The British Medical Association
Next month will see the third and final year of the government’s short-term revenue gain from increasing contributions in the NHS pension scheme. Technically the increase is being consulted on but recent history suggests that even the most vehement opposition will not be enough to halt the increases reaching 6 per cent at the three highest tiers – those that apply to most doctors.
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What do you look for in a consultant? The expectations of patients and junior doctors are exactly the same – that someone who has completed specialty-based training is fully competent to treat, teach and lead in their field.
Tags: specialist training, foundation programme year 1
‘Heavy fog over channel, continent cut off’. This 1950s headline from the Times rather neatly sums up the attitude Britain often displays towards Europe. And today, a fog of political indifference threatens to cut us off from our European partners.
Tags: european parliament
Europeans and alcohol go way back. The Romans believed that eating a fried canary would cure their hangovers, while the ancient Greeks put their faith in the restorative powers of cabbage. Perhaps we haven’t progressed as much as we might think over the millennia.
Tags: alcohol, europe
Sometimes when bad things happen to hospitals and their staff, the process is wrapped up in bland-sounding euphemisms. Most of us have been ‘reformed’ or ‘restructured’ to our cost. But there is nothing ambiguous in what happens to a trust when it is judged unsustainable. The ‘failure regime’ is every bit as stressful and demoralising as it sounds, even when the process is necessary.
Tags: Westminster parliament, reconfiguration
The clock is ticking on the lobbying bill, as the government is desperate to get it onto the statute books within the next month or so. The constant barrage of widespread criticism from charities, voluntary organisations and unions about the government's plans to overhaul rules on how non-party political organisations can campaign ahead of parliamentary elections, meant that the government had to give way and make further concessions.
Tags: Westminster parliament
Do some groups of doctors fare worse than others in postgraduate exams? Yes, they do. How big is the problem? We don’t know fully and we won’t know, until all colleges collect, evaluate and publish the relevant information. The latest BMA report shows they have a long way to go.
Tags: royal college exams
The recent media coverage on the effects of winter pressures highlights public concern about people’s ability to access the NHS this winter. There is a fear that the NHS will not be able to deal with increased pressures in what is feared to be the ‘worst ever winter crisis’.
Tags: emergency medicine, general practice
It seems like only last week that I was writing a blog which told younger doctors the grave news that they would be expected to work until 68, yet in the blink of an eye that has just increased to 70 after the announcement by the Chancellor in the Autumn statement.
What do consultants do, exactly, when they work over the weekend or at nights on an on-call shift? Is it simply a case of answering a few questions over the phone from the comfort of your own home? For the majority, I would say probably not. In fact, I know of many examples of consultants going much further than this.
Tags: seven day services, consultant contract
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