As of right now, the UK has just finalized legislation that will allow for changes to the health sector and new health sanctions. These new sanctions are said to be revolutionary for the future of the medical world and would welcome the introduction of brand new medical technology, along with practices that could save millions.  

These new sanctions are not just improving the medical techniques and equipment that we have access to at the moment, they have also been put in place to improve the overall service that people in the UK gain. It is no secret that there has been some controversy based on corruption that has been occurring in the medical sector. This controversy is mainly based on the companies that the government has funded to support the NHS. Many of these companies simply have not fulfilled their contracts and a large majority of them are not providing quality products to the people that need them the most.  

These sanctions have been put into place with the hope of making seeking medical help much easier. They have also been put into place as a way to hopefully prevent any corruption in the future.  

Now that you know why the new sanctions have been introduced, you may be wondering what the sanctions are.

 

The Sanction Search 

Now that sanctions are being implemented on medical professionals, more and more of them are in fear of making mistakes within their careers. One of the main reasons why this is the case is because of the creation of a sanction search. Sanction search allows you to gain access to a list of medical professionals that have received penalties and suspensions. Even if these people are allowed to continue to work, it is important that potential patients have the opportunity to learn about any mistakes or negligence that have taken place. After all, medical professionals essentially have the lives of others in their hands.  

The fact that these sanctions are being documented also encourages medical professionals to take more care in their work. There have been several instances where medical professionals have neglected their patients or even taken from their own practices. The fact that these cases can be kept on a permanent record is a very good deterrent and there has already been a decrease in reported cases of negligence and poor behavior.  

What could receiving a sanction mean? 

As I have stated above, you will not necessarily lose your job if you receive any sanctions. It all really depends on the severity of what you have done. For the most part, sanctions will be applied if a patient has made a complaint. Often it is hard to gain evidence that any foul play has happened, however, the patient is always the priority. In order to make the patient happy, the most common penalty that will be put in place is suspension. Implementing a suspension shows that the complaints of a patient are being heard, which is what they tend to look for.  

In more extreme cases, so for instances where there has been a case of extreme negligence, the medical professional may also be fired.  Their name is then added to the sanction search and a list of medical professionals that are no longer allowed to practice. Introducing this has been an important step in the medical field as there had previously been too many instances where doctors had been fired from their practices, only to find a new job at a new practice.  

A lot of the time, receiving a sanction is really no big deal. No matter how long you have worked in the medical profession, it can still be a difficult job. For this reason, it is understandable that people will make mistakes from time to time. As long as these mistakes aren’t big mistakes, then they will be dealt with privately. This will usually lead to disciplinary or even retraining on some minor elements of the job. 

Sanctions to prevent money waste 

Another reason that new sanctions have been put into place is to prevent money waste. Every year, millions are lost in unnecessary prescriptions. This is not something that has gone unnoticed, especially in the last year. The last year changed the way in which we communicated with our doctors and GPs. There was such an overwhelming backlog of people who needed medical attention, but with the pandemic, a lot of appointments had to happen over the phone.  

With not being able to hold appointments in person, doctors have unfortunately not been so accurate with their prescriptions. During the nationwide lockdown, there was a lot of concern in terms of mental health issues. Millions of people turned to their doctors for help, but without being able to meet in person, lots of people have turned away with prescriptions for anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication. A lot of this medication was picked up but remained unused as people didn’t think medication was the correct solution to the problems they were facing.  

Doctors also prescribed a lot of items without having contact with the people they were prescribing them to. Though they had their medical records, they didn’t really have a clue of their current medical state and so were not prescribing medications that were needed.  

There was an influx of steroid prescriptions for people suffering from chronic or joint pain, though for the most part these steroids were given to the right people, a lot of people got them that didn’t really need them. Steroids are extremely expensive to manufacture and the NHS really doesn’t have the money to prescribe them to people who don’t really need them.  

This is a big issue as steroids are available to purchase privately and do not need private prescriptions, some of the best legal steroids you can find online are extremely safe and low cost, so this would be a good alternative to using the NHS’s valuable money. 

There is no monitoring on the amount of medication that is immediately prescribed to patients without a thorough examination to ensure that they need it. Any medical professional who is found to be wrongly prescribing medication could face disciplinary hearings.  Though this may seem like an extreme way to deal with this issue, it is important that the NHS depends wholly on funding, and therefore it is important that no funding is being wasted.  

It is also important to remember that a lot of these medications take a long time to make and some medications can only be accessed in small quantities. These medications could be life-saving for some people suffering from serious medical conditions, so it is important that none is wasted.  

Financial misconduct sanctions  

Medications are not the only things within a medical setting that require monetary funding.  Every medical facility will have its own budget, which is used to pay for medical equipment and other necessities. In previous years, before sanctions were put in place, it was very easy for people in control of the budget to misuse their position. There have been dozens of cases where someone has found to be using the budget to cover their own personal matter or even ordering items on behalf of the medical facility, but keeping them for their own personal use.  

Once again, this did not go unnoticed. For this reason, a lot of new people were appointed to the treasuries of certain medical facilities. Sanctions were also put into place as an incentive for people to not commit any crimes while working in the medical sector.  

Though it is unfortunate that these sanctions were even necessary, they have proven to be very successful. Budgets seem to be increasing or staying afloat, which means that patients will get the best medical care that they can get.  

What does the future hold for sanctions?  

People fear that adding too many grounds for sanctions could be threatening to people who work in the medical sector. Many fear that a very basic and human mistake could lead to them leaving their jobs. It is important to remember that a lot of careful consideration goes into the steps that could lead to someone facing sanctions and they are only put into place when necessary.  

With the improvements that sanctions are already showing it looks as though even more will be added in order to further the success. Even if you don’t like the sanctions, you have to remember that the main reason for their existence is to protect patients and ensure the safety of the NHS.  

People believe that sanctions should be put in place to deal with government officials that work with medical legislation, to ensure that all of the legislation that they put into circulation have the safety of people in mind and not just money.  There have been too many cases of medical legislation being put into place in order for politicians to create relationships with bigger companies, which does not benefit patients at all.  

Brittney

By Brittney

Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.