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Matt Hancock to face ‘CQC-style’ ratings from Jeremy HuntSubscription

05 Aug 2020 By Emma Wilkinson

A committee of MPs will adopt a CQC-style ratings system to judge the Government’s performance on key pledges in delivering health and social care.

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The number of GP trainees continues to rise in ScotlandSubscription

05 Aug 2020 By Emma Wilkinson

The number of GP training places accepted in Scotland has risen once more, figures for 2020 show.

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UK medicines regulator 'will consider' ban on over-the-counter codeineSubscription

05 Aug 2020 By Costanza Pearce

Exclusive The MHRA 'will consider' reclassifying ‘all opioid-based painkillers’ as prescription only, Pulse has learned.

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GPs given six weeks to claim reimbursement for Covid-related costsSubscription

05 Aug 2020 By Costanza Pearce

NHS England has published the details of its long-awaited General Practice Covid Support Fund, which it said will meet the ‘legitimate additional costs’ caused by the pandemic.

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GPs should consider home flu jabs for shielding patients, says NHSESubscription

05 Aug 2020 By

NHS England is targeting 75% uptake of flu vaccinations in at-risk groups this season, with GPs told to consider visiting shielding patients at home, while for others drive-in vaccinations are suggested.

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NHS England bids PCNs to hire 'army' of social prescribersSubscription

05 Aug 2020 By Eleanor Philpotts

NHS England wants to recruit an additional 500 social prescribing link workers, as part of plans to overcome the loneliness and isolation brought by Covid-19.

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PHE records first UK-acquired case of life-threatening tick-borne diseaseSubscription

04 Aug 2020 By

Public Health England has recorded the first UK-acquired case of a rare life-threatening illness spread by tick.

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'Flexible' GP appraisals to restart from OctoberSubscription

04 Aug 2020 By

Exclusive NHS England is restarting the GP appraisals process from 1 October this year, after these were paused in March to allow doctors to focus on the Covid-19 response.

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NHS to introduce 90-minute flu and coronavirus testsSubscription

04 Aug 2020 By

Hospitals and care homes will gain access to new tests which deliver results in 90 minutes and can tell if a patient is suffering from Covid-19 or flu, the Government has said.

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Health committee launches inquiry into NHS staff burnoutSubscription

03 Aug 2020 By Awil Mohamoud

MPs have launched an inquiry examining workforce burnout across the NHS and social care, and the system’s ability to manage staff stress amid increased pressures during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Wales increases fill rate for GP training postsSubscription

03 Aug 2020 By Helen Quinn

A marketing campaign and financial incentives have successfully boosted GP trainee recruitment, the Welsh Government has said.

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HEE to fund 250 extra FY2 posts to boost GP recruitment in 2020/21Subscription

03 Aug 2020 By Costanza Pearce

Health Education England will invest in 250 extra foundation year two training posts to help expand ‘shortage specialties’ such as general practice in 2020/21, it has said.

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