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