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News Headlines - Week Commencing 10th April 2017

A round up of this week's primary care headlines. Online registration to some sources may be required.

Majority of GP practices rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ in latest round of CQC inspections
The most recent round of inspections by the Care Quality Commission has seen the majority of practices rated as either good or outstanding. More than 100 of the 131 practices received positive ratings, with five being classed as outstanding.

Small practices could face premises funding cuts to 'force pace' of NHS reform
NHS commissioners could cut premises reimbursement for practices that do not fit with future NHS strategy to 'force the pace' of moves to larger primary care units.

GP crisis: Almost 40 per cent of doctors thinking of quitting
Almost forty per cent of GPs will quit within five years, an extraordinary survey that exposes the huge pressures primary care doctors are facing suggests.

150% rise in patients forced to move GP practice as closures hit record levels
More than a quarter of a million patients in England were forced to move GP surgery last year, despite NHS England launching a £500m ‘turnaround package’ year designed to alleviate the crisis in general practice.

GP practices to get in-house pharmacists
NHS England has announced that more GP practices across England are to get new, surgery-based clinical pharmacists to help with routine medication and treatment.

NHS invests £2.1m to drive new primary care technology
The NHS has given its backing to a programme led by SBRI Healthcare that will see £2.1m invested into innovative technologies to improve general practice

Closure of record numbers of GP practices forces 250,000 patients to go elsewhere
Record numbers of GP practices are closing, following a rise in the number of doctors retiring early ahead of a tax clampdown on pension pots, new figures show.


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