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

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
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