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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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Pension reprieve might help attract GPs back to work

January 9, 2020, by in News, Pensions

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Mention the subject of pensions in general practice and the tension in the atmosphere is likely to spike. The ongoing issue of pension rules and the impact they have had on services has long been a thorn in the side of general practices in trying to ensure they have sufficient cover for patient demand. However,

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NEWS: GP concern over pressure from network targets

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Senior GPs have reacted with alarm to the publication of proposed new targets for primary care networks, warning of a “worrying lack of insight” into pressures on practices. NHS England published its latest draft proposals just before Christmas, seeking to row back on pressure to achieve its five targets. But its proposals would still mean

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