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Junior Doctors FORCED to Work Under New Contract for 4 Years

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Junior Doctors FORCED to Work Under New Contract for 4 Years

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has today announced that newly qualified Doctors will be forced to work for the NHS under the new contract for the first 4 years of their career.

Many Junior Doctors, disheartened by the imposition of the new contract, have up-rooted their families and moved abroad in search of better life and safer working conditions.

But in Jeremy Hunt’s latest move these Doctors are to be fined if they leave the NHS during the first four years of their career.

These controversial plans mean that Junior Doctors will be forcibly tied to the new contract and therefore creating a monopoly on Junior Doctors. The legality of this move is yet to be determined.

This move has been taken in a bid to ensure we have “home-grown” Doctors and rely less on the “foreign” workforce we already have. Recent studied have demonstrated that more than 30% of the NHS workforce were not raised in the UK.

Sceptics warn that the NHS is at risk if we alienate hard-working Doctors and Nurses who have move here from abroad.

Current Doctors warn that ongoing concerns raised around the new contract mean that many people will be hesitant to train as Doctors in the future. This year was the first that many universities opened medical training to clearing – a clear warning of what the future might hold.

Dr Mark Porter, the BMA’s council chair, said: “The Government must tackle the root causes of this workforce crisis and the reasons why so many UK-trained doctors are considering leaving the NHS, rather than forcing doctors to stay in the health service.

“Demotivated, burnt-out doctors who don’t want to be in their jobs will not be good for patients.”

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Labour calls for £500m emergency ‘winter bailout fund’ for NHS

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Labour calls for £500m emergency 'winter bailout fund' for NHS

Labour will call for the government to commit a £500m “winter bailout fund” for the NHS over the coming months.

Jonathan Ashworth, the Shadow Health Secretary, says the money is needed to increase capacity in struggling hospitals and pay for extra staff as the NHS faces the worst winter on record.

He also said it was Labour’s “ambition” to return NHS funding increases to the same level as during the 1997-2010 Labour governments.

Mr Ashworth claims that Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, and Theresa May have failed to provide an adequate plan to how the NHS is preparing, for what is expected to be, the worst winter on record for the health and social care service. 

Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN, said:

“Any bailout money this winter should be used to bolster frontline staff and help ensure safe patient care. Having the right number of nurses is key to treating people effectively and safely.

“Yet too many hospitals are chronically short of nursing staff. As demand increases over the winter months,  it’s patients who will pay the price unless something is done.

“Properly funding the NHS is a political choice – it should not reach the stage where a last-minute bailout is required to keep people safe.”

The Shadow Health Secretary will use a speech to the Labour party conference today to call for the extra funding.

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£13 million funding to help hospital A&Es prepare for winter

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£13 million funding to help hospital A&Es prepare for winter

The Department of Health has announced 19 hospitals in England will benefit from extra funding for emergency care over winter.

Following a plea for funding from NHS Providers, the association that represents healthcare trusts, the Department of Health (DoH) has announced it will provide additional funding to nineteen NHS hospitals in England.

The 19 hospitals across England will be given a cash injection of over £13 million for emergency care, in the latest wave of winter funding announced today by Health Minister Philip Dunne.

Around £13 million has been awarded to improve patient flow through A&E, ensuring departments are prepared for busy times during winter. The additional funding brings the total given to hospitals since April to over £90 million, part of the dedicated funding announced in the Spring Budget.

Minister of State for Health Philip Dunne said:

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff, the NHS has put in place strong plans ahead of winter – ensuring patients continue to receive safe and efficient care as demand rises over the coming months.

This funding will give more hospitals the boost they need to streamline patient flow in A&E, freeing up A&Es to care for the sickest patients and helping make sure all patients get the right treatment in the right place as quickly as possible”.

The funding will be used to help hospitals finalise preparations ahead of winter, particularly to handle the large volumes of patients attending A&E. By investing in the necessary equipment or infrastructure, hospitals will be able to target improvements to patient flow and relieve pressure on A&E.

The funding supports NHS England’s wider plans to improve A&E performance in England by 2018. In particular, it will help hospitals hit the target of admitting, transferring or discharging 95% of patients within 4 hours.

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