GP opinion and analysis

Our in-depth news reports and viewpoints from guest writers and regular contributors provide insight on the issues that matter to general practice.

Analysis, interviews & opinion

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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Top 10 challenges facing PCN clinical directors

It is not easy being a PCN clinical director. Ben Gowland, Dr Hussain Gandhi and...

Dr Andy Whittamore

How GPs can help patients keep their asthma under control

New research from charity Asthma + Lung UK has found more than 2m people in the UK...

Dr Andy Brooks

Why is patient satisfaction with GPs in freefall – and how can this be turned around?

The latest British Social Attitudes survey saw satisfaction with GP services hit...

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Map: Which parts of England are at risk from an ageing GP workforce?

Nearly a quarter of England's GP workforce is aged over 55 and as early retirements...

Portrait of Ben Gowland of Ockham Healthcare

Opinion: Where is the national leadership of general practice?

The move into integrated care systems means the importance of GP practices in a local...

Refugees head for the border in Uzhhorod, Ukraine

General practice in Ukraine: 'COVID doesn't seem scary right now'

Ukraine GP and educator Dr Pavlo Kolesnyk explains how dedicated staff have maintained...

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What is England’s women’s health strategy hoping to achieve?

Dr Anita Sharma explains the aims of the women’s health strategy for England and...

Dr Farzana Hussain

‘We’ve missed a real opportunity with PCNs’: top London GP leaves clinical director role

Top-down management, endless meetings, and restrictive recruitment rules have led...

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GPs in England's most underdoctored areas caring for twice as many patients

GPs in England's most underdoctored CCGs are caring for nearly twice as many patients...