Carolyn Wickware is senior reporter on Pulse covering political, business and educational issues for GPs.
She started at Pulse in 2016 after completing a masters in magazine journalism at City University of London. She did her undergraduate degree in English and Psychology at the Western University in Canada.
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There was a 26% increase in the number of serious incidences reported by GP out-of-hours services to commissioners last year, with GP leaders warning that they are no longer a 'safe pace of work' and that there is an 'urgent crisis' in the service, a Pulse investigation has revealed.
GPs in the south east of England are being asked to prescribe Tamiflu to ‘well’ patients in nursing homes, with GP leaders saying the task is ‘taking them away from more important work’ this winter.
The CQC has decided to pause re-inspections of good and outstanding GP practices for the month of January.
Government plans to cut public health funding by £170m over two years, with local authorities losing out on £85m in 2018/19 and another £85m in 2019/20.
NHS 111 has struggled to cope with record call volumes over the holiday season, claims a group of GP out-of-hours providers, with one area forced to take back direct call handling as a result.
'Horrendously pressured' GP practices are going the extra mile in an attempt to care for a barrage of patients hit by winter illnesses, whilst being discouraged to pass them over to emergency services, Pulse has learned.
NHS England has asked hospitals to push back all non-urgent elective care to the end of this month, as winter pressures mount on the NHS.
Out-of-hours services in Northern Ireland are buckling under the strain of winter pressures as GP leaders in the area call for more GPs to cope with the strain.
Private providers are winning an increasing number NHS contracts, with Virgin Care taking on over £1bn in NHS contracts last year.
Patients are being asked to take three steps before visiting their GP in a bid to relieve pressure this winter.
GPs have referred 110,000 patients to NHS England’s Diabetes Prevention Programme since its launch in June 2016 but 55% have failed to attend the programme after referral, according to data from NHS England.
A former GP has been ordered to pay £183,000 in three months or face two years in prison after being jailed sending fraudulent invoices for medical treatments.
The GMC has issued a stark warning to NHS workforce planners, after finding the rise in doctor numbers is significantly failing to keep up with demand.
GPs have been found to refer patients with a suspected cancer diagnosis ‘promptly’, according to the largest national audit of cancer diagnoses to date.
Thousands of patients have joined the practice linked to Babylon Health's ‘GP at Hand’ service in the past month, according to official statistics.
Education bosses have backed further discussion over extending GP training to four years in a new 10-year workforce plan.
Exclusive A CCG has U-turned on a promise to provide £100,000 in extra funding for GP practices deemed 'atypical' under current funding calculations.
Nearly half of primary care workers feel the way CQC inspects and regulates doesn't improve the quality of care received by patients.
GPs in Manchester will be giving patients C-reactive protein blood tests to decide whether they should be prescribed antibiotics or not, under a scheme being monitored by Public Health England.
NHS England has handed regional NHS leaders targets they have to meet to ensure the Government delivers on its wider GP workforce growth pledges.