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Managing the ‘biggest flu vaccination programme in history’

This year’s flu vaccination season looks set to be the most important one in recent memory – and probably the most complex practice managers will have experienced. With the threat of a catastrophic second wave of Covid-19 infections hanging over the health service, ensuring as many people as possible receive the required vaccination is critical.

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The return of the … shielders?

From 1st August, it appears that all protections relating to shielding are being removed. No more statutory sick pay, no more food parcels, and it’s back to work. So, what do we need to do? No doubt we’ve had plenty of patients call us already, asking us to sign them off work or asking for

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Face masks: on or off?

In the week when face coverings became compulsory on public transport in England, it seems incredible that there’s still confusion over whether face masks are mandatory for patients in GP surgeries. The guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England is muddled and, if the thread on our Practice Index Forum is anything to

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The changing demands of patients on GP practices during COVID-19

Given that GP practices have changed how they operate significantly to deal with the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, you might expect a few patients to balk at some of the changes but also appreciate the extra effort being made to continue providing care. The reality, however, is that numbers of complaints being made against

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NEWS: Doctors in court bid to force rapid inquiry into PPE failings

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A doctors’ organisation is to go to court in a bid to force an urgent inquiry into the failures that led to NHS staff with inadequate protective equipment. The Doctors’ Association is citing human rights legislation in a bid to get a court to order a rapid investigation – aimed at ensuring the NHS is

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NEWS: Pandemic eases practice red-tape

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Changes to general practice during the Covid-19 crisis have been “like a cloud” lifting, a senior GP has said. The crisis has changed demands on GPs, enabling them to focus on the “clinically relevant” and to experience an “absence” of red tape, according to Professor Mayur Lakhani, former president of the Royal College of GPs.

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What else can we do? – Paula the PM

As time in lockdown creeps slowly onward, are you finding life as challenging as I am? With NHSE emails and briefings, LMC and CCG emails, phone calls and an overwhelming tide of new guidance to keep an eye on, how are we all staying sane? I’m struggling to stay ahead of the workload and have

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