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'.
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.
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.
Four CCGs in Lincolnshire are introducing measures to reduce the prescribing of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for short term self-limiting conditions.
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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.
Increasing numbers of practices in Scotland are ‘running out of time’ and will not survive because of high patient demand and recruitment problems, Scottish GPC chair Alan McDevitt is warning.
Practices in Scotland will be given extra funding worth £20m this year, including £2m going into an occupational health service and parental leave payments, health minister Shona Robison has announced today.
The Scottish health minister has said she is going to report on measures to cut GP workload, with the BMA calling for pharmacists to be given greater prescribing responsibilities.
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.
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.
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.