Archives for November 2nd, 2001

JUNIOR DOCTORS FACING PAY CUT

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 November, 2001

Junior doctors who work part time face an uncertain future following the Government’s decision not to fund flexible training posts. An increasing number of hospital trusts are refusing to employ flexible trainees or renew existing contracts because of the lack of central funding for such posts. It has also been suggested that their contracts should be renegotiated, effectively to deliver a pay cut for flexible trainees. The decision has angered the BMA’s junior doctors committee which has been pressing for central funding to alleviate the crisis.Most doctors who seek flexible training posts do so because they have young children and wish to look after their families. Flexible trainees typically work around 40 hours a week. In a recent BMA study, 37.9% of a sample of junior doctors thought that they may wish to train flexibly in the future. Last year, 58% of entrants to medical school were women.

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JOINED UP CARE INITIATIVE THREATENED BY PREPARATION FAILURE

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 November, 2001

Beleaguered housing benefit departments of councils already under fire from the Audit Commission for taking twice as long to process claims and doing it at four times the cost as similar councils, See Publicnet Briefing 31st October, have now been criticized by the DTLR. The charge is that they are failing to prepare for the ground breaking changes in care arrangements due to be launched in April 2003 when the Supporting People programme will join up housing-related support services for a wide range of vulnerable people such as the homeless, drugusers and those leaving institutions such as prison.An independent report produced by researchers at the University of York found a disturbing picture when they looked at how transitional arrangements, introduced in April 2000, are working. They found that senior officers and council members who were neither aware of the importance of the transitional arrangements nor did they understand them. They were also unaware of the importance of the Supporting People initiative. Much of the transitional arrangement work that has been done was considered to be flawed. The researchers found that Housing Benefit spend had been under estimated and the guidelines had not been applied consistently between and within local councils.

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