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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.
GP practices in Scotland will receive the full funding required to cover the increase in employers pensions contributions, the BMA has said.
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.
New BMA guidance on primary care networks sheds light on how networks will be established
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.
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.
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.
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.
Exclusive GP practices are being offered video consultation technology for free by a private provider in exchange for ‘communication’ with NHS patients by the company about its prescription services.
Virtual GP appointments can be used to deal with ‘about 85%’ of all consultations, the medical director of online service Babylon has claimed as he is named the most influential GP in the UK by Pulse.
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