NHS Leaders Welcome Update to NHS Contract

GP leaders believe that an update to the standard NHS contract will have a positive effect on attempts to prevent hospitals from dumping work on GP surgeries. The new provisions in the contract could potentially save millions of appointments, easing the pressure on the beleaguered general practice system. Change to the contract have become operational from 1st April, with the aim of preventing hospitals from inappropriately transferring standard responsibilities to GP practices. Fit notes,... Readmore

Survey Indicates that 40% of GPs are Considering Quitting the NHS

Around 40% of GPs are considering quitting the NHS, according to a major new survey. Academics at Exeter Medical School surveyed more than 2,000 GPs, with over half reporting low morale. Spirit among doctors has been described previously as perilously low by groups representing healthcare professionals, and this is leading to a crisis in frontline healthcare. Despite the apparent staffing difficulties within the healthcare system, Jeremy Hunt is still pushing forward with the vision of the government... Readmore

Locum Doctors Faced with Striking Off Threat

The General Medical Council has indicated that locum doctors could be struck off if they exploit tax loopholes in order to gain additional earnings. Guidance has been issued by the GMC, after agency medics were accused of utilising an organised campaign in order to extort money from the NHS. This crisis has arisen following the introduction of new rules, attempted to clampdown on tax avoidance. NHS trusts must now subtract tax and national insurance from pay packets at source from workers... Readmore

GP Surgery Closures Hit a Record Level Last Year

New figures indicate that the number of GP surgery closures hit a record level last year. And the extent of practices becoming defunct forced over 250,000 NHS patients to seek alternative arrangements. Data published by NHS England indicated that an alarming 57 surgeries were forced to close their doors permanently last year, while a further 34 were jettisoned due to mergers. This resulted in around 255,000 patients changing their practice during the last 12 months alone; a massive 150%... Readmore

Care Quality Commission to Review GP Special Measures Scheme

The Care Quality Commission has signalled its intention to review the way that its GP special measures scheme operates. Poorly-performing practices will be dealt with in what the commission describes as a ‘lighter touch’ inspection model from October. The scheme provides a framework and timeframe for inadequate practices to improve, but is set to be axed under new plans documented by the Care Quality Commission. A spokesman indicated that the commission is presently investigating how it should... Readmore

New GP Smartphone Service to be Trialled

The first ever tele-medicine service which enables patients to be treated by GPs using a mobile phone has been officially launched. Known as GP Online, the smartphone-based system is currently being piloted in six surgeries in both urban and rural locations. The intention is to roll out the application across the entire nation later this year. Funding has been provided by the National Association of GPs, with the organisation predicting that approximately 100 family doctors will be able... Readmore

Anecdotal Evidence Supports Super-Hub Concept

New research suggests that around 70% of GPs and other critical staff working in 50,000 patient integration sites believe that the new model has improved their job satisfaction. Research conducted by the National Association of Primary Care indicated that the new approach to work in this sector is benefiting both patients and staff alike. NHS England has stated in line with this report that it believes practice groups serving between 30,000 and 50,000 people should become normal practice in the near... Readmore

GPs in England Deliver 25% More Appointments than Safe Limit

Analysis indicates that doctors in England are currently engaging over 25% more appointments every week than the safe limit suggested by the British Medical Association. The imposing workload that GPs must deal with is beginning to put patients at serious risk, according to the authoritative healthcare organisation. Doctors have been forced to provide large numbers of appointments due to demand, with tiredness increasing the possibility of major errors. NHS England has already estimated... Readmore

Finance Director at Special Measures Trust to Take Period of Leave

The finance director of an NHS trust will take an extended period of leave. Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Foundation Trust had previously been placed in special measures. An interim finance director has been appointed to replace Marcus Hassall in the meantime. The trust is expected to accumulate a deficit of £31 million by the end of the fiscal year. A spokeswoman indicated that the period of leave was unrelated to the financial deterioration of the organisation. No reason has been... Readmore

GP Forward View Plans Remain on Track Ministers Claim

Health ministers have told the Commons that plans announced as part of the GP Forward View to increase GP funding to over £12 billion by the end of the decade are on course to be satisfied. Jeremy Hunt and health minister David Mowat faced questions from MPs on the matter, with problems with recruitment, practice closures and underfunding all been highlighted. Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley requested the Health Secretary to outline the steps that the government has taken in order to ensure... Readmore

80% of GPs Oppose ‘Superhubs’ Plan

Over three-quarters of GPs are against the notion of superpubs, according to a new online poll. The government had recently outlined its intention to transform primary care by creating 1,500 superhubs that would play a major role in general practice. Migration to this new approach would be steady, but the intention is eventually to create numerous large practices spread throughout the NHS system. However, 80% of the GPs who responded to a GPOnline poll regarding superhubs believe that relocating... Readmore

Government Sets 40% Target for Weekend Services

The government has laid out its latest plans for the seven-day NHS policy introduced by former PM David Cameron. According to new guidance, practices must be made available at evenings or weekends to around 50% of the population by the end of 2017. The guidelines come in the form of new mandate plans which confirm that the government is indeed pushing forward with its seven-day GP opening scheme. Around 40% of the population will gain access to enhanced GP services by the end of the financial... Readmore
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