GP Leaders Warn of ‘Airbrushing’ Over GP Numbers

GP leaders have warned that the government must not ‘airbrush’ its failure to deliver satisfactory increases in GP numbers. This follows the Health Secretary's annual review of performance in NHS England failing to evaluate progress on GP recruitment; a serious red flag indicating that all is not going according to plan. Jeremy Hunt lauded the GP Forward View and good progress on implementing improved access to GP services in the report, also noting the requirement for a larger primary-care... Readmore

GPs Urge Government to Reconsider HIV Vaccination Stance

There has been strong criticism of the government by GPs concerned about the policy of failing to extend HPV vaccination to boys. The Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) has announced that research commissioned by the organisation found that extending the HPV vaccination to males is “highly unlikely to be cost-effective”. But HPV Action, a campaign group composed of 47 patient and professional organisations, believes that escalation of the vaccination should be considered... Readmore

Controversy Reigns Over New Prescription Plans

New plans intended to prevent GPs from prescribing drugs available over the counter, with the intention of saving the healthcare system in the region of £200 million, could deny vulnerable patients critical access to medication. This is the view of some of the most prominent doctors working within the healthcare system. NHS England had previously announced a plan to “drive out wasteful and ineffective drug prescriptions”. But a consultation on the new scheme suggests that it will have... Readmore

Practices in East London to Benefit from More Regular Payments

A new contract is set to benefit practices in East London, with more regular payments being received by the surgeries via the overarching federation. Tower Hamlets CCG has agreed a proposal to contract £5 million of local enhanced services with the GP Care Group. This federation currently comprises the thirty seven practices active in the borough, and has been involved in the collaborated delivery of enhanced services in the region for some years. The scheme is contracted through a network... Readmore

Doctors Horrified by STP Staff Costs

An investigation conducted by the British Medical Association has uncovered a vast phalanx of operations managers, communications executives, administrators and financial analysts has been created to drive forward controversial STPs (sustainability and transformation plans), which are effectively siphoning millions out of the NHS system. The investigation revealed that health leaders have created more than 150 jobs, with annual salaries of at least £8.5 million, despite funding on the front line... Readmore

Majority of Patients Positive About GP Care

According to the GP Patient Survey 2017, most people in Britain are satisfied with the service provided by their general practitioners. This extensive survey questioned 800,000 people, and concluded that around 85% consider the overall experience of their GP surgery as being at least good. Furthermore, trust in GPs remains extremely robust, with almost 92% of those surveyed indicating that they had confidence in medical practitioners. Over three-quarters of those responding to the survey... Readmore

GP Practices Green Lighted for Personalised Diabetes Treatment

A new diabetes strategy has resulted in large swathes of GP practices in England being able to refer high-risk patients for personalised treatment. This tailored assistance now covers over 75% of the English population, and is intended to assist individuals with losing weight in order to help manage the risk of developing diabetes. This second wave of the ‘Healthier You’ programme was launched last month, expanding the scheme to cover an additional 25% of the population. As a result... Readmore

BMA Opposes Patient Charging Plans

The British Medical Association has officially voiced its opposition to charging patients in order to see a general practitioner, or for missing a GP appointment. A vote at the Annual Representatives Meeting in Bournemouth rejected this notion, following close on the back of a vote by LMCs last month asking the General Practitioners Committee to produce a discussion paper on alternative funding options for general practice. This proposal would include co-payments should it come to fruition. GP... Readmore

Health Education England Claims Progress Made on GP Recruitment

Health Education England has claimed that excellent progress has been made on the recruitment of GPs. The organisation indicated that over 100 additional places have been filled in comparison to last year. This has meant that the possibility of falling short of GP recruitment targets has been downgraded from a red to an amber alert on HEE’s latest corporate risk register. The document is published on an annual basis, and outlines the biggest risks facing Health Education England, being... Readmore

Number of GPs Seeking Assistance for Substance Abuse Increasing

The medical director of a new NHS support service for doctors has warned that an increasing number of GPs are seeking specialist help for substance abuse and mental health problems. Clare Gerada, former chair of the Royal College of GPs, suggested that incidences of this problem are increasing on an almost daily basis. Referrals to the GP health service have surpassed expectations since its launch in late January, with medics in all fields seeking help in what are described as escalating numbers,... Readmore

New Immune Cell to Help with Lung Cancer Therapy

Researchers have reportedly identified a new type of immune cell which could have a massive impact on lung cancer. Scientists say that it will be possible to predict which lung cancer patients will benefit most from treatment with immunotherapy by utilising the newly discovered cell. Cancer Research UK has been involved in the funding of the study, which has been published in the journal Nature Immunotherapy. And researchers demonstrated that lung cancer patients with a high level of tissue-resident... Readmore

GP Practices in Northern Ireland Set to Lose Money

GP practices based in Northern Ireland will lose thousands of pounds following the collapse of services across the nation. Officials from the health department in Northern Ireland have already informed GP organisations that they will not change the way that QOF payments are made. This is despite the fact that increased list sizes have been caused by the raft of practice mergers and closures required in order to ensure that the service remains operable. Northern Ireland GPC (NIGPC) is now preparing... Readmore
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