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Labour will fight STPs if they are a vehicle for cuts, warns Diane Abbott

Labour will fight STPs if they are a vehicle for cuts, warns Diane Abbott

The Labour party will fight sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) in areas...

Hasty rollout of online GP consultations could backfire, warns Diane Abbott

Hasty rollout of online GP consultations could backfire, warns Diane Abbott

Rolling out online access to GPs too quickly in a bid to cut costs risks undermining...

Workforce data reveal 40% difference in GPs per patient between English regions

Workforce data reveal 40% difference in GPs per patient between English regions
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The most underdoctored English regions have up to 40% fewer GPs per patient than...

GP practices should listen more to patients, Labour conference told

GP practices should listen more to patients, Labour conference told
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GP practices should listen more to patients and would benefit from becoming more...

RCGP letter to Jeremy Hunt outlines five-point plan to retain GP workforce

RCGP letter to Jeremy Hunt outlines five-point plan to retain GP workforce

RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker has set out a five-point plan to retain the existing...

Tax businesses to fund improved GP access, says Labour shadow health minister

Tax businesses to fund improved GP access, says Labour shadow health minister

Businesses should be told to pay more tax to ensure their employees have proper access...

Exclusive: Just one GP practice improved overall rating after CQC challenge

Exclusive: Just one GP practice improved overall rating after CQC challenge

Just one GP practice has had its overall CQC rating improved after requesting a review...

Junior doctor strikes suspended by BMA amid patient safety fears

Junior doctor strikes suspended by BMA amid patient safety fears

The BMA has suspended plans for a wave of five-day junior doctor strikes over the...

Exclusive: GMS practices could move to two-year contracts

Exclusive: GMS practices could move to two-year contracts

Annual renegotiation of GMS contracts could be scrapped in favour of a two-year process...

Viewpoints and opinion

Dr Chris Mimnagh: General practice needs to embrace the potential of IT

Dr Chris Mimnagh: General practice needs to embrace the potential of IT
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The potential for IT in primary care is still, for the most part, untapped, says...

Dr Tom Jones: Seven days too long - Jeremy Hunt remix

Dr Tom Jones: Seven days too long - Jeremy Hunt remix
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I've heard it rumoured that some blogs drop to the writer fully formed, like stone...

Liam Farrell: Ask away, but you may not like the answer

Liam Farrell: Ask away, but you may not like the answer

Joe had just received his weekly antibiotic prescription and I was looking forward...

Dr Zahid Chauhan: Stop turning GPs into admin machines and let them look after patients

Dr Zahid Chauhan: Stop turning GPs into admin machines and let them look after patients
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GPs are drowning in administrative tasks, warns Manchester GP Dr Zahid Chauhan. The...

Liam Farrell: Health promotion is a sacred cow, but is it time well spent?

Liam Farrell: Health promotion is a sacred cow, but is it time well spent?
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'I'm here for health promotion, I read about it in the paper. "See your GP", it said,'...

Dr Zara Aziz: Replacing GPs with nurses and other professionals is not the answer

Dr Zara Aziz: Replacing GPs with nurses and other professionals is not the answer
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I came back from my summer vacation rested and rejuvenated. The real world hit me...

Liam Farrell

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, like a piece of silence dropping in. And it's the same in medicine; sometimes what you don't say is more important than what you do.

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Clinical news

Updated BTS/SIGN guideline rules out single test to diagnose asthma

Updated BTS/SIGN guideline rules out single test to diagnose asthma

The British Thoracic Society (BTS) and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network...

GPs 'not obliged' to begin hormone treatment in transgender patients

GPs 'not obliged' to begin hormone treatment in transgender patients

GPs 'are not obliged' to prescribe bridging hormone treatments to transgender patients...

NICE publishes first guidance for treating patients with multiple conditions

NICE publishes first guidance for treating patients with multiple conditions

GPs should develop tailored care plans for patients with multiple long-term conditions,...

Smoking rate at all-time low as ex-smokers outnumber smokers two to one

Smoking rate at all-time low as ex-smokers outnumber smokers two to one

The smoking rate in England has dropped below 17% for the first time, according to...

Practice news

Practices struggling to cope with rising demand, Welsh GP inspectors warn

Practices struggling to cope with rising demand, Welsh GP inspectors warn

Wales' equivalent of the CQC has reported widespread concerns among GP practices...

CCGs given £6 per patient to fund extended GP access from 2019

CCGs given £6 per patient to fund extended GP access from 2019

Every CCG will be handed £6 per patient to extend GP access from 2019, NHS bosses...

Latest GP pay data reveal impact of MPIG cuts on practice funding

Latest GP pay data reveal impact of MPIG cuts on practice funding

Less than a third of GP practices on the nationally-negotiated GMS contract now receive...

Government 'bonding scheme' to offer GPs incentives to work in Wales

Government 'bonding scheme' to offer GPs incentives to work in Wales
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The Welsh government is developing financial incentives to encourage GPs and trainees...

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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

House-building plans must consider GP practice capacity, warns RCGP Scotland

House-building plans must consider GP practice capacity, warns RCGP Scotland

Patient care could be undermined and practices could buckle under pressure if plans...

NHS is underfunded, underdoctored and in crisis, doctors warn

NHS is underfunded, underdoctored and in crisis, doctors warn

NHS funding and numbers of doctors in training must urgently be increased to ease...

Scotland losing nearly one full-time GP per week, RCGP warns

Scotland losing nearly one full-time GP per week, RCGP warns
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Scotland is losing almost a whole-time equivalent GP each week, RCGP Scotland has...

GPs join Stephen Hawking call for inquiry into Jeremy Hunt's seven-day NHS plans

GPs join Stephen Hawking call for inquiry into Jeremy Hunt's seven-day NHS plans
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Prominent GPs are among signatories of a letter calling on prime minister Theresa...