SIR – You report ( June 30 ) that almost 19,000 family doctors plan to leave the NHS in the next five years due to retirement, stress and burnout. Another reason is that the current role of GPs is boring and a reflection of what they have become – public-health doctors buried in vaccination programmes, time-consuming and impersonal remote consultations, overwhelming bureaucracy and failing management. Look at what has been taken away from them: acute medicine and maternity care. These areas were what formed the long-term bond between doctor, family and community. To restore general practice, GPs need to be allowed to provide 21st-century care, accommodating specialisation and embracing high-tech diagnosis and therapy. Central to this is speed of access in the appropriate setting to specialised doctors. GPs should be able to work as specialists and team up with secondary care to develop a fully integrated personalised service. GPs need to be allowed to do what they were trained … [Read more...] about Letters: GPs are quitting because their medical expertise is going to waste
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Rishi Sunak follows Javid and resigns from Johnson’s Cabinet Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top politics stories again SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Mr Javid said he could not continue in his post “in good conscience” after losing confidence in Boris Johnson’s leadership. This follows the revelation Mr Johnson admitted he was aware of a misconduct complaint against former deputy chief whip, Chris Pincher, who was suspended from the party following allegations of sexual misconduct last week. Related articles Take GP service off life support, medics tell Sajid Javid Putin channelling Stalin with terrifying starvation plan But Mr Javid’s replacement has been named as Steve Barclay, who … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s fightback begins as new Chancellor, Health and Education Secretaries named
A former civil servant publicly accusing a Prime Minister of lying is a rare event, but Baron McDonald of Salford is unlikely to have had any pangs of guilt about calling out the man who effectively ended his career . During his time as Boris Johnson’s Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office, Lord McDonald - or Sir Simon, as he was then - was suspected by Mr Johnson of running a spying operation and orchestrating damaging leaks about the then foreign secretary. Mr Johnson believed that media stories accusing him of being lazy and failing to attend properly to his red boxes of ministerial papers were being briefed by Lord McDonald’s department. When the Foreign Office merged with the Department for International Development , Mr Johnson, by then Prime Minister, saw to it that Lord McDonald was squeezed out. So when he had the chance to expose Mr Johnson’s Downing Street operation for what he says is a lie over the Chris Pincher affair - an undeniably important … [Read more...] about Lord McDonald: The former civil servant who ‘never saw eye to eye’ with Boris Johnson
By Adam Parris-Long, News Reporter This is just the third election since the Second World War which has resulted in no party having a Commons majority. On a fourth occasion (John Major in 1996) the government lost its majority during the parliament. As Theresa May attempts to reach a deal with the DUP to hold up her premiership, Sky takes a look at the leaders who ruled despite failing to clinch an overall majority. Harold Wilson - February 1974 to October 1974 In the midst of the three-day working week, Conservative prime minister Edward Heath called a snap election in February 1974 in an attempt to curtail the long-running miners' dispute. Advertisement His Conservatives were upheaved by Harold Wilson's Labour as Britain's biggest party, but Mr Wilson fell short of a majority by 33 seats. With a hung parliament, Mr Heath opened talks with Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe to form a coalition. More from Politics Boris Johnson apologises … [Read more...] about Minority report: How PMs fared without an overall majority
Nigel Farage reacts to John Bercow resignation announcement Get pensions news and advice plus latest money alerts for FREE now SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Mr Bercow’s retirement package is believed to be one of the most generous in the country and will pay him £38,000 a year when he retires. Yesterday the Commons Speaker said he would quit in the event of MPs voting for a general election next month and if not he will stand down on October 31, the current Brexit deadline. In 2012, Mr Bercow refused to follow Gordon Brown and David Cameron who gave up the non-contributory pension which was given to former Prime Ministers and Speakers. Related articles Lindsay Hoyle wife: Meet the woman behind potential … [Read more...] about John Bercow walks away with tax-payer funded £1 million pension
The British opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer has said there is no going back on Brexit, in a speech on Monday night. Instead, he offered a new slogan as part of a drive to ensure Britain thrives: "Make Brexit Work". "There are some who say 'we don’t need to make Brexit work — we need to reverse it'," the Labour leader told the Centre for European Reform (CER) . "I couldn’t disagree more." "Let me be very clear. Under Labour, Britain will not go back into the EU. We will not be joining the single market. We will not be joining a customs union." It represents a major policy shift for Starmer — who in the run-up to Brexit called for a deal to be put to a second referendum, and lauded the benefits of the free movement of workers, now consigned to the past. It also further distances the country's current direction from the fiery debates and deadlock in the aftermath of the 2016 referendum, with the two largest parties firmly wedded to the UK's departure from the … [Read more...] about Brexit damage: Is EU exit now hitting UK’s economy harder than COVID?
The resignation of Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid could be the final blow for Boris Johnson's premiership after the political heavyweights attacked the PM's "lack of integrity", competence and leadership. The prime minister narrowly survived a confidence vote in him last month. Tory MPs voted by 211 to 148 in support of the PM, but the scale of the revolt against his leadership left him wounded. When Theresa May faced a confidence vote in 2018 she secured the support of 63% of her MPs - but was still forced out within six months. The prime minister saw 41% of his MPs vote against him, a worse result than Mrs May. Advertisement So, if Mr Johnson faces a similar fate, these are the candidates that could stand to replace him: Up until the last few months, the former chancellor was seen by many Conservative MPs as the frontrunner in the race to succeed Mr Johnson. More on Boris Johnson Nadhim Zahawi made … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson under pressure – who are the frontrunners for his job if PM’s time runs out?
The Prime Minister's joint chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill have resigned after Theresa May lost her majority in the General Election. The pair have been in the firing line after the PM's gamble of calling a snap election backfired, with disgruntled Conservatives highly critical of the role of Mr Timothy and Ms Hill played in the campaign. Former Tory MP Gavin Barwell will replace the duo as Mrs May's new Downing Street chief of staff. The ex-housing minister served in the Government until losing his Croydon Central seat on Thursday night. Mr Timothy acknowledged that one of his regrets was the way the party's controversial social care reforms, dubbed a "dementia tax" by critics, had been handled. Advertisement :: LIVE: All the fallout from the General Election Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 3:43 PM faces Tory backlash over election gamble Mrs May was forced into a u-turn within … [Read more...] about May’s top aides Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill resign after election
By resigning within minutes of each other , Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak jointly wielded the knife, and they no doubt hope that in doing so one of them will get to wear the crown. The hesitancy of Cabinet ministers to lead the charge against Boris Johnson in recent months has been put down to the belief that direct challengers never get the top job. Lord Heseltine’s humiliation after he forced out Margaret Thatcher cast a long shadow over the Conservative Party. But if Mr Johnson is, ultimately, toppled as a result of Tuesday’s events, it will be impossible to pinpoint whether it was Mr Javid, who quit first, or Mr Sunak, the senior man, who started the landslide. Both harbour ambitions of becoming the next prime minister , and both will now be calculating that by sharing responsibility for an attempted coup they will avoid the fate of Lord Heseltine and go on to lead the country. The former chancellor’s team insists the two resignations were not co-ordinated, but the … [Read more...] about Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid will now believe they can avoid Heseltine’s fate
Nigel Farage reacts to John Bercow resignation announcement Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top politics stories again SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info The MP for Buckingham has been accused by critics of frustrating the entire Brexit process despite his ‘impartial’ role as Speaker. He will now be leaving parliament on October 31 - the day that Britain is supposed to be leaving the EU - or before a general election if that comes first. It will mean the next Speaker will be chosen by the current cohort of MPs, two thirds of whom voted Remain. Mr Bercow said if he had waited to stand down after the next election, newly-elected MPs would not be “informed” enough to make the right choice. Related articles … [Read more...] about Bercow’s last swipe at Brexiteers: Speaker ‘gaming system’ so Remainers choose successor