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Welcome to the new Pulse Commissioning page, combining the latest commissioning news, analysis and features from Pulse with Practical Commissioning's archive of case studies and analysis.

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Should all GP referrals be subject to peer review?Subscription

29 Sep 2017

NHS England wants GPs to scrutinise referrals on weekly basis, reports Kathy Oxtoby

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Extra NHS funding will 'never ever' close health inequality gap, says PHESubscription

20 Oct 2017 By Carolyn Wickware

Extra funding for the NHS will ‘never ever’ improve healthcare inequalities, the chief executive of Public Health England has said.

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GPs say there has been 'no meaningful improvement' to support service failuresSubscription

20 Oct 2017 By

Local GP leaders have written to Capita and the Government to complain that primary care support services are still failing practices, two years after the contract was outsourced nationally.

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GP Weight Watchers referral reduces glucose levels in over a third of patientsSubscription

17 Oct 2017 By Isobel Sims

Over a third of patients with elevated HbA1c levels achieved normoglycaemia after being referred to a Weight Watchers programme by their GP, a study has found.

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GP practices across whole county set for 'voluntary' contract under NHS planSubscription

15 Dec 2016 By Carolyn Wickware

Every practice in Cornwall could be moved onto a new voluntary GP contract by 2020/21, according to plans to overhaul the NHS in the area.

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Revealed: How GP training budget cuts are beginning to biteSubscription

07 Aug 2017

Health bosses are targeting gold-standard programmes as ministers reduce funding, finds Alex Matthews-King 

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Beyond partnership: how trainees will reshape the profession

02 Aug 2017

GP trainees are open to partnerships, but only as part of a more varied career, finds Jaimie Kaffash

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Is the row over GP premises about to boil over?Subscription

05 Jul 2017

Impasse over new leases could be reaching breaking point, finds Alex Matthews-King

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Ignored: GP pleas for safeguarding supportSubscription

30 Jun 2017

Pulse investigation

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Opioids: GPs set to be central in reduction driveSubscription

29 Jun 2017

Policymakers are looking at annual reviews for patients on opioids. Eleanor Bird reports

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