Medical, Industry News
Welcome to the August Medical News Checkup.
Summer flew by and suddenly it's September! But don't worry we're going to continue to bring you some positive and informative news from the medical industry, and if you are available for sessions, or know someone that is, please check our latest medical jobs below.
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Average GP pay rose 2.8% in England in 2019/20
Average GP pay in England rose by 2.8% in 2019/20 - outstripping a 1.9% increase in Wales, but well behind the growth of 4.3% in Scotland and 6.5% in Northern Ireland, official figures reveal. Across partners and salaried GPs in England, average income before tax averaged £100,700 in 2019/20 - up from £98,000 in the previous financial year, according to figures published by NHS Digital. The figure - which includes income across GPs working full-time and part-time - remains the highest in the UK. The average income for partners on GMS and PMS contracts in England was £121,800 in 2019/20.
Read more here (GP Online)
Covid-antibody therapy approved in UK
A new Covid treatment - that uses a pair of laboratory-made antibodies to attack the virus - has been approved for use in the UK. The regulator said the drug Ronapreve had been shown to prevent infection and reduce the need for hospital treatment. It was famously used as part of the suite of experimental medicines given to US President Donald Trump last year. However, it is very expensive and likely to be reserved for those at greatest risk of becoming severely ill.
Read more here (BBC News)
One in seven GP posts empty as vacancy rates remain high
Exclusive GP vacancy rates remains high, with one in seven posts unfilled, according to an exclusive survey by Pulse. The survey of almost 400 GPs – carried out in May – uncovered 301 full-time equivalent (FTE) posts are vacant, out of the 2,142 that respondents said their practices require. The high vacancy rate – at 14% – is a slight improvement on the 15% unfilled GP posts revealed the last time Pulse carried out the survey in 2018 – which was the worst on record, though did include vacancies from across the UK. In 2021, among the 369 GPs taking part in the survey, 56% (207) said they had no vacancies, but the remainder were carrying mostly one vacancy (27%), or two (8%).
Read more here (Pulse Today)
Research reveals optimal usage time and effectiveness of different face masks
Respirator masks have been hailed as the “go-to” face-covering to mitigate Covid-19, according to new research from the University of Surrey. A new study, published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials today, explored the effectiveness of 11 masks, including four respirators, three medical and four handmade face coverings, within a submicron range. The laboratory investigation, carried out by air pollution experts at the university, also sought to uncover how long a mask should be worn. Findings showed that, over time, the filters of a face mask can start to become clogged by aerosol particles, while breathing resistance also increases as the masks are worn.
Read more here (Nursing Times)
How to manage burnout as a nurse or doctor
Working as a nurse or doctor can be a rewarding career, but it can also be notoriously stressful especially during these times. On-going stress and constant pressure in the workplace can often lead nurses and doctors to suffer from exhaustion and in some cases, burnout. Mental health is equally as important as physical health and as a doctor, nurse, or medical professional it can be hard to self-diagnose burnout.
Read more about burnout and tips to manage it here
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