News Headlines - Week Commencing 31th August 2015

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

Practice immediately shut down after CQC found non-qualified individual taking consultations
The CQC took the unusual step to close a GP practice immediately, after discovering that it was putting patients at ‘serious risk of harm.

NHS England plans to be ‘paper-free’ by end of decade
Under proposals to be outlined on Tuesday, patients will also be able to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and access their GP records using NHS smartphone apps.

CQC overhauls its intelligent monitoring system after GP feedback
The CQC has 'refreshed' its intelligent monitoring scheme, which now highlights areas of 'variation for further inquiry' rather than implying 'risky' practice following feedback from GPs.

Scottish Labour slams SNP over trainee GP posts
Almost one in five trainee GP posts are vacant this year, according to figures obtained by Scottish Labour.

South Cumbria lead GP says public should take ownership of health system
AN impassioned plea has been issued to the public to take ownership of their healthcare system.

CQC praises three Hull GP practices
Three GP surgeries in Hull have been praised for giving thousands of patients effective and caring medical services.

GPC 'happy to discuss' extending GP access where there is need, says Nagpaul
The GPC is ‘happy to discuss’ extending access, but will not agree to blanket seven-day access to GP practices regardless of local circumstances.

Ashfield Medical Centre ruled ‘inadequate’ by Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Ashfield Medical Centre in Sutton was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in March, who found there were a number of improvements to be made.

NHS uses Facebook advert to bring GPs back from overseas
NHS officials in Scotland are advertising general practice careers through social media to urge GPs working abroad to come back to the UK, in a bid to tackle the workforce crisis.

Hundreds gather to voice anger following GP practice closure
Hundreds of people have been voicing their anger about the closure of Harbottle GP practice in rural Northumberland.


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