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GP appointments in April down by 27% compared with last yearSubscription

28 May 2020 By Eleanor Philpotts

The number of GP appointments in England declined by more than six million in April 2020 compared with the same point in 2019, representing a 27% drop.

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NHS updates guidance on BAME Covid-19 risk but ‘unable’ to endorse scoring toolSubscription

28 May 2020 By

NHS England has released updated guidance on how employers can assess the risk to black, Asian and minority ethnic workers from Covid-19, but has stopped short of endorsing a specific scoring tool.

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GPs make 13% of referrals to NHS Covid-19 volunteer service Subscription

28 May 2020 By Eleanor Philpotts

GPs are making one in seven of all referrals to the NHS's volunteer service for helping vulnerable patients during the Covid-19 pandemic, as self-referrals have increased in recent weeks.

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Number of fully qualified FTE GPs drops by 2.5% in a yearSubscription

28 May 2020 By

The number of fully qualified full-time equivalent GPs dropped by 2.5% from March 2019 to March 2020, the latest official figures show.

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Shielding patients removed from list 'without GP consultation'Subscription

28 May 2020 By Eleanor Philpotts

Patients who are shielding from coronavirus (Covid-19) are being removed from the list without prior consultation with their GP, according to charities.

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MPs call for expert review into medico-legal repercussions of pandemicSubscription

28 May 2020 By

A group of MPs, led by Dr Philippa Whitford, has called for the Government to appoint an expert committee to set out clear medico-legal guidance relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Government launches Covid-19 'test and trace' strategy across EnglandSubscription

27 May 2020 By

Anyone in England who develops symptoms should immediately order a Covid-19 test from tomorrow, as the Government launches its 'test and trace' strategy.

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GPs create own Covid-19 risk assessment tool in memory of departed colleagueSubscription

27 May 2020 By Awil Mohamoud

A group of GPs has created a Covid-19 risk assessment scoring system for general practice to help identify and redeploy the most vulnerable staff. 

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GP bureaucracy must not return after pandemic, says RCGP chair Subscription

26 May 2020 By Eleanor Philpotts

General practice bureaucracy must not return to pre-pandemic levels, the chair of the RCGP has warned.

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Antiviral drug Remdesivir approved for Covid-19 treatment in the UKSubscription

26 May 2020 By Eleanor Philpotts

The Department of Health and Social Care has approved the first medicine to treat coronavirus (Covid-19) in the UK.

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Over 300 GPs urge police to investigate Dominic CummingsSubscription

26 May 2020 By Eleanor Philpotts

A GP pressure group has written to the chief constable of Durham police urging investigation into Dominic Cummings' potential coronavirus lockdown breach.

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Hospital closes A&E due to 'high number of Covid-19 patients'Subscription

26 May 2020 By Costanza Pearce

A seaside hospital has ‘temporarily’ stopped accepting new patients, including to its A&E department, due to a ‘high number’ of patients with coronavirus in the hospital.

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