BMA attacks Lansley for 'charging forward' with NHS reforms

16 Dec 10 By Ian Quinn – PULSE The BMA has accused the Government of ‘charging forward’ with its plans for the NHS and ignoring the major concerns of clinicians. Pulse reported earlier that the Government had dismissed BMA fears over privatisation of the NHS as ‘wholly unfounded’ as it pushes ahead with the vast […]

The Government's response to the health white paper consultation

Liberating the NHS – Legislative Framework Next Steps 15 Dec 10 By Lilian Anekwe PULSE The Government’s response to the health white paper consultation has given a clear timetable for the implementation of health secretary Andrew Lansley’s GP commissioning reforms. The response says: ‘These plans form part of an overall strategy, carefully designed to develop […]

Government's NHS reforms could be a 'bloody awful train crash', angry PCT chief warns

08 Dec 10 PULSE By Gareth Iacobucci The Government’s NHS overhaul risks becoming a ‘bloody awful train crash’, with PCTs too consumed with reorganisation to tackle the daunting efficiency challenges that lie ahead, a senior NHS manager has warned. Robert Creighton, chief executive of NHS Ealing, who has also recently taken charge of NHS Hounslow […]

MPs urge Government to rethink pace and scale of NHS reforms

PULSE 02 Dec 10 By Gareth Iacobucci MPs from across all three major political parties have urged the Government to rethink the scale and pace of its NHS reforms, as fears over the rapid timetable for implementation gather pace. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health has issued a raft of […]

Health bill delayed until 'early next year'

29 Nov 10 By Gareth Iacobucci – PULSE Exclusive: The Government has delayed the publication of its health bill until early next year, meaning GPs will have to wait until January at the earliest to see Andrew Lansley’s radical commissioning plans come before Parliament. The bill was originally due to be published in October, with […]

GPs face debt crisis as PCTs fall £300m into the red

10 Nov 10 By Ian Quinn – Pulse GPs in deficit-hit PCTs are faced with inheriting a combined debt that has already reached well over a quarter of a billion pounds as a growing financial crisis threatens to undermine the Government’s NHS reforms. GPs in deficit-hit PCTs are faced with inheriting a combined debt that […]

Hillingdon GP's Among First To Become Pathfinder Consortia

09 Nov 10 By Ian Quinn – Pulse GP consortia in London and Manchester are the first to be given official pathfinder status, and are set to become guinea pigs for the Government’s controversial commissioning plans. Five PCTs in the capital have revealed they have been approached by GPs heading up practice-based commissioning bodies, who […]

NHS needs to listen harder and learn more from complaints, says Health Service Ombudsman

The Health Service Ombudsman, Ann Abraham, has today (19th October 2010) published the first in an annual series of reports examining NHS complaint handling in England. The Ombudsman warns that the NHS is missing a rich source of free and readily available information about patients by failing to listen and learn from complaints. Listening and […]

LATEST NEWS on EU GPs 'practicing' in Hillingdon

                                     Alarm raised in skills and competency checks on EU doctors practicing in the UK.  According to the Pulse article by Gareth Iacobucci published on 13 October, only 23% of EU doctors on performers list had undergone language test and only 17% tested for their clinical competence.  Following recently published articles on the EU GPs working in […]

Care Quality Commission: Care Providers Shut Ahead of New Registration System

Press Release Embargoed: 00.01am Wednesday, 29 September 34 CARE HOMES & 8 CARE AGENCIES SHUT DOWN AHEAD OF TOUGH NEW REGISTRATION SYSTEM, SAYS CARE QUALITY COMMISSION Thirty-four care homes and eight agencies providing care in people’s homes have closed in the past 12 months following regulatory action and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) says the […]