The results of a ballot of junior doctors in England will shortly be unveiled shortly (19 November), with a vote in favour of strikes widely expected.

Out-of-hours providers are finding it difficult to recruit GPs for shifts after the seven-day GP access pilots began offering double the hourly rate, leaders have warned.

Nearly one in four areas of England has unacceptably high rates of early deaths among people with mental health problems, a report suggests.

A national whistleblowing policy has been unveiled, which aims to give NHS staff more support to raise concerns about quality of care.

Safe staffing figures show a significant decline in nurse staffing levels, finding less than one in 10 hospitals meeting their own targets for the number of nurses working on wards.

NHS England has doubled funding for its national pilot of clinical pharmacists in general practices, with 700 practices set to benefit from the £31 million funding.

New funding for mental health services should be directed straight to providers of care, instead of being processed through layers of bureaucracy, the Mental Health Network has urged.

Local leaders have claimed that GPs are finding themselves under increasing pressure from mental health officers to prescribe certain drugs for children with mental health problems, even though it is outside their knowledge and expertise.

The latest data from NHS England has shown that in September the health service missed its A&E target to see, treat and discharge patients within a four hour time slot.

NHS England has revised its guidance allowing GPs and staff to leave early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

A report conducted by the King’s Fund think tank has found evidence which suggests cuts to adult mental health services in England is damaging the quality of care offered to patients.

GPs have warned that a ‘career saving’ occupational health and support service may be forced to close in a year’s time because it will have used up its reserves of funding, according to Pulse.

The NHS needs to spend an additional £7.2 billion to £8.3 billion on digital technology over the next five years in order to achieve necessary savings, according to a report by management consultancy firm McKinsey.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) has published a whitepaper highlighting dietitian-led wellness initiatives, following NHS England’s £5 million investment to improve the health of NHS staff.

Public health experts are counselling for ‘fat letters’, the process whereby teachers inform parents that their child is overweight, to be scrapped or reformed.

Jim Mackey, the first chief executive of NHS Improvement, has voiced his support for calls to reduce the ‘efficiency factor’ savings target, embedded in the tariff prices for providers in the next financial year.

Pulse has found that practices over charging for non-contractual services will be investigated by the patient watchdog, after NHS England labelled the variations in cost as ’unacceptable’.

Official figures have indicated the total number of UK students applying for places at medical schools has fallen by 13.5 per cent compared to applications two years ago.


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