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GP practices and pharmacies told to 'swap stocks' amid flu vaccine supply issues

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 18:11
NHS England has encouraged GP practices and pharmacies to 'shift around' flu vaccine stock as distribution issues spread to both types of vaccine.
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GP practices should expect surge in tech hypochondriacs, warns leading surgeon

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:51
GP practices and A&E departments will ‘undoubtedly see’ a growing number of patients concerned over what health data means for them, a leading surgeon has predicted. 
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Significant rise in students starting medical school seen for first time in years

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:31
The number of students taking up a place at UK medical schools has increased by 9% this year, bucking a decade-long trend of numbers either falling or seeing very small growth.
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GPs should ‘expect to be sued once every 10 years’, says defence organisation

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:10
A GP practising for 40 years can expect to be sued four times on average, according to data from the Medical Defence Union.
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NHS England 'ahead of target' on GP funding rise plans with £580m boost

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:41
NHS England is 'ahead of target' to increase GP funding, it has claimed, amid an annual rise last year of £580m.
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More than two thirds of GPs work less than full time, says official data

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:26
Nearly seven in ten GPs are working less than full time, according to official workforce data.
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GP practices should target students for online services, says NHS England

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 14:54
GP practices should promote online GP services to university students, according to guidance issued by NHS England.
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GP practices should target students for online services

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 14:54
GP practices should promote online GP services to university students, according to guidance issued by NHS England.
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CQC seeking legal advice over online GP providers evading inspection

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 13:48
The CQC has sought legal advice in a bid to expand its inspection remit to include a number of online GP providers which are currently slipping through the net.
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First areas to benefit from £15m GP practice staff investment named

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 16:07
GP federations in Down and Derry/Londonderry have been announced as the first sites for the rollout of a multi-million pound investment in multi-disciplinary teams to bolster capacity in Northern Ireland general practice.
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GPs 'will need to keep own indemnity subscriptions' despite state scheme

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 12:53
GPs should retain their medical defence organisation subscriptions when the state-backed indemnity scheme comes in next year, the BMA has said.
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Appeals court tells GMC to show 'restraint' as it quashes bid to sanction doctor

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 17:08
The Court of Appeal has quashed another High Court ruling in favour of the GMC seeking stricter sanctions for a doctor following a fitness-to-practise tribunal.
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Local council grants almost £1m to GP surgery to upgrade premises

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 10:00
An East London GP surgery run by the Hurley Group super-practice has been granted almost £1m by the local council to increase its capacity amid a rapidly growing population.
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University appoints GP to lead new medical school

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 17:19
A part-time GP is to head up the University of Sunderland’s new medical school when it opens next year.
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NHS England to review all GP pension data after discovering 'discrepancies'

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:44
NHS England has launched a review of all GP pensions data after ‘discrepancies’ were discovered between the data held for pensionable earnings and those for pension contributions.
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Babylon pledges £75m to develop AI for managing chronic conditions

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 18:31
Babylon has pledged £75m to develop artificial intelligence that will help GPs diagnose and manage chronic conditions, the private health provider has announced.
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GPs on 'permanent alert' for signs of meningitis, says College

"GPs are on permanent alert for signs of meningitis in their patients and we do speak to the parents of babies and young children about what they need to look out for which may indicate that an illness could be developing into something much more serious. "The College would certainly welcome new resources that GPs could share and discuss with patients and parents of young children, that raise awareness of the symptoms of meningitis, so that people can get the best possible care as quickly as possible. "GPs also recognise that parents and carers are the ones who really know their child best and that listening to a parents' concerns about their child is often an important indicator of whether something is not right. This is something we will always try to take into account, along with any other physical, psychological and social factors potentially impacting on the health of the patient in front of us. "Sepsis is a Spotlight project for the RCGP and we have developed high quality resources to support GPs and other members of the practice team identify possible cases of sepsis, which also includes a 'symptom checker' to illustrate the signs and symptoms to look out for."
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Doctors to have input on health policy through new Government website

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 12:32
The Government has launched a new website that will allow doctors and other NHS staff to have their say on health policy creation.
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Contraceptive services 'at a crossroads' due to frustrating cuts, says RCGP

"It's also incredibly frustrating, because we've actually had years of improvement in the quality of sexual and reproductive healthcare in the UK; we've seen teenage pregnancy rates halved; we've seen take up of long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) increasing. "But the most recent data shows prescriptions for LARCs – reliable, cost-effective contraception – decreasing. We're at a crossroads, whereby all the progress we've made is under serious threat, and we fear it will be some of our most vulnerable patients who are affected most. "The complex and fragmented way sexual and reproductive health services in the community are now commissioned is something the College has called out in our recent 'Time to Act' report. Funding for one service might come from NHS England, funding for another from the Local Authority, and yet funding for another from the local Clinical Commissioning Group – it's so confusing to navigate for GPs and our teams, never mind patients. "We're hearing of GP practices that have been running LARC-fitting clinics, but not being adequately funded to do so. That simply isn't sustainable when you think of the intense resource and workforce pressures facing general practice at the moment. There is also a lack of funding for the appropriate training for staff to fit LARCs safely - it's patchy across the country. "So much progress had been made in this area in recent years and the service is too important to be allowed to fall into decline. It is vital that this decimation of services is stopped, and the trend immediately reversed."
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GMC advises doctors to seek legal advice if reflections ordered by court

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 12:16
The GMC and leading medics have advised doctors to seek legal advice if their appraisal reflections are ordered by court, in new guidance published by the regulator.
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