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Drug shortages are 'harming' patients, say GPs

Drug shortages are 'harming' patients, say GPs

Patients are coming to harm due to drug shortages, GPs have warned, as a GPonline...

Rise in clinical negligence claims against GPs

Rise in clinical negligence claims against GPs

The number of clinical negligence claims against GPs rose by 16.4% in 2015, according...

Practice rated outstanding after helping 97% of palliative care patients die at home

Practice rated outstanding after helping 97% of palliative care patients die at home
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The CQC has praised a GP practice that featured in a BBC documentary as outstanding...

Plans to cut jobs at Health Education England could impact GP recruitment, campaigners warn

Plans to cut jobs at Health Education England could impact GP recruitment, campaigners warn
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Campaigners have warned that a consultation by Health Education England (HEE) to...

GPs will continue to push for industrial action ballot unless NHS England takes quick action

GPs will continue to push for industrial action ballot unless NHS England takes quick action

LMCs will feel 'cheated' out of a ballot for industrial action unless there is quick,...

GPC scraps ballot on mass resignation after NHS England agrees to talks

GPC scraps ballot on mass resignation after NHS England agrees to talks
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The GPC has scrapped plans to ballot the GP profession on mass resignations or industrial...

Exclusive: Hospitals ignore guidance and continue to dump work on GPs

Exclusive: Hospitals ignore guidance and continue to dump work on GPs
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NHS hospitals are ignoring changes to their standard contract that were intended...

New recruitment drive will emphasise flexibility of GP careers

New recruitment drive will emphasise flexibility of GP careers
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General practice should cast off the stuffy reputation of traditional models of working...

Practice kept afloat by patient fundraising reveals second year of losses

Practice kept afloat by patient fundraising reveals second year of losses
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An 'underfunded' Essex practice where patients have been paying to keep the lights...

Viewpoints and opinion

Skill mix: Can pharmacists and community pharmacy rescue general practice?

Skill mix: Can pharmacists and community pharmacy rescue general practice?
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Pharmacists could play a vital role in primary care and help support GPs to meet...

Future NHS: What if people controlled their own health data?

Future NHS: What if people controlled their own health data?

If people controlled their health data would it impede research and service improvement...

Liam Farrell: Sometimes what you don't say is more important than what you do

Liam Farrell: Sometimes what you don't say is more important than what you do

Writing isn't just about the words, it's about the spaces between words as well,...

NHS reform: STPs must involve primary care providers

NHS reform: STPs must involve primary care providers
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It appears that the majority of STP boards have little in the way of primary care...

Data security: Will new consent and opt-out plans protect our personal health information?

Data security: Will new consent and opt-out plans protect our personal health information?
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The recent review of data security, consent and opt-outs lead to the demise of care.data,...

Dr Chris Mimnagh: Rationing care? It doesn't have to be this way

Dr Chris Mimnagh: Rationing care? It doesn't have to be this way

I don't like to say 'I told you so', but back in June 2011 I did mention that one...

Clinical news

'Weak' childhood obesity strategy criticised by GPs

'Weak' childhood obesity strategy criticised by GPs
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The highly-anticipated childhood obesity strategy has come under fire from the BMA...

Greater use of technology in asthma will cut GP appointments and improve care

Greater use of technology in asthma will cut GP appointments and improve care

Investment in digital technologies will be a 'game changer' in asthma management,...

66 UK patients diagnosed with Zika virus after travelling to affected areas

66 UK patients diagnosed with Zika virus after travelling to affected areas

A total of 66 cases of Zika virus infection have been identified in UK travellers...

NICE recommends heart attack patients take ticagrelor for longer period

NICE recommends heart attack patients take ticagrelor for longer period

Patients who have had a heart attack or stroke should continue to receive the anticoagulant...

Practice news

Exclusive: GPs back scrapping QOF to ease practice workload

Exclusive: GPs back scrapping QOF to ease practice workload
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More than three in five GPs believe the QOF should be scrapped across the UK to ease...

Medical school offering places through clearing inundated with 1,825 calls

Medical school offering places through clearing inundated with 1,825 calls

A university that offered up places on its medicine degree through clearing for the...

GPs slam STP proposal to shift 'massive amounts' of work into general practice

GPs slam STP proposal to shift 'massive amounts' of work into general practice
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GP leaders have slammed plans to transfer 'massive amounts' of secondary care work...

Number of applicants for medicine degrees could fall further, GPs warn

Number of applicants for medicine degrees could fall further, GPs warn

Leading GPs have warned that future generations may be put off a career in medicine...

People news

GP campaigner Dr David Wrigley elected BMA deputy chair

GP campaigner Dr David Wrigley elected BMA deputy chair

Campaigning GP Dr David Wrigley - a staunch critic of NHS privatisation who has accused...

GMC appoints DH official as new chief executive to replace Niall Dickson

GMC appoints DH official as new chief executive to replace Niall Dickson

The GMC has announced that Charles Massey will replace Niall Dickson as its chief...

Reaction as Jeremy Hunt remains health secretary after cabinet shake-up

Reaction as Jeremy Hunt remains health secretary after cabinet shake-up
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Health secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed via Twitter on Thursday that he was delighted...

Jeremy Hunt to remain as health secretary after Theresa May reshuffle

Jeremy Hunt to remain as health secretary after Theresa May reshuffle
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New prime minister Theresa May has retained Jeremy Hunt as health secretary despite...

Commissioning news

Hospital trust awarded 15-year contract to run practices hit by recruitment crisis

Hospital trust awarded 15-year contract to run practices hit by recruitment crisis
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A hospital foundation trust has been awarded a 15-year contract to run three GP practices...

CCG abandons plan to suspend referrals to cut costs after public outcry

CCG abandons plan to suspend referrals to cut costs after public outcry

St Helens CCG has abandoned proposals to suspend non urgent referrals after a public...

APMS practices face six-figure funding swings following reprocurement

APMS practices face six-figure funding swings following reprocurement

APMS practices have been hit by six-figure payment swings as the government's equitable...

GP leaders slam 'unacceptable' plans to suspend referrals to cut costs

GP leaders slam 'unacceptable' plans to suspend referrals to cut costs
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The GPC has slammed 'unacceptable' plans by commissioners to suspend 'non-urgent'...