About General Practice
From a leading figure in Australian medicine comes this edition of thi s immmensely user-friendly reference that employs a symptom-based appr oach to clinical practice. . . .
NHS pay: Health staff win Covid bonus after legal action threat
... " She said nursing staff working in General Practice should be given the full pay uplift funded by central government...
GP burnout: 'I was left feeling like a husk of a human'
... " There are more than 2,000 additional doctors and 31,000 additional staff working in General Practice compared to June 2019 as well as a record number of trainees...
Nottingham University Hospitals Trust failed to send 400,000 letters
... Dr Peter Holden, a member of the British Medical Association s GP committee, said: " You would think in this age of computers that the transmission of information between hospital and General Practice would be easy - it isn t...
Children waiting years in pain for NHS tooth removal
... Children are referred to a CDS provider when they have tooth decay too severe to be treated in General Practice...
Are there 2,000 more GPs than before the pandemic?
... Mr O Brien said: " We ve got 2,000 more doctors working in General Practice than we did in 2019 before the pandemic...
New GP plan asks more patients to use pharmacies
... This has had some impact, with numbers on the up - around 33,000 non-GP clinical staff are working in General Practice at the last count...
Junior doctor strike: Union's pay demands 'unrealistic', says Steve Barclay
... Junior doctors are below consultant level, and may have many years experience in a hospital setting or General Practice...
Strikes Update: How Monday 13 March junior doctors' strike will affect you
... They are walking out of both emergency and planned care as well as General Practice where some junior doctors will be working as GP trainees...
Laura Kuenssberg: How much is the Autumn Statement going to hurt?
By Laura KuenssbergPresenter, Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg
The Good News - Yes , there is Some - is that Nasa tells Our Show this weekend that humans will be living on the moon this decade. So perhaps there really will be more radical options if you want to flee.
and watch The Interview in full this Sunday.
But for now, lunar travel is a few years off and with the economy shrinking and the government preaching pain as The Price of stability we must contend ourselves with working out how much this is all going to Hurt - for The People , for public services, and for the politicians.
Overall, the country is poorer and everyone is going to feel it somehow. Whoever or whatever you blame, that is the cold fact.
Let's put that into historical context:
Inflation is eating away at our prosperity. And The Independent number crunchers, the IFS, calculate that because of The Taxman taking more and more, anyone who earns over £9,000 will see their wage packet shrink.
Those hikes are not matched by overall cuts to government spending straight away. And it's important to understand that The Squeeze of £30bn that's planned in The Years to come is a reduction on what had previously been pencilled in, not an actual Fall In the total amount of spending.
But with inflation rampant The Cash available for services we rely on is tightly stretched.
One Secondary School head teacher tells me: " I've had to tell staff and students to dress warmer. I can only afford to have the heating on for two hours A Day , and that's Only If it falls below 18C, otherwise it's not going on. "
They tell me they've already had to increase class sizes, cut back on extra support for kids with particular needs, and can't afford new staff.
Incidentally, with so much concern around energy costs, as are.
It is clear right now that things are already tough in parts of our public services. A highly experienced NHS boss, not someone prone to hype, says they have " queues and queues and queues" in their A& E.
General Practice is " imploding" in their area, they say, and social care is a " disaster" - estimating that a third of patients in hospital beds are well enough to Go Home if there was help available for them.
One senior minister told me the government believes public spending is still a " bit fatty" So There should be savings to find. But a former cabinet minister believes there isn't anything left to give. " Any sane Secretary of State is going to say, there is nowhere to go, we cannot do this, " they tell me.
Jeremy Hunt 's cuts are less ferocious than George Osborne 's 10 Years ago. It is also (whisper it) entirely possible that when It Comes to making cuts more money is miraculously found down the back of the Whitehall sofa.
Chancellors have found it tempting to push their attempts to balancing The Books back and back.
What is certain is The Next round of cuts comes after many years of restraint on spending and it looks like it is going to be harder for those running public services to do more with less and for many who rely on them, that could Hurt .
But what about the political pain?
It's certainly easier for the government to make their case that has to be filled.
But having been in charge since 2010, and inflicting the short, wild ride of Trussonomics on the country, the Tories are already getting battered at the polls.
" Higher taxes and worse public services" is not a slogan any Political Party wants to put on a billboard or post on Facebook.
Source of news: bbc.com