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Labour: Hunt should stop 'high-handed demands' on doctors

Labour's shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander is expected to call on Jeremy Hunt to "stop the high-handed demands" on junior doctors at a rally against proposed contract changes.

She will say:

It’s wrong that this Government is OK with the idea of paying some junior doctors less to do the work they do now. They’re wrong to want to remove the safeguards which prevent junior doctors from having to work excessive and exhausting hours. And they’re wrong to punish staff for their own financial mismanagement of the NHS. Nobody wants to see industrial action but nobody wants junior doctors too exhausted to provide safe patient care either.

I have a simple message for Jeremy Hunt today. Stop the high-handed demands, show you are prepared to compromise and put patient safety ahead of politics. The ball is in his court. He needs to listen to junior doctors and he needs to recognise public concern.

– Labour's shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander i
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BMA: Junior doctor rally will be 'wake-up for ministers'

Junior doctors marched on Downing Street last month in protest over contract change plans. Credit: PA

Dr Johann Malawana,chairman of the British Medical Council's junior doctors' committee, has denied the Health Secretary's accusation it has misled doctors over proposed contract changes.

Ahead of a protest rally, he said it would be "a wake-up call for ministers" that pay and working hours reforms are "unacceptable".

In recent weeks the health secretary has acknowledged junior doctors play a vital role in the NHS, which is at odds with his relentless and extremely damaging rhetoric attacking doctors, which has led to the anger on display today.

We have always stated that without the continued threats of imposition and pre-conditions, the BMA would be happy to enter meaningful negotiations. But until the government gives junior doctors the reasonable assurances they are demanding we will continue with our course of action.

– Dr Johann Malawana, chair of the BMA junior doctors committee


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Junior doctor: Contract changes 'too important' to ignore

Ahead of a march in protest against proposed changes to junior doctor pay and working conditions, an obstetrics and gynaecology registrar has taken to Twitter to explain why "it is too important not to make a noise about".

Hospital shortlisted for prestigious health award

Southampton’s teaching hospitals have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award which recognises excellence and continuous improvement in healthcare.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist services across central southern England and the Channel Islands. Among the achievements and innovations noted by the competition’s judges was the performance of Southampton Children’s Hospital, which has some of the best outcomes in the country for pediatric intensive care and children’s heart surgery organisations.

University Hospital Southampton is among seven organisations competing to be named the Health Service Journal’s ‘provider trust of the year'.


Ex military being offered roles in the NHS

Service men and women are being encouraged to work for the NHS here in the South.

In the first partnership of it's kind, the 'Hampshire Hospitals Trust' is joining up with the Military, to offer opportunities to those who are retiring or being medically discharged.

Andrew Pate has more.

NHS acts to make hospital changes after CQC report

Following a recent inspection of Medway Foundation Trust by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) the Trust has asked for support from across the local healthcare system to help them make the improvements needed. Ambulances will be diverted from Medway Maritime Hospital between 7am and midday on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th September. Walk-in patients to the A&E department will continue to be seen at the hospital.

Ambulance patients will instead be taken, according to clinical need, to either Maidstone Hospital, Darent Valley Hospital or the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. Some patients including paediatric, cardiac, maternity and abdominal aortic aneurysm will continue to be taken to the Medway Maritime Hospital.

NHS England is working closely alongside the ambulance service and all local NHS hospitals and providers to implement this temporary measure whilst staff at Medway Maritime Hospital continue to work to improve services to patients. We are also working with partners across the healthcare system to put in place further measures to support staff at the hospital. This includes additional training for clinical staff in the emergency department and bringing in experienced clinical staff to work in Medway Maritime’s A&E department which will allow staff time to attend training.

We are also working with local authorities and community health teams to help improve the flow of patients through the hospital. Ensuring the delivery of safe care to patients and the public in Kent and Medway is our absolute priority.


Medical staff save great grandmother's life after hornet sting

Irene with members of the Minor Injuries Unit team Credit: Kent Community Health NHS Trust

Great grandmother Irene Elliott has praised nurses at Sittingbourne’s Memorial Hospital for their quick actions in saving her life after she was stung by a hornet and went into anaphylactic shock.

The 69-year-old, from Sittingbourne, was visiting her late husband’s grave in June when she felt something sting the back of her neck.

Irene said: “My partner Tony and I had just finished as sidesman at Tunstall Church and I went to visit my late husband’s grave, which I tidy regularly.

“I just hesitated by a tree and it felt like I had a needle prick in the back of my neck – I think it was a hornet sting. I said to Tony I didn’t feel that great and didn’t think I could manage delivering the church magazine. I wanted to go straight home.”

But by the time arrived home, Irene was already unconscious in the car.

Tony, 71, said: “When she got in the car there was a bug on her sleeve and we brushed it off. I thought she was sleeping at first. But by the time we were home, I tried to wake her but I couldn’t even get her out of the car. We only live a couple of minutes from the Minor Injuries Unit and my neighbour came out and said I should take her there."

Once at the MIU, which is run by Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, receptionist Clare Jeffries alerted Senior Nurse Practitioner Joan Hogben to a woman who was unwell in the car park and Joan rushed out with a wheelchair. Recognising the seriousness of her condition, Joan called for the support of her colleagues Sasha Caridia and Marie Vining.

Joan said: “By this time, Irene was in full blown anaphylaxis. Sasha gave Irene a shot of adrenalin to stabilise her, while I called 999. Sasha and Marie helped to maintain Irene’s airway which was starting to shut down while I gained intravenous access with a cannula. It was thanks to fast recognition and immediate treatment that saved her life.”

NHS Trust 'requires improvement' after inspection

Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth Credit: ITV

England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals has rated Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust as ''requires improvement' following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

A team of 56 inspectors has found that the trust provided services that were effective and outstanding for being caring. But the Trust required improvement for providing safe, responsive and well-led services.

The team of inspectors and specialists including doctors, nurses, managers and experts by experience visited Queen Alexandra Hospital over seven days during February and March 2015.

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