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#GPnews: GPs welcome (apparent) cross-party support for NHS pay rise

15:25 BMA chair and GP Dr Chaand Nagpaul has commented on the latest NHS performance data. which he said showed ‘A&E targets still aren’t being met, the number of people waiting more than 10 weeks for routine surgery is the highest its been in nine years and waits of a year or more are the second highest since 2012, shamefully breaching NHS constitution standards’.

He said the NHS ‘crisis’ is ‘across the board’ – ’with a lack of hospital beds and services, A&E departments struggling because of an overstretched system, and GPs increasingly unable to get their patients treated within adequate timescales’.

He added: ‘The Government has so far failed to grasp the seriousness of the situation. The NHS isn’t at breaking point because of front-line financial mismanagement, or poor decision making, but because of the conscious, and constant, underinvestment in our health service.’

11:40 GPs have taken to Twitter to welcome news of Labour’s unopposed motion to increase NHS pay.

Health secretary Jonathan Ashworth yesterday delivered the motion which called for ‘fair pay’ for NHS workers, after the Treasury had signalled the long-term cap of 1% was lifted.

Because the Government did not bring a vote on the opposition motion, it was approved by the House of Commons without division.

This was, according to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, because the Government knew it would lose such a vote.

09:40 All women who go into labour before 37 weeks of pregnancy should be offered antibiotics to reduce the chances of strep B infection passing onto their newborn child.

One in four women carry the bacteria, which can cause newborns to die, or leave them with disability, but women are not routinely tested.

However, updated guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says women who have a premature birth should be treated with intravenous antibiotics.

Incidence of early onset GBS has been rising: 500 babies were infected in 2015. And while 17 out of 20 will recover fully, two in 20 will be left with some disability while one in 20 will die.

Professor Janice Rymer, vice president of education for the RCOG, said: ’Research by the RCOG in 2015 found a large variation in UK practice about how best to prevent early onset GBS disease.

’This revised guideline will provide standardised treatment of pregnant women with GBS and reduce the risk of their babies developing the infection.’

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