A wasted chance for real changeSubscription
In his final editorial, Pulse editor Steve Nowottny assesses the legacy of the NHS reforms one year on
The GMC is to conduct a major review of the sanctions it issues, as part of a series of changes to the way it regulates doctors, chief executive Niall Dickson said yesterday.
The MRCGP row has left lasting damage Subscription
The past few weeks have seen some extraordinary developments in the long-running row over the MRCGP exam
The names who will define GPs’ future Subscription
Pulse’s Power 50 list shows a profession in flux, writes Pulse editor Steve Nowottny
Stop exploiting GPs’ goodwillSubscription
The benefits row is part of the wider debate about what the NHS can afford to do and what it cannot – a debate politicians must have the courage to lead, writes Pulse editor Steve Nowottny
Failing to get the basics rightSubscription
Are NHS England’s aspirational ideas for the future getting in the way of the day job, asks Pulse editor Steve Nowottny
Why GPs must be free to speak outSubscription
GPs’ professional status and independent contractor role give them a freedom to speak their mind much envied elsewhere in the NHS. But this month that freedom is under attack on two fronts.
Accountability without powerSubscription
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be a GP was very heaven. Or it felt like it, anyway, when the coalition Government came to power in the summer of 2010.
GPs sitting on CCG boards will be forced to relinquish their commissioning roles because ‘stupid’ changes to pension contributions will make locum cover effectively unaffordable for many, the chair of the Family Doctor Association has warned.
Whenever he’s asked about whatever may be the latest threat to GPs to appear over the horizon, GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman has a favourite way of responding. ‘Is it the end of general practice as we know it?’ he asks wearily. ‘It’s always the end of general practice as we know it.’
GPs must resist gagging clausesSubscription
As any number of battle-scarred PCT managers will tell you, attempting to manage GPs is very much like herding cats
If ever there was a time to fight...Subscription
It’s now more than a month since the Department of Health issued its ultimatum over the GP contract – and for many GPs, it has felt like a phoney war.
The GPC must consult the professionSubscription
Changes to the GP contract are supposed to be the result of considered negotiation, but two weeks ago GPs were hit with diktats, not deals
GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman has hit back angrily at the Government’s announcement on the GP contract, and warned practices they face a ‘threatened imposition’.
Revalidation: the unanswered questionsSubscription
The decision by health secretary Jeremy Hunt to formally approve the launch of revalidation in December is without doubt a historic one, but we’re yet to see exactly how it will turn out, writes Pulse editor Steve Nowottny
A bold plan to fight NHS privatisationSubscription
The BMA is looking at an audacious public campaign to help patients opt out of NHS care run by the private sector
Put down the Daily Mail. Ignore your complaining colleagues. If you really want an accurate picture of practice funding and GP pay, you need to read Investment in General Practice 2007/8 to 2011/12 and GP Earnings and Expenses 2010/11