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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Practices are continuing to work in ten-minute appointment slots when they should be varying appointment length, NHS England’s head of general practice development has said.
Local GP leaders have written to Capita and the Government to complain that primary care support services are still failing practices, two years after the contract was outsourced nationally.
GP leaders are calling for the Government to extend guarantees to reimburse VAT, stamp duty and legal fees until a long-running dispute over premises leases has been resolved.
GP practices may be able to provide patients with direct access to a physiotherapist, rather than with a GP, from next year says an NHS England director.
GPs are in for a workload hit after NHS England uncovered a further 162,000 pieces of clinical correspondence lost in an NHS blunder.
The Department of Health has warned GPs about the potential liabilities they may incur by taking up a ‘half-price indemnity offer’ launched hours after the Government announced a state-backed scheme.
Exclusive GPs are reporting annual indemnity premiums increase of more than £1,000 despite a ‘price freeze’ pledged by one of the UK’s main indemnity organisations.
GP practices' CQC ratings continue to improve, with 93% now rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ despite the health and care system ‘straining at the seams’, a report from the watchdog has found.
Exclusive GPs, NHS trusts and private providers are being asked to review referrals and take on patients to tackle a backlog of 30,000 patients waiting for treatment at one NHS trust.
Simon Stevens has challenged the Treasury to commit extra funding for the NHS and staff-pay in Westminster today, ahead of the chancellor's Autumn Statement on 22 November.
Education bosses are recruiting physician associate ‘GP ambassadors’ to promote and develop the new profession’s role in practices, and are offering up to £45,000 for recruits.
DH to consult on regulating physician associatesSubscription
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt will today pledge to run a consultation on whether there should be compulsory regulation for new physician associate roles in the UK.
The challenges in general practice are ‘not something the health secretary is going to solve for you’, health secretary Jeremy Hunt told GPs today
The state-backed indemnity scheme announced by Jeremy Hunt last week is intended to apply to practice staff as well as GPs, the DH has confirmed.
The Department of Health spent tens of millions on making voluntary redundancies last year, a health minister has revealed.
A £130,000-a-year salaried GP post is being offered at a struggling practice that was taken over by a hospital trust last year.
GPs have been told their paper referrals will no longer be accepted, after two trusts became the first in England to implement the Government's requirements for all referrals to be made electronically in a bid to save GP time and NHS money.
Practice CQC ratings are not clearly linked to the variations in funding across practices, or underinvestment by the Government, the CQC has claimed.
NHS has lost 10,000 EU staff since Brexit voteSubscription
Some 10,000 EU staff have quit the NHS in the year since last summer's Brexit vote.
A petition calling for the Government to include GPs on its shortage occupation list is swiftly gaining signatures.