This week, yet again, hospital doctors are out on strike. This latest stage in the dispute between the BMA and the Government marks a significant escalation, with junior doctors for the first time withdrawing emergency cover.
Will patients be at risk? The best answer seems to be - possibly a bit more than normal. The NHS has been in contingency planning mode for weeks to plug the anticipated gaps. There will still be emergency cover: but it will be provided by consultants and others. Hospital trusts are as prepared as they can be, though the doctors’ regulator the General Medical Council has said it believes that some trusts will struggle to cope.
In this blog I look at how their proposals measure up, but I do so through a particular lens. I am not asking whether the initiatives and recommendations are welcome - many clearly are. But, do they point the way to a better model for person centred care?
The ‘Untapped Potential’ report published yesterday, 13 April 2016, calls upon charities to ‘work together: aggregate and simplify’. In a climate where the voluntary sector is under additional scrutiny, and resources are limited, we need to stand together and meet common goals convincingly and efficiently.
Lynne Craven has lived with MS since the age of 34, and has added familial hypercholesterolaemia and under active thyroid along the way. Lynne is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners’ network of champions for collaborative care and support planning. She tweets at @sm_partnership and sometimes uses #getLynneacareplan to make the point that she wants one.
Julie Fenner, Petrea Fagan, Anya De Iongh and Lisa Kidd
For people with long term conditions, living with their symptoms and adjusting the way they live with them is part of everyday life. Appointments with health professionals represent only a small proportion of their time and the rest of the time they are ‘going it alone’. But how realistic is it to expect people to play an active role in managing their own health and to make difficult lifestyle changes without support?
Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, was recently described by the Guardian as ‘trickier to pin down than his predecessors’. Last week Mr Stevens met with National Voices members to discuss the future of the NHS and the role of voluntary organisations in health and care. So did we manage to ‘pin him down’?