Are online consultations the way forward?

Wales offer elderly digital appointments Elderly patients could be offered online consultations with hospital doctors to prevent them having to travel long distances for appointments. The pilot scheme in rural north Wales will see patients be able to go to their local GP surgery and have an internet video link appointment with their hospital consultant. The […]

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Will a new payment scheme be introduced to A&E departments?

Payments by results initiative could be ditched NHS England and Monitor have suggested a national reform of the way emergency care is funded, in a bid to introduce changes put forward by the Keogh review. Currently, A&E departments are paid on an activity based ‘payment by results’ tariff, however this system is said to “bear little or no […]

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Top 10 most requested specialties for locum doctors in August 2014

What doctors do the NHS need the most? August saw the influx of new junior doctors stampede through NHS trusts across the country, meaning locum doctors were in incredibly high demand, covering wards in all departments whilst new arrivals were trained and brought up to speed by permanent staff. Maintaining exceptionally high levels of patient […]

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Industry expert says there’s a bumpy ride ahead for the NHS workforce

Lexington Health Associate Director shares her interpretation of the current healthcare workforce scene As someone who used to work at the NHS Confederation, a membership organisation for senior leaders in the NHS, I heard Trust chief executives and senior directors talk all the time about what challenges they were tackling in their organisations. By far […]

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