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NHS managers call for new GP contract

NHS bosses have called for the GP contract to be torn up and rewritten to include tougher contractual levers for dealing with poor performers, and incentives for GPs to work in federations.

18 March 2010

NHS appraisals website still not ‘usable’, IT chiefs admit

Thousands of GPs are still struggling to complete overdue appraisals after major technical problems with the NHS Appraisal Toolkit website, two weeks after it went back online.

18 March 2010

Complementary therapies research unit ‘to close after Royal secretary’s complaint’

A controversial academic department looking at the evidence behind the use of complementary therapies is likely to close next year amid a bitter row over its funding.

18 March 2010

Preferred provider policy could be ‘illegal’, former health minister warns

The Government's own lawyers think its policy of treating the NHS as the ‘preferred provider’ is illegal, a former health minister has claimed.

17 March 2010

PCTs gain right to unilaterally axe PMS deals

Exclusive: PCTs will be able to unilaterally terminate PMS contracts from next month under new powers handed to them by the Government, Pulse can reveal.

17 March 2010

Swine flu threat to children ‘not taken seriously’

Medical leaders have been accused of not taking the threat to young children from swine flu seriously enough, as time runs out for parents to have their under-fives vaccinated.

17 March 2010

Tories will ‘rip up’ plans to shift workload to GPs

Exclusive: The Conservatives have told Pulse they would ‘rip up’ plans by PCTs to shift huge volumes of outpatient and A&E care to GPs, claiming primary care is not equipped to cope.

17 March 2010

DH flagship walk-in centre first to close

One of the Government’s flagship first-generation walk-in centres is to close after becoming the first victim of a series of PCT reviews to determine if they are delivering value for money.

17 March 2010

Scottish GPs hit swine flu vaccination targets

Thousands of GPs in Scotland are set to qualify for relaxed patient experience QOF thresholds after achieving an average 53.2% uptake for swine flu vaccination at-risk patients under-65, exceeding the Government’s target of 50.7%.

16 March 2010

GP partners set for 5% pay cut next year

GP partner income is set to drop by thousands next year, following the Government’s decision to overrule its own pay review body.

16 March 2010