Your all-new fortnightly issue of GP was out Monday and featured accountants warning GP income is likely to have fallen up to 25% in real terms since the 2004 contract by the end of the current financial year.
At the Conservative conference in Manchester (#CPC13) Conservative GP activist Dr Paul Charlson warned practices are unlikely to be handed any extra money for co-ordinating 24-hour care of the frail elderly from April. The BMA said DH plans for GPs across England to compete for a share of £50m to pilot extended opening from 8am to 8pm seven days a week could force a reduction in weekday services.
Meet Greater Huddersfield CCG (@NHSGHCCG) clinical lead Dr Steve Ollerton who is also dance master of Wakefield Morris and a national-standard bell-ringer. Read all about his hobbies in the next issue of GP dated 14 October.
Our best-read blog was Labour should allow CCGs and health and wellbeing boards to forge their own future by Dr Michael Dixon, chairman of the NHS Alliance (@nhsalliance) and interim president of NHS Clinical Commissioners (@NHSCC).
Team GP heads for Harrogate this afternoon to produce daily editions for the RCGP conference (#RCGPAC). Read our coverage at GPonline.com, exclusive opinion from outgoing RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) and an exclusive interview. We'll be trying to trend #RCGPSAM at 5pm tomorrow when social media's ability to bridge the gap between primary and secondary care will be debated.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt (@jeremy_hunt) is speaking at #RCGPAC tomorrow afternoon. Wonder what he might say or how he will be received?
Cameron promises more flexible GP hours http://t.co/30G5Zie21F We had Saturday opening for last govt. We had low uptake and high DNA rate— Simon Atkins (@DrSAtkins) October 1, 2013
Ok - so who wants to be able to see to your GP 8-8, 24/7 ? And who wants your GP to be dog tired when you do? #generalpracticecares— michelle drage (@michelledrage) October 1, 2013
Meanwhile, there's much else to whet the appetite at #RCGPAC:
Just pulling together some great articles for the first edition of the GP Daily magazine at #RCGPAC. Don't miss your copy in Harrogate!— Colin Cooper (@coopercolin) September 30, 2013
Not least #RCGPSAM:
And, finally, stuck for something to do in Harrogate tomorrow night?
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