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NEWS: Practices urged to use hot hubs for virus patients

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Primary care may need to establish long-term COVID “hot hubs” to segregate infected patients from others, according to advice issued in England. NHS England says it wants to direct practices back to some of the objectives it had set at the beginning of the year – before the pandemic – but practices should also expect

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NEWS: Practices under pressure prior to pandemic

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General practice faced growing dissatisfaction with waits for appointments before the virus crisis, according to a new analysis of patient views. Patients rated services highly when they received them – but satisfaction had fallen when the annual NHS England survey was undertaken at the beginning of the year. Pollsters Ipsos MORI send surveys to some

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So, who thought ‘income guarantee’ meant what it said? By Paula the PM

A PM colleague who seems to be well ahead of the game forwarded this letter to me: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/C0569-Second-phase-of-General-Practice-response-to-COVID-19–update-to-GP-contracts-and-income-protection-a.pdf This innocuous looking letter has somehow sneaked into the system although I’m sure I haven’t seen it before. As always, it’s dated after some of the changes it mentions so we’re already behind before we’ve even started.

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Should you accept an offer of becoming a partner in the practice?

The partners have shown how much they value your contribution to the practice by offering you the opportunity to become a partner. While the recognition is gratifying, what does it actually mean, especially from a financial perspective? AISMA accountant Luke Bennett offers these points for consideration. Profit share Becoming a partner means sharing in the

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NEWS: Inspectors plan “rapid” reviews of area pandemic responses

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A fast-track investigation is to be launched into how new arrangements linking practices and hospitals have fared during the viral pandemic. The Care Quality Commission said its series of rapid reviews to help providers of health and social care services learn from their experiences of responding to COVID-19. The Provider Collaboration Reviews will focus on

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NEWS: Practice set to adjust for mental and physical pandemic after-effects

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General practice should prepare to be inundated with patients suffering from long-term effects of the pandemic – and institute permanent triage arrangements, a report warns today. According to the Royal College of GPs, practices will need a “systematic” approach to identify patients who need primary care support. Problems will be both physical and emotional as

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NEWS: Practices hoping to keep phone appointments going

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Growing numbers of GPs think the lockdown switch to telemedicine heralds a permanent shift to new ways of working – even though video-consultations have failed take off, professional leaders say. The latest data from practices show that in May 48% of GP appointments were conducted over the phone. Just a tiny fraction were recorded as

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