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GP commissioners ‘can close NHS productivity gap’

The Government’s plans to overhaul the NHS and hand GPs commissioning powers are key to helping the health service to improve productivity and deliver better value for money – but only if they are incentivised, according to the King’s Fund.

21 July 2010

Quadrivalent vaccine offers women ‘sustained protection’

Quadrivalent HPV vaccine provides at least four years of ‘sustained protection’ against cervical lesions and substantially reduces the burden of disease, according to the results of two studies in the British Medical Journal.

21 July 2010

GP leaders set to launch model contract for commissioning consortiums

Exclusive: Lawyers have revealed GP consortiums will be responsible for setting terms and conditions for local practices, amid claims a model contract is needed to avoid complete chaos.

21 July 2010

NICE to provide guidance on GP referrals

NICE is set to wade into the debate on GP referrals by publishing guidelines on thresholds for referral from primary to secondary care.

20 July 2010

Mobile phone giant unveils plans for patient records

Mobile phone giant O2 has launched plans to provide electronic records for patients in a move which looks set to accelerate the winding up of the national Summary Care Record.

20 July 2010

GMC updates web-tool to address GP legal concerns

The General Medical Council has released additional support for doctors struggling to apply their Good Medical Practice guidance over in 'real-life' situations.

20 July 2010

Buckman: Government plans could pose ‘major threat’ to traditional general practice

The Government’s overhaul of the NHS could present a ‘major threat’ to the current model of general practice, and open the door for mass privatisation, the GPC has warned.

20 July 2010

Government publishes plans for national outcome targets for GPs

The Government has unveiled plans for a series of national outcome goals to help judge GPs’ performance as part of its radical plans to revamp the NHS.

20 July 2010

‘Alarming uncertainty’ over costs in personal budget pilots

NHS managers running the personal health budgets pilots are struggling to engage GPs and estimate suitable budgets for the flagship scheme, according to a Department of Health evaluation.

19 July 2010

White Paper could ‘force all GPs onto short-term APMS-style contracts’

Exclusive: The Government’s pledge to develop a single funding model for general practice could open the door for the use of short-term APMS-style contracts, that GPs would have to re-tender for every five years, the NHS Alliance has warned.

19 July 2010