Weekend public sector news round-up – 11.12.17

Here’s some of the latest public sector news headlines, blogs and updates from the weekend:

Will recruiting GPs from overseas help tackle the workforce crisis? – GP Online
NHS England plans to recruit 2,000 overseas GPs by 2020, but how has the scheme worked in pilot areas and will it make a difference to overstretched practices?

GPs fear NHS crisis with hospitals full at start of winter – GP Online
GP leaders have warned that practices will face pressure to limit referrals and a rise in workload after official NHS data showed that scores of hospitals are already stretched to the limit with winter just beginning.

Tories warn 2% pay offer could lead to job cuts – Local Government Chronicle
Government funding for pay rise described as “vanishingly unlikely”

‘Tell us to get out of the way’, NHS England finance chief tells STPs – Public Finance
Sustainability and transformation partnerships should tell NHS England if it is “getting in the way”, the HFMA annual conference heard yesterday.

Minister confirms £72,500 social care cap plan scrapped – Public Finance
Plans to cap social care costs at £72,500 from 2020 have been scrapped, the care minister confirmed yesterday.

NHS seeks input of digital ‘lost tribes’ to guide £6m skills investment – Public Technology
Health and care workers across England are being asked for their input as part of a consultation programme, the findings of which will guide a £6m investment in building digital skills across the NHS.

BMA warns Government plans could put NHS on route to privatisation – Pulse
The BMA has warned that NHS England plans to bring local health and social care services under one contract run the risk of privatising NHS services.

GPs have less confidence than other providers that CQC is useful – Pulse
Nearly half of primary care workers feel the way CQC inspects and regulates doesn’t improve the quality of care received by patients.