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NEWS: Bin collections point to care needs

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Data about assisted rubbish collections can play a key role in improving the health care of frail people, according to one GP. Dr Shashidhar Khandavalli, who is also clinical director for Chorley Central Primary Care Network in Lancashire, said the link between frailty and bin collections was vital when he and his colleagues worked with

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NEWS: Primary care networks must improve access – Stevens

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The new primary care networks should meet “real world” tests of success, including improving access to GPs, the head of NHS England has said. The networks need to demonstrate success in tackling workforce pressures – and also succeed in joining up community and primary care nursing, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said. GP leaders

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NEWS: Former inspector to oversee primary care network development

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A career civil servant who became a GP inspector is to oversee development of primary care networks, it has been announced. Ruth Rankine, the current deputy chief inspector of general practice at the Care Quality Commission, has been appointed as Primary Care Network development director at the NHS Confederation. The Confederation is working with national

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NEWS: Pharmacy frustration at drug shortages

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Hormone replacement drugs lead a long list of items which pharmacists say are in short supply, according to a survey published today. Drugs for diabetes, epilepsy, dermatology care and hypertension can also be hard to obtain, according to the survey of pharmacists. Some 84% reported problems in obtaining HRT while 67% reported contraceptive shortages and

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NEWS: Lawyers and doctors work to streamline paperwork

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A new form aimed at streamlining requests for medical records is to be tested in practices in Northern Ireland. The form has been developed by the Law Society and the British Medical Association with a view to reducing the workload linked to requests for patient records. The form will ensure that 3rd Party Subject Access

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NEWS: Charges scrapped for mental health debt forms

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Practices will no longer charge patients with mental health problems for forms used to get access to debt support, it has been announced. Under new guidance, debt advisers are being encouraged to use other means to certify that a patient facing a debt crisis has mental health problems. The British Medical Association said this should

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Supporting new mothers during the six-week check

September 30, 2019, by in GPs, News, Patients

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The arrival of a new baby is undoubtedly amazing, but it’s also stressful, overwhelming and changes the parents’ lives in every way. Of course, there are also sleepless nights to contend with and a great deal of worry about caring for this new little person. Nothing really prepares you for the experience! Bearing in mind

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