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Lincoln ‘struggling’ to provide full service in A&E

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Lincoln 'struggling' to provide full service in A&E

Lincoln A&E is struggling to provide a full service due to a severe shortage of Doctors and yesterday declared an internal critical incident.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) has announced they are struggling to provide a full service in A&E due to a chronic shortage of Doctors following new national tax rules (known as IR35).

Yesterday United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust declared a internal critical incident.

There is currently a national shortage of A&E doctors and ULHT said they are overly reliant on short and long term agency doctors to fill staff rotas. New taxation rules have only added to the shortage of medical staffing.

A potential ban on NHS Staff working for private agencies will only add to the problem.

In a statement United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We are struggling to fill rotas over the next few days and weeks. We are working with NHS Improvement and senior leaders in surrounding hospitals to try and support us. Our thanks go to the A&E staff and clinicians from other specialities that have helped Lincoln A&E to remain fully operational“.

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Morning after pill can now be bought online for £4.99

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Morning after pill can now be bought online for £4.99

Online pharmacy Chemist 4 U has revealed they will be selling the morning after pill to women for just £4.99 per pack.

Initially, the online-only pharmacy was praised for making the morning after pill more accessible for women at an affordable price but some have criticised the move.

Women will be able to buy as many as three packs of Levonelle, a generic version of the pill, from the online pharmacy in six months.

Campaigners on reproductive ethics have been quick to condemn the initiative, explaining that the accessibility presents the morning-after pill as regular contraception, when professional advice is to only use it in emergencies.

Shamir Patel, Managing Director of Chemist 4 U, told The Independent;

“We always advise women in an emergency situation, to go to their nearest pharmacy that day, rather than waiting a day to receive it from an online pharmacy.

“However our belief is, an advanced supply from us avoids the panic in the unlikely event of barrier method failure. We advise all patients that EHC should not be used as a regular contraceptive method”.

Other retailers such as Boots and Superdrug have recently drastically reduced the cost of the morning after pill following calls from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

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May set to end public sector pay cap

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May set to end public sector pay cap

Reports indicate that Theresa May and Phillip Hammond are drawing up plans to remove the public sector pay cap.

Experts say that Theresa May is drawing up plans to end the seven-year cap on public sector pay, which currently restricts annual public sector pay increases to 1 per cent. It is thought mounting from public sector unions and finally contributed towards this change in policy.

Despite voting against the removal of the pay cap earlier this year, several senior ministers, including Boris Johnson Michael Fallon are in reportedly in support of dropping the unpopular policy.

The announcement is expected to take place when Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, sends guidance letters to the pay review bodies, including the NHSPRB, later this month.

Removal of the pay cap for all 5 million public sector employees would cost an estimated £4 billion a year.

A Downing Street spokesperson said;

“We are listening.

“We know that many people in the public and private sector feel they are just about managing.”

Many claim removal of the pay cap will help with staff shortages in certain areas, such as nursing, teaching and the senior civil service.

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