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“One percent increase in income tax could solve NHS budget issues”

A simple increase of 1 percent on income tax and National Insurance could pay for the 3.4 percent increase to the NHS budget announced by the Government. Robert Pullen a Director at the firm said: “The debate has been raging over the weekend about how the increase to the budget could be paid for."

Contributor: Robert Pullen | Published: 29 June 2018

Winter crisis is now year-long crisis 

Regulators should use discretion when considering whether to withhold extra funding from health and care organisations, the NHS Confederation says in a new report. The report, System under Strain, shows how increasing year-on-year demand, coupled with flat funding, is not just a winter phenomenon affecting accident and emergency departments.

Contributor: Niall Dickson | Published: 19 June 2018

‘Fear of failure’ and gaps in information sharing holding back NHS value

The NHS could be missing out on opportunities to improve patient care and make long term saving by failing to share good practice and innovation. This is one of five key issues to making value-based change to healthcare in a new briefing paper from industry leaders presented at Confed18.

Contributor: Niall Dickson | Published: 18 June 2018

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Time for pay justice for workers excluded from NHS pay deal

Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has called on private companies and the Department of Health to give workers indirectly employed by the NHS the same pay increase as NHS employees. More than one million health workers are to receive a pay rise worth 6.5 per cent for most staff over the next three years.

Contributor: Colenzo Jarrett | Published: 14 June 2018

Government must scrap caps on overseas doctors

Following a recent poll which revealed that the British public support an easing of immigration restrictions for doctors coming to work in the NHS, the government must take urgent action to ensure a healthy supply of overseas talent. Highly-skilled doctors sourced from overseas are vital to the NHS and help alleviate the chronic staffing shortages seen in our hospitals.

Contributor: David Green | Published: 4 June 2018

The impacts of paying for the NHS over the next 15 years 

If recommendations from a leading Health Research Group were implemented to increase NHS funding they would impact all UK taxpayers. The Institute for Fiscal Studies and Health Foundation has said that the NHS will need an extra 4 percent a year - or £2,000 per UK household - for the next 15 years and that the only realistic way this could be paid for is by tax rises.

Contributor: Robert Pullen | Published: 29 May 2018

Probe into ‘disappearing’ Carillion NHS pension contributions

A top level probe into where the pension payments of NHS and other public sector workers, employed by Carillion, have ‘disappeared to. Unite, the country’s largest union, said mystery surrounded the fate of the pensions’ contributions of thousands of workers who were employed on public sector contracts when Carillion collapsed last month.

Contributor: Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe | Published: 2 March 2018

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Soaring legal costs draining the NHS

The cost of claims in the UK is also likely to increase substantially following the drop in the discount rate from 2.5 percent to -0.75 percent, announced in February of this year. Many in the insurance industry believe that the reduction in the discount rate will result in over-compensation.

Contributor: Paul Goldsmith | Published: 7 October 2017