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2007 through the pages of Pulse

The headlines from the past year

January

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'.

February

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.

March

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.

April

Patients get the chance to compare GP services directly, as Pulse learns of plans for a new practice guide.

May

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.

June

NICE causes controversy with its draft lipid modification guidance, which opts not to set a primary prevention cholesterol target.

July

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.

August

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.

September

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.

October

Pulse reveals plans to scrutinise community-acquired MRSA, following a 90% increase in GP use of antibiotics for staphylococcal infections.

November

The BMA discredits figures claiming pay has risen by 9.8% since last year, calling the data two years out of date.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.

December

Practices are to take on a host of new hospital work – which could even include abortions.

Pulse, 17 October Pulse, 5 December

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