Labour force NHS privatisation into the spotlight

Labour’s Andy Burnham calls for a halt to privatisation plans Labour’s shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has urged NHS England to stop privatisation of health services until after the general election. Declaring that voters need a “proper debate” about the future of the NHS, Mr Burnham will say in a speech later today that “privatisation is being forced […]

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Jeremy Hunt says money shouldn’t affect care standards

A lack of funding is not an excuse for poor care, says the health secretary Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has declared that a lack of money is no excuse to deliver poor care, after the trusts placed in special measures estimate a collective deficit of almost £140 million this year. Five of the 11 trusts […]

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More NHS trusts hit financial problems

Auditors raise concerns over 19 hospital trusts The Audit Commission have referred 19 NHS trusts to ministers because of concerns about their financial health. The referrals were made after a review of 98 trusts, which run a combination of hospital, ambulance and community services. The 19 trusts in question have been passed over to ministers because […]

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Is funding crisis real?

Health minister dismisses claims that NHS finances are heading into crisis Junior health minister Dan Poulter has ignored warnings from leading think tank Nuffield Trust, disputing their claims that the NHS could experience a funding crisis before the 2015 general election. The report ‘Into the Red’ revealed that NHS budgets would continue to deteriorate this […]

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Doctors wanting ‘kudos’ driving up care costs

NHS budget taking the hit for doctors introducing new treatments Doctors have been taking finances in to their own hands by introducing new treatments to hospitals, without sufficient evidence of their effectiveness, or enough communication with NHS England, in a bid to gain more brownie points and prestige. The accusations come from senior health leaders […]

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“Unable to absorb the pressures” of care system

Survey says council-run care is unsustainable Social services chiefs have stated that council-run care systems for the elderly and disabled adults is increasingly becoming unsustainable, due to increasing funding cuts yet rising demands. The survey of 144 social care departments across England discovered that savings of over a quarter have had to be made since 2010, […]

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How to get paid as a locum doctor: Limited Companies versus Umbrella Companies

Not sure how to size up the best option available for you? Here are our pros and cons to help you make up your mind. Limited Companies [table head_color=”#ffffff” head_background=”#D74142″] Advantages Disadvantages Most tax efficient way of working Administrative paperwork will have to be done You can claim on a wider range of expenses It […]

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