Hello and welcome back to our weekly Medical News Summary blog! This week, we’re covering the latest in health and medical news from the 7th to the 13th March, 2016. Today get the latest on the junior doctors row, the seven-day NHS, teen pregnancy and A&E performances.
Junior doctors row explained
At the beginning of last week, the BBC published an article explaining the latest on the junior doctors row, and the reasons behind the dispute. It reports that the row was caused by junior doctors’ leaders objecting to the proposed new contract in England. In general, the junior doctors contract affects recent graduates from medical school as well as medics who have more than 10 years of medical experience under their belts. Currently, the starting salary for a junior doctor is £23k per annum, but doctors can receive extra payments for working unsociable hours, which can easily increase this income to £30k. The new contract proposes that basic pay is to be increased by an average of 13.5% but the definition of unsociable hours is to be changed. Read the article to get full updates linked in the first sentence for full updates.
Removing the weekend opt-out for non-emergency care is considered to be a breakthrough step in getting more consultants to work at the weekends, according to the government. However, the BMA says that research suggests that nine in 10 consultants already work at the weekends to some level.
Country’s worst A&E departments have been named as NHS chief calls on them to work harder. NHS chiefs have been speaking to the heads of A&E departments in order to tell them to improve their waiting times. Many hospitals are struggling to meet the targets requiring that 95% of patients are treated within 4 hours. In a crisis meeting with the 30 worst performers, the head of NHS Improvement, Jim Mackey called on chief executives to achieve targets of 85% by mid-2016 and 95% by the end 2017.
Last month, it was reported that at North Middlesex Hospital in Edmonton, North London, A&E staff had told patients to go home and return the next day unless their conditions were life-threatening.