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Third of practices exiting special measures last year have closed

Third of practices exiting special measures last year have closed

One in three practices to exit special measures last year were de-registered by the...

GP elected as Labour MP rejects call for industrial action
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GP elected as Labour MP rejects call for industrial action

A GP newly elected as a Labour MP has said he will oppose calls for the profession...

RCGP Scotland chair to lead Labour commission on NHS workforce

RCGP Scotland chair to lead Labour commission on NHS workforce

RCGP Scotland chair Dr Miles Mack has agreed to chair an NHS workforce commission...

Length of fitness to practise hearings will be reduced, says MPTS

Length of fitness to practise hearings will be reduced, says MPTS

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) will 'reduce the length' of hearings...

One-week waits for GP appointments to soar over next five years, warns RCGP
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One-week waits for GP appointments to soar over next five years, warns RCGP

Patients will wait more than a week for an appointment at their GP practice on more...

NHS ban on 'wasteful' prescribing could harm poorest patients, GPs warn
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NHS ban on 'wasteful' prescribing could harm poorest patients, GPs warn

Plans to ban GPs from prescribing drugs available over the counter (OTC) to save...

Map: GP practice mergers and closures under NHS England
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Map: GP practice mergers and closures under NHS England

Hundreds of GP practices have merged or closed since NHS England became operational...

Federation-wide enhanced services deal boosts frequency of GP payments

Federation-wide enhanced services deal boosts frequency of GP payments

Practices in east London are set to benefit from more regular payments after a new...

GMC reveals six-point action plan to overhaul revalidation

GMC reveals six-point action plan to overhaul revalidation

The GMC has released an action plan of six major commitments it will achieve by March...

Dr Richard Vautrey elected chair of GPC England and UK
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Dr Richard Vautrey elected chair of GPC England and UK

Leeds GP Dr Richard Vautrey has been elected chair of the BMA's GP committee for...

Campaigners consider legal action against HPV decision

Campaigners consider legal action against HPV decision

GPs have called on the government to 'urgently' reconsider its stance that extending...

GP leaders fear government 'airbrushing' of workforce failures
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GP leaders fear government 'airbrushing' of workforce failures

GP leaders have warned the government against 'airbrushing' its failure to increase...

Clinical news

One in three dementia cases preventable through lifestyle changes

One in three dementia cases preventable through lifestyle changes

Researchers have urged GPs to 'be ambitious about prevention' after finding that...

HPV jabs for boys 'highly unlikely to be cost-effective' say DH advisers

HPV jabs for boys 'highly unlikely to be cost-effective' say DH advisers

DH advisers reviewing the HPV vaccination programme have concluded it is 'highly...

DH sets out plan to wipe out smoking and ease GP workload

DH sets out plan to wipe out smoking and ease GP workload

Smokers made a third more GP appointments than non-smokers last year, the government...

GPs need support to help 300,000 patients quit benzodiazepines
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GPs need support to help 300,000 patients quit benzodiazepines

GPs need more support to help up to 300,000 long-term users quit benzodiazepines...

Practice news

Exclusive: Practices serving 2.7m patients closed or merged since 2013

Exclusive: Practices serving 2.7m patients closed or merged since 2013

Almost one in 10 GP practices have closed, merged or been taken over since NHS England...

GP services among STP projects awarded a share of £325m new investment
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GP services among STP projects awarded a share of £325m new investment

Primary care hubs and urgent care GP services are among the sustainability and transformation...

GMC demands more freedom to pare down formal investigations

GMC demands more freedom to pare down formal investigations

'Clunky and outdated' legislation is holding the GMC back from paring down unnecessary...

Collective list closure will cause 'maximum disruption' to government

Collective list closure will cause 'maximum disruption' to government

Collective closure of patient lists is the best way for GPs to cause maximum disruption...

People news

GPC election remains two-way race as vote nears, BMA confirms

GPC election remains two-way race as vote nears, BMA confirms

The BMA has confirmed that just two candidates are in the running to replace outgoing...

Dr Sarah Wollaston re-elected to chair Commons health committee

Dr Sarah Wollaston re-elected to chair Commons health committee

Former GP Dr Sarah Wollaston MP is set to be re-elected chair of the House of Commons...

Candidates revealed in 'two-horse race' to become new GPC chair

Candidates revealed in 'two-horse race' to become new GPC chair

Campaigning has begun to replace Dr Chaand Nagpaul as leader of England's GPs.

Interview: I'm optimistic about the future of general practice, says Dr Robert Varnam
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Interview: I'm optimistic about the future of general practice, says Dr Robert Varnam

The NHS is finally taking the GP crisis seriously and is proposing solutions that...

Commissioning news

Welsh health and social care review backs GP integration with new care models
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Welsh health and social care review backs GP integration with new care models

The scale and pace of challenges facing the NHS in Wales mean it must rapidly move...

Most CCGs plan primary care investment to beat NHS crisis

Most CCGs plan primary care investment to beat NHS crisis

More than two thirds of CCGs rank increased primary care investment among the main...

GP A&E plans face workforce and funding threat, hospitals warn

GP A&E plans face workforce and funding threat, hospitals warn

GP workforce shortages could undermine plans for primary care streaming services...

Primary care minister re-commits government to 5,000 extra GPs
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Primary care minister re-commits government to 5,000 extra GPs

The new primary care minister has said the government remains committed to increasing...