GP opinion and analysis

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Analysis, interviews & opinion

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What do we know about the 2024/25 GP contract offer?

The BMA has rejected a GP contract for 2024/25 in England that offered a 1.9% funding...

BMA England GP committee chair Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer (Photo: Sarah Turton/BMA)

Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer: It's time to stop ignoring reality - GPs need more funding

Better technology and practical reforms are welcome suggestions to improve general...

Professor Dame Louise Robinson

Viewpoint: GPs could soon 'prescribe' more technology to help dementia patients

Advances in technology are helping people with dementia live independently for longer...

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Podcast: GP funding cuts, problems at the primary care interface, measles concern

The GPonline team discusses some of the key news stories affecting general practice...

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Podcast: GPs face redundancy, GP partners continue to fall, retention schemes scrapped

Talking General Practice discusses some of the key news stories affecting primary...

National Association of Link Workers chief executive Christiana Melam

Viewpoint: Social prescribing in jeopardy unless link workers are regulated

Christiana Melam MBE, chief executive of the National Association of Link Workers,...

Maria Caulfield

Health minister Maria Caulfield: Why we had to change the death certification system

The new statutory medical examiner system, which will be introduced next April, will...

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Podcast: Where next for the GP contract, plus Labour’s plan for neighbourhood health centres

Talking General Practice looks at what the BMA might be looking to achieve in negotiations...

Viewpoint: Investment in practice managers is a step towards saving general practice

At a time when the GP contract is more complex than ever, effective practice managers...

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Podcast: Where are patients per GP rising fastest, impact of minimum wage rise, premises funding

We discuss our GP Workforce Tracker update and how things have changed over the past...

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How are patients per GP changing in your area?

Patients per fully-qualified full-time equivalent (FTE) GP are rising across England,...

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Where in England are patients per GP rising fastest?

The gap between England's most and least underdoctored areas is rising - but which...

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How will the Pharmacy First initiative work?

The new Pharmacy First service is set to begin from 31 January 2024 and is aiming...

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Podcast: Physician associate concerns, RCGP definition of a GP, LMCs to debate GP contract change

The team discusses the BMA GP committee demanding a recruitment freeze on physician...

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Podcast: RCGP plan to save general practice, where next for the GP contract, online access to records

The team discusses the RCGP's new manifesto and the Labour Party's reaction to it,...

Dr Caroline Fryar

Viewpoint: Doctors should be given protected time to digest Good Medical Practice

There's a lot for doctors to digest in the GMC's Good Medical Practice update before...

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Viewpoint: The clinical and health inequality risk factors for sepsis

Professor Tjeerd van Staa explains a research project that looked at the interplay...

Dr Sam Finnikin, GP and chair of the Personalised Care Institute

Viewpoint: What can GPs do to support patients with financial concerns?

The cost-of-living crisis means more people are experiencing financial worries that...

National Association of Link Workers chief executive Christiana Melam

Viewpoint: Social prescribers have key role in tackling over-medicalisation of poor mental health

Understanding the difference between mental health and mental illness is key to providing...

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Viewpoint: NHSPS service charge fees are still an issue for many practices

What does an out-of-court settlement on six-figure service charge fees that NHS Property...

Dr Jay Verma

Viewpoint: Dealing with the impact of an ageing population requires out-of-the-box thinking

More people living for longer with a major illness will have a significant impact...

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What are the top priorities for the new BMA GP committee chair?

The BMA England GP committee has elected a new chair to lead general practice through...

Afghan refugees arriving at Heathrow airport after being evacuated from Afghanistan following the British and US withdrawal in 2021

Specialist mental health support for resettled Afghan veterans and refugees

Dr Eileen Walsh, Dr Julia Gillard and Heather Ashford explain the OpCourage Warm...

Tom Ireland

Could UK GPs prescribe viruses to treat bacterial infections?

As resistant strains of bacteria blunt the effectiveness of antibiotics, scientists...