GP revealed exclusively this week that restrictions on GP minor surgery have cut practice income by up to £32,400 a year, damaged the profession's skill base and wasted millions of pounds, according to the RCGP.
Read GP expert view by Dr Brian Malcolm, associate specialist and GPSI in dermatology in Devon online only.
GP contract negotiations broke down dramatically this week with ministers threatening to impose a GMS pay uplift of 1.5% in return for significant extra workload. QOF looks set for its biggest ever change under the plans. The DH also wants to scrap MPIG by 2021.
Looking for graphic illustrations of medical conditions and symptoms in sugar, chocolate or sponge form? And, frankly, who isn't on the cusp of Halloween? #weekinreview regular Dr Christian Jessen (@DoctorChristian) points you in the direction of London's Pathology Museum.
Oh wow, now these may just help with your diet: m.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/g…— Dr Christian Jessen (@DoctorChristian) October 25, 2012
How much GP time could be freed up if more people ordered prescriptions online? Have asked my dept to find out.— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) October 23, 2012
Surrey GP and #weekinreview regular Dr Pete Deveson (@PeteDeveson) replied:
.@jeremy_hunt How much GP time could be freed up if you hadn't abolished PCTs and forced GPs to take over their work? LOTS, mate, *LOTS*.— Pete Deveson (@PeteDeveson) October 23, 2012
GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey (@rvautrey) making his position on the DH contract negotiations stance clear.
DH plans to impose GP contract changes will be disaster for patients and practices. Shows they are putting saving money before saving lives— Richard Vautrey (@rvautrey) October 23, 2012
Leeds GP, RCGP Yorkshire treasurer and First5 lead Dr Lindsay Moran (@lindsmoran) retweeted our Inside Commissioning blog by the National Association of Primary Care president.