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Viewpoint: How has the government handled coronavirus? I feel a rant coming on

Viewpoint: How has the government handled coronavirus? I feel a rant coming on

A national newspaper asked readers how well the government had handled coronavirus....

Viewpoint: More trust and less red tape must define post-COVID GP world, says RCGP chair

Viewpoint: More trust and less red tape must define post-COVID GP world, says RCGP chair

A high-trust approach to regulating GPs has paid dividends during the COVID-19 pandemic,...

How we set up our social prescribing service and its role during the pandemic

How we set up our social prescribing service and its role during the pandemic

Sapphire McCalla explains how a social prescribing service is supporting patients...

Viewpoint: Targeted case finding for COPD could help improve outcomes

Viewpoint: Targeted case finding for COPD could help improve outcomes

It is estimated that at least a million people with COPD are undiagnosed. Dr Noel...

Viewpoint: A greener approach to general practice can cut workload and save lives

Viewpoint: A greener approach to general practice can cut workload and save lives

General practice must play its part in reducing the NHS carbon footprint, says BMA...

Viewpoint: How racism has affected my career in medicine

Viewpoint: How racism has affected my career in medicine

As protesters around the world challenge racism following the death of George Floyd,...

How digital assistants can help patients manage their health and wellbeing

How digital assistants can help patients manage their health and wellbeing

A project in Staffordshire has shown how practices can make use of digital technology...

How a GP helped develop a protective shield to cover patients needing CPR in the pandemic

How a GP helped develop a protective shield to cover patients needing CPR in the pandemic

Wiltshire GP Dr Lydia Campbell-Hill explains how she helped create a mini isolation...

Beyond coronavirus: My experience as a GP during the pandemic

Beyond coronavirus: My experience as a GP during the pandemic

Dr Adeola Oginni offers a personal account of how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected...

'I'm left feeling completely undervalued': a GP locum's pandemic experience

'I'm left feeling completely undervalued': a GP locum's pandemic experience

A locum GP describes how the COVID-19 crisis has left them without work and struggling...

How social prescribing can help practices during the COVID-19 outbreak

How social prescribing can help practices during the COVID-19 outbreak

Christiana Melam explains how recruiting social prescribing link workers could help...

Viewpoint: Why I'm returning to the GP frontline to fight COVID-19

Viewpoint: Why I'm returning to the GP frontline to fight COVID-19

A year ago, New Forest GP Dr Nigel Watson took one of the toughest decisions of his...

Viewpoint: NHS must take bold steps to end gender inequality within medicine

Viewpoint: NHS must take bold steps to end gender inequality within medicine

Professor Dame Jane Dacre, who is leading the government-backed review on the gender...

Gender pay gap leaves general practice missing out on 'huge pool of talent'

Gender pay gap leaves general practice missing out on 'huge pool of talent'

General practice is missing out on a huge pool of talent because of disincentives...

A GP trainee’s view on the new GP contract

A GP trainee’s view on the new GP contract

Dr Zoe Brown looks at what the measures set out in the new contract for GP training,...

Being a Diabetes UK clinical champion

Being a Diabetes UK clinical champion

Being a Diabetes UK clinical champion has had a huge impact on Dr Sarah Davies' career....

How social prescribing is helping patients in our practices

How social prescribing is helping patients in our practices

A social navigator service in south Cambridgeshire helped to deliver a 20% decrease...

Viewpoint: The RCGP's refusal to change stance on assisted dying suggests it is stuck in the past

Viewpoint: The RCGP's refusal to change stance on assisted dying suggests it is stuck in the past

The RCGP's decision to remain opposed to a change in the law on assisted dying, despite...

PCNs must check payment rules for clinical directors to avoid tax penalties

PCNs must check payment rules for clinical directors to avoid tax penalties

Primary care networks (PCNs) have just a month to make sure they are paying their...

Recognising and referring domestic violence and abuse

Recognising and referring domestic violence and abuse

A social enterprise is helping to train staff in GP practices to support women affected...

Viewpoint: Revamped 2020 contract 'a watershed moment for general practice'

Viewpoint: Revamped 2020 contract 'a watershed moment for general practice'

Following weeks of uncertainty over the future of primary care networks (PCNs), reworked...

What needs to happen to get primary care networks back on track?

What needs to happen to get primary care networks back on track?

Kings Fund senior fellow Beccy Baird examines what was wrong with the PCN draft service...

10 tips for greener general practice

10 tips for greener general practice

Taking steps to tackle climate change can help improve people's health both now and...

PCNs: How could the network DES draft service specifications change?

PCNs: How could the network DES draft service specifications change?

Dr Simon Hodes explains how he thinks NHS England could change the network contract...

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