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GP training: The problem with hospital posts in GP training

Liam Farrell: One long last look, and farewell

Dr Nigel Watson: Key messages from the first month of the partnership review

No app or algorithm can ever replace a GP, says RCGP

Liam Farrell: One last home visit shows the challenges facing the NHS

Liam Farrell: One last home visit shows the challenges facing the NHS

The day I retired, I was passing Joe's house, and thought I'd call in to check up...

The NHS at 70: A GP's account of the start of the NHS

The NHS at 70: A GP's account of the start of the NHS

Dr John Fry, one of the founding members of the RCGP, published a report for the...

Dr Nigel Watson: We need to make general practice a better place to work

Dr Nigel Watson: We need to make general practice a better place to work

New Forest GP and Wessex LMCs chair Dr Nigel Watson is leading a government-backed...

Liam Farrell: What 30 years in practice will teach you

Liam Farrell: What 30 years in practice will teach you

La Rochefoucauld, a 17th-century philosopher who thought all behaviour was determined...

Dr Chris Mimnagh: Flexible working could help retain GPs and benefit practices

Dr Chris Mimnagh: Flexible working could help retain GPs and benefit practices

A part-time GP, Dr Chris Mimnagh now works more in the winter and less in the summer...

Liam Farrell: The appraisee strikes back

Liam Farrell: The appraisee strikes back

It is commonly understood that there are two types of appraiser.

Can GPs tap into NHS data sharing plans to improve patient care?

Can GPs tap into NHS data sharing plans to improve patient care?

Data sharing between NHS organisations is becoming the norm, says Dr Becks Fisher....

Dr Chris Mimnagh: Social prescribing could become a sore point for GPs

Dr Chris Mimnagh: Social prescribing could become a sore point for GPs

The term 'social prescribing' implies a doctor-knows-best approach - renaming it...

Former GPC chair demands workload cap, warning: 'I am not prepared to die for the NHS'

Former GPC chair demands workload cap, warning: 'I am not prepared to die for the NHS'

GP consultations per day should be capped to protect both doctors and patients from...

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard: Good GPs have always practised social prescribing

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard: Good GPs have always practised social prescribing

Standard medical care isn't always what patients need when they come to the GP, writes...

Dr Chris Mimnagh: General practice can do more to promote health

Dr Chris Mimnagh: General practice can do more to promote health

It's no longer possible for GPs to do everything and we may need to consider more...

Professor Mayur Lakhani: Important to recognise role of South Asian doctors as NHS turns 70

Professor Mayur Lakhani: Important to recognise role of South Asian doctors as NHS turns 70

The RCGP is hosting an exhibition on doctors from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and...

Liam Farrell: Making abortion legal, accessible and safe

Liam Farrell: Making abortion legal, accessible and safe

Ahead of Ireland's historic referendum to repeal the 8th amendment, which gives unborn...

Viewpoint: Why GP partners should not hand back their GMS or PMS contract

Viewpoint: Why GP partners should not hand back their GMS or PMS contract

If a practice hands back its contract, in most cases any new contract will be under...

Viewpoint: Denying GPs direct access to cancer scans puts patients' lives at risk

Viewpoint: Denying GPs direct access to cancer scans puts patients' lives at risk

GPs need the freedom to manage patients with suspected cancer based on risk and need,...

Liam Farrell: Close encounters with an ingrowing toenail

Liam Farrell: Close encounters with an ingrowing toenail

I was holding the baby, or in this case, the toenail. Over the years I had unwittingly...

GP training: How to make the most of your hospital rotations

GP training: How to make the most of your hospital rotations

Dr Patrice Baptiste offers some tips for GP trainees on how to get the most from...

Viewpoint: New data protection laws will help us improve patient care

Viewpoint: New data protection laws will help us improve patient care

Lord O'Shaughnessy, parliamentary under secretary of state for health in the House...

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