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The General Medical Council has been selected to regulate physician associates, following agreement from all four UK Governments.
Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt is to stand as a candidate to lead the Conservative party and replace prime minister Theresa May.
Negotiations between GP leaders and the Welsh Government over a cut to the global sum to pay for the state-backed indemnity scheme are ongoing, with a decision expected to be ‘reached shortly’.
The HPV vaccine is to be offered to boys aged 12 to 13 in Northern Ireland to protect them against related cancers.
GP practices in Scotland will receive the full funding required to cover the increase in employers pensions contributions, the BMA has said.
The BMA and RCGP have denied approving a letter telling GPs not to issue fit notes to patients who have been deemed fit for work by benefits assessors, but have admitted they may have seen it.
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.
GP workloads have been escalating for a number of years - but plans to address the problem have had little success
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.
The CQC’s outgoing chief inspector of general practice has been appointed chair of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.
GPs should prescribe shorter courses of antibiotics, with the expectation that patients will return if they are still not well, Public Health England’s antibiotics lead has said.
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.
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.
New BMA guidance on primary care networks sheds light on how networks will be established
The online providers disrupting the marketSubscription
Private digital firms are posing a threat to traditional general practice
Exclusive Private online providers are creating competition between NHS practices that is threatening the loss of both patients and staff and could lead to practice closures, GPs have warned.
The Hurley Group's tool for online consultations has been rolled out to 17 CCGs under NHS England's £45m fund.
How technology is changing the GP consultationSubscription
Digital innovation is proceeding apace, but concerns persist. Nicola Merrifield reports
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 Long waits between therapy sessions may be prompting patients with mental health problems to quit their treatment, leaving GPs to pick up the slack.