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
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
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
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
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
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