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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Labour MP Harriet Harman on plans for GPs to certify elderly drivers
GPs should certify whether their patients aged over 75 are fit to drive as part of an annual health check they’re entitled to under the GMS contract according to senior Labour MP Harriet Harman.
The GP workforce figures released yesterday mask the reality that there are almost 450 fewer qualified GPs working than in 2015, the BMA has warned.
Exclusive The RCGP is considering adding a further sixth attempt at its end of training Clinical Skills Assessment for doctors who have been locked out of general practice by being unable to complete the final exam.
Calls for GP training to be extended to four years have been knocked back by the group responsible for advising the four UK health departments on making medical education suitable for the next 30 years.
A GP out-of-hours provider, which has been forced to make redundancies after falling into financial difficulty, is asking for an urgent rise to its NHS contract values.
Hospital doctors will be offered an easier route into general practice under proposals ratified by health education chiefs today.
Exclusive GP practices will be able to recruit 600 more fully qualified overseas GPs by April 2018 - and 1,000 by December - as NHS England massively expands its international GP recruitment
Trainee GPs from London have had a chance to escape to the country thanks to a Cumbrian collaboration providing accommodation for those wanting to experience training in a rural setting.
Patients’ biggest frustration with getting to see their GP is that their ‘symptoms have subsided by the time an appointment is given’ according to private, GP-on-demand service Push Doctor.
Exclusive NHS England has written to GP practices asking them to check whether their patients who live in high-rise buildings have a working fire alarm and know how to get out of the building should it sound.
Around 18% of training places in England were unfilled after two rounds of recruitment, down on the proportion of places filled at this stage last year.
The QOF should be retained and reformed, despite the health secretary and NHS England saying its days were numbered, the new chair of the GPC has said.
The BMA is in urgent talks with the Government to introduce a ‘radically different system’ for indemnity ahead of expected increases this autumn that could make GP work ‘untenable’.
Hundreds of GP trainees employed by a hospital trust have been shocked to learn that their personal details were published online.
A GP practice-based, nurse-led screening programme in one of the UK city’s with the highest rates of lung cancer mortality and COPD is set to be expanded after significantly improving early detection in its first year.
Exclusive Training bosses are considering reducing the GP trainers’ grant as part of a number of proposals aimed at meeting cuts in budgets enforced by the Treasury, Pulse can reveal.
Practices will be unable to order stocks of adult Hepatitis B vaccine ‘until further notice’ after new guidance to ensure sufficient supply for individuals with the highest risk of exposure to the vaccine.
Exclusive The CQC is issuing threats of criminal prosecution or £4,000 fines to practices who fail to provide up-to-date details of their 'registered manager'.
The Department of Health has kicked plans to force UK medical graduates to spend four years working in the NHS into the long grass, after being warned that it would ‘exacerbate’ the workforce crisis.