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#GPnews: Doctors told to reveal income from private work

16:55 Elsewhere today, the Scottish Health Survey has found that women between the ages of 16 and 24 have 'significantly lower' levels of mental wellbeing compared with other age groups, new figures have revealed. 

The survey of 5,000 adults also found that levels of mental wellbeing for all other age groups were similar – with little difference between men and women.

The BBC reports that 23% of women aged 16-24 reported higher levels of self-harm compared with 19% of men. 

Scottish Labour's inequalities spokeswoman Monica Lennon attacked the SNP Government over the report's findings, adding: 'It's appalling that young women in Scotland have significantly lower levels of mental health, with almost a quarter having self-harmed.

'The Scottish Health Survey also reveals a postcode lottery, with children and young people in the most deprived communities more likely to have lower levels of good mental health.'

14:10 The case at the High Court over the new junior doctor contract between campaign group Justice for Health and health secretary Jeremy Hunt has concluded today. 

Justice for Health – a group of junior doctors – mounted a case against Mr Hunt's imposition of the new contract, which the group claimed yesterday in court was 'unsafe and unsustainable'. 

Barrister Jenni Richards QC, representing the group of junior doctors, told the court today that Mr Hunt’s contract decision 'should be quashed', and argued 'that he could recommend a new contract but had no power to impose one', the Guardian reports

But Mr Hunt's legal team claimed he did not go 'beyond the scope of this powers', and approved the new contract but did not 'compel' NHS Employers to use it.

11:30  Junior doctors are being polled by BMA union members, amid fears 'thousands now oppose industrial strike action over the new contract'. 

The Telegraph reports that a leaked memo suggests that the dispute could end if the junior doctors were ‘not willing to take part in further industrial action’. 

The leaked emails come after the BMA's junior doctor committee confirmed last week that it would be pushing ahead with the strikes each month until December, despite calls for them to be cancelled. 

An email, sent from JDC member Dr Kitty Mohan to 9,000 junior doctors in the South Thames area said: 'Since the most recent programme of industrial action was announced last month, many have written to us individually, or informed either the BMA centrally, your hospital junior doc reps, or your trainee group that your views may have changed.

Her email went on to ask members to reply to the survey, ahead of the BMA meeting this weekend.

Dr Mohan added: 'If you do not respond, we will have no choice but to presume you are not willing to take part in further IA [industrial action] and wish the dispute to end.'

9:35  Good morning and welcome to the live blog. 

There is a big health story that has been covered in the national media this morning involving the announcement of new NHS plans that will force NHS doctors in England to declare their income from private work.

The new plans are intended to ’boost transparency and avoid conflicts of interest’, the BBC reports

NHS England chairman Sir Malcolm Grant, who led a review on the issue, said the details should be published on a hospital register from April – but claimed it was not an attempt to restrict private work of consultants. 


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  • Absolutely untransparent. These corrupt immoral snouts in the trough politicians can xxxx off.
    I have had enough of this bash a doc. Should have been a banker. ..multimillionaire at 40 retired houses in the sun yacht bling everywhere and government would give me a bonus.

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  • Dear Prospective medical students - Just dont!

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  • Why stop here? I would like to see the same rules applied to all services dealing with the public. That includes MPs. Oh and let's not forget that the MPs pensions too should reflect other public servant pensions. No big severence handouts, no cushy private jobs to fall into, no speaker circuits. See it happening? Nope, didn't think so. Bar stewards.

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  • Daily Mail 19 April 2015

    How bosses got £35MILLION in pay rises last year, enjoying champagne parties, exotic holidays and shopping trips to Harrods as hospitals battled to make ends meet
    Executives earned more than £1m while directors pocketed £5,000 a day
    Figures can be revealed after Daily Mail carried out audit of trust accounts
    Nearly 1,000 NHS bosses earned £100,000 including pension contributions
    Around 50 hospital bosses took home more than £400,000 last year alone

    Are these the same bosses?
    By the way, nothing happened to the fat cats, they simply carried on savouring the cream

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  • Political elite will always feather their own nest. Public sentiment is for this to happen. Public and government will get the nhs they want. The politicians are systematically destroying us.

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  • Yet again another government ploy to bash and discredit doctors. Should have been a hospital manager. Been rubbish at it. Paid off and then find another job within nhs management

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  • Jeremy is meeting his target of finishing off the NHS fast!
    Who in their right mind would want to work for them now? Just hope I still get my pension when the axe falls.

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  • A misgovernment of deluded hateful hypocritical corrupt *urds always attacking professionals whilst supporting spivs and greedy so called managers
    Nauseating and perverse

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  • @11:31 - and these embezzled millions include money siphoned off from squeezing Practice weighted list sizes blaming it on the formula, siphoning funds to friends and families but do not take into account the contracts and backhanders received from private providers.
    This loot also includes moneys received from Section 106 for support to local Practices.
    We are ruled by a Chicago style mafia which has protection from the Cos Nostra in the Tory camp and hence the passivity of NHS Fraud and disinclination of any organization to pursue an inquiry into criminal activities by NHSE. This is where the cookie crumbles , so does NHS.

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