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

Liam Farrell: When the day of judgment arrives

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

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

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: GPs are the great constipators of healthcare
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Liam Farrell: GPs are the great constipators of healthcare

The BBC headline was stark and as usual, without context: 'Early warning signs may...

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

I worry that real meanings are sometimes not obvious. For example, if you were ever...

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,...

Indemnity: Rising indemnity costs are a threat to general practice

Indemnity: Rising indemnity costs are a threat to general practice

Rising indemnity costs must be tackled or the NHS risks losing many talented GPs,...

Skill mix: Do practice pharmacists really make a difference?

Skill mix: Do practice pharmacists really make a difference?

Pharmacist and practice partner Mark Stone explains the benefits of employing pharmacists...

Liam Farrell: Trying to do too much will prevent us doing anything at all

Liam Farrell: Trying to do too much will prevent us doing anything at all

There's not enough hours in the day to do everything - even research says so, writes...

How can we address rising indemnity costs?
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How can we address rising indemnity costs?

MDU chief executive Dr Christine Tomkins looks at why GPs' indemnity costs are increasing,...

Global health: How all GPs can support primary care in the world's poorest communities

Global health: How all GPs can support primary care in the world's poorest communities

As One, a new campaign from charity Health Poverty Action, is asking GPs to donate...

Dr Chris Mimnagh: The yin and yang of GP access

Dr Chris Mimnagh: The yin and yang of GP access

Reporting availability of GP appointments will be fraught with difficulties as practices...

Liam Farrell: It's time for doctors to engage in politics

Liam Farrell: It's time for doctors to engage in politics

You probably didn't notice, but we've just had yet another election in Northern Ireland....

NHS March: Government must stop burying its head in the sand and save our NHS
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NHS March: Government must stop burying its head in the sand and save our NHS

Thousands of people will march through central London on Saturday in defence of the...

Viewpoint: How GPs can support South Asian patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Viewpoint: How GPs can support South Asian patients with rheumatoid arthritis

A project between the University of Manchester and the National National Rheumatoid...

Liam Farrell: Let's talk about sex

Liam Farrell: Let's talk about sex

Have we GPs not enough to do? Why are we always the default option?

Cancer: Why GPs should find time to ask cancer patients about money

Cancer: Why GPs should find time to ask cancer patients about money

Financial problems for people affected by cancer can have a profound impact on their...

Liam Farrell

Liam Farrell: Keeping things confidential

Liam Farrell: Keeping things confidential

'Three men may keep a secret,' said Benjamin Franklin (while turning over in his grave at the election of Donald Trump), 'if two of them are dead.' Discretion can be tough, but patient confidentiality has always been a cornerstone of medical practice, and like every other family doctor, I hold many secrets which I will carry to my grave.

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Chris Mimnagh

Dr Chris Mimnagh: STPs need to involve patients to deliver improved services

Dr Chris Mimnagh: STPs need to involve patients to deliver improved services

'Co-production' is about getting people together to design and create better ways of doing things. Patients and service users must be central to this process, says Dr Chris Mimnagh.

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Zara Aziz

Dr Zara Aziz: The 2017/18 GP contract is no more than a sticking plaster

Dr Zara Aziz: The 2017/18 GP contract is no more than a sticking plaster

I started this year on a positive note. So what if the temperature barely registered above freezing and the kids took it in turns to bring home germs from hell which then latched onto my chest like the phlegmy monster from the cough mixture advert?

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