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Does the new Loneliness Strategy go far enough?

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister launched the UK Government’s first Loneliness Strategy, designed to tackle what Theresa May described as one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. The headline news from the Strategy is that all GPs in England will be able to refer patients experiencing loneliness to community activities and

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Please don’t force technology on us, Mr Hancock

Please don’t force technology on us Mr Hancock

The challenges the NHS faces have been well documented – and are not something you need reminding of in this article. Faced with these problems, and working within the many constraints the service works within, it seems that the Health Secretary Matt Hancock is determined to use technology to transform services – whether those working

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Practice closure prompts Hunt pledge

May 25, 2017, by in News, NHS, Political

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The sudden closure of a practice in Kent has prompted a promise from health secretary Jeremy Hunt to “get to the bottom of it.” The closure of the practice in Folkestone will leave 5,000 people without a GP. Local health officials have said they will find practices for all patients – but are currently unsure

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General practice under threat from Brexit exodus – RCGP

May 24, 2017, by in News, Political

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An exodus of European doctors could leave more than three million people without a GP, according to a new analysis. The Royal College of GPs said its findings were fresh evidence that the status of European Union doctors working in the UK must be protected. In Northern Ireland, EU doctors are 11% of the workforce

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GP leader hits at politicians

May 18, 2017, by in GPs, News, Political

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Politicians have a “callous disregard” for the problems of the NHS, a senior GP says today. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the British Medical Association’s GP committee, is due to launch his attack at the annual conference of local medical committees today. He will warn of the impact of growing GP shortages and say: “The

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May to repeat 8pm GP opening pledge

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The Conservatives are set to repeat their pledge to open GP surgeries until 8pm, it was reported today. The plan, originally proposed in the 2015 manifesto, is linked to the faltering proposal to recruit 5,000 extra GPs. But reports today say it will be included in this year’s Conservative manifesto. The party – expected to

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Put practices centre stage, politicians told

April 19, 2017, by in News, Political

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The crisis in the NHS and in general practice must take centre stage in the general election campaign announced yesterday, senior doctors have said. The election on 8 June is expected to centre on Brexit – although Labour sought yesterday to identify the NHS as a key issue. The British Medical Association said the NHS

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