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One in three dementia cases preventable through lifestyle changes

One in three dementia cases preventable through lifestyle changes

Researchers have urged GPs to 'be ambitious about prevention' after finding that...

HPV jabs for boys 'highly unlikely to be cost-effective' say DH advisers

HPV jabs for boys 'highly unlikely to be cost-effective' say DH advisers

DH advisers reviewing the HPV vaccination programme have concluded it is 'highly...

Exclusive: Practices serving 2.7m patients closed or merged since 2013

Exclusive: Practices serving 2.7m patients closed or merged since 2013

Almost one in 10 GP practices have closed, merged or been taken over since NHS England...

GP services among STP projects awarded a share of £325m new investment
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GP services among STP projects awarded a share of £325m new investment

Primary care hubs and urgent care GP services are among the sustainability and transformation...

GMC demands more freedom to pare down formal investigations

GMC demands more freedom to pare down formal investigations

'Clunky and outdated' legislation is holding the GMC back from paring down unnecessary...

Collective list closure will cause 'maximum disruption' to government

Collective list closure will cause 'maximum disruption' to government

Collective closure of patient lists is the best way for GPs to cause maximum disruption...

DH sets out plan to wipe out smoking and ease GP workload

DH sets out plan to wipe out smoking and ease GP workload

Smokers made a third more GP appointments than non-smokers last year, the government...

GPs need support to help 300,000 patients quit benzodiazepines
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GPs need support to help 300,000 patients quit benzodiazepines

GPs need more support to help up to 300,000 long-term users quit benzodiazepines...

GPC election remains two-way race as vote nears, BMA confirms

GPC election remains two-way race as vote nears, BMA confirms

The BMA has confirmed that just two candidates are in the running to replace outgoing...

Emergency draft of 2,000 overseas GPs is 'clear admission of failure', says GPC
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Emergency draft of 2,000 overseas GPs is 'clear admission of failure', says GPC

NHS England has quadrupled the number of GPs it plans to recruit from overseas and...

RCGP warns practices in Scotland could miss out on £250m

RCGP warns practices in Scotland could miss out on £250m

GP practices could miss out on up to quarter of a billion pounds in funding promised...

GPs call for NHS indemnity as costs reach 'unaffordable' heights

GPs call for NHS indemnity as costs reach 'unaffordable' heights

Nine in 10 GPs would like the NHS to fund the cost of GP indemnity, a survey has...

Clinical news

Regular diabetes checks linked to lower mortality risk, national audit finds
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Regular diabetes checks linked to lower mortality risk, national audit finds

The mortality rate for people with diabetes who have regularly attended annual checks...

Even patients with low fracture risk benefit from bisphosphonates, NICE says

Even patients with low fracture risk benefit from bisphosphonates, NICE says

Osteoporosis patients with a risk of fracture above 1% could benefit from bisphosphonates,...

Diabetes prevention scheme expanded to cover 75% of England

Diabetes prevention scheme expanded to cover 75% of England

GP practices covering three quarters of England's population can now refer high-risk...

GPs to refer patients to libraries under long-term conditions scheme

GPs to refer patients to libraries under long-term conditions scheme

GPs will be able to refer patients with long-term conditions to public libraries...

Practice news

More than 200 GP practices closed or merged in past 12 months
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More than 200 GP practices closed or merged in past 12 months

More than 200 GP practices were lost in England in the last year, official figures...

Interview: Improving care should motivate practices to work together, says NHS London GP
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Interview: Improving care should motivate practices to work together, says NHS London GP

GP practices need to collaborate to build sustainable general practice and should...

NHS England official says collaboration can solve GP crisis as BMA ballot begins

NHS England official says collaboration can solve GP crisis as BMA ballot begins

Greater collaboration is the only solution to the challenges facing general practice,...

GP-patient relationship at risk if data-sharing opt-out is scrapped, says BMA

GP-patient relationship at risk if data-sharing opt-out is scrapped, says BMA

BMA leaders have voiced 'serious concerns' over government plans to remove patients'...

People news

Dr Sarah Wollaston re-elected to chair Commons health committee

Dr Sarah Wollaston re-elected to chair Commons health committee

Former GP Dr Sarah Wollaston MP is set to be re-elected chair of the House of Commons...

Candidates revealed in 'two-horse race' to become new GPC chair

Candidates revealed in 'two-horse race' to become new GPC chair

Campaigning has begun to replace Dr Chaand Nagpaul as leader of England's GPs.

Interview: I'm optimistic about the future of general practice, says Dr Robert Varnam
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Interview: I'm optimistic about the future of general practice, says Dr Robert Varnam

The NHS is finally taking the GP crisis seriously and is proposing solutions that...

Steve Brine expected to be new primary care minister

Steve Brine expected to be new primary care minister

Steve Brine MP is expected to be confirmed as the new primary care minister.

Commissioning news

Welsh health and social care review backs GP integration with new care models
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Welsh health and social care review backs GP integration with new care models

The scale and pace of challenges facing the NHS in Wales mean it must rapidly move...

Most CCGs plan primary care investment to beat NHS crisis

Most CCGs plan primary care investment to beat NHS crisis

More than two thirds of CCGs rank increased primary care investment among the main...

GP A&E plans face workforce and funding threat, hospitals warn

GP A&E plans face workforce and funding threat, hospitals warn

GP workforce shortages could undermine plans for primary care streaming services...

Primary care minister re-commits government to 5,000 extra GPs
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Primary care minister re-commits government to 5,000 extra GPs

The new primary care minister has said the government remains committed to increasing...