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NEWS: Protected time and technology call for Welsh practices

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Welsh lawmakers need to address the wellbeing of practices teams and ensure investment in technology, according to proposals released ahead of the country’s national elections. The Royal College of GPs Cymru Wales has called for three major priorities to help support general practice as Wales gradually emerges from the pandemic. It is asking Senedd electoral…

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NEWS: Bonus for Welsh workers

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All NHS and primary care staff in Wales are to receive a bonus payment to recognise their “extraordinary” pandemic contribution, it has been announced. Staff will get an extra £735 in their pay packet – but most will take home £500 after tax and national insurance. The award, worth £326 million, is to go 2,345…

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NEWS: Research GPs settle in rural Wales

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A project that places research minded GPs in rural practices has proved successful enough in Wales that it is to be extended, it was announced today. The news was welcomed by practice managers, who say it is helping tackle doctor shortages. Wales launched the academic fellows project four years ago and it has now led…

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NEWS: Pay reward for Welsh practices

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GPs and all their staff in Wales are to get an across the board pay increase worth nearly three per cent, it has been announced. All doctors and staff will get the 2.8% pay increase in the first deal of its kind between a national government and GP representatives. Overall, practices will get a 3.6%…

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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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