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Pulse to launch major GP workload survey

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:30
GPs from across the UK are being urged to describe the daily workload pressures they face in a major new survey being launched by Pulse.
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Babylon patients waiting weeks for travel vaccines due to rising service demands

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:40
Patients registered with Babylon GP at Hand are experiencing long waits for travel vaccines, as the service is struggling to meet rising demand.
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Babylon patients left waiting weeks for travel vaccines due to rising service demands

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:40
Patients registered with Babylon GP at Hand are experiencing long waits for travel vaccines, as the service is struggling to meet rising demand.
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Practices will not have guaranteed funding for extended hours access

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 15:31
There is no guarantee GP practices will continue to receive funding for the provision of the extended hours access DES, under the new GP contract.
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Primary care networks must cover patients from practices that remain solo

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 14:51
All patients will need to be covered by a primary care network, even if not all practices join them, according to the new GP contract.
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Practices required to offer a quarter of appointments online by July

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 13:58
GP practices must make at least 25% of their appointments available for online booking by July, as part of the new GP contract.
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GPs should be 'better off' under new contract, say medical accountants

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 10:49
Medical accountants have cautiously welcomed the new five-year GP contract, which they say is largely ‘positive’ and could leave GPs ‘better off’.
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Practices will be funded to provide direct appointment bookings through NHS 111

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 22:23
Practices will receive funding through the global sum to enable direct booking of GP appointments through NHS 111, NHS England has announced.
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MDU members at risk of liability for historic claims under NHS indemnity scheme

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 17:30
GPs who are members of the Medical Defence Union are still at risk of being held liable for historic claims once the Government's indemnity scheme is introduced in April.
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NHS indemnity scheme ‘missing’ details on existing claims cover

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 17:30
The new NHS indemnity scheme for GPs will cover all future clinical negligence claims, but discussions are still ongoing about whether it will also apply to incidents that occur before the scheme’s introduction.
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£20m will be put into global sum every year for subject access requests

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 17:09
Practices will be given access to a Data Protection Officer (DPO) through their CCG, according to the new GP contract.
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New study on effectiveness of statins 'reassuring', says RCGP

He said: "It's encouraging to see further research showing that statins are safe and effective drugs that can reduce risk of cardiovascular conditions when prescribed appropriately, as there remains a lot of controversy around their use. "It's particularly reassuring to see evidence of benefit in patients over the age of 75 - the age group most likely to need cholesterol medication, and who are at risk of heart attacks and strokes. "Like any medication, statins can have side effects – and some patients won't want to take long-term medication. But GPs are highly-trained to prescribe and will only recommend the drugs if they think they will genuinely help the person sitting in front of them, based on their individual circumstances – and after a frank conversation about the potential risks and benefits. We will also continue to encourage all patients to make lifestyle changes that can improve their long-term health and wellbeing. "As with any new research, it is now important that this study is taken on board as clinical guidelines are updated and developed, in the best interests of our patients."
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Practices given £2 per patient to join networks under new DES

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 00:04
The new primary care networks will be set up using £1.8bn of Government funding, NHS England has announced.
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GPs on more than £150k a year to be named

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 00:02
GPs will be prevented from drawing ‘unexpectedly high’ salaries under new measures in the new GP contract, NHS England has announced.
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Billions to be invested in practice funding through five-year GP contract

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 00:01
A new five-year GP contract has been agreed, with £405m of funding confirmed for 2019/20 that will in part be used to support practices to join networks.
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Billions to be invested in practice funding through five-year GP contract

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 00:01
A new five-year GP contract has been agreed, with £405m of funding confirmed for 2019/20 that will in part be used to support practices to join networks.
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NHS to fund all staff indemnity on top of global sum increase

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 00:01
The new GP contract has guaranteed GMS contract funding uplifts every year on top of funding the indemnity of all GPs and general practice staff.
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New contract could help general practice 'finally turn a corner' but workforce plan still desperately needed

"We are particularly pleased at the news that a state-backed indemnity scheme will be introduced from April this year, providing all GPs in England with full insurance cover that is on a par with the arrangements already in place for our hospital colleagues. "Escalating indemnity costs have become a huge burden for GPs at all stages of their careers, and some GPs have even cited this as their reason for leaving the profession. The College has been campaigning for a state-backed scheme for a long time, and we are extremely pleased that the Government has kept the promise first made by former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at our annual conference in 2017. "While our prime objective must remain the recruitment and retention of thousands more GPs, we also welcome the focus on collaborative working with a range of highly-skilled members of the GP team, to support our work and free up our time to deliver care to patients who need our expertise – as well as with other practices in the same locality. "Primary Care Networks have been shown to be beneficial in terms of increased peer support, building resilience in the system and pooling resources. It is vital that these networks are GP-led, prioritise continuity of care for those patients who need it, and are implemented in a way that minimises disruption for hard-pressed GPs and our teams and protects the ability of GPs to deliver care in the way that best meets the needs of their local communities. "General practice has been at a crossroads for several years: workload in general practice has escalated both in volume and complexity recently, yet the share of the NHS budget our service receives is less than it was a decade ago, and we have fewer GPs than we did two years ago – as a result, GPs are working unsafe hours, and patients are waiting longer and longer for an appointment. The RCGP has been making the case for many years that if action isn't taken, general practice will crumble, and the rest of the NHS behind it. "We hope that today's announcement of the new contract will mean that we can finally turn a corner towards making general practice sustainable for the future. Our colleagues on the BMA's GP committee have done an excellent job of negotiating with NHS England to secure a deal that is in the best interests of our profession and our patients. "Now we need the forthcoming NHS England workforce strategy to deliver viable measures to continue recruitment efforts into general practice, and initiatives to keep more GPs working in it."
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GPs could get an extra year to act on new fake medicine measures due to start next week

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 16:01
GPs are still in the dark as to when they will have to implement burdensome new rules to stop counterfeit medicines, which come into effect next week.
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NHS England: NHS body could help struggling 'last partner standing' practices

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 15:41
An NHS body could take on the lease of practices that find themselves in a ‘last partner standing’ situation, NHS England has said.
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