Royal College of Nursing urges Government to lower additional charges for International Nurses

The recent comment by the Royal College of Nursing regarding Healthcare surcharges being levied on nurses from overseas is both well measured and correct. Under current immigration policy, people who come to work in the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) must pay a healthcare surcharge that has left some nurses facing bills of several thousand pounds. The current fee of £200 per family member per year is about to be doubled to £400 and that means a £1600 bill for a family of 4 per year. This fee is being charged against a backdrop of the most

“Stark” Variations In The Standard Of Breast Cancer Care Across England

Women face “unacceptable differences” in breast cancer care across England caused by variations in screening, the availability of drugs and a staffing crisis, a new report has concluded. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Breast Cancer has published the final report of its inquiry into geographical inequalities in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care across England and found “stark” variations in the standard and availability of care. Based on where they live in England, a woman with breast cancer may be: More than twice as likely to die from breast cancer under the age of 75 than a woman treated

Brexit Threat Adding to Mental Health Recruitment Struggle

In December 2017, 18 months on from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, the first stage of negotiations relating to the UK’s departure from the EU concluded. At this stage in the process, what do we know about the possible impact on public health services? A new briefing paper, Brexit and mental health, from the Mental Health Network NHS Confederation (MHN) which represents 93% of statutory mental health trusts in England, sets out an assessment of the possible implications of Brexit and some of the key questions relating to future workforce supply and legislation. The implications of the UK’s departure from the