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NEWS: Protected time and technology call for Welsh practices

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Welsh lawmakers need to address the wellbeing of practices teams and ensure investment in technology, according to proposals released ahead of the country’s national elections. The Royal College of GPs Cymru Wales has called for three major priorities to help support general practice as Wales gradually emerges from the pandemic. It is asking Senedd electoral…

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An easy life after COVID pressures ease?

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Now that COVID-19 case numbers are falling in the UK and lockdown restrictions are being eased, the health service might think that work pressures are beginning to slacken. No such luck. It seems that demand from patients is intensifying and problems that patients have put on hold and tolerated during the past few months are…

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The five-minute practice manager – How to get actions from meetings completed without being the one to do them

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We’re continuing our five-minute delegation series with an easy win for PMs. Of course, it won’t work for all meetings, because some are too confidential to be dealt with by someone else. But even if you can’t onward delegate, we’ll show you how you can achieve the same aims but with less aggravation. In either…

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NEWS: Pain guidance worries practices

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GPs and pain specialists have raised concerns about new guidance which calls for non-pharmacological treatments for chronic pain. GP leaders warned that practices and patients might struggle to get access to the kinds of interventions, such as acupuncture and psychological therapies, advocated in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance. The Faculty of…

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NEWS: Practices call for overhaul of “aggressive” inspections

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GPs and practice staff are calling for a full overhaul of inspections, accusing inspectors of being “aggressive and unreasonable.” A round robin letter, currently signed by 140 doctors and other staff, says it is “unfortunate and unacceptable” that the Care Quality Commission has resumed normal inspections. It says the approach of the CQC can no…

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NEWS: COVID passports worry practices

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GP leaders are alarmed that the proposed “COVID passport” scheme could require practice involvement in certifying certificates. The government is currently consulting on proposals, suggesting that certificates could be used for major events. A certificate would confirm the holder had been vaccinated or had a test confirming positive antibodies or, potentially, a negative test for…

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NEWS: Call to reinstate assessment for adopters

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Practices have been urged to reinstate medical assessments for people applying to be foster carers and adopters – amid concern that vulnerable children are being left waiting for new homes. Medical organisations said practices should undertake the assessments “where possible.” The Royal College of GPs and the British Medical Association say that many practices and…

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