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Readers' letters

Letters to Health Service Journal's editor.


Parliament, policy, politician, government

Readers’ letters – 20 October 2015Subscription

20 October, 2015

Response to the new medical innovation bill

  • Last ditch talks try to stop junior doctors' strike

    10 February, 2016 1:12 am

    I am a specialty trainee doctor (i.e. junior doctor) in a specialty with a marked shortage of consultants in the UK. I have about three and a half years of training remaining. All the proposed contract offers me is yet more unsociable hours for no extra pay. If this contract is imposed, my current residual goodwill towards the NHS will be eliminated. Whilst I would remain in the UK to complete my training, I would immediately thereafter seek long-term substantive employment in New Zealand, Australia, or even the Middle East. I would have no difficulty obtaining a post in any of these locations within my specialty, and would see a substantial improvement in both working conditions and salary.

  • Revealed: The costs of closing NHS Direct

    9 February, 2016 7:15 pm

    Agree with comments above.

  • Top hospital trust orders ban on consultant study leave

    9 February, 2016 5:17 pm

    Anon 1.56PM Seriously? Patient safety will be compromised because a.) doctors who can't revalidate can't treat patients, leaving an understaffed, overworked group with a higher error rate and more sickness, b.) if doctors choose not to work for a Trust that ignores the consultant contract, that Trust will struggle to fix the issue and throughput will suffer, resulting in increased fines, loss of access to STP funding by failing milestones and a loss of funding anyway through lower throughput. That systematic decline will result in more adverse cost improvement, linked directly to safety issues in almost every Trust that has found itself in this position. And that's just for starters... If this becomes a trend, the new emerging trend will be an even greater haemorrhage of consultants (and trainees) to other health systems, resulting in insufficient doctors in the system as a whole. I don't know if you've noticed but we have a slight problem with that already... I wonder how the A&E consultants might take 'just one more thing...' designed to squeeze more out of them - we've lost a third of that medical workforce in a 3 year period.

  • FT’s deficit slide remains a mystery after damning leadership report

    9 February, 2016 3:40 pm

    Now the CFO has been "promoted" to NHS Improvement

  • Exclusive: DH hired headhunters to find new regulator chief

    9 February, 2016 3:23 pm

    @2.51 These are difficult jobs. Some people will fail. Headhunters can't offer a guarantee of success. HSJ readers need to get over their hysteria about anything to do with management consultants and headhunters! Those who can, do. Those who can't sit at the side lines and throw bitter barbs.

  • Sussex trust’s deficit forecast sinks

    9 February, 2016 1:32 pm

    Watch an increasing number of acute trusts now tip over the cliff. Most of us know it is coming. There is is only so much the Board can legitimately do to deliver Herculean stretch targets. A little more honesty all round please.

  • Well done, Sir Andrew – but your job is not done just yet

    9 February, 2016 12:11 pm

    There are a few examples of this kind of turnaround across the NHS but they rarely get the focus that failures do. We need to find a way of encouraging this kind of approach ie where an outstanding CEO can help other organisations without giving up what he or she has. Perhaps buddying or chains provide a solution but you can absolutely see why good people wouldn't want to give up their successful, more strategic roles to go back into the 'trenches' and work through turnaround.

  • Exclusive: Government tech review to shake-up clinical leadership

    9 February, 2016 11:05 am

    To quote an anonymous senior NHS England official who had claimed to have carried Time Kelsey's double bass "we need a rock climber, not a rock star" I agree! We need a CCIO, they need to be a serious clinical informatician with the humility to engender collaboration and cooperation, we don't need someone to smash up their guitar on stage.

  • Former NHS chief calls for four hour mental health target

    9 February, 2016 10:26 am

    Tomorrow, Sim:pathy and Mental Health Strategies will release a report for trusts and ccg's on how to implement the recommendations from the Royal college of Psychiatrists and Lord Crisp. The report will advise on how to successfully implement the 12 critical recommendations with support from Sim:pathy.

  • Exclusive: NHS Improvement executive team structure revealed

    8 February, 2016 9:28 pm

    But why are they all accountants?