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Health & NHS
You wake up one morning to hear the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg telling her sleepy-eared audience that the government are about to 'unpick' some of or some parts of the Conservative-led Coalition's great NHS restructuring.
NHS community care moves into the era of hubs and spokes: it'll be all change for Wiltshire's community hospitals
Radical changes are coming to Wiltshire's primary and community health care. A plan drawn up by Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Capita (the outsourcing and management giant) for the buildings needed in northwest Wiltshire up to 2026, involves cutting two community hospitals and replacing them with other buildings and services.
NHS nursing crisis: Lili is from Romania & works at GWH - but the flow of EU nurses has now dried up
Lili Baleanu is a Romanian nurse working at Great Western Hospital - one of the steeply declining number of EU nurses to arrive since the Brexit referendum.
Lili graduated as a nurse in Romania in August last year and arrived at GWH in late November. She passed the obligatory English language test (the IELTS - more of which later) and will become a fully registered nurse in a matter of days - getting her Pin number from the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).
The general election brings - as usual - a wealth of promises and opinions about the NHS. There is not, however, much talk about the GP crisis.
About ten per cent of NHS doctors (not all of them GPs) are EU nationals - so unless the post-Brexit status of EU nationals to remain is not fixed soon, the shortage of GPs could get a lot worse. A poll in February found that nearly two out of three EU doctors in the NHS were considering leaving the UK.
Winter is coming. The older amongst us are queuing up for flu jabs and just about everyone you meet who works in health and social care is terrified that this will be the winter when the NHS and council care services are finally - and dangerously - overwhelmed.
Local politics is coming back to Wiltshire's NHS. Creating the very NationalHS in 1948 was a brave political decision - ever since, tinkering national politicians have sought to leave their mark on the NHS and played with its budget.
It seems we have reached the point in the NHS' continuing woes when we have to resort to the Anglo-French writer Hilaire Belloc. He wrote prolifically in the early part of the twentieth century and provides an appropriate text for today's NHS:
And always keep a-hold of Nurse
For fear of finding something worse
STP WATCH: Did anyone notice? NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans have become Partnerships - and permanent
There was a bit of noise during the election campaign around the government's latest move in the continual and discreet reorganisation of the NHS - the STPs aka Sustainability and Transformation Plans. This noise of protest centred on rumours of cuts some STPs are going to make.
This kind of noise will get very loud indeed as the plans of some of England's 44 STPs focus on money saving closures of services and buildings - all in the name of sustainability with reduced funding. But in case we got frightened by 'plans', the STPs have had their 'P' changed to the cosier and much more user friendly 'Partnership'.
A group of Wiltshire young people are on a mission to change the way mental health services are run for their peers and will be presenting a report to Wiltshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board next Thursday (May 18).
Young Listeners from Healthwatch Wiltshire spoke to 174 children and young people in the county to find out how they felt about using health and care services.
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