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Offline muddycoffee

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The Oncoming Crisis in Medical Doctors
« on: July 09, 2019, 03:31:03 PM »
I work in the health service and I have been interested to listen to the current news stories about hospital consultants being handed massive tax bills because they fall foul of a new complex income tax rule. This has been a surprise to most of them and even accountants didn't realise it was about to happen. Many of these consultants have been given a surprise tax demand for £30,000, £80,000 or even more, with just a month or two to pay or get fines or baliffs round to sell their belongings. The result of this government tax rule is that consultants now can't afford to do any extra shifts as it costs them in tax more than they gain.
The consequence is that waiting lists will get longer and people will have to wait months more for procedures and scans. This treasury rule change was designed to get more tax out of merchant bankers who are able to hide their income into pension instruments. However health service staff cannot do this as they are employed and paid via PAYE system with an NHS pension that is either a career average or final salary system, depending when they started.
Since David Cameron took over and imposed austerity doctors have not done well. The pay has been frozen and NHS has lost lots of staff due to cuts. This extra frustration is just another difficulty for one of the most prized professions.

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Re: The Oncoming Crisis in Medical Doctors
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2019, 03:41:04 PM »
So now down to the big issue.
One of my colleagues went to a conference last month and a speaker made a presentation explaining what is likely to happen over the next ten years. We know that there is becoming a shortage of GPs as the work is relentless and many are retiring early due to the stress.
Also we have many doctors and nurses from other countries propping up the NHS because we can't get enough UK born doctors trained.
Well what is now on the horizon is many emerging counties are setting up free Health services for their citizens similar to the European model, but the issue with this is that they will need thousands extra doctors and nurses.

The work has been done with the likely statistics and basically there is going to be a massive worldwide shortage of medical staff in the future and this is going
to hit the UK NHS very hard.
So even if we have a different government that starts to fund the NHS more adequately, there is still going to be a medical staff crisis.

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Re: The Oncoming Crisis in Medical Doctors
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2019, 09:16:04 PM »
That's pretty grim.

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