GP opinion and analysis

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Analysis, interviews & opinion

COPD

How the five fundamentals of COPD care can help GPs support patients

GP Dr Andrew Whittamore, clinical lead at Asthma + Lung UK, explains NICE’s five...

GP and menopause specialist Dr Katie Barber

Viewpoint: How choice and personalisation of care will bring about the menopause revolution

GP and menopause specialist Dr Katie Barber explains how the key findings from a...

Amoxicillin antibiotic drug capsules

Viewpoint: How can we reduce antibiotic prescribing?

Dr Anita Sharma, who has been involved with several antibiotic prescribing initiatives...

graphs

How practice-level appointments data threatens unfair pressure on GPs

NHS Digital will publish practice-level GP appointments data this week for the first...

Professor Simon Gregory

Viewpoint: More training capacity in underdoctored areas vital to boost GP trainee numbers

Record numbers of doctors are entering GP training at a challenging time for the...

New RCGP chair Professor Kamila Hawthorne

Interview: New RCGP chair Kamila Hawthorne on tackling the GP workforce crisis

Addressing the GP workload and workforce crisis must be a top priority, the new RCGP...

Brigadier (retired) Dr Robin Simpson, RCGP veterans champion

How GPs can support veterans this Remembrance Day

Military veterans are a diverse group with higher rates of long-term illness and...

Dr Gail Milligan

My GP wife worked herself to death – something needs to change

Chris Milligan’s wife Dr Gail Milligan took her own life earlier this year. He speaks...

Dr Ollie Hart and Dr Devina Maru

How shared decision making can help GPs better meet patients' needs

Dr Ollie Hart and Dr Devina Maru are at opposite phases of their career – Dr Hart...

Dr Devina Maru and Dr Liam Loftus

What does a positive future for general practice look like – a view from the next generation

Dr Devina Maru and Dr Liam Loftus explain a groundbreaking consultation exercise...

Therese Coffey

Who is new health and social care secretary Therese Coffey?

Therese Coffey has become the third health and social care secretary this year after...

Downing St sign

From pay to recruitment: what GPs want from the next health and social care secretary

Newly appointed Conservative leader Liz Truss is expected to fill key cabinet positions...

Liz Truss

What does a Liz Truss premiership mean for general practice?

Liz Truss will replace the outgoing Boris Johnson as UK prime minister - what does...

satisfaction scale

Which parts of England have the highest and lowest GP patient satisfaction?

Patient satisfaction with GP services varies widely between PCN and ICS areas across...

Dr Lucy McKay, CEO Medics4RareDiseases

Viewpoint: GPs can support patients with rare diseases without being expert in their condition

Around 1 in 17 people in the UK are affected by a rare disease. Dr Lucy McKay explains...

Arm band for BMA strike official

What forms of industrial action could GPs take?

Historically GPs have been wary of strike action because of their independent contractor...

Dr Caroline Fryar, MDU director of medical services

Viewpoint: New Good Medical Practice guidance has to reflect reality for GPs

The GMC is consulting on changes to Good Medical Practice, which will likely set...

A female manager listening in a meeting

New accreditation programme for practice managers

The Institute of General Practice Management (IGPM) has launched a new accreditation...

Coronavirus

How widespread is long COVID in the UK?

Millions of people in the UK are living with long COVID. GPonline looks at the data...

RCGP chair Professor Martin Marshall

Professor Martin Marshall: In my 30 years as a GP the job has never been so tough

RCGP chair Professor Martin Marshall sets out what the government needs to do to...

Computer illustration of Enterococcus faecalis

Viewpoint: Understanding how the gut microbiome can impact on drugs

Better knowledge of how gut microbes can affect the pharmacological and toxicological...

NHS logo on tiled wall

PCNs falling short on 26,000 staff target and need more flexibility, GPs warn

Government plans to bring in 26,000 staff by 2024 to support general practice are...

Dr Richard Pratt

Viewpoint: Could tech help bridge the gap between demand and provision in healthcare?

GP Dr Richard Pratt explains how digital apps can help the NHS to better support...

GP meeting

GPs tell how coaching helped them manage practices during COVID-19

GPs have outlined how coaching designed to improve mental wellbeing and resilience...

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