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#GPnews: Boris wants to use EU cash to 'build hospitals'

15:00 Leaflets produced by the Vote Leave campaign warning of the 'supposed dangers of the EU to the NHS' have been found on wards at Guy's hospital in central London, despite being banned by officials and being the subject of potential legal action, the Guardian reports.

However, it is not known who distributed the leaflets – while the Vote Leave campaign said it had not arranged the leafleting.

A spokeswoman from the hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘We do not allow external organisations to hand out or leave flyers on site without permission’, adding that the NHS trust is conscious of the need to remain politically impartial.

14:27 It has become the 'Brexit' campaign's turn to kick the NHS political football.

London mayor and Tory MP Boris Johnson, who is campaigning for the UK to leave the EU, is arguing that EU contributions should be spent on the NHS instead.

Mr Johnson is today kicking off the Vote Leave campaign, co-led by former education secretary Michael Gove, with a claim that money going to the EU means less money going to a cash-strapped NHS, where it could be used for 'building hospitals', the Telegraph reports.

But the Labour Party urged voters not to 'trust a word Boris Johnson says on the NHS', labelling his claims 'misleading and simplistic'.

Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander said: 'The NHS funding crisis has nothing to do with our membership of the European Union, and everything to do with years of underfunding by the Tory Government supported by Michael Gove and Boris Johnson.

'A range of experts, including the IMF, have warned that leaving the EU would damage our economy and risk plunging our NHS into an even deeper financial crisis, ultimately damaging patient care.'

12:00 Women are being pressured into 'natural' childbirth because of the cost of ceasareans to the NHS, a charity has warned.

This comes as a C-section costs the NHS £1,700 compared to £750 for a vaginal birth, reports the Daily Mail.

Rebecca Schiller, chief executive of the charity Birthrights, says that 'women are feeling they have to beg for an elective caesarean'.

She adds: ‘This is particularly if they have had a previous traumatic birth, and they know the impact it had on them. They feel their reasons are not being taken seriously by doctors and midwives.

'All too often they are coerced into making decisions they later regret. Given access to unbiased information, evidence and support, women can interpret and choose risks for themselves and their babies.’

10:51 Elsewhere this morning, a leading paediatrician has warned that the care of sick children in the NHS is at risk of becoming unsafe because the onging junior doctors' row over the imposition of the new contract is driving away many medics from entering the specialty. 

According to the Guardian, Professor Neena Modi said there are worrying signs of an exodus of trainee doctors from children’s medicine that 'will exacerbate an already serious shortage of staff.' 

9:45 This morning we are leading on a legal case where a trainee’s ‘written reflections’ on an incident in their training development portfolio was used against them at a hearing – a move which GP leaders said highlights the medico-legal ‘minefield’ that GPs are having to operate in.

Dr Peter Holden, a former GPC negotiator and a GP in Derbyshire, told Pulse: 'I do think some of our colleagues are a little naïve and should be taking legal advice before they do things. And the problem is there’s a whole generation of doctors whose training is incomplete, they’ve not been given enough medico-legal training to at least recognise a medico-legal minefield when they see it.'

Read Pulse's full coverage here

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Medico-legal training is essential to a career in medicine. I had none and, after many years as a GP, found myself investigated by the GMC. I went on a "Medical Record Keeping" seminar provided by one of the indemnity providers (MPS) during this process. It was a revalation. Every doctor should have this sort of training as a medical student - not wait until an event in their career precipitates it. Medicine is a medico-legal nightmare in which law such as presumed innocence simply does not apply. Don't learn the hard way!

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  • Do not become a doctor. With those brains, be clever. Do computers, engineering etc. A lot less stressful.
    The bogeyman is out to get you. GMsee you everywhere.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Extraordinary time in history.
    NHS and general practice are at cross road to determine their fate.
    The country is about to determine its fate in Europe.
    One thing is clear: thing is not what it seems. The politicians holding most of the power in the government are spending all their might to keep UK in Europe . In normal circumstances , one would expect the arguments of 'Out' to flounder considering the resources the ruling government can pour into a campaign , already evident by the millions of pounds spent on information leaflets. But unfortunately , this government is rapidly losing credibility fast and furious even in the eyes of its own voters. Less than 12 months after being elected , cracks are everywhere on this ship of hierarchy : the health secretary was up against the most hostile reception from medical professionals prompting the junior doctors to go on multiple industrial actions first time in 40 years. Relationship is at rock bottom. The PM never dreamt he would ever have to publish his tax return papers , desperately defending his 'innocence' and more importantly the reputation of his late father , sharing a bit of the bitter taste Ed Miliban had when the media had a go on his father in the grave. A post hoc analysis suggested over 50% people was then trusting the PM less . For politician to admit he/she was wrong in public is a rare 'Jewel' unless it was absolutely 'necessary' . Was it necessary ? Much more than that because of this extraordinary situation leading up to the referendum . Then the Chancellor: how did he manage to overlook the cunning , treacherous mutiny plan of IDS, was totally beyond me. The grand plan to reach budget surplus in 2020 giving him the license to rule as the next PM, is now thrown into serious doubts . His popularity has never been that high inside and outside his party anyway.
    Suddenly , conspiracy theory becomes popular . The culture secretary became an immediate victim. It was never about a relationship with a sex worker but bad taste in the tongues of those media involved in the phone hacking played a large part . Did he really coerce the media not to publish his affair when he was involved in the Leveson's inquiry ? That might not be so important but the argument circulated around the conspiracy that these media could easily hold him in ransom as long as he continues to regulate the media . In a sense , more media censorship is not quite fair to those other media which never involved in hacking . What do you think, Nigel?
    After all , the position of culture secretary under Cameron had been a nightmare job : remember the one in coalition government who 'sincerely' apologised for 30 seconds in House of Commons for her over-claimed expenses in 2014?
    Then you look at the 'leave' camp(nearly had a heart attack seeing all the Tory 'ace cards' on table!)ironically co-chaired by a Labour woman MP who claimed more millions of pounds can be spent in NHS every week if UK has left EU. While I would not ,for a second ,believe the mathematics would add up , this also shows the NHS is a major weakness in this government , well exposed to any form of opposition to fire an arrow right towards the heart of Cameron et al. No matter what the arguments on NHS are from both camps , the worse its shape is leading up to the referendum, the more grounds the current government will lose . That is probably why the health secretary is going for a state of 'hibernation' right now. Perhaps , this is the opportunity for us to raise the voice even louder about the funding of NHS and general practice . Yes , it is always about debts the country is already bearing but UK is the fifth largest economy in the world with over 70% of its GDP depending on service sector. If there is a political will , there is a political way?!
    Bottom line is NHS ,as a social institution with a history of almost 70 years , has a telos of establishing all the conceptions, though competing , of what virtues it should reward or honour(ideology of Aristotle). We are trained and brought up by these virtues but politicians are not. They always try to contract all arguments into a set of simplified numerical figures and as long as they appeared to be some what meaningful to the public , they believe they have earned the trust of running the service .
    What should be the future of this country ? What should be that of NHS? It is a shame the public has never been given a chance to have a transparent , honest and realistic reflection from all politicians . Instead , it is another episode of Games of Throne . This time is a bloody battle well within the same tribe.

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