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questionnaire to ask patients about their feelings of anxiety in order to identify those who require treatment, says draft guidance from NICE.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.
GPs will be given 48 hours’ notice before a CQC inspection and will be tested on five outcomes, the CQC have announced.
A review into internal ‘data reporting’ issues at a major NHS trust, which delayed hundreds of urgent two-week referrals, found that no patients came to clinical harm as a result of the errors.
Some GP practices hired extra staff in preparation for their CQC pilot inspection, a commission official has told Pulse.
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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
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.
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.
Accountants have warned that reforms to the QOF indicators mean GPs might have to pick and choose activity to stay profitable
Around 18,000 non-NHS doctors have failed to engage with revalidation and risk losing their licence to practise, said the GMC.
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.
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 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.
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.