Alex Matthews-King is a senior reporter at Pulse
He has been working for Pulse since November 2013, having converted to journalism after studying Zoology at Sheffield University.
He focuses on developments in the IT and commissioning sectors, as well as regional news for London and the South.
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Exclusive GPs have been impeded from working for six months due to delays to Capita's management of the National Performers List, Pulse has learned.
NHS England has committed to rolling out free, public WiFi in every GP practice by the end of this year to better connect them to local health clinics and allow patients to access health information and apps.
Every GP practice in England will receive 52p per registered patient to offset the average increase to the cost of medical indemnity this year.
Exclusive GPs working all hours of the day and night are keeping hundreds of thousands of patients out of A&E departments, with just 5.6% of contacts made to GP out of hours being sent on to hospital as an emergency.
NHS England is predicting it will underspend on primary care by almost £50 million in its final report before the end of the financial year.
NHS England has spent only £6m of the £10m pledged as urgent support for vulnerable practices in 2015, despite their most senior GP saying last year the whole fund should reach practices by the end of 2016.
GPs ‘could do more to help’ the NHS recover costs from overseas patients who are not entitled to free treatment in other parts of the system, according to a new report by MPs.
GP practices in Leeds have been given permission to drop the majority of QOF for the rest of this reporting year to free up ‘headroom and clinical capacity’.
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Applications to study medicine and dentistry in 2017 have dropped by 4% compared to the previous year, with the BMA warning the high profile pressures in the NHS are making medicine ‘a less desirable career choice’.
Exclusive Out-of-hours GP services are on a knife edge, with providers covering some four million patients admitting they have had overnight and weekend shifts over the past year with no GP cover, finds a Pulse investigation.
GPs approaching retirement or looking to take a career break are eligible for financial support towards the cost of their CPD time, indemnity and professional expenses if they will keep working part-time.
GP practices taking part in the extended hours DES will face tighter restrictions on closing during the week for training and admin, under changes to the GP contract announced today.
The GPC has agreed for GP practices to record the migration status of patients upon registration as part of the contract changes coming in from April.
GP practices should look to get one in five patients using online services and apps – where possible –to use practice services like checking test results, according to guidance in next year’s GMS contract.
The GPC has negotiated for GPs to receive a £2m uplift to the global sum as a reimbursement for the added workload that will come when Capita rolls out its new patient record transfer scheme.
Exclusive The GPC is 'seeking urgent resolution' with NHS England over delays in striking violent patients off GP lists, as its support services provider refuses to act without a crime number.
Exclusive Health secretary Jeremy Hunt will look to incentivise GP practices to become 'one-stop shops' for specialist outpatient services via local enhanced services, Pulse has learned.
The Government has approved a second trade union to join national negotiations over hospital doctors’ contracts alongside the BMA.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s commitment to recruit 1,000 physician associates to work in general practice is set to cost more than £15m.
Leading MPs have called on the Prime Minister to act on evidence that NHS and social care funding has reached ‘breaking point’ and invite all political parties to a review group to determine a long-term solution.