DDRB must ‘reassert its independence’ as doctors’ morale and living standards continue to slip

20.02.18: The BMA is concerned about the ability of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Renumeration’s (DDRB) to serve its original purpose. In its evidence to the DDRB for 2018-19, the BMA urged it to “reassert its independ...

UK ‘cannot afford’ to lose EU health and social care workers

20.02.18: The UK cannot afford to lose the EU staff currently working in health and social care, the Cavendish Coalition has warned. Its comments come in response to the homes affairs committee’s immigration report, which has criticised the “...

Ulster competence test centre opens for international nurses

19.02.18: A new competence test centre has opened in Northern Ireland to meet the demand for overseas nurses and midwives wishing to work in the UK. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) test centre is located at Ulster University and has the potential...

Winter pressures see delays in handover of almost 150,000 patients to A&E

19.02.18: Almost 150,000 ambulance patients have had to wait over half an hour before being admitted to A&E this winter, according to the latest figures from NHS England. This winter’s situation report shows that between 20 November 2017 and 11...

Wollaston: Brexit medicines contingency plan should be subject to public scrutiny

19.02.18: The chair of the Health Committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston, has written to Jeremy Hunt to stress the need for clarity on details of the government’s contingency planning to protect patients following Brexit. In her letter to the health and soc...