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Minister appears to back practice closures

March 17, 2017, by in News, NHS

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News

A government minister has been accused of planning to close thousands of practices. According to health minister David Mowat, England will eventually have just 1,500 super-hubs for general practice. Speaking to MPs about primary care in Essex, earlier this week Mr Mowat said the best arrangement for primary care was when practices were in hubs

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Stop blaming primary care

January 19, 2017, by in NHS, Political

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Stop blaming

One of the main talking points in practices up and down the country this week has been the prime minister’s statement that all practices will open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, or risk losing funding. In a nutshell, the government wants surgeries to keep these extended hours, unless they can prove the

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Rationing is back in the news

November 8, 2016, by in NHS, Opinion

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Rationing

Rationing health care is not and will never be a politically popular concept. And as some Clinical Commissioning Groups have been reported in the media as considering excluding certain treatments from their contracts with hospital providers it may prove unpopular with the public too. For example, headlines include “CCG’s considering limiting IVF courses to three”

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The 2016/17 GP contract and what it means for you

The 2016/17 GP contract and what it means for you

All eyes were on NHS England recently and the announcement of the final GP contract in England for 2016/17. Amid plenty of fanfare, and no doubt keen to divert attention away from the Junior Doctor mess, the governing body was eager to shout about the new contract’s £220 million investment, part of which will pay for

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GPs are still independent within the NHS today – but is this a good thing?

August 11, 2015, by in GPs, NHS

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GPs are still independent within the NHS today – but is this a good thing?

The NHS scheme was brought into the UK almost 70 years ago – a lifeline for people at the time suffering post-war austerity. Family doctors were known for their independence in the profession; and at that time the NHS was hotly debated in the political world, just like the Government plan to make doctors work seven

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New deal or no deal?

June 25, 2015, by in NHS, Political

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NHS - New deal or no deal?

Much has been made in the media of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s recent speech where he promised GPs a ‘new deal’ to alleviate pressure on over-stretched services, through increased investment, reduction in bureaucracy, and the drafting in of more healthcare professionals to the areas most in need. The speech was a typically politicised mix of

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Are pharmacists the answer to easing practice workloads?

January 29, 2015, by in NHS, Political, Staff

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Pharmacist at work

Are pharmacists the answer to easing practice workloads? Or can pharmacists ease practice workloads? One of the major news stories this week has been the launch of NHS England’s 10 point plan to address staff shortages in general practice. Along with incentivising GPs to postpone retirement, the plan includes piloting schemes to introduce new grades of support

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