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NEWS: Welsh practices struggling with finance

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Nearly half of GPs in Wales now believe their practices are “financially unsustainable,” according to a new survey. These doctors, about 42% of the total, believe there is “nowhere near enough” funding for general practice in the country, according to the survey by the Royal College of GPs. Another 42% say that funding is “not

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NEWS: Practice praised for care of rare disease patient

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A Northern Ireland practice has been praised after staff rallied round to help a patient diagnosed with a rare disease. The praise from the patient led to the Ormeau Road Practice, Belfast, winning a Practice of the Year award. The practice was nominated by patients across Northern Ireland in a competition run by the Royal

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NEWS: Boost for NI practices

Nearly £9 million is to be pumped into general practice in Northern Ireland, it has been announced. The cash includes £1 million to pay additional indemnity costs and is tied to this year’s general practice contract. The money means that practices in the region are getting nearly £22 million extra in total in the current

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Good will sustaining NI practice

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Practice staff are keeping services going in Northern Ireland purely on “good will,” their leader has said. As the region’s local medical committees met for a conference, Northern Ireland was entering its seven month without a government or a health minister. Senior GPs say they had reached an agreement on a review of primary care

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NI practices go back to basics

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Hard-pressed GPs in Northern Ireland have announced a sweeping series of measures aimed at reducing the pressure on their practices. The doctors say the measures will reduce red-tape and unnecessary work and give them more time with patients. Under the restrictions they will refuse to do paperwork for insurance companies or personal independence payments. GPs

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Anger as NI practices lose cash

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Northern Ireland’s hard-pressed practices are to lose a million pounds in funding, it has been claimed. 80% of practices in the region will lose because of adjustments to Quality and Outcomes Framework payments, according to the British Medical Association. Services in the region are currently being overseen by civil servants because of political paralysis. The

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Resigning GPs await politicians

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GPs in Northern Ireland are putting a resignation threat on ice while they wait to find some politicians to negotiate with, a conference will hear today. The problems facing practices in the region are to be set out at the annual conference of local medical committees in Edinburgh, Scotland. GPs signed mass resignation letters with

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