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News Headlines - Week Commencing 11th April 2016

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

NHS considers hiring GPs from India due to rising workload
Education bosses sign ‘memorandum of understanding’ with Indian hospital chain that could lead to flow of staff into the UK.

New campaign compels GPs to 'take a break'
GP leaders have launched a new campaign designed to encourage GPs to take a break before reaching breaking point.

Improvements promised after Pitsea's Dipple Surgery is branded 'inadequate' by inspectors
The CQC ruled last month that the Dipple Surgery, Wickford Avenue, was inadequate in five out of six areas.

NHS 'spending millions each year on prescriptions for over-the-counter items'
Household brands such as Vaseline, Rennie, Strepsils, Benadryl and Bazuka account for hundreds of thousands of prescriptions every year.

Nurses could safely take half of GPs' appointments, says thinktank
Reform argues letting practice nurses deal with more minor ailments could relieve strain on GPs and save £700m.

Extend crown indemnity to practice nurses to ease GP workload, says NHS Alliance
Crown indemnity cover should be extended to practice nurses to help GPs manage workload, a primary care nursing expert has warned.

Insurers could halve cost of GP indemnity
Encouraging more insurance companies into the GP indemnity market alongside medical defence organisations (MDOs) could halve soaring costs for general practice, insurers have claimed.

Super Surgery set for Monday launch
The relocation of two of Newbury’s biggest surgeries into one super surgery will take place this weekend.

Doctors plan £400k extension so surgery can treat more patients
A doctors’ practice is planning a £400,000 extension so that more patients can be seen more quickly.

London GPs declare 'state of emergency' as general practice faces rising pressure
London GP leaders will declare a 'state of emergency' for the service in the capital today, and call on practices to 'push back' against non-core demand.

NHS in £2.4bn funding boost for GP services in England
The rescue package will see an extra £2.4bn a year ploughed into services by 2020 - a rise of 14% once inflation is taken into account.

NICE puts spotlight on variation in high-risk prescribing and monitoring tests in general practice
NICE has highlighted evidence pointing to a wide variation in potentially high-risk prescribing and the provision of monitoring tests in general practice.

Thieving GP practice manager must pay back just £100 of £90k she stole
A DEVIZES doctor's practice has been left more than £90,000 worse off after thieving practice manager Carolanne Spence was ordered to pay back just £100.


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