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Updated: 21/08/2019 12:17

Hospital foundation trust to take over three GP practices

An NHS foundation trust in Birmingham has taken over two GP surgeries and will soon run another from June.

Pharmacy regulator 'is putting burden of policing online pharmacists on GPs'

The pharmacy regulator is putting GPs in the position of policing the prescribing of online pharmacies when it comes to high-risk medicines, the BMA has warned.

CCG cost-saving insulin switch leads to patient safety issues

Decisions by CCGs to switch insulin types to save money has led to a number of medicines safety incidents, a pharmacist report has warned.

Bus company asks GPs to assess if coach drivers are safe to drive

A bus company has written to local GPs asking their opinion on the fitness of patients to drive their coaches, it has emerged. 

Telephone-first approach not a solution to GP workload, says study

The telephone-first approach is not a solution to patient demand and GP workload, according to a new study. 

GPs not using available cancer risk tools, survey suggests

Many GPs are not making use of freely available cancer risk assessment tools to spot urgent cases, a study suggests.

NHS England says almost 90% of GPs work part time in response to Pulse survey

NHS England has highlighted that almost nine in 10 salaried GPs now work part time, in its official response to Pulse’s workload survey.

£3.6m portrait hanging in GP waiting room aims to improve access to art

A portrait worth £3.6m is on display in an East Yorkshire GP waiting room as part of an initiative to widen access to art.

NHS England instructs GPs to do more hep C testing after blood scandal

GPs are being encouraged to do more testing to identify patients infected with viruses in NHS contaminated blood products used in the 1970s and 1980s, as a public inquiry into the scandal gets underway.

NHS workforce implementation plan delayed again

The workforce implementation plan has been delayed again.

GP at Hand set to apply to be single network in 'destabilising' move

Babylon GP at Hand is in the process of registering as its own primary care network, Pulse has learned. 

Automation could free up 31% of GP time, says Hancock report

Automation in healthcare could reduce the need for GP visits, and save time and money in primary care, according to a new report launched by the health secretary.

Only 9p per patient of global sum uplift is new funding

GPs in England will receive just 9p of new funding per patient this year to cover the costs of inflation and the new work involved in the GMS contract, with the bulk of the global sum uplift coming from money recycled elsewhere.

Practices still facing ‘extortionate’ premises costs despite negotiations

GP practices are facing ‘extortionate’ increases in premises costs that could force layoffs and salary cuts, despite ongoing negotiations to bring them down, Pulse has learned. 

GPs ability to ‘make do’ is not a solution to lack of funding, Hancock warned

GPs resilience and ability to ‘make do’ is not a sustainable solution to funding that does not meet their needs