79% of whistleblowers are being bullied

Can an open complaints culture be achieved within the NHS? Campaigners are still striving for a more open whistleblowing culture for NHS staff, as employees wishing to raise complaints are continually coming up against problems, such as bullying. Despite public inquiries recommending the promotion of whistleblowing, campaigning group Patients’ First believe that a ‘culture of fear’ […]

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Is healthcare funding distributed fairly?

Unfair system could see some services underfunded A report by the National Audit Office has revealed that some local healthcare services across England have been underfunded, as the government use an unfair system to allocate £79 billion to resources. The NAO claims that many funding decisions are being made on individual civil servants’ judgments rather […]

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Should hospitals have cash incentives to reduce death rates?

Long term effects of monetary bonus dwindling Researchers have found that the Advancing Quality scheme, which uses financial incentives to reduce hospital death rates, has seen it’s initial success begin to falter. Under the scheme, 24 hospitals based in the North West of England were offered financial rewards for reducing the number of patients dying […]

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“Why we chose to be locum doctors”

These locum doctors explain why they decided to take on locum placements…   Glynda Crabtree, MD – emergency medicine doctor “For two years, I accepted assignments periodically to supplement the cost of building a new house. My regular, nine-to-five position is low stress and involves seeing low-acuity patients, but I wanted to liven things up. As a […]

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