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Locums: Taxed and tested

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February 16, 2017, by in Locums, Tax

Locums: Taxed and tested

At the first mention of the word tax, most people will immediately click onto another page. But please stick with us on this one as it’s important – and it could save you from a nasty and unexpected tax bill! In April 2017 some substantial changes are to be made to the IR35 tax legislation. […]

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February 16, 2017, by in News

Region aims to reduce practice appointment load

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Region aims to reduce practice appointment load Targets have been set to reduce appointments with GPs in one region by using nurses and pharmacists, it has been revealed. The plan has been drawn up in the west of England and would involve Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. The region says it wants to reduce […]

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Managing an ageing workforce

Managing an ageing workforce

Better health, poorer finances and the removal of the compulsory retirement age means that our working population is getting older. A recent government report “Future of an Ageing Population” predicts that by 2040 in the UK, “nearly one in seven people is projected to be aged over 75”. Here are our 3 tips for managing […]

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February 15, 2017, by in News, Northern Ireland

Red-tape lifted for Northern Ireland practices

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Hard-pressed practices in Northern Ireland have been offered a respite from red-tape in a move that could head of mass doctor resignations. The region’s caretaker government yesterday agreed to suspend the Quality and Outcomes Framework – following a similar initiative in Wales. GP resignations had become imminent after the calling of an election for the […]

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February 13, 2017, by in News

Anger as GPs blamed for taking time for admin

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GP leaders have defended practices against claims they are failing to open for eight hours a day. An analysis claimed to show that more than 50% of practices open for less than eight hours a day. The Daily Telegraph investigation found 1,500 practices with opening times of less than five hours a day. Under then […]

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The new GP contract for 2017/18: How will it affect you?

The new GP contract for 2017/18

As you’ve probably read by now, this week saw the publication of the new GP contract for 2017/18. Reading through the publication, it appears there’s some good news tempered, of course, by some bad. The headlines are that GPs will receive a pay rise of approximately 1% and the unplanned admissions DES will be scrapped, […]

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February 9, 2017, by in Government, GPs, Salary

Practices fight back

Practices fight back

A number of practices are fighting back against rules imposed to make them publish details of their GP earnings. In April 2015, it became a contractual requirement for practices to publish on their practice website by the end of the financial year (i.e. 31 March 2016) the mean earnings for all GPs in their practice […]

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February 9, 2017, by in News

Row over new GP private practice

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GPs in Bournemouth have come under fire from senior politicians for setting up a private practice alongside their NHS clinic. The Dorset Private GP service opened last month at the town’s Poole Road Medical Centre. The GPs say they are offering patients a chance of an extended consultation with a doctor. Patients can pay £145 […]

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February 8, 2017, by in News

GP deal bears down on half-day closures

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Practices in England are to gain funding of more than £200 million this year in return for taking steps to ensure day-time opening and identify overseas patients. GP leaders said the new contractual arrangements, announced yesterday, would also reduce bureaucracy for practices. The contract was announced 24 hours after the government announced legislation to introduce […]

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Survival…

Survival

By Nicola Hayward First month of the year over already. Just where does the time go?  My Nan always said once I’d hit 21, the years would fly by… I didn’t think she actually meant that they would whizz at a rate of knots, so much so, that each week now is just a blur! […]

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February 2, 2017, by in News

Practices urged to arrange GP continuity to cut hospital admissions

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Regular contact with one GP can help reduce hospital admissions among the elderly, according to a major new study reported today. Researchers found that patients with high levels of continuity of care experienced about 12% fewer admissions for chronic conditions than others. This was particularly true for people who were heavy users of primary care […]

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February 1, 2017, by in News

Local plans undermine general practice promises

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Local NHS plans are undermining promises to support general practice by planning reductions in doctor numbers, the Royal College of GPs warns today. The plans fly in the face of promises to recruit more doctors and provide support for struggling practices, the college warns. It revealed its analysis of England’s 44 sustainability and transformation plans […]

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How to handle flexible working requests

How to handle flexible working requests

If an employee makes a request for flexible working here are the 5 things that you need to know: (1) Who can make the request? Once they have worked continuously for the same employer for the last

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The changing face of practice finance

Practice finance

By Robert Campbell  There’s no doubt in my mind that well-managed practices are on top of their financial affairs. But it’s sad to see so many practices falling foul of the debt collector and struggling to pay their bills, or even becoming bankrupt and closing their doors. Pulls on purse strings Sometimes there are unexpected […]

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January 31, 2017, by in News

Job offer for jaded GPs

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GPs who want to quit are to be offered a new career choice in a series of pilot schemes, it was announced yesterday. Some 11 areas of the country will test the new idea. Between them they will be expected to find 80 doctors “at risk” of leaving the profession. These doctors will be offered […]

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If you could change just three things…

It’s a tough question and one that sparks plenty of thought: if you could change just three things in your practice, what would they be? This question was actually posed on the Practice Index Forum this week and it generated some interesting comments. While some of the wishes – most notably one requesting less political […]

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January 26, 2017, by in News

Slump in GPs “disastrous”

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Efforts to recruit more GPs are not yet bearing fruit as numbers continue to decline, according to figures published yesterday. By September last year, 96 fewer full-time equivalent posts were filled in general practice than a year earlier, according to NHS Digital. A total of 34,495 posts was filled. The number of doctors working in […]

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January 24, 2017, by in Pensions

How the new pension duties affect general practice

How the new pension duties affect general practice

As an employer, each practice must provide relevant employees with a pension scheme so that a percentage of their pay is automatically deducted for contribution to that scheme. In addition, employers must also make a direct contribution to that pension.

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January 24, 2017, by in News

Anger at PM as fresh doubt cast on weekend practice opening

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GP leaders reacted strongly yesterday as Theresa May insisted that weekend opening of practices would help solve the problems of the NHS. Yesterday she told a regional newspaper group that she wanted practices open seven days a week, 12 hours a day. It came after earlier in the year she seemed to blame practices closing […]

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