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A book which chronicles the struggles of NHS staff and the politics surrounding the health service has been honoured at the National Book Awards.Comedian and former doctor Adam Kay (pictured) earned three awards at the ceremony, hosted by Zoe Ball, for his diaries titled This Is Going To Hurt, penned…
Immigration rules are worsening NHS staffing pressures by preventing doctors from overseas coming to Britain to work, health chiefs have warned. Limits on the number of visas issued to doctors from countries outside the European Economic Area are contributing to rota gaps and delays in patients receiving care, they have…
Patient care in the NHS could suffer because of a workforce "crisis" among doctors, leading medics have warned. Fewer people are choosing to enter medicine or remain in the NHS as doctors, the British Medical Association (BMA) said. A new BMA report into pre-and post-graduate recruitment of doctors has highlighted…
Family members of a talented junior doctor who killed herself among crippling self-doubts and anxiety about her performance have called for action to alleviate the "crisis" of staff anxiety and low morale in the health service. Rose Polge (pictured) was just 25 when she killed herself in February this year,…
Last week the British Medical Association announced training medics would perform a series of strikes by withdrawing labour, including emergency care, for a week each month until the end of the year. The first wave of strikes was supposed to start next Monday. But concerns have been raised over patient…
Doctors are being urged to call off further strike dates over the imposition of a controversial new contract, with some calling the decision "disappointing". Junior doctors have announced they will stage additional full walkouts between 8am and 5pm on October 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11, November 14 to 18…
Junior doctors are proposing to go on strike for a week every month for the rest of the year as the row over a new contract being imposed on them by the Government intensifies. Strikes took place between January and April after junior doctors failed to come to an agreement…
Ministers are gearing up to impose a new contract on thousands of junior doctors across England. Sources in Government told the BBC an announcement is expected in the next few days. It comes after the junior doctors and medical students rejected a contract brokered in May, with 58% voting against…
Doctors' leaders and the Government have agreed a new deal for junior doctors, with a new pay structure for working weekends and evenings. The deal between the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Government will now be put to a ballot of medics after eight days of intense negotiations. Under…
Jeremy Hunt is willing to "pause" the introduction of new contracts for five days if junior doctors agree to talks on outstanding issues. Writing to the chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AOMRC), the Health Secretary said the Department of Health was committed to the August introduction of…
The new contract for junior doctors could have a "damaging effect" on patient care and deepen the recruitment crisis in the NHS, a leading doctor has warned. The imposition of the contract will be the "final straw" for many doctors who are considering leaving medicine altogether or moving abroad to…
Thousands of junior doctors are staging the first all-out strike in the history of the NHS after the Health Secretary made it clear a new contract will go ahead. Jeremy Hunt appealed directly to medics on Monday not to withdraw emergency cover, which he said had particular risks for A&E…
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