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GPs should ‘avoid’ sending patients with Covid-19 symptoms back to NHS 111 if they have been unable to get through to NHS 111 in the first place, NHS England has said.
Patients who have assessed themselves as being in the highest clinical risk group for coronavirus, and therefore needing to shield, will need to be reviewed by GPs from this week, NHS England has said.
The CQC is to move to a system of ‘remote’ monitoring of health and care services during the outbreak of coronavirus, following its decision to suspend routine inspections.
GPs and other doctors should not examine children’s throats unless it is ‘essential’, due to the risk of transmission of coronavirus (Covid-19), the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has said.
NHS England will assume practices have met certain care improvement targets in 2019/20 under the Quality Outcomes Framework payment system, to reduce workload for GPs during the coronavirus outbreak.
GPs will be expected to carry out ‘proactive’ monitoring of some patients with coronavirus symptoms once they have been triaged by a national assessment team, new NHS England guidance has said.
GP practices in England have been forced to shut temporarily due to the deadly coronavirus, as two out of eight confirmed UK cases are understood to be GPs.
CCGs will be able to 'assign' a practice to a primary care network (PCN) if no other PCN wants to take them from April, under new contract arrangements that GPs have said will 'erode practice autonomy'.
Patients fit for discharge are to be moved out of hospital ‘urgently’ to free up beds in England, suggesting GPs will be left to care for them in the community.
All NHS clinical and patient-facing staff are to receive refresher training in looking after patients with respiratory needs in the next fortnight.
NHS staff will be offered free hotel accommodation if someone they live with has potential coronavirus symptoms, to avoid them having to self-isolate for 14 days.
Global demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) and a ban on export of the products in China is causing constraints on securing additional UK supplies, the Department of Health and Social Care has said.
The RCGP is reviewing the future of a number of job roles, with 26 posts up for redundancy.
A pharmaceutical company providing asthma inhalers has said it ‘cannot guarantee uninterrupted supply’ of one of its corticosteroid products over the next month.
Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt is to stand as a candidate to lead the Conservative party and replace prime minister Theresa May.
The General Medical Council has been selected to regulate physician associates, following agreement from all four UK Governments.
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.
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.
GP practices merging is leading to lower CQC ratings, the regulator’s most senior inspector of primary care services has said.