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Over 100 complaints after Capita takes over patient records service

Over 100 complaints after Capita takes over patient records service

NHS bosses received more than 100 official complaints about the new privatised patient...

All parties must support GPs, college warns ahead of Northern Ireland election

All parties must support GPs, college warns ahead of Northern Ireland election

The RCGP has called on all political parties in Northern Ireland to commit to supporting...

GP referrals blocked as NHS sees four-fold rise in hospitals on top alert

GP referrals blocked as NHS sees four-fold rise in hospitals on top alert

GPs continued to face blocks on routine referrals as the number of NHS hospitals...

CQC hails dedication of practice that turned 'inadequate' rating to 'good' within a year

CQC hails dedication of practice that turned 'inadequate' rating to 'good' within a year

The CQC has hailed the 'dedication and commitment' of a GP practice in Bedfordshire...

NHS at risk unless government takes responsibility for crisis, warns NHS Alliance
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NHS at risk unless government takes responsibility for crisis, warns NHS Alliance

The NHS 'could be made to fail' if the government blames GPs for the crisis facing...

Exclusive: High numbers of patients over 65 put pressure on underdoctored areas

Exclusive: High numbers of patients over 65 put pressure on underdoctored areas

GPs in some of England's most underdoctored CCGs are coping with well above average...

QOF suspended in Wales as NHS winter pressure drives up demand

QOF suspended in Wales as NHS winter pressure drives up demand

The Welsh government has suspended most QOF requirements for practices in order to...

Nearly 200 GP practices closed in 2016 alone, NHS data suggest
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Nearly 200 GP practices closed in 2016 alone, NHS data suggest

Up to 181 GP practices closed in the 12 months to January 2017, official data show.

GP practices must open when patients want access, says PM
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GP practices must open when patients want access, says PM

GPs must open at times when patients want access, prime minister Theresa May has...

Viewpoints and opinion

Viewpoint: Why GPs should embrace the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

Viewpoint: Why GPs should embrace the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

Around 5m people are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, so it is hugely...

Dr Zara Aziz: The general practice workhorse is being flogged to death
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Dr Zara Aziz: The general practice workhorse is being flogged to death

It is true that the start of a new year promises us a fresh start, but in 2017 it...

Dr Richard Vautrey: PM should be thanking GPs, not blaming them for the NHS crisis

Dr Richard Vautrey: PM should be thanking GPs, not blaming them for the NHS crisis

GP practices across England continue to go the extra mile to deliver patient care...

Dr Andy Whittamore: Planning and self-care key to controlling asthma

Dr Andy Whittamore: Planning and self-care key to controlling asthma

Too many people in the UK have poorly controlled asthma. More self-care and better...

Dr Chris Mimnagh: Telemedicine should be as simple as Alexa

Dr Chris Mimnagh: Telemedicine should be as simple as Alexa

We have a habit of making things difficult in the NHS. Ideally, if we can make it...

Liam Farrell: A doctor is a man's best friend

Liam Farrell: A doctor is a man's best friend

To paraphrase W. Somerset Maugham's advice on writing novels, there are three ways...

Clinical news

CKD care has improved but GPs should conduct more urine tests, report says

CKD care has improved but GPs should conduct more urine tests, report says

GPs have helped cut the need for dialysis among patients with chronic kidney disease...

RCGP backs fight against conversion therapy

RCGP backs fight against conversion therapy

The RCGP has united with other UK health groups to decry conversion therapy for gay...

Bidding opens for £112m clinical pharmacists in general practice pilot

Bidding opens for £112m clinical pharmacists in general practice pilot

GP providers serving populations of more than 30,000 patients can bid from this week...

DH to end 'unfair' GP fees for mental health debt form

DH to end 'unfair' GP fees for mental health debt form

Prime minister Theresa May has pledged to end the current system that sees GP practices...

Practice news

GPs lose up to £218m as NHS quality fund pays out smallest share ever
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GPs lose up to £218m as NHS quality fund pays out smallest share ever

GP practices have been denied a share of £218m of potential funding after NHS bosses...

Government must guarantee rights of EU NHS staff post-Brexit, says BMA

Government must guarantee rights of EU NHS staff post-Brexit, says BMA

The BMA has urged prime minister Theresa May to guarantee the rights of EU nationals...

Suffolk GP invites prime minister to spend day in his practice

Suffolk GP invites prime minister to spend day in his practice

A Suffolk GP has invited Theresa May to spend a day with him after she was accused...

BMA demands urgent talks with May after 'scapegoating' of GPs
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BMA demands urgent talks with May after 'scapegoating' of GPs

The leader of the BMA has written to the prime minister accusing her of deliberately...

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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...

Professor Maureen Baker: A three-year rollercoaster ride as chair of the RCGP

Professor Maureen Baker: A three-year rollercoaster ride as chair of the RCGP

As she steps down, RCGP chair Professor Maureen Baker reflects on her three years...

Winner of GPonline's Choosing General Practice writing competition receives award

Winner of GPonline's Choosing General Practice writing competition receives award

The winner of this year's GPonline/RCGP Choosing General Practice competition was...

Commissioning news

NHS data 'prove PM wrong' on GP access as nine in 10 practices open beyond core hours
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NHS data 'prove PM wrong' on GP access as nine in 10 practices open beyond core hours

Almost nine in 10 GP practices in England provide appointments outside of core opening...

GPs under pressure as one in four hospitals declare major pressure alert
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GPs under pressure as one in four hospitals declare major pressure alert

GPs face widespread restrictions on referrals as official data revealed that more...

Pay practices to support GP out-of-hours care, say urgent care leaders

Pay practices to support GP out-of-hours care, say urgent care leaders

Urgent care leaders have said a new enhanced service could pay practices for their...

Theresa May warned over long waits for cancer scans

Theresa May warned over long waits for cancer scans

Radiologists have written to prime minister Theresa May warning that NHS services...