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GP practice oesophageal cancer test in final trial stage

GP practice oesophageal cancer test in final trial stage

GPs could soon test high-risk patients for oesophageal cancer without having to refer...

NHS prescribing overhaul must not create postcode lottery to cut costs, GPs warn
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NHS prescribing overhaul must not create postcode lottery to cut costs, GPs warn

GP leaders have called for a 'fundamental review' of prescribing rules to ensure...

RCGP details women's health as 'clinical priority' amid calls for more training

RCGP details women's health as 'clinical priority' amid calls for more training

The RCGP has pledged to treat women's health 'as a priority' over the coming year,...

BMA hits out over 'scandalous' failure to deliver £11m for struggling practices

BMA hits out over 'scandalous' failure to deliver £11m for struggling practices

GP leaders have called for urgent action from NHS England over failures by CCGs to...

Employers pension contribution hike as DH shifts £35m bill to providers

Employers pension contribution hike as DH shifts £35m bill to providers

GP practices will pay employers pension contributions at an increased rate of 14.38%...

Insulin resistance linked to 'faster cognitive decline' and impaired memory

Insulin resistance linked to 'faster cognitive decline' and impaired memory

Insulin resistance is associated with accelerated cognitive decline, poor cognitive...

Data watchdog 'not advocating' SystmOne GPs stop record sharing

Data watchdog 'not advocating' SystmOne GPs stop record sharing

The UK's information commissioner has decided against advising 2,700 GP practices...

Exclusive: Urgent cancer scans blocked for two in five GPs

Exclusive: Urgent cancer scans blocked for two in five GPs

Two in five GPs have had referrals on the two-week cancer pathway bounced back or...

RCGP urges members to report any impact on GP training from HEE cuts

RCGP urges members to report any impact on GP training from HEE cuts

The RCGP has asked members to report any impacts on GP training as a result of cuts...

Exclusive: GPs reject DH vision of switch to 1,500 superhubs
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Exclusive: GPs reject DH vision of switch to 1,500 superhubs

Four out of five GPs believe the government's vision of primary care migrating from...

BMA junior doctors chair among first on scene at Westminster attack

BMA junior doctors chair among first on scene at Westminster attack

BMA junior doctors committee chair and GP trainee Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya is believed...

Oral contraceptives offer women long-term cancer protection, RCGP study shows

Oral contraceptives offer women long-term cancer protection, RCGP study shows

Taking oral contraceptives is associated with a long-term protective effect against...

Clinical news

Two thirds of UK people back 'opt-out' organ donation model, BMA poll reveals

Two thirds of UK people back 'opt-out' organ donation model, BMA poll reveals

Two thirds of people in the UK would support a system of presumed consent for organ...

Extend GP mental health training to improve eating disorder care

Extend GP mental health training to improve eating disorder care

The RCGP has refuted claims that GPs are not trained to treat patients with eating...

Breast screening coverage rises for first time in five years
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Breast screening coverage rises for first time in five years

More than three in four women aged 53 to 70 have undergone breast screening within...

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...

Practice news

Locum and salaried GPs excluded from NHS planning because of huge data gaps

Locum and salaried GPs excluded from NHS planning because of huge data gaps

The lack of data on the sessional GP workforce means they are being excluded from...

Ministers insist GP Forward View 'on track' as MPs hit out over GP crisis
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Ministers insist GP Forward View 'on track' as MPs hit out over GP crisis

Plans to increase overall GP funding to more than £12bn by 2020/21 under the GP Forward...

Weekend GP access must extend to 40% of patients this year, government confirms
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Weekend GP access must extend to 40% of patients this year, government confirms

Close to half of the population should be able to access enhanced GP services in...

Exclusive: GPs in England deliver 1m appointments per week over 'safe limit'
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Exclusive: GPs in England deliver 1m appointments per week over 'safe limit'

GPs in England deliver over 25% more appointments per week than a safe limit proposed...

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RCGP chief executive Neil Hunt to step down

RCGP chief executive Neil Hunt to step down

RCGP chief executive Neil Hunt is to step down after six years in the role, the college...

GPs should consider industrial action after 'pathetic' budget, says NHS March organiser

GPs should consider industrial action after 'pathetic' budget, says NHS March organiser

GPs should consider industrial action to defend services after the 'slap in the face'...

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...

Commissioning news

RCGP slams diversion of £800m primary and community care funding to cover deficits
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RCGP slams diversion of £800m primary and community care funding to cover deficits

GP leaders have slammed a decision by NHS England to divert £800m of primary, community...

Not enough GPs for A&E triage plans, says Wollaston
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Not enough GPs for A&E triage plans, says Wollaston

Government plans to put GPs in every A&E by this winter are not possible with the...

NHS England outlines tighter core hours opening rules for GPs
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NHS England outlines tighter core hours opening rules for GPs

NHS England officials have given the first indications of how core hours opening...

NHS acts to limit practice disruption after translation provider collapse
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NHS acts to limit practice disruption after translation provider collapse

National NHS bodies have taken action to minimise disruption to practices after a...