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NHS has 70,000 fewer staff, new figures reveal

The NHS, already struggling to meet rising demand with a chronic lack of staff, has 70,000 fewer personnel working for it than ministers have previously believed, new official figures show.

Its own data collectors have found that figures produced in December on the number of people staffing frontline services inflated the workforce.

At the time, a total of 1,083,545 full time equivalent (FTE) health professionals were said to be working in the 228 NHS trusts and 209 GP-led local clinical commissioning groups across England. But the NHS’s Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) now says that the true number was 1,014,218.

That means the NHS had 69,317 fewer staff last September than the 1.1 million that ministers identified in December, including just over 15,000 fewer nurses, midwives and health visitors and 3,000 fewer doctors.

“These figures reveal that the staffing crisis in the NHS is actually far worse than we had feared,” said Heidi Alexander, Labour’s shadow health secretary. “Patients will rightly be concerned that there are 18,000 fewer doctors and nurses working in the NHS than ministers had thought only four months ago.”

The smaller workforce was worrying because “hospital wards are already dangerously understaffed and morale in the NHS is at rock bottom”, she added. “This is impacting on patient care and leaving some staff so overstretched they are unable to complete basic tasks, such as changing dressings or checking patients have finished their meals.”

Staff shortages are affecting at least some departments of almost every hospital and many GP surgeries. They have sent the NHS’s bill for agency and other temporary doctors and nurses soaring to £4bn a year, the main reason NHS trusts are set to overspend by £2.8bn in 2015-16.

Read more .. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/02/nhs-staffing-crisis-70000-go-missing

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UK turns to India to fill doctors, nurses vacancies

LONDON: UK is turning to India in an attempt to fill thousands of vacancies for doctors and nurses in its state-funded National Health Service, it emerged today, but “unwise regulations” and changing visa regime have been making the British medical system less attractive for Indian doctors.

 

Statistics obtained by the BBC as part of a freedom of information (FOI) request indicate severe NHS staff shortages with a majority of NHS trusts across Britain forced to turn overseas to countries like India and the Philippines.

However, visa changes over the years and some proposed changes expected to kick-in soon have been making the British medical system less attractive for Indian doctors.

Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/51199234.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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4 things to know about India’s next crown jewel, Medical Tourism

India is a huge magnet for attracting foreign patients for medical treatments. With general tourism on the rise, it is estimated that the volume of medical tourists worldwide could reach up to 5 million by 2016, attracting additional visitors to the country.
Medical tourism, more broadly health and wellness tourism, refers to the industry in which people from across the globe travel to other countries to get medical, dental and surgical care, and at the same time, visit the local attractions of that country.  Read full article

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NHS has 70,000 fewer staff, new figures reveal
UK turns to India to fill doctors, nurses vacancies
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4 things to know about India’s next crown jewel, Medical Tourism