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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A GP out-of-hours service may be relocated to a nearby hospital trust to ‘alleviate pressure’ on the A&E department under CCG plans.
GPs could miss out on tax relief for pensionable pay this year because of a failure with the electronic submission system, now operated by Capita, which meant not all payment submissions have been included.
Two GPs who were left unable to practice for months because of delays processing their performers list applications have now been registered after Pulse highlighted their cases.
Exclusive A 7,600-patient practice is claiming to have been left without £100,000 in assorted payments this year because of upheaval since NHS England scrapped local payment offices for a national system.
GP practices are to have their waiting times for appointments published under a drive to improve access, says NHS chief executive Simon Stevens.
Practices will receive £6.50 for every patient they have to review after a bug in the SystmOne IT system saw hundreds of thousands of cardiovascular risk scores estimated incorrectly.
Exclusive Each practice will receive £250 in compensation for the additional workload that has fallen on managers and administrative staff since Capita’s overhaul of patient records movement last year.
GP administration assistants are being piloted in four parts of the country to test whether they can play a role in relieving the bureaucratic burden of clinical correspondence and day to day tasks.
A scheme offering GP trainees a £20,000 bursary if they opt to train in one of the most under-doctored regions is being expanded to offer 144 places from April, an increase of 20% on last year.
Greater numbers of sicker patients have been the main cause of A&E winter pressures and not a lack of seven day GP access, as suggested by the prime minister, hospital chiefs have said.
Exclusive Thousands of GP practices may inadvertently be in breach of data protection legislation after activating a record-sharing feature in their IT system, Pulse has learnt.
The Welsh Government and GPC are starting negotiations that will see an overhaul of the GMS contract, following the announcement that Welsh GPs will see a funding increase of 2.7% from April.
Local GP leaders in Northern Ireland gave the greenlight for the GPC to ‘move ahead’ with its plan to resign from the NHS en masse this weekend.
Exclusive GPs should consider switching off SystmOne’s patient record sharing function completely until provider TPP updates it, the GPC’s IT lead has said.
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 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.