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NEWS: Flu cases surge

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Practices are already seeing significant numbers of patients with respiratory illnesses and potential flu, GP leaders have warned. Tracking by the Royal College of GPs found that levels are now above average for this time of year. The college said it was “still within” expected levels for mid-December. Its monitoring found that 8,000 people visited

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NEWS: Practice appointments increasing

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Pressure on practices has been increasing massively since the summer, according to new figures. Non-GP clinicians are handling the bulk of extra appointments – but GPs are also having to manage the growing demand, according to NHS Digital figures. There were nearly 31 million practice appointments in October, an increase of four million on September,

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NEWS: How GP list sizes are soaring

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GP patient list sizes have increased by 8% in the last four years, according to a TUC analysis published today. In September average list sizes stood at 2,100 per doctor, some 160 more than in 2015, the Trades Union Congress found. The analysis shows a 1,000 drop in the number of GPs in the period

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NEWS: Primary care gene testing project announced

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A pioneering project is to test the feasibility of whole genome screening in primary care, it was announced today. About a thousand private practice patients in London will be invited to take part in the project. The tests will look for 600 genes related to cancer and cardiovascular disease. Researchers at the Institute of Cancer

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NEWS: Era of full-time GP nearing end

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The days of GPs working five days a week in their practices will soon be over, according to the findings of a major analysis published today, raising questions about the prospects of increasing GP numbers. The vast majority of GP trainees intend to be part-timers, with many planning to develop other interests in medicine outside

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NEWS: GP recruitment target now “impossible”

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The UK is a long way short of targets for recruiting more GPs, according to a major analysis published today. NHS professional standards are being “hollowed out” as highly-trained clinicians are replaced by clinical support staff, according to the Health Foundation analysis. Nursing recruitment is now the service’s biggest problem and managers have recruited heavily

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NEWS: Court challenge over GP premise charge

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The troubled NHS Property Services is to face court action from GPs over its efforts to increase charges for practice buildings. Some practices have seen charges more than double over the last three years even though they do not have tenancy agreements, the British Medical Association said, condemning the increases as “unjustifiable.” Sometimes they are

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