NHS managers in one area of England are planning to reduce the number of GP appointments by over a quarter by sending more patients to other healthcare professionals.
A CCG in West Yorkshire is planning to help GP practices that are struggling with workload by supplying them with 'bank staff'.
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More than half of Leeds’s primary care buildings, including GP practices, are in such poor shape that they fail to achieve minimum NHS standards relating to physical conditions.
Four CCGs in Lincolnshire are introducing measures to reduce the prescribing of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for short term self-limiting conditions.
Almost half of GPs could retire or cut hours in the West Midlands in the next five years, NHS leaders in charge of planning healthcare in the region have warned.
The Welsh Government has pledged £43 million over the next year to improve primary care services, including £10 million for the country’s 64 primary care clusters.
GPs are required from this month to keep a record of all patients who own a gun – and to inform police if any of these people develop mental health problems such as depression.
An influential working group set up by the Government in Northern Ireland has called for GPs to be recruited from overseas in an attempt to alleviate recruitment problems.
Trials are underway in Scotland to examine new ways of providing out of hours care – with a significantly more prominent role for advanced nurse practitioners.
The parliamentary and health service ombudsman has recommended that GPs get better at apologising to patients when they complain.
NHS England is expecting appeals from GPs about their recorded achievement against the avoiding unplanned admissions DES because of ongoing computer glitches.
A GP practice in Scotland will become the first to be placed under the control of social services managers, alongside health managers, within two months.
Health minister Shona Robison confirmed to the Scottish Parliament yesterday on 13 January that the practice in Lochee, Dundee will be run by a partnership between NHS Tayside and Dundee City Council from March.
This partnership will review whether the practice – which operates in an area of deprivation - has the right mix of h
First minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledged £54 million over four year to improve access to talking therapies for both adults and children.
A recruitment drive is underway across Wales to create a network of specialist GP cancer leads as part of plans to bring earlier diagnoses and improve patient care.
Health and social care trusts must improve their performance to ensure patients start cancer treatment on time following GP referrals, Northern Ireland’s public accounts committee has said.
QOF and the widespread use of evidence-based guidelines has led to some patients with multiple long term conditions given far more medication than is beneficial, Scotland’s chief medical officer has said.
GP contract negotiations are ‘well advanced’, but changes are likely to be overshadowed by the package of measures to be announced by the health secretary next month, the head of NHS England has said.
Health minister Simon Hamilton has announced there will be at least 20 extra training places in Northern Ireland after investing £1.2m.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledged £23 million to increase the number of medical school places in Scotland and widen access to medical schools, and another £3m for 500 advanced nurse practitioners.
The Welsh Government has given the NHS an extra £45m to cope with pressures for the rest of this winter following surges in demand last month for hospital, out-of-hours and ambulance services.