Inbox

01.10.15

Inbox – September-October 2015

From: Morris Heseltine

Subject: Revised contract to be given to all junior doctors – NHS Employers

Perhaps Mr Mortimer [CEO of NHS Employers] would like to explain why these reforms are “essential”. As far as I can see, the reforms have nothing to do with improving care for patients or making the way doctors are paid fairer.

They simply serve to save the government an awful lot of money, while further degrading both pay and training for a group of hard working, highly skilled professionals who are already underpaid and overworked compared to their peers in similar highly demanding professions in the UK.

The only reason doctors stay in their jobs is because they care about doing things to the best of their ability. If they can’t even do that anymore, what’s the point?

 

From: Rob W

Subject: Some NHS staff to miss out on pay rise over next 5 years

The government does not understand the NHS pay scale. All this bluster about incremental pay rises blinds the public. When you are offered a post in the NHS it is in a pay band. The job pays up to the top of that band, which you achieve incrementally whilst developing the skills and competencies required of the post.

It’s not a pay rise per se, it’s recognition of you achieving what’s needed to do your job. The fact that the cost of living is outstripping our salary increments is why NHS staff should be offered more than 1%. How many people in the private sector have had a five-year pay freeze and look set to face another five? Don’t tell me how hard it is outside the public sector, I’ve been there, and it’s often better paid than we are!

 

From: Philip

Subject: Department of Health to review NHS funding of private nursing homes

Yes, this is good news, but I do hope the Department of Health will consider also the huge subsidy paid by privately funded care home residents that enables local authority funded residents to stay in so many of these homes, thereby decimating their own assets and those that might be inherited by their families.

The low level of the NHS funding is forcing private care homes, such as the one with which I am associated, to refuse to take residents eligible for this contribution in the same way that such homes are now taking only privately funded residents due to the very low fees paid by local authorities.

What a shame there was such a quick government U-turn on the Dilnot proposals so soon after the general election in May.

 

From: Belinda Sadler

Subject: Paramedic workforce crisis

I know of two or three young people (18-23) who would love to be paramedics. I have encouraged them to apply. The first question they are asked is [whether] they hold a UK driving licence. If the answer is no they can go no further. Why? Learning to drive is too expensive for many young people. Surely they can commence training with a view of learning to drive over the duration of the course instead of excluding them from even being considered. Short-sighted I think.

 

From: Cllr Stewart Young

Subject: Ambulance trusts will have legal duty to integrate with police – Cameron

Yet again, the actions fail to live up to the rhetoric. What is needed is a single blue light service, which would save significant amounts of money, as well as improving the service.

That would require changes to legislation. These proposals, which in effect are saying “let’s all work more closely together” don’t go anywhere near delivering the level of change which is required.

 

From: A Moore

Subject: Does CSUs' closure reflect their performance?

The failure of these two CSUs must surely be a reflection of how poorly they performed over the past few years? The organisational ethos many CSUs inherited from PCTs, and the view that they were there to ‘do it to the GPs’, was contrary to the situation that the GPs were now in charge.

That the NWCSU also won the Plain English Campaign’s ‘Bull’ award in 2013-14 was indicative of an unreal mindset. There won’t be many tears shed to see some CSUs disappear – it’s just a shame for their best staff who might suffer.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

latest healthcare news

SIX things we learned from day one at Confed19

19/06/2019SIX things we learned from day one at Confed19

Confed19 kicked off in Manchester today, with NHS Confederation chief executive Niall Dickson CBE calling for collaboration and change. Conf... more >
Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

13/06/2019Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

Nurses have been named as the most under-appreciated public sector professionals as new research reveals how shockingly under-vauled our NHS, edu... more >
Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

10/06/2019Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

Peter Skitt, county director and commissioner for Ceredigion Hywel Dda University Health Board, looks ahead to the new integrated care centre bei... more >

editor's comment

25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated th... read more >

last word

Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >

the scalpel's daily blog

Mid Yorks Hospitals NHS Trust: Our improvement journey

28/05/2019Mid Yorks Hospitals NHS Trust: Our improvement journey

Chief executive of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Martin Barkley, writes for NHE to guide us through his trust’s improvement journey. It’s arguably a hackneyed phrase in the NHS, but Mid Yorkshire really has been on a significant journey in the last few years. Dogged by a previously problematic reputation, I believe th... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

comment

Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

13/06/2019Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

Nurses have been named as the most under-appreciated public sector professionals as new research reveals how shockingly under-vauled our NHS, edu... more >
Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

10/06/2019Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

Peter Skitt, county director and commissioner for Ceredigion Hywel Dda University Health Board, looks ahead to the new integrated care centre bei... more >
Helpforce to launch training programmes for NHS volunteers

10/06/2019Helpforce to launch training programmes for NHS volunteers

Kay Fawcett OBE, clinical advisor and education lead at Helpforce, and Lynn Twinn, talent development consultant, outline the new national traini... more >
Pay and reward in the NHS needs to be taken seriously

10/06/2019Pay and reward in the NHS needs to be taken seriously

Ben Gershlick, senior economics analyst at the Health Foundation, examines the new pay deal for NHS staff.  More than £50bn is sp... more >

interviews

How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... more >
Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >
Cutting through the fake news

22/11/2017Cutting through the fake news

In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >

health service focus

View all News