STAFF SIDE LNC
The staff side LNC took place on Friday 10th August 8 – 11 am I have previously blogged about the constituent and function of this committee that includes Consultant SAS and Junior Doctor representatives that meets every six weeks and four times a year with management on the joint Local Negotiating Committee. Mr Sunil Trakru is the Chair.
The following are abbreviated notes of the proceedings.
Two new members have been appointed to the LNC and accredited as trade union representatives.
Mariyam Mirfenderesky Consultant Microbiologist
Hirsh Godbole Consultant Urologist
Staff side minutes of the previous sLNC and Joint LNC meetings discussed for accuracy and action points.
General discussions around certain documents and issues took place
- Change management policy
- Probationary policy (does not apply to Doctors)
- Case for Change
- Junior Doctor remuneration for short term locum cover
- NMUH Current financial position Month 4
- New Consultant Contract
- SAS issues
- Discussion about executive positions being advertised (CoO and MD)
- Appontment of a Flexible working champion
- Occupational Health Policy and adherence to it
- Junior doctor issues
- Representation on the LNC
- Authorsisation of Exception reports by Educational Supervisors
BMA and other Matters
- A visitor scheme to attend various committees is available.
- The BMA has updated its advice and information on the Prevent Strategy
https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/ethics/confidentiality-and-health-records/anti-radicalisation-strategy as of 10th August 2018
London Regional Assembley September 12th
- There are six seats available , self nominate through the website
- JF is on as representative of North Thames Regional Consultant Committee
Next LNC Fora & NELRCC September 26th 2 – 6.30 pm
JF Attended ARM as part of the UKCC representative. Further details on JF’s website including motions passed. Next years ARM is in Belfast 2019.
JF is now part of the UK Delegation to UEMS European Union of Medical Specialist. (appointed by BMA)
BMA News items Supplied by Comms
NHS performance stats show NHS in year-round crisis
NHS performance statistics figures published yesterday revealed the NHS is experiencing a year-round crisis as the BMA’s response featured in the Mirror and the Yorkshire Post. They survey found that half a million people waiting over 4 months for hospital treatment and a further three and a half thousand waiting more than a year.
Commenting, BMA consultants committee chair, Dr Rob Harwood, said: “The pressures, widespread across our hospitals and the wider NHS, can no longer be blamed on the winter; today’s figures show they are anything but seasonal. Behind these statistics are patients suffering distress and potentially failing health as they wait months longer than they should for care.”
He added: “Without more sustained investment in staff and services, the NHS will continue to fail to meet demand, patients will continue to suffer unnecessarily, and the current workforce will be stretched even more thinly, compounding recruitment and retention problems.”
You can read the BMA’s full response here.
GP Patient survey
A new survey published by NHS England which surveyed members of the public on their experience of using GP services revealed the extent to which patients are waiting to access GP appointments with one in four having to wait a week or more to see their GP. BMA GP committee chair, Dr Richard Vautrey, was interviewed on LBC Radio this morning discussing the findings of the survey and his comments featured in the Express and Pulse.
Commenting, Dr Vautrey, said: “Patients are having to wait longer for appointments and are often unable to see their preferred doctor. This causes understandable frustration for both patients and GPs alike.” He added: “Practices do not have the resources to meet the ever increasing demands of a growing population.
Women’s health papers: Mental health inequalities
As part of the series of coverage from BBC Radio 4 woman’s hour on the publication of the BMA’s women’s health paper, BMA junior doctor committee deputy chair, Dr Hannah Barham-Brown, discussed mental health inequalities for women particularly for those in their middle ages. The report acknowledges women and girls have greater health and social care requirements in comparison to men across their lifetime, although there are indications that health and social care services are not meeting their specific health needs. Episode can be found here.
Wednesday’s woman’s hour featured BMA representative body chair, Dr Anthea Mowat, discussing women’s reproductive health. The episode can be found here.
Professor Dame Parveen Kumar features on this morning’s woman’s hour discussing women’s unmet health needs in terms of cancer, preventable risks for deprived women and the need for integrated services.
Struggling to get a GP appointment in Cambridgeshire
An article in the Cambridge News explores the pressures on general practice in the area as they note that the BMA has warned that “chronic underfunding” and “workforce shortages” is putting patient care at risk.
Dr David Wrigley appointed deputy council chair
Pulse reports that Lancashire GP Dr David Wrigley has been elected as the BMA council deputy chair taking over from Belfast consultant Dr Sara Hedderwick.
Chip portions in Glasgow are almost twice the size they should be, new research has shown, Sky News reports. The average portion of chips sold in the city is 80 per cent larger than official guidance recommends according to Obesity Action Scotland.
NHS England has appointed London GP Dr Nikita Kanani as its next acting primary care director. Read the full story in Pulse.
A nurse who had boiling water tipped on her face by a psychiatric patient highlights the risks to which some health workers are exposed, Metro reports.
Autistic adults in American are being let down by the healthcare system. What can we learn about improving health outcomes for people with autism?The Independent has the full story.
BMA warns against Brexit proposal to shorten training for doctors