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Scottish Conservatives warn of GP ‘brain drain’ Subscription

23 Oct 2017 By Emma Wilkinson

As many as 3,000 doctors have left Scotland to work abroad since 2008, figures released by the Conservative Party suggest.

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Scottish GPs to access NHS-run 'treatment rooms' for procedural tasksSubscription

11 Oct 2017 By Emma Wilkinson

GPs in Scotland will have access to prescribing and treatment room services and a chronic disease monitoring team to reduce their workload under plans being drawn up as part of the new contract.

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MSPs warn Holyrood of general practice being 'tomorrow's disaster' across ScotlandSubscription

06 Oct 2017 By Emma Wilkinson

MSPs from across Scotland have warned of the perilous state of general practice during a debate on GP recruitment and retention.

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Scottish contract details to be released in early November, GPC saysSubscription

04 Oct 2017

Full details of the new Scottish GP contract, including funding arrangements, are likely to be released to the profession in early November after negotiators confirmed they were making ‘good progress’.

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Budget sets aside £7.5m for GP ‘cluster’ workingSubscription

23 Feb 2017 By Iona Twaddell

The Scottish Government has announced £7.5m to support GP practices working closer together in ‘GP clusters’.

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‘We’re trying to build the future’Subscription

25 Nov 2016

The champion of practices in deprived areas speaks with Iona Twaddell

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Scottish GPC chair: 'General practice might not survive'

11 Mar 2016

Highlights from the Scottish LMCs Conference 

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Labour calls for £500m winter bailout fund for the NHSSubscription

26 Sep 2017 By

The NHS needs £500m to shore it up against looming winter pressures, Labour’s shadow health secretary will say today.

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Three GPs elected MPs as Dr Louise Irvine steals chunk of Hunt majoritySubscription

09 Jun 2017 By Carolyn Wickware

GP Dr Paul Williams has won his bid to unseat the Conservative Party in his constituency of Stockton South, while two other GPs held their seats following last night’s general election results.

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Green Party pledges to increase general practice funding by 80%Subscription

17 May 2017 By Carolyn Wickware

Exclusive A Green Party Government would increase spending on general practice by 80%, a party spokesperson has revealed

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Focus on health – not Brexit – urges the BMA in its election manifestoSubscription

02 May 2017 By Sally Nash

The BMA has launched its election manifesto with a message for politicians not to duck the NHS crisis and allow ‘Brexit’ to dominate the campaign in the weeks ahead.

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New BMA negotiator to take on firearms licensing row with the GovernmentSubscription

16 Jan 2017 By

Exclusive Former GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden has been appointed head of the BMA’s professional fees committee after members raised issue with the way it handled negotiations over firearms licensing.

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Welsh budget agreement makes no provision for general practiceSubscription

04 Oct 2017 By Emma Wilkinson

A new 2-year, £210m budget deal agreed by the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru includes £40 million for mental health and £7m for undergraduate medical training in North Wales, but makes no provision for general practice.

The deal, which is necessary because the Labour Government doesn’t have a majority in the Assembly, includes funding for a number of infrastructure projects plus ’a £40m boost for mental health funding over 2 years’.

But RCGP Wales chair Dr Rebecca Payne has said it is ‘deeply disappointing’ that the budget makes no provision for general practice, and called on the Welsh Government to ‘back up words with action’ and invest 11% of the NHS budget in general practice.

‘This budget is a missed opportunity,’ she said.

‘The Government know that health and social care services have to change to meet the needs of our population.

‘This means that care will move away from hospitals and will instead be delivered within the community, closer


GPs with special interest to play key role in new Welsh gender identity serviceSubscription

25 Aug 2017 By Melissa Jacobs

A network of GPs with a specialist interest in gender identity healthcare will be set up in Wales to help transgender people access the care they need closer to home, the Welsh Government has announced.

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GP leaders issue guidance amid a flurry of practice closuresSubscription

05 May 2017 By Emma Wilkinson

GP leaders in Wales have set out to help practices finding themselves with 'no way out', amid a raft of new closures.

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LMC negotiates QOF opt-out for GP practices until April Subscription

02 Feb 2017 By

GP practices in Leeds have been given permission to drop the majority of QOF for the rest of this reporting year to free up ‘headroom and clinical capacity’.

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Save GPs left as 'last man standing', GPC tells NHSSubscription

22 Nov 2016 By Emma Wilkinson

Exclusive GP leaders across the country are calling on commissioners to step in to save ‘last-man-standing’ practices by taking on premises leases, redundancy payments and employment rights.

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