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Looking ahead to 2020 – by Nicola Davies

At the start of a new year, I always get a little reflective on the past year. What have I achieved? Could I do better? Definitely is the answer to that one! What should I have done that I didn’t? You know how it goes. I drove into work thinking about all the jobs that

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NEWS: Practice patient no-shows increasing

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Practices in England suffer a million patient no-shows every month, according to new figures. The number of non-attendances reached record levels last year, the Sunday Times reported. About half the appointments were to see doctors and half for appointments with other staff. The paper claims non-attendances are costing £200 million a year – although some

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NEWS: GPs’ gender pay gap at 35%

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Female GPs earn on average £40,000 a year less than their male colleagues and a broken ‘two-tier system’ is to blame, a think-tank has revealed. The study of official NHS workforce data has revealed the gender pay gap for GPs now stands at 35%, making it the fifth largest pay gap of any profession in

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NEWS: Patient multimorbidity link to GP burnout

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The rate of GP burnout is twice as high among those who care for the highest numbers of patients with multimorbidity compared to other doctors, a Danish study reports today. Anette Fischer Pedersen and colleagues in Aarhus, say the increased risk of burnout could be explained by increased workload, fragmented specialist care, inadequacy of guidelines

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NEWS: Practices under pressure on contract breaches

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Hundreds of practices have received warning letters, accusing them of breaching their contracts, it was revealed last night. Last year the number of these practices in England increased by half, reaching 421, The BMJ revealed. Notices of contractual breach can be issued for a range of reasons – and the BMJ investigation suggests practices vary

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NEWS: GPs call for plan to deliver recruitment promise

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The government must urgently set out how it will meet its promise to find 6,000 extra GPs in England, senior GPs have said. The Royal College of GPs yesterday set out its proposals for a step by step proposal to achieve this target. It said GP training places should increase to 4,000 this year and

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The best of Practice Index: 2019’s most read blogs

From ‘new style’ CQC inspections through to yet more red tape and regulations, 2019 has been another challenging year for practice managers. That means we’ve had plenty of information and advice to share – along with the odd anecdote and humorous story too – here on the Practice Index Blog. But which topics were the

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