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RCN warns that small increase in NHS budget will feel like a cut

Dr Peter Carter, the Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said that “We welcome the government’s commitment to a real-terms increase in National Health Service funding. However, the reality is that this small increase at a time of soaring demand and the rising costs of health care, will still feel like a cut. The NHS in England is already been asked to make £20bn of efficiency savings and the spending review is likely to lead to further strain on health care services as job losses mount up and benefits are squeezed. Previous times of financial difficulties have shown that it is often the most vulnerable in society who suffer the brunt of these severe cuts. We are realistic about the significant financial challenges the nation faces, however we urge policy makers to keep in touch with what is happening on the ground across the public sector.

Hospital Department Closures

Recently the Queen Mary’s Sidcup Trust announced that it is to shut its emergency and maternity departments due to staff shortage at junior and middle grade level. Dr Chris Streather, the Trusts Chief Executive said that \”A clinical safety review carried out by independent senior clinicians commissioned by NHS London across all of our sites, and supported by the Trust\’s medical and nursing directors, has concluded that there are significant safety risks, particularly in regard to a serious shortage of emergency medicine middle and junior grade doctors, and midwives. We can\’t take a risk that this situation would become unsustainable during the winter months. This review makes clear that this presents an unacceptable level of risk to patients and we therefore regret the need to recommend to the Trust Board a planned temporary closure of the A&E and maternity Units at Queen Mary\’s while the Trust attempts to redress these issues through continued recruitment efforts, and discussions with the deaneries in relation to the provision of junior clinicians. We have asked all of our neighbouring Trusts for assistance but none are able to provide the clinical support that is necessary.\”

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said that \”Patient safety and high quality care must remain the priority for the NHS. The A&E and obstetric services at Queen Mary\’s should temporarily close while there are concerns that they don\’t meet the high standards that patients deserve. The Secretary of State has pledged that, in future, all service changes must be led from the bottom up by clinicians, patients and local authorities with an improved focus on quality. The goal of any change to services must be to ensure patients get the best care possible, delivered to the highest standards in the most effective, efficient and personalised way.”

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Doctors concerned by plans to cut GP funding in Northern Ireland

In a letter to assembly members, Dr Brian Dunn, Chair of the BMA Northern Ireland GPs Committee said that ‘The cuts, far from being aimed at reducing administration costs, will have a direct impact on frontline patient services and on resources to pay frontline staff. Practices are being forced to consider cutting staff hours and numbers, and reducing opening times. If the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety makes general practice less able to maintain the present service, we will see increased attendances at emergency departments and outpatients, and increased admissions to hospital — costing many times more than what may be saved in general practice. Thus the “silo” approach by the Health and Social Care Board to identifying these cuts has not taken account of how and where the services will now have to be provided for the patients involved, or the resource consequences of providing the services in the secondary sector. This is a false economy, unless the services to patients are not actually provided.’

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HCL boss calls for English Language tests for EEA Medical Professionals

Kate Bleasdale told the Recruiter “Currently, over a third of doctors registered with the General Medical Council were trained overseas. With a growing and ageing population, the UK is clearly reliant on highly skilled overseas professionals. Demand for international doctors is only going to increase in the UK in the years to come. What is needed is a reform of the current system whereby doctors who come to the UK from the EU do not have to pass the same highly stringent English language tests as those from outside the EU. Credible and compliant recruitment agencies like HCL will always screen all candidates rigorously for fluency in English before putting them forward to any client, NHS or otherwise. However, there is no doubt that reform of the system would be helpful in reassuring patients that there is a mandatory legal standard that applies across the board.”

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NHS Trust shuts department over Middle & Junior Doctor Shortages

Dr Chris Streather, the Trusts Chief Executive said that \”A clinical safety review carried out by independent senior clinicians commissioned by NHS London across all of our sites, and supported by the Trust\’s medical and nursing directors, has concluded that there are significant safety risks, particularly in regard to a serious shortage of emergency medicine middle and junior grade doctors, and midwives. We can\’t take a risk that this situation would become unsustainable during the winter months. This review makes clear that this presents an unacceptable level of risk to patients and we therefore regret the need to recommend to the Trust Board a planned temporary closure of the A&E and maternity Units at Queen Mary\’s while the Trust attempts to redress these issues through continued recruitment efforts, and discussions with the deaneries in relation to the provision of junior clinicians. We have asked all of our neighbouring Trusts for assistance but none are able to provide the clinical support that is necessary.\”

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said that \”Patient safety and high quality care must remain the priority for the NHS. The A&E and obstetric services at Queen Mary\’s should temporarily close while there are concerns that they don\’t meet the high standards that patients deserve. The Secretary of State has pledged that, in future, all service changes must be led from the bottom up by clinicians, patients and local authorities with an improved focus on quality. The goal of any change to services must be to ensure patients get the best care possible, delivered to the highest standards in the most effective, efficient and personalised way.”

The General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, Dr Peter Carter, said that \”We believe that the Government genuinely wants to protect frontline services, but what we are seeing on the ground are thousands of jobs cut, vacancies frozen, staff down-banded and services closed. We have got a mini baby boom going on at the same time as the population overall is ageing. Many of these elderly people have chronic conditions. The NHS drugs bill is rising by around 10 per cent a year but the settlement we are expecting to get from the Treasury is around 1.5 per cent a year.\”

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Department of Health Plans set to revolutionise Healthcare System

A senior European Healthcare IT analyst at Ovum said that “The most significant health push coming from the UK government comes under the ‘E-health’ umbrella,” said Wels-Maug. E-health describes interactions between a patient and the care-giver when they are not in the same location.”

Remote monitoring of patients, e-prescriptions and telehealth systems have enormous potential and could lead to significant cost savings in the National Health Service (NHS). The NHS, the third largest organisation in the world and the single biggest in Europe has a staggering budget and a great deal of money is expended on administration of the current system.

The consultation follows plans detailed in the Conservatives election manifesto and the Coalition agreement between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats earlier this year.

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IT staff cuts at Lloyds Inevitable following merger says Ovum

The principle analyst at Ovum, Alex Kwiatkowski, said that \”Whenever you combine businesses there will be rationalisation across all areas. There has been a lot of technology transformation going on in Lloyds over the last five years. They’ve obviously taken a long hard look at how they’re going to run their business. It’s about what synergies they can achieve by combining IT operations and roles and looking at things sensibly without introducing operational risks. Lloyds has already had its fingers burned with accusations of inadequate due diligence for acquiring HBOS and saddling itself with a large amount of bad debt in the effort to grow bigger. It saw a big prize and leapt for it without thinking of the consequences. Lloyds won’t be the only bank making redundancies in their IT function. I can see a lot of excess capacity in other places. When it comes to the challenges that banks face, there’s not going to be some magic loosening of the purse strings.”

The news comes as yet another blow to highly skilled IT contractors working in the banking sector, many of whom have seen opportunities reduce significantly since the beginning of the recession. It is likely that many lower level IT roles will be lost to outsourcing arrangements over the next couple of years as organisations (in particular banks) look to reduce operating costs by moving to lower cost areas such as India. Over the last few years many Indian outsourcing firms such as Tata have become world leaders in outsourcing

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NHS has already shed 15,000 jobs due to Public Sector cuts says Royal College of Nursing

The Royal College of Nursing said that:

  • The Southend University Foundation Trust has already closed one general medical ward and plans to close another later this year
  • The University of Leicester NHS Trust has cut 325 jobs with a further 100 set for the chop
  • The Accident and Emergency Department at Queen Mary’s Sidcup  is to be closed from mid November
  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust needs to save around £30 million this year
  • Nottingham University Healthcare Trust needs to save £29 million in 2010 and £35 million in 2011
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust needs to save £37 million in 2010

The General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, Dr Peter Carter, said that \”We believe that the Government genuinely wants to protect frontline services, but what we are seeing on the ground are thousands of jobs cut, vacancies frozen, staff down-banded and services closed. We have got a mini baby boom going on at the same time as the population overall is ageing. Many of these elderly people have chronic conditions. The NHS drugs bill is rising by around 10 per cent a year but the settlement we are expecting to get from the Treasury is around 1.5 per cent a year.\”

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Social Care reeling from introduction of the interim Immigration Cap

In response to the concerns the UK Border Agency’s national lead for temporary migration, Jeremy Oppenheim said that \”Under the interim limit, employers that urgently need to fill jobs in key-shortage occupations, including children and families\’ social work, can seek additional permits. There is already a streamlined route to recruit overseas social workers working with children and families, as the profession is on the UKBA\’s shortage occupation list.\” But the ADCS responded by saying that \”We are aware, of course, that it is possible for an employer to make an exceptional case to UKBA for exceeding its quota but this is a lengthy and extremely bureaucratic process.\”

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Bogus Dentist fools NHS for 9 years

During the period of deception Sharma was employed at hospitals including Wolverhampton, Burton, Southend, Essex, Peterborough, Stamford & Sussex, Basildon and Thurrock Hospital. While working at the hospitals Sharma examined patients, carried out minor surgical procedures and dealt with trauma cases alongside senior Consultants.

Although the news will be seen as highly alarming it should be noted that organisations such as the General Dental Council (GDC) and General Medical Council (GMC) have rigorous processes to ensure Dentists and Doctors are trained to the appropriate level and are who they say they are.

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£700 Million To Be Saved In NHS IT Cuts & Reinvested In Frontline Services

The cutbacks will see much of the remaining parts of the project delivered locally so long as hospitals can ensure that local IT systems fully integrate with national IT infrastructure already developed. Dr Chaand Nagpaul of the British Medical Association said that \”Giving NHS organisations more choice of IT systems makes sense, but we also need to be aware of the problems that could arise from a more localised approach. The provision and experience of IT for clinicians on the ground is likely to vary according to the level of support and resources available locally. It is important that successful national IT initiatives are not lost, and that innovation is not stifled.\”

Simon Burns, a health minister, said that \”Improving IT is essential to delivering a patient-centred NHS. But the nationally imposed system is neither necessary nor appropriate to deliver this. We will allow hospitals to use and develop the IT they already have and add to their environment either by integrating systems purchased through the existing national contracts or elsewhere. Moving IT systems closer to the frontline will release £700m extra in savings. Every penny saved through productivity gains will be reinvested to improve patient care.\”

It has been thought that the NPfIT was first earmarked for cuts back in June when the Government announced radical changes to the way the NHS operates. In a white paper, Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary announced plans to turn the NHS on its head today with far greater power given to patients and General Practitioners in a bottom up rather than top down system. The new approach will see patients given control of their medical records, one of the most troubled parts of the NPfIT system.

The proposals include plans to:

  • Allow patients to communicate with their clinicians via an online system
  • Give patients access to their Medical Records
  • Maximise the use of Choose and Book, the online appointment booking system used by GPs to organise consultant meetings for patients

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