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Nearly half of consultant jobs unfilled, with consequences ‘right across the workforce’

As many as 48% of advertised consultant jobs in the UK went unfilled last year, up from 36% in 2013, new analysis has shown. Led by the Royal College of Physicians, the 2020 census of more than 3,700 consultants showed that of those empty positions, nearly half (49%) were unfilled due to a lack of […]

Specialist clinics to open for children with severe obesity

NHS England will introduce 15 specialist clinics to offer intensive support to children and young people with severe obesity, it has announced, as new data from NHS Digital revealed obesity rates among young children have seen their highest annual rise since 2006. Announced yesterday (15 November), the new clinics will offer children ‘tailored’ care packages […]

Number of people using mental health services jumps 11%

The number of people in contact with NHS mental health services has jumped by 11% this year, new data has shown. According to NHS figures, 1.46 million people used mental health services in August of this year, compared to 1.32 million in the same month the year before, marking an increase of nearly 150,000 people. […]

Over-40s to be invited for booster jabs

Everyone over 40-years-old should be invited for a Covid booster vaccine, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has announced. In a press conference this morning  (15 November), Professor Wei Shen Lim, chair of the JCVI’s Covid-19 vaccine subcommittee, confirmed it was recommending the booster programme be extended from today. Until now, the booster […]

Commissioners must support mandatory vaccine uptake, NHSE says

Local commissioners should support primary care organisations which have low vaccine uptake, NHS England has said following the compulsory vaccine mandate. Earlier this week, the Government confirmed that staff who have direct contact with patients and ancillary staff such as receptionists will have until 1 April 2022 to get both doses. In a letter addressed […]

‘Unsustainable’ demand pushing NHS to ‘tipping point’, leaders say

Nearly nine in 10 (88%) of NHS leaders have reported that the demands on their services are ‘unsustainable’, with most fearing this will impact patient care, a new survey has shown. As many as 87% cited that the NHS’ staffing crisis is putting patient safety at risk. And among the 400 primary care, ICS and […]

NHS England tasks GP with reviewing ‘next steps’ for PCNs within ICSs

NHS England has asked a GP ICS lead to look at the ‘next steps’ for how PCNs will work in integrated care systems (ICSs). It today announced that its chief executive Amanda Pritchard has asked Dr Claire Fuller, GP and senior responsible officer of Surrey Heartlands ICS, to set out ‘the most promising next steps’ […]

Low health spending left UK ‘vulnerable’ to Covid

The UK spent significantly less on health per person in 2019 compared to other Western European countries, a new report has shown, which in turn left the country vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic. The report, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), indicates that the UK spent around US$4,500 (£3,331.69) per capita […]

Vaccine hesitancy: Clinically vulnerable less likely to change mind on Covid shots

Clinically vulnerable people are less likely to change their minds and receive a Covid jab than non-clinically vulnerable people, new data has shown. The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), published yesterday (9 November), indicates that among those who were previously hesitant, vaccine uptake was lower among clinically vulnerable people. When following […]

LMCs to debate regulation allowing hospital consultants to work in practices

GPs attending the BMA’s annual England LMCs conference this month will debate whether to push for regulatory changes that would allow hospital consultants to work in GP practices.  Delegates attending the virtual conference on 25 and 26 November will also debate motions on NHS 111, PCNs, advice and guidance (A&G) services and other workload dumping […]