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New plan for NHS 'doctors on the cheap'

Issue No. 2418

Thousands of NHS patients will soon be treated by staff with just two years of intensive training rather than by a fully qualified doctor.

The “physician associates” will work in local surgeries and casualty wards. 

A very small number already work in the NHS but bosses want to up the numbers as the Tories slash hospital budgets.

The associates won’t be registered with the General Medical Council or any other body.


Patients are stranded by privatisation 

Vulnerable and elderly patients have been forced to take taxis after passenger transport ambulances took more than four hours to arrive.

The findings at east London’s Barts NHS—Britain’s largest NHS trust—have prompted an internal investigation. 

Some 110 patients complained about ambulances turning up hours late or not at all.

Private firm ERS Medical took over the provision in June.

The Trust has now launched a full investigation.


Birmingham Trust to cut millions

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust will make £80 million in cuts over the next six years.

The West Midlands’ trust is developing a new “super hospital” called Midland Metropolitan, set to open in 2018.

The new site is being developed under the infamous PFI (Private Finance Initiative). 

This allows firms to profit from NHS spending for decades to come.

The Trust said it must chop £80 million from its wage bill.


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