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NHS unaware of fate of 100 newly-qualified GPs at threat of deportation

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:45
The fate of 161 newly-qualified GPs from non-European Union countries remains unknown five months after fears were raised that some of them might face deportation.
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GPs overseas could provide online consultations, says GMC

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:40
Doctors based abroad could be used to treat patients in the UK as a way of overcoming recruitment problems, the GMC has said.
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Patient petition saves small local GP surgery

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:30
A Welsh village is to keep its GP surgery after the health board listened to patient complaints regarding plans to close it.
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GPs want to be at the forefront of technology but need significant investment in core IT services, says RCGP

"However, while fax machines may be terribly old-fashioned, they do work and remain a highly valued and reliable form of communication between many GP surgeries and their local hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies. "A wholesale switchover to electronic communication seems like a brilliant idea but for some practices it would require significant financial investment in robust systems to ensure their reliability was at least as good as the trusty fax machine, as well as having the time to embed - neither of which we have at present as GP teams are already beyond capacity trying to cope with unprecedented patient demand. "GPs are tech fans, not technophobes, and we have been calling on the Government for significant investment in our core IT infrastructure, some of which is archaic, so that all GP practices have technology that improves communication, works for patients and makes the working lives of GPs easier."
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CCGs contest being charged for Babylon GP at Hand patients

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 16:12
Some London CCGs are contesting being charged a fee for patients in their areas that have signed up to Babylon GP at Hand.
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QOF coding will continue to log thrombocytosis as cancer, says NHS Digital

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:27
NHS Digital will not be amending a QOF Read code which logs patients with thrombocytosis - an elevated platelet count - as having cancer.
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GPs need longer consultations to deliver care to patients, says College

She said: "Despite the best efforts of GPs and our teams, who are working incredibly hard to deliver more consultations than ever before, our patients are waiting too long to secure a GP appointment. We know this is frustrating for them and their families, and it's frustrating for GPs and our teams too. We want to deliver timely care to patients, in the early stages of illness, to avoid conditions getting worse, when they can be both more distressing for patients, and more costly for the NHS. "We also want the time to deliver care for patients - for many who are living with multiple, long term conditions, the standard 10-minute consultation is no longer fit for purpose - but offering longer consultations, means offering fewer, and as this data shows, patients are struggling to get an appointment as it is. "With this in mind, it's encouraging and a great testament to the hard work and dedication of GPs that more than 40% of GP appointments are made on the same day the patient is seen, so we are confident most of those who are acutely unwell are being provided for. "Today's data also shows that many patients are not attending appointments when they have made them. There can be a number of reasons for this, and in some cases a patient not attending an appointment can be an indication that something has gone wrong - but this waste of resources is frustrating, and we would urge patients to let us know if they can't attend as soon as possible, so that we can offer that time to someone else who really needs it. To this end, practices are using electronic methods, such as SMS reminders, to encourage patients to keep their appointments, or cancel them in a timely manner. "Ultimately, we are calling for general practice to receive 11% of the overall NHS England budget as part of the forthcoming 10-year plan for the NHS, so that our service can continue to deliver the care our patients need and deserve, and keep the rest of the health service sustainable. "On a wider note, it is very welcome that NHS England has started collecting and analysing GP appointment data - this is something we have long called for. There is a long way to go to improve the quality of this data - and the College is working hard in this regard as our own Research Surveillance Centre has recently started collecting comprehensive data on workload in general practice - this will be invaluable for future planning of our services."
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BMA: Online pharmacist incentive scheme may cause GPs to breach contract

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:17
The BMA has condemned one of the UK’s largest online pharmacies after the company offered financial incentives to GPs to insert marketing leaflets into flu jab invitation letters - a potential breach of contract for GPs.
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GP practices provided over 300m appointments in the past year

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 12:35
GP practices are facilitating more appointments than ever, although fewer of those patient consultations are with GPs and more undertaken by other healthcare professionals.
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NHS England asks GPs to re-send 20 years' worth of child immunisation data

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 09:37
GPs have been asked to re-send nearly 20 years' worth of immunisation records to NHS England, as part of a national drive for improved child health data.
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Financially 'unsustainable' to run a practice, say GPs

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 17:22
The state of general practice in Wales and Northern Ireland has been laid bare by survey results published this week.
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GP seven-day access programme did not reduce A&E attendance, study finds

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 17:05
Introducing routine evening and weekend GP appointments did not reduce A&E attendance, according to an evaluation of the service.
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GP contract may ban charging for domestic abuse reports

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 16:34
The Government is looking to ban GPs from charging patients for domestic abuse letters, the health and social care minister has said.
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GPs concerned about being able to deliver patient care this winter

89% of GPs surveyed are concerned that their increased workload during the winter months will negatively affect their ability to deliver patient care. This figure is unsurprising given that 95% of GPs agreed that their workload increases over winter. The College's Patient Group in Northern Ireland is reminding people about the important '3 Before GP' message and urging people to think carefully about the support and treatment they might require from the health service during this busy period. RCGPNI Patient Group Chair Karen Mooney said: "Despite the pressures in the health service, all year round we can rely on our GPs for support and treatment when we need it. GP teams work very hard in challenging circumstances to meet the demand from patients and do what they can to care for us in the community. "This winter, we know that our GP practices are going to be under immense strain, and we can do our bit to help support our health service. Think about what you really need; think 3 Before GP. Can you care for yourself and manage minor ailments at home? Can you find the advice you need using safe and reputable online resources such as the NI Direct Stay Well website? Can you seek advice from your community pharmacist? "We all have a responsibility to help protect our health services and to make sure that those who are the most ill and vulnerable in our society are able to access the care that they need." RCGPNI Chair, Dr Grainne Doran, said: "GPs strive to provide the very best care to all of our patients. Over the winter period, there is no doubt that our workload hugely increases. "For more minor conditions such as coughs and colds, patients can get great advice and over the counter medicines from local pharmacies. This will be faster and more efficient and will help ensure appointments with a doctor are available for those who need them most. But it is important to remember that if you think you need medical attention, or if symptoms don't improve, do not hesitate to seek medical advice. "I am grateful for the insight brought by the RCGPNI Patient Group in supporting and championing the '3 Before GP' initiative this year."
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GMC report echoes College findings on workload and stress in medicine

“GPs and our teams are working incredibly hard to ensure patients get the care they need, but this simply isn’t sustainable without a robust workforce or adequate resources - and as this report shows, many doctors across the NHS are moving away from frontline care due to the intense pressures they are facing. “It supports our own research, released earlier this week, that found a staggering 31% of GPs said they are unlikely to be working in general practice in the next five years - many citing stress and early retirement as the reasons why. “Workload in general practice is escalating both in terms of volume and complexity. Yet, the share of the NHS budget general practice receives is less than it was a decade ago, and GP numbers are lower than they were two years ago.   “As GPs, we want to be able to deliver the best care we can to our patients, but there comes a point when this simply isn’t safe for patients, or for our own health and wellbeing.   “NHS England and Health Education England have been doing great work improving recruitment to general practice, but if more GPs are leaving than are entering the profession, we are fighting a losing battle. We need to see initiatives implemented to tackle unnecessary workload in general practice, and make it a more sustainable environment to work in, so that we can keep hard working, experienced GPs in the profession for longer, delivering patient care.   “Ultimately, we need to see NHS England’s GP Forward View, which promises an extra £2.4bn a year for general practice and 5,000 more GPs delivered in full and as a matter of urgency, and for general practice to receive 11% of the NHS England budget as part of the forthcoming 10-year plan for the NHS.”
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Scottish GP practices to be supplied with free data protection officer

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 16:32
Health boards in Scotland will provide data protection officers to all GP practices to enable them to comply with data protection regulations, the Government has announced.
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GP concern about lack of funding revealed in new RCGP Wales report, as College calls for 11% of the NHS budget

The College has called on the Welsh Government to commit to "giving general practice 11% of the Welsh NHS budget, in turn giving patients the type of care they need." The call comes on the day Welsh Assembly Members debate the draft budget for 2019-20. 'Transforming general practice' presents a snapshot of the state of general practice in Wales. It shows high levels of stress, concern about the future, and worry about financial sustainability. The report revealed that 42% of GPs believe it is financially unsustainable to run a practice, with 82% of those citing 'insufficient core funding' as the cause. 85% of GPs say the funding available from all sources for general practice is not enough (43% 'nowhere near enough', 42% 'not quite enough'). Dr Mair Hopkin and Dr Peter Saul, Joint Chairs of Royal College of General Practitioners Wales, said: "This report highlights the true cost of underfunding in Welsh general practice and demonstrates that things need to change. "More of the same won't deliver the best results for an ageing population with an increase in multiple, long-term conditions. Patients need to be able to access services in their community and get help before issues get worse. "Our recommendations for change are geared towards supporting GPs to deliver the very best care for patients. It needs to be underpinned by a step change in funding, giving general practice 11% of the Welsh NHS budget, in turn giving patients the type of care they need. "This report presents comprehensive evidence that general practice needs more support and outlines constructive suggestions to make it happen. Things need to change. GPs deserve better and patients deserve better."
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Former GP secretary fined for reading medical records

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 14:23
A former trainee medical secretary working in a GP practice in England has been fined by a court after admitting to reading patients' medical records for reasons unrelated to her job role.
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IT update has seen patients wrongly recorded with cancer diagnosis, claim GPs

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:25
Exclusive GPs have raised concerns that they will wrongly recall patients for treatment after an IT issue meant patients were mistakenly recorded as having cancer.
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Revealed: GP IT update has seen patients wrongly recorded with cancer diagnosis

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:25
Exclusive GPs have raised concerns that they will wrongly recall patients for treatment after an IT issue meant patients were mistakenly recorded as having cancer.
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