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A good year for…

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GP commissioners

There were fears that a problematic transfer of budgets to GPs in April could have been one of 2013’s big stories – that it wasn’t reflects well on CCGs. 



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Professor Steve Field

Surely the only GP brave enough to take on the new role of Chief Inspector of General Practice at the CQC.





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New competition regulations affecting tendering decisions made by CCGs may or may not benefit patients, but they will certainly benefit the legal profession. 





A bad year for…

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Practice managers

CQC registration, payment chaos and the threat of staff redundancies; small wonder that recruitment agencies have seen a 12% jump in practice manager vacancies since January. 



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GP stress

An assessment of 1,800 GPs found 43% are at very high risk of burnout. Pulse’s Battling Burnout campaign remains a work in progress. 




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NHS Direct

A catastrophic rollout of NHS 111, being forced to abandon a series of contracts and finally announcing its own demise: a ‘bad year’ doesn’t quite cover it.