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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.
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.
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.
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.
GPs have called for an end to the ‘outrageous’ practice by ambulance trusts of delaying emergency responses to practices.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
GP workload is rising to the point where it is ‘verging on unmanageable’ and in some regions of the country may be putting patients at risk, the chair of the Government’s GP partnership review has been told by the profession.
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.
Exclusive Funding for local enhanced services and other local GP initiatives has failed to rise significantly in recent years, with local commissioners having set aside just 1.3% of their own budgets for these activities in 2018/19, Pulse can reveal.
The Prime Minister announced a £20bn funding boost just ahead of the NHS’s 70th birthday – but there are questions around how much GPs will benefit. Nicola Merrifield and Emma Rosser investigate
Nicola Merrifield examines the GP issues Matt Hancock will need to address
Health education bosses have drawn up an agreement with a Caribbean medical school to encourage graduates to take up general practice and psychiatry training in the NHS in England.
The target number of GP trainees recruited every year in England may rise to above 3,250, as a result of talks taking place between workforce planning officials.
The Government and NHS England are ‘serious’ about reforming the partnership model to improve it for GPs, despite previous suggestions that it should be removed altogether, the head of the group reviewing the model has said.
Exclusive Small GP practices are least likely to receive NHS England resilience funding, despite accounting for the majority of closures over recent years, Pulse can reveal.