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Survey finds a third of GPs are considering retirement

A large scale survey has found that a third of GPs are considering retirement in the next five years. About one in five (19%) trainees said they are considering working abroad before 2020 while only a third (35%) said they would not recommend it as a career, with a further 18% unsure.

Survey finds a third of GPs are considering retirement. Credit: PA

The poll was carried out by the British Medical Association (BMA), which said the results question the feasibility of election pledges that promise to dramatically increase the number of GPs in the next five years. It pointed out that as it takes five to eight years to train a GP it is not possible to create thousands of GPs in this timeframe and the pledges "blindly ignore the recruitment and retention crisis that is draining the numbers" currently in practice.

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Man in Glasgow tested for Ebola after Liberia trip

A man has been admitted to hospital and is being tested for Ebola after returning from Liberia.

The traveller was taken in to the Brownlee Centre for Infectious Diseases at Glasgow's Gartnavel Hospital in the early hours of this morning.

Test results are expected this afternoon.

An NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde spokesman said it is thought to be "very unlikely" that the man has Ebola.

A&E waiting time target missed for 27th week in a row

Figures show 92.4% of patients were seen within four hours. Credit: PA

The proportion of A&E patients seen within four hours is below target for the 27th week in a row, new figures show.

NHS England said 92.4% of patients spent four or less hours between arrival and admission, transfer or discharge in the week ending 5 April.

That meant the 95% target has been missed for every week since the end of September, though did mark an improvement on the previous week, when it stood at 92%.

The week saw 441,100 attendees in A&E, down from 445,000 in the previous week.

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RCN: Coalition cut student nursing commissions

A report from the Royal College of Nursing said a significant contributing factor to the shortage of nurses in England are the cuts the Coalition Government made to student nursing commissions in 2010, falling by 13.5% by 2012 - a reduction of 3,375 places.

RCN: Coalition cut student nursing commissions. Credit: PA

The report said that as it takes three years for student nurses to qualify, these cuts are impacting on the supply of nurses right now.

A reliance on using agency nurses means that the NHS would have spent an estimated £980 million on them by the end of the 2014/15 financial year, the college said. It said that as with GPs, the nursing workforce is ageing, with around 45% being over 45.

Nursing chief: 'We warned cutting nurses was wrong'

The chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said that the organisation had warned that cutting nursing workforce numbers was the "wrong course to take".

We warned that cutting the workforce numbers to fund the NHS reorganisation and to find the efficiency savings was the wrong course to take.

The cuts were so severe that we are only just catching up with where we were five years ago. Many areas, like district nursing and mental health, are even worse off.

While the health service has spent the last five years running on the spot, demand has continued to increase. Whoever forms the next Government must learn from this report and take immediate action to grow the nursing workforce, and ensure it can keep up with demand with a sustainable and long-term plan.

– Dr Peter Carter, chief executive & general secretary of the RCN

RCN: Community nursing workforce 'cut by 3,300'

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) report has also pointed out that the community nursing workforce has been cut by more than 3,300, despite NHS plans to move care from hospitals to the community. It said the headcount figure for nurses fell from 317,370 in May 2010 to 315,525 in December 2014, meaning there are 1,845 fewer qualified nurses in the workforce.

RCN: Community nursing workforce 'cut by 3,300'. Credit: PA

From May 2010 to December 2014 there has been a 28% reduction in the number of specialist district nurses, a loss of 2,168 posts across England.

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