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GPs 'not required to share sensitive records' despite new contract requirements, says NHS EnglandSubscription

10 Dec 2019 By Lea Legraien

GPs do not have to allow patients to access their full records if they contain sensitive information that can't be redacted, despite contractual requirements, NHS England has said. 

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CCG appoints providers to take over five privately-managed GP practicesSubscription

01 Nov 2019 By Anviksha Patel

A CCG in South West England has appointed new providers - including an NHS trust - to run five practices whose futures were put in jeopardy under the management of a private firm.

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CCG mergers ‘reduce the voice’ of practices, warns LMCSubscription

22 Oct 2019 By Lea Legraien

The move towards larger integrated organisations will undermine a bottom-up primary care network approach, a group of LMCs have warned. 

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NHS England approves merger of four CCGs in Cheshire Subscription

16 Oct 2019 By Karl Tomusk

Four Cheshire CCGs will merge in April 2020 following formal approval of plans by NHS England/Improvement.

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'Green prescribing' could lead to fewer GP appointments, study claimsSubscription

11 Oct 2019 By Anviksha Patel

Prescribing nature-based activities could lead to fewer GP appointments and provides value for money, a new report has concluded.

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Statistics Authority calls for explanation of £1.8bn NHS ‘new’ fundingSubscription

26 Sep 2019 By Anviksha Patel

The Office for Statistics Regulation has called on the Government to explain the new funding announcement pledged to the NHS earlier in August

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Six CCGs postpone merger after GPs reject proposalSubscription

20 Sep 2019 By Rebecca Gilroy

Six CCGs in Staffordshire have been forced to hold-off on plans to merge after GPs across the area voted strongly against the move

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Local GPs block CCG merger due to 'historical debt' issuesSubscription

18 Sep 2019

GP leaders in Staffordshire have taken steps to block the merger of their CCG with five others due to budget fears, Pulse’s sister publication Healthcare Leader has learned.

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CCGs to review IVF policy that refuses access to single womenSubscription

20 Aug 2019 By Beth Gault

Six CCGs in south east London have pledged to review their IVF policy after it emerged that they refused treatment of single women.

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Coroner urges revision of mental health referral form after 15-year-old boy diesSubscription

20 Aug 2019 By Beth Gault

A coroner has called for a review of a referral form for mental health service CAMHS after the death of a 15-year-old boy.

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Government to end 'one-size-fits-all' NHS Health ChecksSubscription

16 Aug 2019 By Beth Gault

Health secretary Matt Hancock has announced an overhaul of NHS Health Checks in a bid to put an end to ‘one-size-fits-all’ check-ups.

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