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Some areas will struggle to recruit extra PCN staff, admits NHS EnglandSubscription

11 Oct 2019 By Lea Legraien

Some areas across the country will struggle to recruit the 20,000 additional primary care staff, NHS England has said. 

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Paramedics may rotate between networks and ambulances under HEE plansSubscription

09 Oct 2019 By Anviksha Patel

Exclusive: Plans are being drawn up for paramedics hired by networks to work across both practices and ambulances, so the emergency service does not ‘lose’ its staff, Health Education England’s lead GP has said.

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PCNs who achieve targets 'further' and 'faster' to receive extra fundingSubscription

16 Sep 2019 By Lea Legraien

NHS England has unveiled new financial incentives for primary care networks (PCNs) who meet certain targets ahead of others.  

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RCGP chair-elect: PCNs will struggle to recruit additional staffSubscription

27 Aug 2019 By Anviksha Patel,

Primary care networks will face a ‘big challenge’ in achieving the GP Forward View target to recruit 5,000 additional general practice staff, according to the RCGP’s incoming chair Professor Martin Marshall.

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We need to be more positive about general practice, says new RCGP chairSubscription

27 Aug 2019 By Anviksha Patel

Exclusive: General practice needs to be ‘talked up’ and made more ’attractive and stimulating’ in order to improve the profession, according to the RCGP’s incoming chair Professor Martin Marshall.

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PCNs 'reluctant' to recruit additional staff due to funding and VATSubscription

23 Aug 2019 By Anviksha Patel, Lea Legraien

Networks are 'reluctant to proceed' with the employment of additional staff because uncertainty around VAT issues and concerns around funding, GP and commissioning leaders have said.

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CCG's plans for PCN deputy clinical directors set to exacerbate workloadSubscription

04 Jul 2019 By Lea Legraien

The new primary care network (PCN) deputy clinical director positions could take more clinicians out of sessions, GPs have warned.

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Networks were 'rushed' and introduced at 'difficult time', says think-tank Subscription

03 Jul 2019 By Lea Legraien

Primary care networks (PCNs) have been introduced at a 'very difficult time' for general practice, and as a result may not succeed, a think-tank has said.

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NHS England: PCNs must succeed or face 'being salaried to other NHS providers'Subscription

01 Jul 2019 By Lea Legraien

NHS England has said the networks that come into being today will have to succeed in convincing a new generation of GPs to go into partnerships or face becoming 'salaried to other NHS providers'.

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BMA leaders reject proposal to put GP contract out to ballot of professionSubscription

26 Jun 2019 By Lea Legraien

Doctor's leaders have voted against the immediate withdrawal and a subsequent ballot of the new five-year contract

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CCG challenges Babylon's application to be primary care networkSubscription

22 May 2019 By Anviksha Patel

NHS Hammersmith and Fulham CCG is unable to decide whether to approve Babylon GP at Hand’s primary care network until it seeks ‘additional assurances’.

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BMA's legal service charging members £5,000 for network adviceSubscription

20 May 2019 By Anviksha Patel

The BMA’s legal service is offering packages for primary care networks seeking legal advice at a cost of £5,000 for the larger networks.

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GP at Hand set to apply to be single network in 'destabilising' moveSubscription

01 May 2019 By Anviksha Patel

Babylon GP at Hand is in the process of registering as its own primary care network, Pulse has learned. 

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30,000-patient networks set to receive £1 per head more than larger networksSubscription

15 Mar 2019 By Anviksha Patel

Primary care networks with a population size of 30,000 are set to receive £1 per patient more than 50,000-patient networks in 2019/20, according to new guidance from the BMA.