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Why manifesto promises of more GPs may not make general practice safer

Why manifesto promises of more GPs may not make general practice safer

Politicians of all stripes have promised more GPs during the general election campaign,...

Viewpoint: Why we decided to become a 'safe surgery'

Viewpoint: Why we decided to become a 'safe surgery'

Safe Surgeries, an initiative run by charity Doctors of the World, aims to tackle...

Viewpoint: 'Why the RCGP should not adopt a neutral stance on assisted dying'

Viewpoint: 'Why the RCGP should not adopt a neutral stance on assisted dying'

The RCGP is currently surveying members for their views on assisted dying. In response...

Viewpoint: Are GPST1s and 2s the forgotten GP trainees?

Viewpoint: Are GPST1s and 2s the forgotten GP trainees?

GP registrars spend a significant amount of their training in hospital or community-based...

Viewpoint: 'Why the RCGP should change its stance on assisted dying'

Viewpoint: 'Why the RCGP should change its stance on assisted dying'

The RCGP is currently surveying members for their views on assisted dying. Dr Zoe...

Can GPs believe the Conservatives' promise to deliver 6,000 more GPs?

Can GPs believe the Conservatives' promise to deliver 6,000 more GPs?

In the run-up to the 2015 general election, then health secretary Jeremy Hunt promised...

What are the causes of unnecessary antibiotic prescribing?

What are the causes of unnecessary antibiotic prescribing?

Why do parents seeking evaluation, reassurance and information about their child's...

How an award-winning PCN tackled GP workload and improved access

How an award-winning PCN tackled GP workload and improved access

East Cornwall Primary Care Network was named PCN of the Year at the National Association...

Different interpretations of data laws could hamper innovation

Different interpretations of data laws could hamper innovation

New technologies mean that more data can be collected and shared, but regulations...

Viewpoint: Starting GP training with a post in paediatrics

Viewpoint: Starting GP training with a post in paediatrics

Dr Zoe Brown began GP training in August. She describes her first months as a trainee...

Why a population health management approach is key for effective PCNs

Why a population health management approach is key for effective PCNs

Primary care networks (PCNs) wondering how best to target their resources should...

GP burnout can no longer be overlooked, warns Professor Jane Dacre

GP burnout can no longer be overlooked, warns Professor Jane Dacre

Burnout among GPs is endemic, a report from the Medical Protection Society (MPS)...

'How I survived a bewildering ten-month investigation by the GMC'

'How I survived a bewildering ten-month investigation by the GMC'

How does the experience of a GMC investigation impact on the lives of doctors? One...

How small changes can transform vulnerable patients' access to GPs

How small changes can transform vulnerable patients' access to GPs

Some of the most vulnerable people in the UK struggle to access primary care. Doctors...

Professor Martin Marshall interview: general practice is turning a corner

Professor Martin Marshall interview: general practice is turning a corner

'It's an exciting time for general practice,' says RCGP chair-elect Professor Martin...

Funding for primary care networks explained

Funding for primary care networks explained

Over the course of the five-year GP contract in England, funding will increasingly...

Dr Zahid Chauhan: General practice must open its arms to homeless people

Dr Zahid Chauhan: General practice must open its arms to homeless people

It is impossible for GP practices to solve all of society's ills, says Homeless-Friendly...

'Primary care networks could actually worsen health inequalities'

'Primary care networks could actually worsen health inequalities'

Oxford GP Dr Becks Fisher, a senior policy fellow at the Health Foundation, outlines...

How proposed NHS pension flexibilities will affect GPs

How proposed NHS pension flexibilities will affect GPs

Accountant Laurence Slavin explains how the government's plans to allow GPs greater...

'Much to gain from new primary care networks - but GPs cannot afford to fail'

'Much to gain from new primary care networks - but GPs cannot afford to fail'

Oxford GP Dr Becks Fisher, a senior policy fellow at the Health Foundation, outlines...

Why PCNs should engage with GP locums

Why PCNs should engage with GP locums

GP locums are an important resource for primary care networks - and they have a valuable...

How GP training could be improved

How GP training could be improved

Dr Patrice Baptiste, who has recently qualified as a GP, reflects on how she thinks...

Why social prescribers have huge potential in general practice

Why social prescribers have huge potential in general practice

Social prescribing has the opportunity to create a shift in healthcare to focus on...

GPs have a key role to play in helping people back into work

GPs have a key role to play in helping people back into work

Brief interventions by health professionals can help people to achieve their working...

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