Reward for failure – 30: Jeremy Hunt
A concerned reader sends this link to a junior doctor’s blog – summarised:
There’s been enough of heated opinion lately- so let’s just serve cold hard facts.
Hunt’s plan to replace foreign doctors with ‘homegrown’ talent is as laughable as it is xenophobic. We are already in the midst of a workforce crisis:
- applications to medical school dropped 13.5% in the last 5 years,
- increasing numbers of junior doctors are leaving training and the country,
- the existing doctor workforce increasingly cover the work of two or more doctors
- 7 in 10 doctors work in departments where at least one doctor is missing,
- 2/5 of consultant posts are unfilled,
- 96% of doctors work in wards with nurse shortages.
- Health Education England, the body that funds training of so-called ‘homegrown’ talent, has had its budget slashed by £1 billion next year
- Around 25% of the doctor workforce are non-UK, and 10-15% of all NHS staff.
We are well below the European average in hospital beds per person and doctors per person in the NHS as we are – yet Jeremy Hunt plans to push away up to a quarter of the workforce and cut the training budget.
He has no plans to actually address the drop in ‘homegrown’ talent already, a direct repercussion of Hunt’s own morale plummeting war against the profession and yet Theresa May claims that this year was one of the most successful yet for the NHS.
Posted on October 8, 2016, in Education, Government, Health, NHS, Privatisation, Reward for failure, Taxpayers' money and tagged Health Education England, junior doctors. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.