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Dr Zara Aziz: In this election we need to ask 'who will do right by the NHS?'

General practice at scale: is it working for front-line GPs?

Dr Chris Mimnagh: Why seven-day opening is not the best use of GPs' time

Dr Krishna Kasaraneni: General practice still needs independent contractor status

Dr Richard Vautrey: Unplanned admissions DES feels like a long-forgotten nightmare

Dr Richard Vautrey: Unplanned admissions DES feels like a long-forgotten nightmare

GP leaders will meet in Edinburgh this week for the 2017 UK LMCs conference. As part...

Dr Gavin Ralston: GPs must nail colours to the mast and back working at scale

Dr Gavin Ralston: GPs must nail colours to the mast and back working at scale

As part of a week-long series of blogs for GPonline by GPC members, GPC negotiator...

GP careers: Bringing a clinical perspective to working for the GMC

GP careers: Bringing a clinical perspective to working for the GMC

GMC assistant director for case examiners Dr John Smyth combined part-time work for...

Dr Zoe Norris: Locums are part of the solution to the GP crisis
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Dr Zoe Norris: Locums are part of the solution to the GP crisis

GP leaders will meet in Edinburgh this week for the 2017 UK LMCs conference. As part...

Dr Mark Sanford-Wood: No margin for error on delivery of GP Forward View

Dr Mark Sanford-Wood: No margin for error on delivery of GP Forward View

GP leaders will meet in Edinburgh this week for the 2017 UK LMCs conference. In the...

Liam Farrell: Looking back on the highs and lows of my time in general practice

Liam Farrell: Looking back on the highs and lows of my time in general practice

On the day I retired from practice I remember standing at the door looking back at...

Patient care: Why GPs should embrace people-powered health

Patient care: Why GPs should embrace people-powered health

Dr Catherine Zollman explains how complementary support, including mindfulness training,...

Dr Tom Jones: Time to shuffle Jeremy Hunt to the bottom of the pack

Dr Tom Jones: Time to shuffle Jeremy Hunt to the bottom of the pack

As we await the snap general election, it is time to reflect on the performance of...

How digital insurance reporting can benefit practices
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How digital insurance reporting can benefit practices

Roll-out of the Intelligent General Practice Reporting (iGPR) system has benefits...

Dr Chris Mimnagh: NHS could go under within the next parliament
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Dr Chris Mimnagh: NHS could go under within the next parliament

As I get older I can't really decide whether politics is becoming more or less relevant...

Dr Brian Fisher: Don't believe the hype - ACOs could endanger the NHS
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Dr Brian Fisher: Don't believe the hype - ACOs could endanger the NHS

Accountable care organisations (ACOs) springing up across England could put the NHS...

Liam Farrell: When the day of judgment arrives

Liam Farrell: When the day of judgment arrives

When we die, after having CPR and a few complimentary broken ribs, religious folk...

Dr Zara Aziz: Mumsnet GPs are not to blame for the NHS crisis

Dr Zara Aziz: Mumsnet GPs are not to blame for the NHS crisis

There are many things that keep me in general practice: the patients, the colleagues,...

Dr Chris Mimnagh: Why are we using systems that provide a poorer service?

Dr Chris Mimnagh: Why are we using systems that provide a poorer service?

I am a hypocrite, prepared to fight injustice in others, but upholding a failing...

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard: Why GP training should be extended

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard: Why GP training should be extended

We desperately need extra investment and extra GPs for frontline general practice...

NHS reform: Small practices should be valued and supported
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NHS reform: Small practices should be valued and supported

In the rush towards bigger surgeries, the NHS is in danger of smothering small practices...

The acute GP service: managing the interface to support patients and GPs

The acute GP service: managing the interface to support patients and GPs

Patients understand health and illness and the systems that support them but they...

Recruitment: How can we recruit more medical students?

Recruitment: How can we recruit more medical students?

There are steps the NHS can take to recruit more students to medicine, particularly...

Liam Farrell

Liam Farrell: GPs are the great constipators of healthcare

Liam Farrell: GPs are the great constipators of healthcare
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The BBC headline was stark and as usual, without context: 'Early warning signs may have been missed in up to one in six people who died of a heart attack in English hospitals.' This report was based on a study from Imperial College London (so it must be true).

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Chris Mimnagh

Dr Chris Mimnagh: Politicians must face the reality of the GP workforce crisis

Dr Chris Mimnagh: Politicians must face the reality of the GP workforce crisis
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I worry that real meanings are sometimes not obvious. For example, if you were ever told by a teacher 'I suggest you quietly reflect on that', it doesn't really mean that you should carefully think about whatever action or inaction you have committed, what it means is 'go away I can't be bothered with you'.

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Zara Aziz

Dr Zara Aziz: One size does not fit all

Dr Zara Aziz: One size does not fit all

In the rush towards larger practices, the government is taking away patient choice, says Dr Zara Aziz.

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