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NHS Pensions Tax: “We simply cannot wait until the next tax year for a solution”

The Royal College of Surgeons is urging the Prime Minister to resolve the NHS pensions ‘tax trap’ after a poll reveals that 69% of consultant surgeons ...

Royal Colleges’ letter to PM on importance of NHS in Brexit negotiations

Dear Prime Minister, We are writing to ask you to put patient safety and protecting the nation’s health at the heart of Brexit negotiations by invitin...

NHS pension – doctors must understand implications of alternative cash rewards

Many higher earning NHS employees have been affected by changes to the amounts they can save, tax-free, into a pension. As a result, some trusts have no...

PAC Committee report on NHS waiting times: all the key reaction

Nick Ville, director of policy at the NHS Confederation, said: “This report confirms the bleak reality of what we already knew: that the NHS is taking...

GMC CEO: “If we act together, this report can be a catalyst for achieving a just culture in healthcare”

Reaction to the Independent Review of Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Culpable Homicide: Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, and ...

Contaminated Blood Inquiry – families deserve answers over lack of warnings

The long awaited public inquiry into contaminated blood was opened on 30 April 2019, chaired by retired High Court Judge Sir Brian Langstaff. In the 1970s ...

Reaction: Royal College of Physicians no longer opposes assisted dying

BMA medical ethics committee chair, Dr John Chisholm, said: “The BMA recognises that there are a range of views on this issue, both from the public an...

New approach to Medical Registrar training in order to alleviate staff shortages

Last month, a new flexible portfolio training (FPT) pilot scheme was launched with the aim of attracting doctors into hard to recruit posts. The pilot s...

State of Child Health: “Child poverty and Brexit are dark clouds that threaten improvements”

It is encouraging to see that, two years on from the RCPCH's seminal State of Child Health report, warnings have been heeded and children’s health is mov...

Reaction to NHS Plan: “Extra funding will be below historic average”

Vice President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Dr Chris Moulton “On face value, the NHS long-term plan is ambitious, optimistic and consid...

Doctors cannot rely on ‘invariable practice’ when defending their approach to consent

A recent case[1] contains some salutary warnings for all doctors whose actions come under scrutiny. The judge had to decide which version of the consenting...