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GPs should offer HIV tests to all new patients in high prevalence areas, NICE says

GPs should offer HIV tests to all new patients in high prevalence areas, NICE says

GP practices in areas of high HIV prevalence should offer and recommend HIV testing...

Two in five GP trainees' education undermined by heavy workload, warns GMC
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Two in five GP trainees' education undermined by heavy workload, warns GMC

As many as two in five GP trainees face excessive workloads that interfere with their...

Hunt launches £1m flexible working pilot for GPs over 55

Hunt launches £1m flexible working pilot for GPs over 55

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched a £1m scheme to retain GPs aged over 55...

STP proposals 'impossible' without primary care funding, councils warn
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STP proposals 'impossible' without primary care funding, councils warn

Two councils have criticised their local sustainability and transformation plan (STP),...

Allowing pharmacists to refer patients to hospital could drive up activity, GP warns

Allowing pharmacists to refer patients to hospital could drive up activity, GP warns

Proposals to overhaul prescribing training for pharmacists and allow them to refer...

Lack of sessional GP representation 'risks credibility' of LMCs

Lack of sessional GP representation 'risks credibility' of LMCs

The credibility of LMCs could be 'seriously undermined' and much of the profession...

11,000 patients told to find a new GP as four practices close
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11,000 patients told to find a new GP as four practices close

Four practices serving around 11,000 patients in west Lincolnshire are set to close...

CQC chief inspector's practice rated 'good' despite patient safety warning
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CQC chief inspector's practice rated 'good' despite patient safety warning

The Bellevue Medical Practice in Birmingham, where CQC chief inspector Professor...

Pharmacists call for broader role in managing long-term conditions

Pharmacists call for broader role in managing long-term conditions

GP practices and pharmacies across England should draw up plans for pharmacists to...

Viewpoints and opinion

GP training: Why I decided on a career in general practice
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GP training: Why I decided on a career in general practice

At the end of her foundation training, Dr Patrice Baptiste found herself exhausted...

Dr Richard Vautrey: GPs in every corner of England are buckling under workload pressure

Dr Richard Vautrey: GPs in every corner of England are buckling under workload pressure

Underfunding, erosion of primary care teams and a string of disastrous political...

Health inequalities: Why GPs should become involved in 'health creation'

Health inequalities: Why GPs should become involved in 'health creation'

The NHS needs to do more to prevent illness. Dr Brian Fisher explains how practices...

Liam Farrell: The Trump-Brexit consultation model

Liam Farrell: The Trump-Brexit consultation model

There may be a perfect world out there somewhere, in an alternative universe, where...

Debt and mental health: GPs should scrap fees for mental health forms
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Debt and mental health: GPs should scrap fees for mental health forms

Practices that charge for completing forms to support patients with debt and mental...

NHS reform: STPs are wrong to accept reduction in GP numbers

NHS reform: STPs are wrong to accept reduction in GP numbers

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) in parts of England are planning for...

Clinical news

MPs call for 'radical expansion' of structured diabetes education

MPs call for 'radical expansion' of structured diabetes education

MPs have called on CCGs to plan 'a radical expansion in structured diabetes education'...

GPs 'unlikely' to achieve further efficiency savings on drug costs
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GPs 'unlikely' to achieve further efficiency savings on drug costs

Practices may have reached the limit of efficiency savings they can make on prescribing...

Hospital drug costs up 18 times faster than primary care since 2010/11

Hospital drug costs up 18 times faster than primary care since 2010/11

Hospital spending on medicines has almost doubled since 2010/11 while primary care...

QOF results are misrepresenting COPD care in primary care, report warns

QOF results are misrepresenting COPD care in primary care, report warns

High QOF scores have provided 'false assurance' on the quality of COPD services in...

Practice news

'Domino effect' fears as GP practice closes after third provider walks away

'Domino effect' fears as GP practice closes after third provider walks away

An MP has called on NHS managers to resolve problems with primary care in her constituency...

Eight out of 10 GPs in England say their workload is unmanageable

Eight out of 10 GPs in England say their workload is unmanageable

More than eight out of 10 GPs in England say their workload is unmanageable, according...

Exclusive: Quarter of GPs happy to give mobile phone number to patients
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Exclusive: Quarter of GPs happy to give mobile phone number to patients

One in four GPs already do or would consider handing out their personal mobile phone...

Autumn statement leaves NHS in trouble, warns former health secretary Lord Lansley
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Autumn statement leaves NHS in trouble, warns former health secretary Lord Lansley

Former health secretary Lord Lansley has warned that the NHS faces a 'very difficult'...

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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...

Video: Kate Allatt explains how she fought back from a stroke and locked-in syndrome

Video: Kate Allatt explains how she fought back from a stroke and locked-in syndrome

Patient campaigner Kate Allatt told the RCGP conference about her experience of having...

Commissioning news

STP plans to cut GP numbers by a fifth and merge practices
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STP plans to cut GP numbers by a fifth and merge practices

GP numbers will fall by 18% by 2021 under STP plans published for Somerset.

STPs 'far from perfect' but NHS has no plan B, warns think tank
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STPs 'far from perfect' but NHS has no plan B, warns think tank

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have failed to involve frontline clinicians...

BMA surrenders junior doctor contract strike mandate
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BMA surrenders junior doctor contract strike mandate

The BMA has abandoned the prospect of further industrial action over the imposed...

GPs back self care drive to cut millions of appointments for minor ailments

GPs back self care drive to cut millions of appointments for minor ailments

GP leaders have backed calls from local government for a cultural shift in self care...