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Extend London pay to nearby areas to stop GPs leaving, argue MPs

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 17:06
GPs in areas close to London should have their pay weighted to match those in the city, in an attempt to stop them leaving the local area for higher wages, MPs have argued.
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Nearly 800 GPs have applied to join national return to practise scheme

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 15:00
A national scheme run by NHS England and Health Education England to attract GPs back into practices has seen nearly 800 sign up so far.
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Nearly 800 GPs have applied to join national return to general practice scheme

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 15:00
A national scheme run by NHS England and Health Education England to attract GPs back into practices has seen nearly 800 sign up so far.
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HEE to cover GP trainee indemnity costs until qualification

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 10:52
Health Education England (HEE) will fund personal indemnity cover for all GP trainees from April, the BMA has announced. 
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GPC to push for GPs to be 'anonymised' in patient complaints

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 08:49
LMCs have voted for GP details to be anonymised when part of the performance regulatory processes dealing with patient complaints - a move that could pose ‘significant challenges’, the BMA has said.  
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Government impose new access standards on Welsh GPs to combat falling satisfaction

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 16:34
The Welsh government has announced a new set of standards for GP practices to ‘raise and improve the level of service for patients’.
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Government must solve poor GP access for patients without fixed address, says charity

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 16:16
A charity has written to health secretary Matt Hancock to urge the Government to address GP access issues for people who do not have a fixed address, such as those in the Traveller community.
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We must never give up on building the GP workforce says College

She said: "We agree with the writers of this report that the GP workforce faces significant challenges but we disagree that these are insurmountable. We must not, under any circumstances, give up on our aims and endeavours to build the GP workforce – achieving these is vital for the future of the NHS, and patient care. "The NHS long term plan has aspirations that will benefit patients, but it will need the right workforce to deliver it, and that includes at least 5,000 more family doctors. "We are extremely grateful to the hard work, skill and dedication of members of the wider practice team - they are pivotal in supporting us to deliver care to over a million patients every day - but they are not GPs and must never be seen as direct substitutes or used to 'fill the gaps' long-term where numbers of GPs are insufficient. "We have already seen that with effective messages, campaigns and innovative thinking we can get across what a fantastic career being a GP can be with the right resources and support, and we currently have more GPs in training than ever before. "The forthcoming NHS workforce strategy does need to include plans to expand the multi-disciplinary team in general practice. But it is imperative that it also includes comprehensive plans to further boost GP recruitment, make it easier for trained GPs to return to NHS practice, and to keep existing GPs in the profession longer. Taking steps to reduce workload to make working in general practice more sustainable and removing incentives to retire early for GPs who might not necessarily want to, would be sensible places to start. "This report also highlights the negative impact cuts to the education and training budget have had in recent years, as well as the inadequate social care budget. It is essential the next - and future - Spending Reviews specifically increase funding for developing the workforce, including for training future GPs. There must be a longer-term plan to ensure the pipeline of staff is there to meet patient needs in the future."
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RCGP Wales responds to new GP access standards

"GPs always strive to deliver the highest standard of patient care and we are proud that the overwhelming majority of patients (86%) are satisfied with the service that they receive from their family doctor. We must not forget that all too often GPs and their teams deliver this care in the most difficult of circumstances, with rising patient demand far outstripping the capacity of GPs working on the ground. This situation is concerning for both patients and those working in the service, indeed 31% of GPs have reported to us that they are so stressed they feel they cannot cope at least once a month. We know that GPs are also concerned about what the future will hold for them, with 72% of GPs telling us that they expect working in general practice to get worse in the next 5 years. We have been clear that both patients and doctors deserve better and we share the Minister’s vision for a continually improving GP service for patients. However, this vision will only be achieved through meaningful action. We have consistently called for funding to general practice to increase to 11% of the total Welsh NHS budget, an increase from its current level of 7.30%, which represents the lowest proportion spend on general practice of any part of the UK. Increasing funding to general practice would help to transform the service and would mean that there would be enough GPs and members of the extended practice team in place to ensure that patients are able to receive the care that they need when they require it. We look forward to hearing from the Minister on the financial support that will be made available to GP practices to help them meet the standards that he has put forward today and will of course continue to work alongside the Welsh Government to ensure that patients receive the highest possible standard of care."
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GP numbers will fall 7,000 short within five years despite increasing trainees

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 00:01
GP numbers will fall ‘substantially short of demand’, even though there is a major focus on increasing GP trainee numbers by 2024, posing a 'fundermental threat' to primary care, according to a major new report.
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Capita to be stripped of NHS cervical screening contract following issues

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 16:31
The running of the NHS cervical screening programme will be taken off Capita and brought back in house, NHS England has announced.
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LMCs vote down proposals for GP payment by patient contacts

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 15:02
LMCs from across the UK have voted down a proposal for bringing in charges for the number of patient contacts alongside list size after it was suggested the controversial measure would encourage ’quantity over quality.’
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Genetic testing should never be taken lightly, says RCGP

"Genomic research will have an increasingly important place in shaping the care we are able to provide to patients in the NHS and advances in medical research must be properly evaluated to ensure that they do benefit patients. But we also need to ensure that genomic data is used responsibly, ethically, and in a way that does not increase pressure on the NHS without the appropriate mitigating measures in place to cope with it. "Many things that will be picked up by genetic testing will be unimportant or of dubious value, and these could leave people unnecessarily confused and distressed. This will undoubtedly lead to an increased number of worried people wanting to visit their GP to discuss their borderline results, at a time when general practice is already struggling to cope with intense demand – and millions of patients are already waiting too long for an appointment. "GPs will also need training and access to high-quality, up to date resources to learn about the implications of various results in a fast-evolving area of medicine, if they are to be able to support patients appropriately. "In the case of a patient finding out they are at increased risk of developing a serious or life-changing illness, such as cancer, it is vital that appropriate specialist support is available to them to help them understand the implications of the results. "Genetic testing should never be taken lightly – we are talking about sensitive patient data, with potentially serious medical and ethical implications for the patient and all their genetic relatives. People really need to consider these implications carefully before they decide to take a genetic test."
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We have ‘listened, acted and delivered’ in new contracts, says GPC chair

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 00:01
The BMA has ‘delivered’ on a number of GP demands - including reducing workload, increasing the workforce and bringing an end to austerity - the GP Committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey will tell the LMC UK conference today.
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GP at Hand expansion before full evaluation ‘beggars belief’, says GPC

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 00:01
Babylon GP at Hand getting the greenlight on its expansion to other cities – before the independent review on the service has been completed – ‘simply beggars belief’, according to BMA GP Committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey.
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Networks to receive 45p per patient less through DES for providing extended hours

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 10:04
Exclusive The new network DES will pay £1.45 per patient for fulfilling the requirements of the extended hours DES - 45p less than practices currently get per patient, Pulse has learnt.
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Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba fitness-to-practise review set for April

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 15:54
The Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service review hearing for Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba has been set for 8 and 9 April.
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CCG axes GP minor injury service amid warnings of 'morbidity and fatalities'

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 17:08
A CCG is set to cut all funding for a GP minor injuries service, in a move which local GPs argue will incease the risk of 'major morbidity and even fatalities' by reducing local patient access.
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CCG axes GP minor injury service amid warnings it will 'risk major morbidity and fatalities'

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 17:08
A CCG is set to cut all funding for a GP minor injuries service, in a move which local GPs argue will incease the risk of 'major morbidity and even fatalities' by reducing local patient access.
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Welsh GP locums will have to join new register to access state-backed indemnity scheme

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 15:07
Welsh GP locums will be required to sign up to a new country-wide GP locum register from April in order to access the state-backed indemnity scheme.
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