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Ballot on Scottish GP contract opensSubscription

07 Dec 2017 By Emma Wilkinson

A poll for GPs in Scotland to vote on the proposed new contract is now open.

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LMC calls for regional breakdown on Scottish contract voteSubscription

05 Dec 2017 By Emma Wilkinson

Highland LMC has warned that there is a split in Scotland between rural and urban practices, and is calling for a regional breakdown of the upcoming poll on the new GP contract.

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Half of patients missed one or more appointment over three yearsSubscription

04 Dec 2017 By

Nearly half of patients that took part in a Scottish study on missed GP appointments have missed one or more appointments in the last three years.

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Scottish contract on a knife edge as GPs split 50:50 on new directionSubscription

30 Nov 2017 By

GPs in Scotland are undecided about which way they will vote on the new contract, a Pulse survey has revealed.

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BMA 'alive to the issue' that Scottish GPs could be taxed as salariedSubscription

17 Nov 2017 By , Emma Wilkinson

Exclusive The BMA and Scottish Government may have to tinker with the new contract to stop GPs being taxed as employees, the GPC has admitted.

All Scotland news

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What GPs are saying about the Scottish GP contract voteSubscription

18 Jan 2018

Reaction from historic ballot

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Why I have voted ‘yes’ to the proposed Scottish contract Subscription

04 Jan 2018

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Pulse's news quiz of the year - you could win a John Lewis hamper!Subscription

15 Dec 2017 By

Review 2017 and enter our prize draw for GPs

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Bah! We’re all completely scroogedSubscription

06 Dec 2017


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A new contract is born, but is it Scottish GPs' saviour?Subscription

30 Nov 2017

Scottish ‘Blue Book’ contains a deal that could revolutionise the GP profession, find Jaimie Kaffash and Emma Wilkinson

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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

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

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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Wales to implement flu outbreak DESSubscription

20 Jan 2018 By Julia Gregory

The BMA in Wales has agreed a flu outbreak DES with the Welsh government in the wake of the growing number of flu cases, the chair of the Wales GP Committee announced today.

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Move hospital staff into general practice to deal with flu, RCGP saysSubscription

25 Oct 2017 By Emma Wilkinson

RCGP Wales has called on the Government to implement urgent measures to increase capacity in general practice ahead of potentially crippling winter pressures.

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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

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.

All Wales news