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GP leaders urge Lords to vote for bill that could ease indemnity costs

News from GPonline.com - 6 hours 11 min ago
Senior GPs are among healthcare leaders callling on the House of Lords to support a bill that could help ease soaring indemnity costs.
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UK general practice 'envied around the world', says health minister

News from GPonline.com - 7 hours 5 min ago
A health minister has dismissed claims that the structure of general practice is 'no longer fit for current demand', telling parliament the service is 'envied around the world' in part because of the partnership model.
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GPs 'intimidated' into handing over patient data to police

GP leaders in Kent have called on local police officers to stop 'intimidating' practices into handing over patient records.
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More research and joined-up care needed to tackle multimorbidity challenge says College

"GPs play a major role in looking after patients living with multi-morbidities, but often find ourselves coming up against barriers to their care. A lack of research, as this study highlights, into the extent of the crisis is one; another is understanding how best to treat patients living with both physical and psychological conditions – and having access to the most appropriate services to manage this in the community. "Care beyond general practice is also currently focused on single disease conditions, which can be fragmented and simply doesn't work for patients living with more than one long-term illness who need individually-tailored treatment. "As our patients live longer, they will inevitably do so with multiple, long-term conditions, and it's important steps are taken to address the issues highlighted in this report sooner rather than later. The RCGP has recently entered a collaboration with the Richmond Group of Charities and Guys and St Thomas's charity to establish a taskforce to investigate strategies and solutions to the multi-morbidity challenge."
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GPs advised not to give phone consultations to travelling patients

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:13
GPs in one area have been advised not to consult with patients over the phone while they are abroad, even just for a short time.
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GPs demand investment to cope with rising multimorbidity

News from GPonline.com - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:41
GP leaders have called for better funding for generalist care after a report warned that most health services worldwide - including the NHS - are 'not designed to care for patients with multiple illnesses'.
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GP trainee £20,000 incentive scheme widened as uptake rises

News from GPonline.com - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:25
The government has expanded a scheme that offers £20,000 incentive payments to GP trainees who take up posts in underdoctored areas, with 265 places on offer in 2018.
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Government expands £20k GP trainee ‘golden hello’ scheme after 90% take-up

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 08:57
The Government has increased the scale of this year's GP trainee 'golden hello' scheme, after a promising take-up last year.
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General practice in Wales receives just 7.3% of NHS funding, analysis shows

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:57
General practice in Wales receives the lowest proportion of overall NHS spend when comparing the four UK nations, an RCGP analysis has shown.
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Exclusive: Majority of GP practices report cuts to public health funding

News from GPonline.com - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:23
More than three quarters of GP partners have experienced a reduction in funding for public health services over the past year, a GPonline survey has found - with smoking cessation the worst-hit service.
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NHS opinion poll questions validity of Home Office data sharing deal, GPs warn

News from GPonline.com - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:43
An opinion poll commissioned by NHS Digital on public attitudes to sharing data from patient records 'calls into question' its agreement to share information with the Home Office for immigration tracking, GPs say.
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NHS progress on cyber security 'alarming' following hack attack, say MPs

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:01
An influential group of MPs have called the Government's progress on NHS cyber safety 'alarming' following last year's malware attack.
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BMA issues correction to advice about GP sickness claims

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:50
Practices are not able to claim full sickness reimbursement if a GP is off more than once within the same year, the BMA has said.
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Self care apps help patients come off diabetes medication

News from GPonline.com - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:36
Self-care smartphone apps can bring 'significant improvements' in diabetes management and education, a trial across 18 London GP practices has found.
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BMA calls for GMC to lose right to appeal tribunal decisions

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:34
The BMA is calling for the GMC to lose its right to appeal decisions reached by its own fitness to practise tribunal service.
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GMC should lose right to appeal medical tribunal decisions, says BMA

News from GPonline.com - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:52
The GMC should be stripped of its power to appeal medical tribunal decisions, the BMA has warned in response to a government-backed review of gross negligence manslaughter (GNM) in healthcare.
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RCGP Wales calls for urgent increase in general practice funding

While there has been welcome additional spend in general practice which has brought the percentage spend from 7.24% in 2015/16 to 7.30% in 2016/17, a lot more needs to be done to ensure that Welsh general practice is on a par with the rest of the UK. In 2016/17, the UK proportion of NHS health spend going to general practice across the UK was 8.88%, with general practice receiving 9.17% in England, 8.26% in Northern Ireland, and 7.35% in Scotland. Dr Rebecca Payne, RCGP Wales Chair, said: "I am disappointed that Welsh general practice continues to receive the lowest levels of investment in the UK. "General practice in Wales is significantly underfunded, resulting in longer waiting times for patients. Just last week we saw that more than one in five patients said it was very difficult to make a convenient GP appointment. If the quality of patient care is to be maintained and improved, the Welsh government urgently needs to increase funding and spend 11% of its NHS budget in general practice. "GPs want patients to be seen closer to their home, with illnesses treated at an early stage before they need to go to hospital, but this is not possible without sufficient resources. "General practice is facing the challenge of an increase in medical complexity, with an ageing population and more and more patients having multiple, long-term conditions. This rings particularly true in Wales as we have an older population than the UK average. However, it is not reflected in the financial support we are given to be able to deliver care for patients. "The Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care has made it clear that the current situation is unsustainable. However, general practice is still not receiving the resources it needs to treat the entire population. "The Welsh Government has made clear its commitment to delivering more care in communities, closer to people's homes, but it must sufficiently fund general practice to achieve this ambition. Now is the time for action. For the sake of patient care, we must commit to spending 11% of the NHS budget in general practice, the frontline of the Welsh NHS."
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Hundreds of patients quit GP at Hand video consultation service

News from GPonline.com - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:46
Hundreds of patients have abandoned the controversial video consultation service GP at Hand, halting a surge in registrations that saw its list size quintuple in four months.
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GP trainee 'cautiously optimistic' as Home Office drops deportation bid

News from GPonline.com - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:51
The Home Office has dropped its bid to deport a Manchester-based doctor who faced being kicked out of the UK just five months before he was due to qualify as a GP - after more than 300,000 people signed a petition to support him.
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Home Office overturns decision to pursue deportation of trainee GP

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:18
The trainee GP threatened with deportation just months before qualifying is being allowed to stay in the UK for now, the BMA has said. 
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