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GP sickness pay could leave practices facing five-figure shortfall

GP sickness pay could leave practices facing five-figure shortfall

Sickness payments for GPs under the contract deal for 2017/18 could leave practices...

STPs 'not credible' without upfront investment in community healthcare, warns think tank

STPs 'not credible' without upfront investment in community healthcare, warns think tank

The government cannot claim to have supported the NHS's own improvement plans unless...

Nine out of 10 GP practices good or outstanding as CQC completes first wave of visits
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Nine out of 10 GP practices good or outstanding as CQC completes first wave of visits

Almost 90% of GP practices have been rated good or outstanding by the CQC after inspectors...

GP homeless service switched to new provider despite outstanding CQC rating

GP homeless service switched to new provider despite outstanding CQC rating

A GP service for homeless patients in Leeds - awarded an outstanding CQC rating just...

CQC data reports risk 'skewed impression' of GP practice quality, warns BMA

CQC data reports risk 'skewed impression' of GP practice quality, warns BMA

The GPC has expressed 'significant objections' to the CQC's planned replacement to...

NHS crisis continues as fifth of hospitals on high alert for half of 2017 to date

NHS crisis continues as fifth of hospitals on high alert for half of 2017 to date

A fifth of hospital trusts in England have reported a high-level alert - warning...

Leeds QOF suspension blocked as NHS officials say it was 'never formally sanctioned'

Leeds QOF suspension blocked as NHS officials say it was 'never formally sanctioned'

CCG leaders have said that they sought permission from NHS England to suspend the...

RCGP launches new resilience scheme for struggling practices
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RCGP launches new resilience scheme for struggling practices

The RCGP has launched a new resilience scheme aimed at supporting practices that...

Hormone therapy at onset of menopause could protect against dementia

Hormone therapy at onset of menopause could protect against dementia

Long-term, estrogen-based HRT could have a protective effect against dementia in...

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Technology could help GPs resist hospital pressure to prescribe specialist drugs

Technology could help GPs resist hospital pressure to prescribe specialist drugs

GP IT systems should be developed to improve specialist drug prescribing and help...

Secondary care support can boost GP use of breast cancer prevention drug

Secondary care support can boost GP use of breast cancer prevention drug

Researchers have called for a joint primary and secondary care pathway to encourage...

Statin side-effects 'strongest predictor' patient is missing cholesterol targets

Statin side-effects 'strongest predictor' patient is missing cholesterol targets

Side-effects of statin treatment such as muscle complaints are the strongest predictor...

NICE backs QOF target for postnatal mental health checks
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NICE backs QOF target for postnatal mental health checks

GP practices should be incentivised through the QOF to assess the mental health of...

Practice news

More than 10m GP appointments lost to DNAs each year, warns GPC
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More than 10m GP appointments lost to DNAs each year, warns GPC

GP leaders estimate that over 10m appointments are lost each year across England...

Hundreds of GP practices to have free wifi for patients by end of March
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Hundreds of GP practices to have free wifi for patients by end of March

Almost 1,000 GP practices across England will have free wifi for patients from the...

Over 1,000 GPs registered with mental health support service
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Over 1,000 GPs registered with mental health support service

More than 1,000 patients have registered with an app for the GP Health Service, launched...

Faster turnover of GP contracts needed to promote new care models, says thinktank

Faster turnover of GP contracts needed to promote new care models, says thinktank

Lack of competition for GP contracts is preventing the spread of new care models...

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GPs recognised in New Year Honours list
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GPs recognised in New Year Honours list

GPs, including the vice chair of the RCGP, were among those to receive awards in...

Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard interview: GPs must accept that change is inevitable
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Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard interview: GPs must accept that change is inevitable

Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard rushes into a small, hot office on an upper floor of the...

Professor Maureen Baker: A three-year rollercoaster ride as chair of the RCGP

Professor Maureen Baker: A three-year rollercoaster ride as chair of the RCGP

As she steps down, RCGP chair Professor Maureen Baker reflects on her three years...

Winner of GPonline's Choosing General Practice writing competition receives award

Winner of GPonline's Choosing General Practice writing competition receives award

The winner of this year's GPonline/RCGP Choosing General Practice competition was...

Commissioning news

GP's award-winning alcohol service scrapped 'despite saving NHS £500,000 a year'
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GP's award-winning alcohol service scrapped 'despite saving NHS £500,000 a year'

A GP behind a groundbreaking, multi-award winning alcohol treatment service has said...

NHS financial crisis is making STP plans 'unworkable', warns BMA
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NHS financial crisis is making STP plans 'unworkable', warns BMA

NHS leaders do not have 'anything like' the money needed to implement sustainability...

GPs call for national roll-out of mentoring support for general practice

GPs call for national roll-out of mentoring support for general practice

GPs in the Midlands are calling for the national roll-out of mentoring support for...

NHS England to investigate 'questionable' private GP services
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NHS England to investigate 'questionable' private GP services

The NHS England chief executive has described as 'questionable' private consultation...