Nicola is the deputy editor at Pulse, joining the team in 2018.
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Raising the threshold income at which doctors see their tax-free pension allowance tapered, from £110,000 to £150,000, will not stop medical staff from reducing shifts, the BMA has warned in response to reports the Government is looking at the measures.
The Government’s review of doctors' pensions is underway, with the findings due to be announced in March when the details of national spending are laid out in the budget.
The RCGP has warned NHS England its network service specifications must be revised so they are ‘less prescriptive, more locally relevant and realistic’ and GPs must be given more time to respond to the consultation.
GP practices merging is leading to lower CQC ratings, the regulator’s most senior inspector of primary care services has said.
Exclusive The number of discharge summaries being sent by NHS trusts in England to GPs later than the required 24 hours has risen by 12% in the past three years despite preventative measures being brought in, a Pulse investigation has revealed.
Exclusive NHS trusts are discharging just under half of patients who do not attend their first appointment back to their GP, with some enforcing this approach as a blanket policy, a Pulse investigation has revealed.
The CQC is 'not going to be making any concessions' for GP practices during inspections, despite recently acknowledging the pressures facing the sector, the watchdog’s chief inspector of primary care has said.
Smaller practices in England receive more funding per patient on average than larger surgeries, new analysis of official figures has revealed.
Practices' funding per patient is up to 20% higher in some regions of England, new analysis of NHS figures by Pulse has shown.
Primary care networks will face a ‘big challenge’ in achieving the GP Forward View target to recruit 5,000 additional general practice staff, according to the RCGP’s incoming chair Professor Martin Marshall.
The General Medical Council has been selected to regulate physician associates, following agreement from all four UK Governments.
The number of substantive full-time equivalent GPs working in the NHS in England has continued to decline, but the GP registrar workforce has increased in size.
LMCs vote against patient charges for GP services Subscription
English LMCs have voted against bringing in patient charges for access to GPs after it was suggested the controversial measure was required to address the ’dire state of general practice’.
GPs have called for an end to the ‘outrageous’ practice by ambulance trusts of delaying emergency responses to practices.
Exclusive GPs have revealed the extent to which patients were put at risk of harm, including death, as a result of hospitals struggling to deal with winter pressures last year.
Commissioners are putting in place a range of measures to help general practice deal with winter pressures over the coming months, including funding extra GP appointments and introducing schemes that involve remote monitoring of care home patients.
Patients who need an ambulance at a GP surgery are routinely facing waits twice as long as patients who call 999 from elsewhere, a major Pulse investigation has revealed.
GPs working within primary care networks will be able to take part in a ‘shared savings’ scheme that will allow them to ‘benefit’ from efforts to reduce avoidable A&E attendances, admissions and delayed discharge.
Different legal structures must be made available to partners holding GMS and PMS contracts to mitigate the risk of unlimited liability that partners face, according to the review of the partnership model in England.
A new five-year GP contract has been agreed, with £405m of funding confirmed for 2019/20 that will in part be used to support practices to join networks.