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Further small practice set to close in crisis townSubscription

18 Sep 2019 By Eleanor Philpotts

Another GP practice in the crisis town of Plymouth has had its impending closure confirmed.

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Opioid prescribing in primary care on the rise in EnglandSubscription

18 Sep 2019 By Anviksha Patel

GP opioid prescribing has ‘significantly’ increased in England in the last five years, a new study has found

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Tribunal rules that locum GP was entitled to sick pay and holidaySubscription

17 Sep 2019 By Lea Legraien

A judge has ruled that a locum GP who was working for an out-of-hours provider should have been treated as a worker who was eligible for sick pay and holidays following an appeal from the provider.

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Start antibiotics within four hours of diagnosing community-acquired pneumonia, urges NICESubscription

17 Sep 2019 By

GPs should start patients on antibiotics within four hours of diagnosing community-acquired pneumonia, new guidance from NICE has urged.

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General practice responsible for £88m of fraudulent behaviour, claims NHS reportSubscription

17 Sep 2019 By Beth Gault

The NHS could be losing £1.29bn every year due to economic crime, with £88m of that from general practice, according to an NHS England strategy document. 

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Complaints about GPs in England drop by 5% in a yearSubscription

16 Sep 2019

The number of new written complaints about practices in England has decreased by almost 5% in the space of 12 months, meaning 3,500 fewer were made this year.

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International GPs will not be required to take second language test Subscription

16 Sep 2019 By Lea Legraien

Changes to language test requirements will make it easier for overseas GPs to come and work in the UK, the Home Office has said.

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One in five GP training places in Northern Ireland remain unfilledSubscription

16 Sep 2019 By Beth Gault

Around 20% of GP training places in Northern Ireland are unfilled this academic year.

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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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Trust takes over third practice after GP partner recruitment issues Subscription

13 Sep 2019 By Lea Legraien

An NHS foundation trust in Cheshire has acquired its third GP practice after the partners were forced to hand over their contract over recruitment issues. 

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