‘Slash red tape’ say GPs in new BMA survey

GPs are calling for cuts in red tape to free up more time for patient care according to a BMA survey published today. The survey found that more than half of GPs – those with unmanageable workloads in particular - want a reduction in the size of the quality and outcomes framework (QOF). The survey also found that: (i) just under three-quarters (73 percent) of GPs support the continuation of a national GMS (general medical services) contract; (ii) 47 percent support having the option of a local... Readmore

GP prescribing costs rise in England and Wales

An analysis of general practice prescriptions from England and Wales has found that the total cost to the NHS rose from £8.91bn in 2013 to £9.16bn in 2014. This 2.9% increase, which far exceeded the 2014 inflation of 0.5%, is set out in a new report: ‘General Practice Prescribing Trends in England & Wales, 2014 Annual Review.’ The report also highlights that here were large regional variations in the cost of prescription per registered patient. The highest cost per registered patient... Readmore

Heavy workload having “negative impact” on patient care say GPs

More than 15,500 UK GPs believe their heavy workload is having a “negative impact” on the quality of patient care according to a British Medical Association (BMA) survey published today. “This poll highlights that GPs’ ability to care for patients is being seriously undermined by escalating workload, inadequate resourcing and unnecessary paperwork”, said BMA GPs committee chair Chaand Nagpaul. “Many GPs do not feel they have enough time to spend with their patients and that these... Readmore

CQC places GP practice into special measures over safety and leadership failings

Deanhill Surgery, a GP practice in south west London, has been placed into special measures following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). As part of CQC’s new programme of inspections, a specialist team rated the Surgery as being inadequate in terms of safety, effectiveness, and leadership. However, the Surgery was described as being caring. The CQC identified five areas for improvement, including: (i) the need for appropriate systems, governance and leadership to monitor... Readmore

BMA responds to BBC survey highlighting GP discontent

The British Medical Association (BMA) has issued its response to a BBC survey which found that more than half of GPs expect to leave the profession before they reach the age of 60. The survey, which features the views of 1004 UK GPs, found that working hours, pay concerns, and a negative portrayal by the media are the main reasons why 56 percent of GPs say they expect to retire early. Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, GP and BMA education, training and workforce committee chair, said: “The BMA has been... Readmore

Doctors leaders demand greater resources for GPs

Politicians and NHS managers must ensure ‘overstretched and underfunded’ GP services are properly resourced, say doctors leaders. Referring to figures in a Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report which show details of NHS payments made to general practices in 2013-14, BMA GPs committee chair Chaand Nagpaul said that they show how good value general practice is for the NHS but warns that GPs are “finding it increasingly difficult to make funding meet demands.” The HSCIC... Readmore

A&E waiting time target missed by widest margin ever

Figures released today by NHS England show that the four-hour A&E waiting time target has been missed by the widest margin since it was first introduced 10 years ago. Many, including the GMB, the union for NHS and ambulance staff, have said that the figures are unsurprising and make clear that patients and staff are paying the price for the government’s failure to manage and invest sufficiently in the NHS. Today’s figures adds to the unwelcome news yesterday that eight hospitals have... Readmore

European Parliament plays host to Patient Outcomes debate

A policy debate to raise awareness of intensive care medicine and its contributions to patient outcomes and health systems took place this week (15 May 2012) at the European Parliament. Entitled Improving Patient Outcomes through Intensive Care Medicine, the debate was organised by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine's (ESICM), in collaboration with the European Public Health Alliance, and involved policy makers, stakeholders from NGOs and patient organisations, industry representatives,... Readmore
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