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GPs demand end to 'outrageous' delayed ambulance responses to practices

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 12:49
GPs have called for an end to the ‘outrageous’ practice by ambulance trusts of delaying emergency responses to practices.
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GPs demand end to 'outrageous' delayed ambulance responses to practices

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 12:49
GPs have called for an end to the ‘outrageous’ practice by ambulance trusts of delaying emergency responses to practices.
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LMCs vote against patient charges for GP services

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 12:12
English LMCs have voted against bringing in patient charges for access to GPs after it was suggested the controversial measure was required to address the ’dire state of general practice’. 
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Capita-run GP back office services are an ‘unmitigated disaster’, says GPC chair

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 00:01
Capita’s running of GP back office services – PCSE – is an ‘unmitigated disaster’, the BMA's GP Committee chair is set to say.
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Better access to mental health services for children and young people needed in the community says RCGP

"One striking and stark trend is the growing number of young women suffering from emotional disorders, such as depression and anxiety. This could be an indication of greater awareness of mental health problems in society, and more people being willing to come forward and seek medical attention for them – but it is also a reflection that it is an incredibly stressful time to be a young person. "Social media can perpetuate unrealistic expectations for people to live up to, and it can make the pressures of life relentless and inescapable, which can certainly have a negative and serious impact on people's mental health and wellbeing. "The College has been calling for better access to specialist mental health services for children and young people in the community for some time. We desperately need more, and more varied, mental health services, close to home where they can be of most benefit for our patients – and GPs need to have better and quicker access to these services for our patients. "NHS England's GP Forward View pledged for every GP practice to have access to one of 3,000 new mental health therapists – we need this delivered in full and as a matter of urgency. We also need more time to spend with our patient with complex conditions, which mental health conditions almost always are.so that we can continue to provide the best possible mental health care to our young patients."
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Momentum of rising GP numbers must be sustained and accelerated, says RCGP

"It is good news to see GP numbers rising after such a steep decline in recent years – and these figures, albeit provisional, show that we have over 40 more full-time equivalent GPs delivering care in the community than this time last year. The trajectory is on the up. We now need to see this momentum sustained and accelerated, so that we have the sufficient numbers of GPs we need in the future. "We applaud the efforts by NHS England and Health Education England that have gone in to encouraging medical students to choose general practice, something the College has been heavily involved in, and we now have more GPs in training than ever before. But it takes a long time to train a GP and we still need to see urgent initiatives implemented to retain our existing GPs, and to address the unsustainable workload family doctors and our teams are facing on a daily basis. "We are also encouraged by the rise in numbers of members of the wider practice team we have seen in the figures today, who all play a vital role in supporting GPs to deliver patient care close to home. "General practice is at the frontline of delivering NHS patient care, with GPs and our teams making more than a million patient contacts every day – alleviating pressures across the health service, including in Emergency Departments, in the process. Yet the share of the NHS budget general practice receives is less than it was a decade ago, and the GP workforce is still smaller than it was when NHS England’s GP Forward View was announced more than two years ago. "We have heard today of £3.5bn extra a year for primary and community care as part of the forthcoming long-term plan for the NHS – it is reassuring that the Government recognises that general practice service is central to the long-term sustainability of the NHS and patient care. But the long-term plan must also be underpinned by a coherent, properly-funded workforce strategy, and address the adverse impact workforce pressures are having on our profession and the care we are able to deliver to our patients in the community. "Investing in general practice is investing in the entire NHS. It is an investment in good patient care."
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Primary care to receive £3.5bn a year boost by 2023/24

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 22:30
Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged an extra £3.5bn real terms annual funding for primary and community care by 2023/24, as part of the £20.5bn funding increase for the NHS announced earlier this year.
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Government announces £3.5bn boost for primary and community care by 2023/24

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 22:30
Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged an extra £3.5bn real terms annual funding for primary and community care by 2023/24, as part of the £20.5bn funding increase for the NHS announced earlier this year.
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GPs to be assigned to care homes to provide 'tailored treatment and support'

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 22:30
The Government has pledged greater support for care home residents to try and decrease hospital admissions.
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General practice must be a key recipient of new funding for primary and community care, says RCGP

"Any investment in patient care in the community is welcome – and it's essential that general practice, specifically, is at the heart of these plans and a key recipient of this new funding. "The Prime Minister's announcement demonstrates recognition at the highest levels that a strong general practice service is central to the long-term sustainability of the NHS and patient care. It is an important step forward to meeting our calls for our service to receive 11% of the overall NHS England budget, and achieving some of the College's aspirations for the future of general practice, particularly around providing a wider range of services in the community – but it certainly doesn't go all the way. "GPs and our teams make more than a million patient contacts every single day. Our workload has increased substantially over the last decade, yet the share of the NHS England budget general practice receives is less, and the GP workforce has actually fallen. "As a result, GPs are working far beyond what is safe or sensible, working ever-increasing hours due to the rising volume and complexity of patient demand, and then facing a mountain of paperwork. It is relentless, and it isn't safe for anyone involved. "This is why we are today urgently renewing our calls for general practice to receive 11% of the overall NHS budget as part of the forthcoming 10-year plan for the NHS. This would allow us more time to care for our patients who need it; a larger general practice workforce leading a wider range of healthcare professionals to deliver care tailored to our patients' needs; and enhanced technology, so that GPs can broaden the range of consultation options for patients and enable seamless care throughout the NHS. "The forthcoming NHS long term plan is an opportunity to ensure general practice receives the investment it desperately needs, so that we can continue to deliver the care our patients deserve. We look forward to more details about the plans announced today, and how the long-term plan will increase funding for general practice over time, so that we can reach the necessary 11% of the overall NHS England budget as soon as possible. "Investing in general practice is investing in the entire NHS. It is an investment in good patient care."
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Home Office is seeking new ways to obtain GP data on patients

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 09:33
The Home Office is in discussion with NHS Digital over a new agreement to allow it to access GP patient data, after NHS Digital pulled out of the previous deal.
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Capita set to re-start crackdown on GP practice 'ghost patients'

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 16:05
Capita will shortly re-start the process of GP list cleansing to remove so-called 'ghost patients', it has been revealed.
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Thousands of doctors from overseas face GMC qualifications probe after fraud case

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 17:01
Around 3,000 UK doctors face having their qualifications reviewed after it emerged a New Zealander practised in the UK for 23 years with fake medical credentials.
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GPs leaders question 'one size fits all' approach to contract

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 16:10
GP representatives will raise concerns about a ‘one size fits all’ approach in the new Scottish contract at the upcoming annual local medical committee conference.
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Another 9,000-patient GP practice to close in March

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:34
A shortage of GPs has forced a practice in Dorset to close after it was unable to find replacements for retiring doctors.
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Responsibility for tackling antimicrobial resistance lies with society not just GPs, says College

She said: "Antibiotics are excellent, vital drugs when used appropriately - and for many bacterial infections there is often no alternative treatment available. "GPs are already doing great work to reduce antibiotics prescribing and will only recommend them if we genuinely believe they will help the patient sitting in front of us. But antimicrobial resistance is a society-wide issue, and GPs cannot be held responsible for tackling it on their own. "We need to get to a stage where antibiotics are not seen by patients as a 'catch all' for every illness. Sore throats, for example, are usually caused by viral infections that antibiotics will not help – they are also self-limiting and will get better on their own, with symptoms that can be relieved with paracetamol and other over the counter remedies. "It's crucial we continue to get this message out, which is why we're pleased to support all campaigns to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics to make sure we can carry on delivering safe, effective care to our patients both now and in the future."
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NHS lifts clinical restrictions on patients eligible to join Babylon's GP at Hand

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 14:27
NHS Hammersmith and Fulham CCG has lifted its clinical restrictions for which patients Babylon's GP at Hand app should sign up.
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GP at Hand list size rise expected as Babylon relaunches marketing drive

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 14:27
Babylon's GP at Hand app is expected to attract even more patients over the upcoming weeks, as the company has launched a new advertising campaigning.
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Building and retaining GP workforce must be key in NHS long-term plan, says RCGP

She said: "Given the intense pressures currently facing our NHS, it frankly comes as little surprise to hear that an impending workforce shortfall will put the forthcoming NHS long-term plan at risk, if it is not comprehensively and effectively addressed from the outset. "Workforce shortages are, as this report shows, being felt right across the NHS – and general practice is no different. Workload in our profession has escalated over the last few years in both volume and complexity, but our workforce is actually falling. We are currently short of at least 6,000 GPs in England, and if this isn't addressed, it is our patients who will ultimately bear the brunt by not being able to see their GP when they need to. "GPs and our teams make the vast majority of NHS patient contacts and in doing so we alleviate pressures from other areas of the NHS, where care is more expensive. The long-term plan – underpinned by a coherent, properly-funded workforce strategy - must recognise and address the adverse impact workforce pressures are having on our profession and the care we are able to deliver to our patients in the community. "GP trainee numbers are at an all-time high, but it takes 10 years to train a family doctor from entering medical school and efforts to bolster our workforce for today's patients are falling short of expected targets, leading to ever-increasing waiting times, burnt out GPs, and quality of care being put under threat. "As well recruiting more doctors, we also need schemes to reduce the unnecessary and bureaucratic workload GPs are currently facing, and retain experienced GPs in the profession, not only for the benefit of our patients, but to also help teach and nurture the next generation of general practitioners. "We need to see NHS England's GP Forward View, which promises an extra £2.4bn a year and 5,000 more GPs, delivered in full, as well as our additional ask of another £2.5bn a year as part of the forthcoming NHS long-term plan, to be delivered as soon as possible, to alleviate pressure elsewhere in the health service and fundamentally, keep our patients safe."
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NHS England clarifies rules on practice reimbursement for GP sick leave

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 15:04
NHS England has updated its protocol on locum cover reimbursements for GP performers who are returning from sick leave on a phased basis.
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