3rd August 2023

GP workforce crisis deepens
Despite government rhetoric GP numbers continue to fall. There were 27,153 FTE fully-qualified GPs last month, down from 28,129 at the end of 2019. The Royal College of GPs warns of ‘intense workload and workforce pressures’.

ULEZ and public health funding
Yes this is an opinion piece, but it says it how it is. Air pollution is the biggest killer, between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths every year are due to human-made air pollution.

“Not enough time with patients”
As an example of the worrying picture of the intense pressures being felt at the NHS frontline, a poll across a range of NHS professions shows they have too little time to help patients and the quality of care the service provides is falling.

Mental health callouts: no new cash
Health services will not get any new funding when they take over responsibility for mental health emergencies from police next month, increasing pressure on ambulance and A&E services already in crisis.