA) which, once agreed locally, would allow the National Health Service to freeze wages.

The letter said that “Although the National Health Service has been offered significant protection of funding in the most recent spending round, rising costs and increasing demand for patient care make the next two years a huge challenge and we expect to have to make efficiency savings of well over 5 per cent per year. We are looking at all areas of expenditure to find savings, but salaries represent 60 to 70 per cent of our costs so we need to explore measures to contain the pay bill. NHS Employers’ proposal represents a practical way forward, which maintains the integrity of the nationally agreed pay systems. We believe that this is a fair deal and one that can be delivered. It is not only desirable as a way of dealing with financial pressures, it is essential in order to be able to protect employment and staffing levels”.

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12 NHS Bosses Back Pay Freezes in order to avoid Redundancies

The letter said that “Although the National Health Service has been offered significant protection of funding in the most recent spending round, rising costs and increasing demand for patient care make the next two years a huge challenge and we expect to have to make efficiency savings of well over 5 per cent per year. We are looking at all areas of expenditure to find savings, but salaries represent 60 to 70 per cent of our costs so we need to explore measures to contain the pay bill. NHS Employers’ proposal represents a practical way forward, which maintains the integrity of the nationally agreed pay systems. We believe that this is a fair deal and one that can be delivered. It is not only desirable as a way of dealing with financial pressures, it is essential in order to be able to protect employment and staffing levels”.

The 12 Signatories backing the plan

  • Maggie Boyle (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • Sir Robert Naylor (University College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Jo Cubbon (Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Peter Cubbon (West London Mental Health NHS Trust)
  • David Dalton (Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Stephen Eames (County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Mike Farrar (North West Strategic Health Authority)
  • Andrew Foster (Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Julian Hartley (University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Simon Pleydell (South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
  • John Rostill (Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • Chris Sharratt (Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust)

NHS Reform Plans

Over the coming years the National Health Service is not only having to contend with reductions in budget but also the prospect of wholesale changes to the entire system. Earlier in the week the Coalition Government put forward proposals for legislation that will see, among other things:

  • All 10 Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) abolished
  • All 152 Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) abolished
  • General Practitioners (GPs) given responsibility for managing hospital, mental health & community services
  • Patients given more performance related information by a new body called HealthWatch
  • Patients given control of their Medical Records
  • All NHS Trusts achieve Foundation Status by 2013

The abolition of Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts will affect more than 60,000 managers and in their place hundreds of GP consortiums will be created and given the responsibility for much of the £105bn health budget. The bottom up rather than top down reorganisation has been called ‘the most radical change in NHS history’.

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REC Responds to Health & Social Care Bill

On the REC website Tom Hadley, the Director of Policy & Professional Services, said that “The Health and Social Care Bill constitutes a major shift in thinking. One of the major challenges facing the National Health Service (NHS) over the coming months and years will be managing staff through the changes and developing flexible resourcing models. As part is this, the NHS must harness the contribution of suitably trained and vetted temporary and locum workers. This will ensure that front line services are delivered and will provide crucial support to permanent staff who are already coming under unsustainable pressure. Rather than seeing agency costs as one of the first budget lines to slash, we need to look at ways of enhancing the contribution that recruitment professionals can bring to an increasingly streamlined NHS. The reason that large private sector organisations make use of agency work is that it is an intrinsic part of a modern and cost-effective resourcing strategy. Public sector employers can learn from this. The debate around the Health and Social Care Bill has already attracted stark warnings of declining patient care.  The best way of avoiding this is to have systems and suppliers in place to ensure that the right staff are placed in the right place at the right time. The role that specialised recruitment agencies play in providing this service should be recognised not stigmatised.\”

NHS Reform Plans

Earlier in the week the Coalition Government put forward proposals for legislation that will see, among other things:

  • All 10 Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) abolished
  • All 152 Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) abolished
  • General Practitioners (GPs) given responsibility for managing hospital, mental health & community services
  • Patients given more performance related information by a new body called HealthWatch
  • Patients given control of their Medical Records
  • All NHS Trusts achieve Foundation Status by 2013

The abolition of Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts will affect more than 60,000 managers and in their place hundreds of GP consortiums will be created and given the responsibility for much of the £105bn health budget. The bottom up rather than top down reorganisation has been called ‘the most radical change in NHS history’.

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HCL encourages NHS flexibility to drive efficiency savings

She went on to say that “Agency staff are a cost effective way of responding to local fluctuations in demand for healthcare. They can be brought in to deal with peaks in demand — during a flu epidemic, for example — and then dispensed with when their services are no longer needed. Agency staff do not incur hidden costs such as NHS employers’ pension contribution The current NHS pensions liability stands at almost £300bn and there have been many calls for its reform. Any reform that increases the flexibility and responsiveness of the NHS procurement is to be welcomed. Measures that encourage healthy competition from any willing provider and reward successful outcomes are also good. Transforming the way NHS workforce operates is vital to achieving these aims.”

NHS Reform Plans

Earlier in the week the Coalition Government put forward proposals for legislation that will see, among other things:

  • All 10 Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) abolished
  • All 152 Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) abolished
  • General Practitioners (GPs) given responsibility for managing hospital, mental health & community services
  • Patients given more performance related information by a new body called HealthWatch
  • Patients given control of their Medical Records
  • All NHS Trusts achieve Foundation Status by 2013

The abolition of Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts will affect more than 60,000 managers and in their place hundreds of GP consortiums will be created and given the responsibility for much of the £105bn health budget. The bottom up rather than top down reorganisation has been called ‘the most radical change in NHS history’.

The reforms are seen by many as an opportunity to revolutionise working practices within the National Health Service (NHS) and make the organisation (the largest in Europe and reportedly the third largest in the world) a modern, efficient body well equipped to meet 21st century needs. However, flexible working practises may be hindered by European Union employment legislation due to be introduced in October of this year in the form of the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR).

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