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NEWS: Pensions pledge – but is it new?

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Doctors leaders have given a mixed reaction to the Prime Minister’s latest promise to resolve the pension trap that has led many GPs to plan to cut working hours. Boris Johnson said that plans were under way to introduce more flexibility into doctors’ pensions to allow them to avoid the tax trap. It was not

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NEWS: CQC suspends Brent practice for poor standards

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The Care Quality Commission has suspended a general practice in Brent, London, until November for failures in managing controlled drugs. Dr Abubakh Shaikh’s Peel Precinct Surgery has been suspended following an inspection in May 2019, which found a series of unsafe practices. Inspectors found that the practice did not properly monitor patients on controlled drugs,

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World Breastfeeding Week

When breastfeeding works, the benefits are endless. In addition to the obvious nutrition and health benefits for the baby, it’s incredibly convenient (no sterilisers or waiting for bottles to be ready!) and it helps Mum and Baby to bond. But when it’s a struggle, it can be heartbreaking for parents. And there can be so

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Ensuring a fair trial

Recruitment is a tough – and time-consuming job, which means ensuring you hire the right person for your vacancy is crucial. Nobody wants to go through the process of hiring a new face, only for that person to be unsuitable for the role, leaving you back at square one. Equally, it’s important that any likely

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NEWS: Practices encouraged to become “active”

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Practices are to be offered the chance to gain recognition as “active practices” in a new project aiming to support them in encouraging activity among patients. The Royal College of GPs is working with Sport England on the project. It includes a toolkit aimed at helping GPs fit conversations about activity into consultations with patients.

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NEWS: Small changes will improve Welsh practices – Gething

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Wales only needs “small changes” to ensure patients can get a practice appointment at a good time, its health minister has said. The Welsh government says its research has shown the public want better access to GP services. Ministers were hoping to find public awareness of the country’s “choose well” campaign, which encouraged patients to

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NEWS: New GP tool for cancer diagnosis

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GPs now have access to a new tool to help recognise the early symptoms of cancer, it has been announced. The online tool is called GatewayC. In early adopters, it has already led to improved identification of patients who require urgent investigation by a specialist, according to its developers. It was designed because cancer patients

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