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Practice moves into car park portakabin as lease expiresSubscription

03 Jul 2017 By Carolyn Wickware

A practice in Lancashire has moved into a portakabin in the car park of a nearby health centre after its premises lease expired at the end of June.

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GP leader persuades council to oppose brutal NHS savings planSubscription

27 Jul 2017 By Carolyn Wickware

An LMC chair has persuaded their local council to reject plans to cut costs by overhauling local NHS services.

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'Consider e-cigarettes in tobacco control plans', study recommends Subscription

27 Jul 2017 By Isobel Sims

The merits of e-cigarrettes need to be considered in tobacco control interventions, as smokers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to quit smoking successfully than those who don’t, a study has recommended. 

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Large number of CCGs crack down on OTC prescribing ahead of national consultationSubscription

26 Jul 2017 By Sally Nash

Local GP leaders have hit out at a growing number of CCGs stopping doctors from prescribing over-the-counter medicines before a conclusion to an ongoing national review.

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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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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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Data lowdown: Patient uptake of seven-day GP surgeriesSubscription

27 Jun 2017

Pulse reveals uptake data

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