Madlen is a journalist at Pulse
Exclusive: GP practices must take ‘reasonable steps’ to inform patients that identifiable data will be extracted from their records from this autumn and used by the NHS and private companies, or face action under the Data Protection Act.
NHS England has announced it will train 100,000 citizens in basic online skills by 2014 in order to reduce health inequalities.
GPs will be expected to offer patients a choice of providers for a wider variety of diagnostic and imaging tests than previously planned under proposals unveiled by the Department of Health, as it revealed that it expected only 1% of patients to exercise their right to choose.
GPs should use a two-part questionnaire to ask patients about their feelings of anxiety in order to identify those who require treatment, says draft guidance from NICE.
Exclusive: Managers have struggled to provide any evidence that QOF indicators designed to reduce emergency admissions and A&E attendances have had any impact, according to responses to a Government survey seen by Pulse.
Almost a third of patients would like to book a GP appointment online, but only 3% are currently able to, the results of the national GP Patient survey show.
The DH has confirmed plans to introduce a public health domain in next year’s QOF, ringfencing 15% of QOF points for indicators that prevent disease and tackle health inequalities.
Former RCGP chair Professor David Haslam is set to become the head of NICE, after being named as the Government’s preferred candidate for the post of chair.
The DH has announced MPIG payments will be reduced by an average of £1,700 a year from March 2014 until it is completely phased out in 2021, with GP leaders warning it could spell ‘absolute disaster’ for some practices.
Around 18,000 non-NHS doctors have failed to engage with revalidation and risk losing their licence to practise, said the GMC.
Accountants have warned that reforms to the QOF indicators mean GPs might have to pick and choose activity to stay profitable
GP leaders will receive letters giving their revalidation date today, as the start of the biggest shake-up in doctors’ regulation in 150 years begins.
Exclusive: The GPC has poured cold water on calls from LMC secretaries for a commissioning boycott, as it awaits final details of the formal consultation on the GP contract from the Department of Health.
Exclusive: The Department of Health is investigating a mistake where Summary Care Records were created without patients being given the choice to opt out, Pulse can reveal
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The prevalence of part-time doctors working in the NHS poses a 'huge risk' to the accuracy of workforce modelling, and could lead to over-dependence on recruiting doctors from abroad, the chair of the GMC has warned.
Investigation Hospitals may be over-dramatising the risks or potential hazards of surgery to keep their waiting lists down, a Pulse survey suggests.
The Department of Health has enlisted the RCGP to help implement its ambitious plans for patients to have electronic access to GP services and their GP record by 2015.
Extending GP training to four years will be the RCGP’s ‘gift to the next generation’, college chair Professor Clare Gerada has told GPs.
Restrictions which mean Summary Care Records (SCR) can only be updated on the national spine if GPs are using a smartcard in consultations may be causing A&E or out of hours GPs to view incomplete or inaccurate records, with other health professionals unaware of this, GPs have warned.