Total Number of GPs Remain Below 2015 Levels

Health leaders have warned that the total number of GPs working within the NHS system has yet to return to 2015 levels. This is based on official headcount and full-time equivalent data over the final quarter of the 2016/17 financial year. The figures would seem to indicate that the NHS is far from being on track to meet the Conservative party’s pledge of training and retaining an additional 5,000 GPs by the end of the decade. This policy appeared in the recent Conservative election manifesto. NHS... Readmore

LMCs Issue Warning Over GP Training

LMCs have warned that GP training must be overhauled in order to prepare registrars to take on partnership roles. Furthermore, there should be a focus on increasing the number of placements in general practice settings, according to comments made at the annual LMC conference. Delegates also backed calls for GP training to be geared more towards preparing trainees to become GP partners and principals. There was also a suggestion that GP training schemes should be extended to at least four... Readmore

GPC Sessional Subcommittee Member Suggests GPs Should Boycott Out-of-Hours Surgery

As the controversies over general practice continue to accumulate, a member of the General Practitioners Committee sessional subcommittee has suggested that GPs should consider boycotting out-of-hours sessions. Dr Preeti Shukla from Lancashire and Cumbria LMC believes that the scandalous costs related to indemnity should provoke this action. Shukla spoke at the LMC conference in Edinburgh, where the sessional GP indicated her intention to introduce the proposal to General PractitionersCcommittee... Readmore

Dozens of GP Practices Consider Legal Action Over Lease Terms

Dozens of GP practices are considering legal options related to premises owned by NHS Property Services (NHSPS). Several surgeries in the south of England are currently taking legal advice in response to new terms that may be less favourable. The new conditions of payment are set to formalise huge service charge hikes that have been experienced throughout the NHS system. This has naturally drawn strong opposition from surgeries and healthcare professionals. The terms in question have... Readmore

British Journal of General Practice Study Outlines Value of Listening Skills

A study published in the British Journal of General Practice suggests that the listening skills of general practitioners are a top priority for patients concerned that they might have cancer. Researchers involved in compiling the report suggest that the study will play a major role in helping clinicians understand barriers to consultation in primary care, and that this can be used to convince patients to present at an earlier date. Prompt presentations with cancer symptoms in primary care can have... Readmore

RCGP to Work with GPs In Order to Build up Core Skills

The Royal College of General Practitioners has signalled its intention to work with GPs in order to build core skills. GPs with a special interest seven key categories will receive special assistance from the authoritative healthcare body. Inflammatory bowel disease, women's health, acute kidney injury, inflammatory arthritis, health checks for people with learning disabilities, perinatal mental health and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes will all be covered by the new initiative, with doctors working... Readmore

Junior Doctors Granted New Whistleblowing Powers After Court Intervention

A Court of Appeal ruling means that junior doctors will be granted new protection when whistleblowing. The landmark case involved Health Education England challenging the position of Chris Day; a junior doctor who claimed he was victimised. Day had suggested that the education and training body had treated him unfairly, after an employment tribunal indicated that Parliament had deliberately excluded junior doctors’ relationship with Health Education England from protection under employment... Readmore

Scapegoating Locums Threatens to Exacerbate GP Crisis GPC Warns

The General Practitioners Committee has spoken out on what it deems to be the unacceptable scapegoating of locum doctors. This risks undermining general practice and exacerbating problems already inherent within the system, according to the GPC. Dr Zoe Norris, chair of the GPC sessional committee, has suggested that the narrative relating to locums at present is nothing short of destructive, and the prominent individual called on NHS England to alter its conduct. Norris suggested that NHS England... Readmore

GMC Investigations Frequently Black-Balling Doctors Figures Show

Official data indicates that doctors who face a hearing after a GMC investigation are more likely to face suspension or erasure than at any point over the past decade. This statistic can be attributed to reforms which where intended to ensure that clinicians were never forced to go through the process without good reason. Indeed, over 70% of doctors who faced procedures after a GMC investigation during the 2016 calendar year were ultimately suspended or erased from the register. This represents... Readmore

MPs Set Deadline for NHS to Define Core Hours Definition

MPs have informed NHS officials that they must define what services practices are required to deliver during core hours by March of next year. The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee indicated that NHS England must report back within 12 months regarding the definition of what patients should expect to be available between the conditioned hours of 8 am and 6:30 pm. Officials will also be required to explain how they will ensure commissioners contract-manage practices effectively in order... Readmore

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
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