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Does answer to NHS resourcing crisis lie with self-employed?

To solve the NHS staffing crisis, policymakers must make the system work for the self-employed, a new report from IPSE (The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) and PPP (Public Policy Projects) has said. Contributor Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Chair – PPP.

Contributor: Stephen Dorrell | Published: 22 December 2018

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NHS Staff Shortages set to Worsen

Following the publication of research from Nuffield Trust, King’s Fund and Health Foundation - which indicates that unfilled vacancies across the National Health Service look set to skyrocket to 350,000 by 2030. Trusts must take a more strategic approach to workforce planning today to mitigate against future catastrophe.

Contributor: Michael Johnson-Ellis | Published: 19 November 2018

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NHS – mental health service under severe strain

Statistics published by NHS Digital are evidence of a service under severe strain, says the Mental Health Network. Workforce statistics show 35,674 registered nurses working in mental health NHS trusts in England in June 2018, which is a drop of more than 12 percent on the 40,602 employed less than a decade ago in September 2009.

Contributor: Simon Stevens | Published: 29 September 2018

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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