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What made the headlines in 2015

1. GP trainee died by suicide after fearing GMC suspension

Dr James Halcrow was voted ‘Trainee GP of the Year’, but died after fearing he would be struck off by the GMC for failing an alcohol test.

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2. Professor Steve Field says GPs have ‘failed as a profession’

The CQC’s chief inspector of general practice said that he was ‘ashamed’ to be a GP at times because of the care being offered by some practices, in an interview with the Daily Mail.

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3. GPs told to carry out review of patients taking pregabalin ‘as soon as possible’

CCGs issued guidance in March to GPs instructing them to carry out an urgent review of patients taking pregabalin following a High Court ruling.

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Prescription Form 330×170 JClaxton – online


4. GPs should move away from ‘mentality’ of clocking off at 7pm, says Hunt

The health secretary called for a move away from ‘gatekeepers’ who think it’s not their problem to deal with patients after ‘the surgery closes at 7 o’clock’.

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5. GPs’ diagnostic skills could be obsolete within 20 years, says Hunt

The health secretary again caused controversy after saying at a fringe session at the Conservative party conference that Silicon Valley tech ‘gurus’ were confident diagnosis by humans would be obsolete within two decades.

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