News Headlines - Week Commencing 21st September 2015

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

Seven-day NHS could ease cost of GP indemnity
A properly funded seven-day NHS could ease the rising cost of GP indemnity, argues Chris Kenny.

Jeremy Hunt rules out 31% GP trainee pay cut, but RCGP doubts remain
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said there is 'no question of removing incentives to enter GP training'.

UK students excluded from UK medicine degree
A medicine degree course at a UK university is not open to students from the UK - only overseas students are allowed to apply.

Practices presented with 'management charges' of up to £70k and threatened with debt-collection agencies
GP practices are facing a doubling of management charges worth up to £70k by NHS Property Services to maintain their premises.

'It's getting worse': Doctors raise serious concerns about the future of GP surgeries in Wales
Almost 30 practices have been handed back to health boards in Wales during the last five years

York GPs shock bosses with declaration of "no confidence" - as two officials head to USA on taxpayers' expense
York's GPs have said they have no confidence in senior NHS managers after controversial plans to avoid a multimillion pound black hole were revealed.

'GP networks' proposal to combat major shortage of doctors
Plans to create networks of GPs are being considered for towns across the East Riding to prevent shortages of family doctors.

Junior contract changes would scupper GP recruitment plans
The Royal College of GPs has demanded a ‘cast iron guarantee’ from Jeremy Hunt that he will not allow his proposals to impose the new contract on junior doctors to adversely affect the pay and conditions of GP trainees – as otherwise, said the College, the government would miss its target of recruiting 5,000 new GPs.

GP investment rose 3% in England last year, data reveal
Investment in general practice increased 3% last year in England, faster than the other three UK nations, official figures show.

Patients have to wait for doctor appointments as GP crisis deepens
Patients at Fordingbridge Surgery are being warned of longer delays to see doctor's as GP numbers tumble in England as recruitment crisis bites.


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