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News Headlines - Week Commencing 3rd April 2017

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

What Do the Five Year Forward View’s ‘Next Steps’ Mean for Primary Care?
The Five Year Forward View is NHS England’s blueprint for the future of the health service – published in October 2014, it set out a series of goals that aim to promote wellbeing and prevent ill-health. The world moves quickly though, and now a series of ‘next steps’ have been published to bring the wide-ranging plans up to date.

Existing GP model 'no longer fit for purpose', says Lords report
The small business model of general practice is 'no longer fit for purpose' according to a House of Lords report that calls on NHS England and the DH to consider 'direct employment' of GPs.

'Radical change' needed to keep NHS alive, peers say
The NHS needs a long-term plan to make up for decades of government "short-sightedness", a parliamentary report has concluded.

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.

Reliance on overseas workers could threaten future of NHS, peers warn
The NHS is far too reliant on overseas workers and staff shortages after Brexit threaten the future of the health service, a Lords committee has warned.

CQC cracks down on potentially unsafe online pharmacies
The Care Quality Commission has cracked down on potentially unsafe online prescribers that fail to carry out adequate identity checks or to review a patient’s medical history.

GP funding 'billions of pounds' short despite Forward View investment, warns GPC
General practice funding remains billions of pounds short despite an 8% real-terms rise over the past three years, the GPC has warned.


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