2007 through the pages of Pulse
The headlines from the past year
Pay negotiations between the GPC and NHS Employers collapse. The Department of Health warns that a pay freeze for the second year running is ‘not impossible'.
• QOF insiders warn exception reporting could be banned as Government ministers are ‘increasingly suspicious'.
Up to three quarters of a million postoperative checks are to be dumped on GPs, as ministers announce hospitals to shed some follow-up responsibilities.
A controversial ‘sliding scale' standard of proof for fitness-to-practise hearings is introduced by the Government's white paper on regulation.
• Half of all practices face a clawback of millions of pounds with the release of proposals for an overhaul of the global sum formula.
Patients get the chance to compare GP services directly, as Pulse learns of plans for a new practice guide.
BMA chair Mr James Johnson resigns amid controversy over the BMA's handling of the MTAS scandal.
• Pulse launches the Common Sense on IT campaign, demanding reforms to the care record and Choose and Book.
NICE causes controversy with its draft lipid modification guidance, which opts not to set a primary prevention cholesterol target.
Dr Laurence Buckman becomes GPC chair. Dr Hamish Meldrum, newly elected BMA chair, calls for a ‘fresh start' with the Government, now including surgeon Lord Ara Darzi.
• Lord Darzi instantly makes a reputation for himself, his Healthcare for London report setting out plans for polyclinics.
GPs are warned they face a sharp increase in workload with a revamped QOF, which is to shrink CVD domains and add in new indicators.
Lord Darzi has controversial talks with Boots, Virgin and Lloyds Pharmacy to introduce privately run APMS surgeries.
• GPs learn they face tough new NICE diabetes targets, including specific requirements to promote weight loss.
Pulse reveals plans to scrutinise community-acquired MRSA, following a 90% increase in GP use of antibiotics for staphylococcal infections.
The BMA discredits figures claiming pay has risen by 9.8% since last year, calling the data two years out of date.
• The Department of Health accuses GPs of pocketing practice income for their own use, and warns of a third successive pay freeze.
Practices are to take on a host of new hospital work – which could even include abortions.Pulse, 17 October Pulse, 5 December