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NEWS: Welsh primary care urged to speed changes

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Change to primary care in Wales is not happening as fast as planned, auditors have warned. Faster change is needed to tackle long-standing challenges and ensure services are fit for the future, according to the Auditor-General for Wales. The introduction of primary care clusters and of a national primary care fund, with £120 million to

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NEWS: Small changes will improve Welsh practices – Gething

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Wales only needs “small changes” to ensure patients can get a practice appointment at a good time, its health minister has said. The Welsh government says its research has shown the public want better access to GP services. Ministers were hoping to find public awareness of the country’s “choose well” campaign, which encouraged patients to

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NEWS: Upgrade phone systems – Welsh practices told

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Practices in Wales are to be required to have phone systems which manage messages from patients – and end the need for multiple call-backs, it has been announced. Patients should also expect to receive a “prompt response” to calls, according to the Welsh government. The Welsh government said it hoped new “standards” for practice levels

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NEWS: Wales launches locum GP list

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Locum GPs in Wales will be required to join a new register, it has been announced. The register has emerged from plans to provide indemnity cover for general practice– and locums will be required to be on the register to qualify for the state-backed indemnity scheme. Doctors joining the register will undergo “necessary checks” and

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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: Welsh IT problems alarm practices

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Practices in Wales have expressed concern after an investigation found serious problems with NHS computer systems in the country. The report by Welsh Assembly members came as practices face the prospect of having to adopt new software, commissioned by the NHS. The report published by the Assembly’s public accounts committee found 21 instances of data

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NEWS: Wales outbids England in doctor pay rises

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GPs in Wales are to have a pay increase of 4% this year, it was announced today. The award, back-dated to April, reflects the growing competition for GPs across the UK. The Welsh government has also out-flanked the English NHS by offering improved pay rises for hospital staff. All salaried doctors will receive pay increases

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