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New BMA guidance on primary care networks sheds light on how networks will be established
GPs will not necessarily be guaranteed cover under the new NHS indemnity scheme in England because claims will be taken up at the ‘discretion’ of the health secretary.
Failing practices and a shortage of GPs are some of the ‘truly frightening’ challenges now facing the profession across all parts of Northern Ireland, the chair of the country’s GP committee has said.
The CQC’s outgoing chief inspector of general practice has been appointed chair of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.
Exclusive Practices will have just a couple of months to join new primary care networks if they are to qualify for a significant amount of funding being invested in the organisations by NHS England.
GP workloads have been escalating for a number of years - but plans to address the problem have had little success
Exclusive Long waits between therapy sessions may be prompting patients with mental health problems to quit their treatment, leaving GPs to pick up the slack.
Rapid-response teams of GPs, nurses and physiotherapists will provide urgent care in the community and help keep patients out of hospital, under long-term plans unveiled for the NHS by the Government today.
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.
GPs who are members of the Medical Defence Union are still at risk of being held liable for historic claims once the Government's indemnity scheme is introduced in April.
Exclusive Neighbouring CCGs are bailing out Babylon's NHS host CCG as it struggles to cope financially with the rapid influx of patients.
Private GP provider Babylon has claimed its app is able to provide clinical advice to patients that is ‘on par’ with doctors, sparking criticism from GP leaders.