NHS England – Next steps on NHS Five Year Forward



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Mark Porter’s press release:




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Information from BMA Comms

Service charges increases of up to 1,000 per cent are threatening the future of dozens of NHS GP surgeries according to a Sunday Times investigation. Dr Ian Hume, BMA GP premises lead, responded to the reports, explaining that while many of the letters practices had received threatening legal action were sent by mistake, these will be corrected following pressure from the Association.

Dr Hume added: “However, NHS Property Services (NHSPS) needs to reconsider urgently any charges it intends to levy if these are going to threaten the ability of that practice financially to the point where this will affect their capacity to deliver patient care. With the NHS at breaking point, we cannot have a situation where overstretched and underfunded GP practices are forced to cut back services to pay extortionate bills for their lease.”

Confirming BMA analysis of sustainability and transformation plans earlier this year which found footprints would need £10bn capital investment, a review undertaken by Sir Robert Naylor has found the health services’ infrastructure bill ‘insufficient’ for improving care.

Commenting on the Naylor Review, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, said: “This figure, which has been provided by an official review, is even higher than our own analysis from earlier this year which showed that [the plans] require at least £9.5 billion of capital funding to be delivered successfully. The NHS simply doesn’t have this kind of money available and these plans are fast becoming unworkable.”

There was further news coverage of the BMA’s response to the next steps outlined in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View. Dr Porter was interviewed by BBC News, ITV News, Channel 4 News and Channel 5 News and articles appeared online in The Independent, Pulse and The Lancashire Telegraph.

In other news, The Guardian reports the government is under intense cross-party pressure to guarantee that EU nationals will still be able to work in the NHS, as concern grows that Brexit will cause a critical shortage of nurses and doctors.

NHS threatens GP surgeries with closure and increases service charges by up to £100k
The Sunday Times, Sunday 2 April 2017, (Dr Ian Hume) – subscription required

NHS requires £10bn to repair crumbling weary buildings
The Times, Saturday 1 April 2017, (Dr Mark Porter) – subscription required

Elderly patients to suffer after ‘appalling’ abandonment of 18-week NHS target
The Independent, Friday 31 March 2017, (Dr Mark Porter)

First UK county scraps urgent same-day GP appointments
The Daily Telegraph, Friday 31 March 2017, (BMA mention)

NHS England set to pay GP surgeries to combine to cover 30-50k patients
Pulse, Friday 31 March 2017, (Dr Mark Porter)

East Lancashire furious over operations waiting warning by NHS
Lancashire Telegraph, Saturday 1 April 2017, (Dr Mark Porter)

20 million Britons not doing exercise

BBC News Online, Monday 03 April 2017,

Pro-life body gets tampon tax cash

BBC News Online, Monday 03 April 2017

Micromanaging paramedics results in stress

The Guardian, Sunday 2 April 2017

MPs urge NHS recruits must be given special status

The Guardian, Saturday 1 April 2017

Labour challenges Hunt over abandoning wait time target

The Guardian, Sunday 2 April 2017