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Dr Tom Black elected Northern Ireland BMA chair

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 14:57
Derry-based GP Dr Tom Black has been elected to chair the BMA in Northern Ireland, replacing Dr John D Woods.
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Babylon's GP at Hand adverts banned by watchdog for 'misleading' patients

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 00:01
Babylon's GP at Hand adverts have been banned by the advertising watchdog for not making it clear to patients they would be giving up their existing GP practice registration.
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Babylon's GP at Hand adverts banned for 'misleading' patients on practice registration

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 00:01
Babylon's GP at Hand adverts have been banned by the advertising watchdog for not making it clear to patients they would be giving up their existing GP practice registration.
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Health Secretary's enthusiasm is welcome - now resources must be delivered, says College

She said: "It is really encouraging to hear Health Secretary Matt Hancock's comments about general practice, and his acknowledgement that our profession needs more support. General practice certainly is the bedrock of the NHS: we make the vast majority of patient contacts in the NHS, and by doing so we alleviate pressures across the health service. "His commitment to backing GPs every step of the way now must be delivered in terms of more GPs, more members of the wider practice team, and more resources for our profession, so that we can keep our patients safe, close to home, where they want to be cared for, and where it is most cost-effective. "We welcome Mr Hancock's enthusiasm for genomics, and we recognise the enormous potential this emerging field has in helping to transform individualised patient care for future generations. "Genome sequencing offers the hope of new diagnoses, treatment options, and research opportunities - but we need to make sure that GPs and other healthcare professionals are properly trained and supported to maximise the potential of these tools as they emerge. "RCGP is going some way to do this, and we have already appointed dedicated Clinical Champions in this area, as well as producing supporting educational material for primary care teams on our website. "Ultimately, this is a hugely exciting and evolving field of medicine and we look forward to working with NHS England and others to further understand and harness the capabilities of this promising new era of healthcare."
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Social care reforms 'can't be done' without GPs, says health secretary

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 16:29
The upcoming social care reforms would not be possible without GPs, the health secretary has said.
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New post-Brexit visa policy to have 'huge knock-on effect' on GPs, says BMA

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 15:34
Stricter immigration requirements could 'create chaos in the NHS' and have a 'huge knock-on effect' on general practice, the BMA warned today.
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Welsh GP practices offered a rethink of IT system after delay

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:39
GP practices in Wales are being given the chance to reconsider their choice of new IT system after it emerged that the version of Vision offered to GPs at a series of roadshows will not be ready in time for the switch.
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Step change needed in how the NHS spends its money, says RCGP Wales

After the outline draft budget, the coming weeks will see budget proposals for each portfolio.

Dr Peter Saul, RCGP Wales Joint Chair, said:

"Wales needs to think about the way it cares for its people in the long-term. More of the same won't achieve the best outcomes. We have an ageing population, and more people with multiple, chronic, long-term conditions. To manage that effectively, patients need to be able to access more care in their communities, not being in a situation where issues escalate and require more serious hospital intervention.

"It isn't a controversial statement. The Welsh NHS has published plan after plan aiming to deliver more care closer to people's homes. However, these plans haven't yet been backed up with the resources needed to implement them.

"In fact, the share of the NHS budget invested in general practice has actually fallen over the last decade. More and more GPs are saying it's financially unsustainable to run a practice, with inadequate funding available to them to deliver patient care.

"There will be opportunities to address this and they need to be taken. The funding announced ahead of the NHS' 70th birthday means Wales will receive additional money, and general practice needs its fair share. The last NHS plan came with a £100million fund to help implement it, and ultimately core budgets need to reflect the way Wales needs to deliver patient care.

"A well-resourced general practice would mean patients can access more timely appointments and the NHS delivers more preventative care, fixing problems at an early stage before they get worse. Those benefits will not be realised until we see a step change in NHS funding."
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'Unmanageable' GP workload putting patients at risk, says partnership review

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 09:00
GP workload is rising to the point where it ‘verging on unmanageable’ and is in some regions of the country putting patients at risk, the chair of the Government’s GP partnership review has been told by the profession.
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'Unmanageable' GP workload is putting patients at risk, partnership review findings reveal

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 09:00
GP workload is rising to the point where it ‘verging on unmanageable’ and is in some regions of the country putting patients at risk, the chair of the Government’s GP partnership review has been told by the profession.
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GP practices could 'go under' if inundated with e-consultations, BMA warns

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 20:38
The BMA has warned that GP practices risk ‘going under’ if they take on email consultations without considering the practice’s capacity.
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GPs pursue legal challenge to lift ban on charging own patients for extra services

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 17:02
Exclusive A group of GPs are in talks with lawyers over plans to legally challenge the ban on GPs charging their own patients for non-NHS services.
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CCGs failing to invest in GP retention scheme, BMA warns

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 16:45
Some CCGs are failing to invest in the GP retention scheme due to financial pressures, the BMA has warned.
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Medical students offered full year placement in general practice

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 16:31
Third-year medical students in Wales have been offered the chance to spend the whole year in general practice as part of a scheme to address a severe shortfall of GPs in rural areas.
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GP funding boost ‘mission critical’ to reduce pressure on A&E, says Hancock

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 16:28
More funding must be allocated to primary care to reduce pressure on A&Es and avoid them being flooded with patients wanting ‘immediate’ access to GPs placed in emergency departments, the health secretary has suggested.
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Role of social media in perpetuating loneliness is 'unsurprising', says RCGP

She said: "Loneliness is often seen as something that affects elderly people, but actually it can affect anyone and any point in their lives, as this study has shown. "Online friends and communities can be a source of support for some people, but often these links are more superficial than genuine 'offline' friendship where more meaningful connections occur, so it is unsurprising to hear that these don't always make people feel less lonely. "The College has been vocal in highlighting the impact that loneliness and social isolation can have on patients' long-term health and wellbeing. We have produced action plans in all four nations of the UK, including a call for every GP practice to have access to a funded and dedicated social prescriber to signpost patients to services in the community for problems that are impacting on their health but are not necessarily medical. "Social media can also perpetuate unrealistic expectations for people to live up to and this can certainly have an impact on people's mental health and wellbeing. To this end, we welcome the Health Secretary's recent call for guidelines to be developed for social media use for children and young people."
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Extending access to routine GP services must be based on patient need, says RCGP

"GPs want to give patients access to services they need but this will differ depending on local demographics. At a time when general practice is struggling for resources, and patients are waiting longer and longer for appointments, to find out so many evening and weekend appointments have been unfilled due to lack of demand is shocking. "GP practices know who their patients are, so they are best placed to make decisions about how to provide extended access to routine services in the best interests of their local population, and not simply to meet arbitrary targets. "With the NHS already cash-strapped, it is crucial that NHS resources are spent wisely and this data indicates that there could be an opportunity to reassess current arrangements for the delivery of extended access to routine services in those areas where extra appointments are not being utilised by patients, so that resources are being used most effectively to meet local patient need. "Patients should already be able to access GP care when they need to through routine GP services and the GP out of hours service. What we need is better public awareness of the different services available for patients, so that they know where to turn when they become ill. "The Prime Minister has announced additional money to fund a long-term plan for the NHS, and the vital role that general practice plays in keeping the health service safe and sustainable must be recognised in this, and to this end the College has called for an extra £2.5bn extra a year for our service. It is also essential that NHS England's GP Forward View, promising £2.4bn extra a year for general practice, and 5,000 more GPs by 2020 is delivered in full and as a matter of urgency."
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Quarter of extended GP appointments unfilled as policy rolls out nationally

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:01
Exclusive  Around 25% of evening and weekend appointments are being left unfilled, a Pulse investigation reveals on the day the policy is being rolled out across England.
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RCGP calls for Hancock to reconsider GP at Hand endorsement

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:10
The RCGP chair has called on the health secretary to clarify his position on GP at Hand after he endorsed the app for a national roll out earlier this month. 
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College statement on Lifecycle Marketing Limited, publishers of 'Emma's Diary'

The Trustee Board of the RCGP has today announced its decision to terminate the College's contractual relationship with Lifecycle Marketing (Mother & Baby) Limited ("Lifecycle") – publishers of "Emma's Diary". On 9 August 2018 the Information Commissioner's Office ("ICO") issued a Monetary Penalty Notice against Lifecycle and imposed a significant penalty on them. The College takes the issue of data protection extremely seriously and, after careful consideration of the contents of the ICO's monetary penalty notice, the Trustees decided to terminate the College's contractual relationship with Lifecycle forthwith.
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