One in eight GPs say their practice is at risk of closure because of financial pressures, an exclusive GP magazine survey reveals.
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Challenge Fund GP access pilots have received guarantees of top-up funding worth millions of pounds and assurances of financial support beyond 2014/15, GP magazine has learnt.
GPs have been urged to improve patient access to and choice of contraception, particularly long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs), under new standards welcomed by GPSIs.
More than 100 GP practices could be unable to request blood tests later this month after staff at one of the UK's largest hospitals threatened industrial action.
#WeekInReview - 17 April: Practices threatened with closure, get your arse to the doctors and #bowelcancer17 April 2014
A glance back over this week's primary care news, opinion, top tweets and best gaffes.
A lack of vitamin D can double the risk of developing chronic widespread pain, a study suggests.
A Bedford GP has become the face of a campaign to cut unnecessary visits to A&E.
GP practices could benefit by just £114 on average from the 2014/15 contract after NHS England refused to agree an increase in the value of QOF points.
One in four CCG finance directors fear their organisation will fail to achieve financial balance in 2014/15, a poll shows.
Local authorities are failing to offer enough health checks one year after taking control of the programme, according to a diabetes charity.
A GP CCG clinical vice chairman who is stepping down from the role this summer suggests CCGs may need to merge to take on powerful trusts.
Successful bids for the £50m Challenge Fund to boost access to GP practices were announced on 11 April - find out what bidders will deliver and how much funding they will receive.
- #WeekInReview - 17 April: Practices threatened with closure, get your arse to the doctors and #bowelcancer
- Vitamin D deficiency doubles risk of chronic musculoskeletal pain
- GP contract in 2014/15 to benefit average practice by just £114
- Quarter of CCGs face 2014/15 deficit as experts urge NHS funding rise
- GPs fear diagnostics meltdown as industrial action looms
- GPs urged to offer greater choice of contraception
- GPs' children's book tribute to life of their daughter
- #WeekInReview - 10 April: Who will GPs vote for in 2015?, Burnham v Balls and #VLM14
- #WeekInReview: 3 April: Should the NHS charge?, #PutPatientsFirst and least funny April Fool
- GP interview: My ski trek to the North Pole
- Win an Xbox One gaming console
- GP interview - The GP farmer
- GP access boost for 7.5m patients as DH reveals Challenge Fund pilots
- CQC inspections to assess 'whole spectrum' of patient care
- Payment problems continue as nearly half of GPs report issues
- GPs feel more pressure since PCT abolition
- GPs in ambulances slash A&E admissions
- Exclusive: Practice manager stress leaves 67% on brink of quitting
- GPs need more support from CCGs on telehealth services
- Federate or lose independent contractor status, Northern Ireland GPs warned
- GP concerns ignored in 'disappointing' NHS England plan
- CCGs must do more to provide adequate palliative care
- NHS England confirms plans to hand CCGs primary care commissioning role
- Lack of cancer expertise risks setting back care by a decade, CCGs told
- BAPIO considers fresh legal action over CSA as judge grants right of appeal
- Exclusive: GPs abandon Lib Dems and Tories
- How the GP contract is changing
- Dr Sam Everington interview: A primary care optimist
- High Court judge rules CSA is lawful and fair
- RCGP and GMC face legal challenge over exam racism claim
- GPs and emergency doctors call for more out-of-hours support
- Practices face uncertainty over IT systems
- Independent contractor status blocks innovation, warns NHS official
- MPs to press ahead with plain cigarette packaging
- Practices offered £20,000 for unplanned admissions DES
- IT funding reform risks 'significant cuts' for practices
- £25 charge for GP visits among 'tough choices' NHS must consider
- Pressure on GPs could put patients at risk, says health minister
- GP denied pension in contract cuts row
- Pollution spike prompts heart and lung disease warning
- GPs face months of extra data entry work due to 'botched' GPES
- Contract uplift delivers just £1,600 per practice, as RCGP warns of 17% cuts
- Dementia drive risks overdiagnosis harm, claims GP
- GP contract a top priority for new NHS chief executive
The first woman to lead the MDU medical advisory team has a tough task.
Crumbling morale and rising workload have left general practice on its knees. Nick Bostock looks for a glimmer of hope.
COLUMNISTS & OPINION
Read the latest from our regular GP columnists Mary Lowth and Liam Farrell, editorials from GP magazine and guest opinions.
Writing for GPonline.com in a personal capacity, BMA deputy chairman Dr Kailash Chand reflects on the findings of this week's judicial review into the fairness of CSA tests.
The joy of five-year fixed-term parliaments is that we know the next general election to form the UK's 56th parliament will be on 7 May 2015.
Progress can be painful, but sacrifices must be made in the name of science. I took a deep breath, girded my loins and started morning surgery.
Part of the joyous learning curve of working in general practice is adjusting to the local vernacular, wherever you are.
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