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News Headlines - Week Commencing 13th March 2017

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

CQC fees for GP Practice Inspections to Rise Again in April
Controversial regulatory body the CQC is raising fees by up to 76% for GP practices from April 1st. However, practice managers will be relieved to hear that the money will be reimbursed by CCGs following negotiations around the latest GP contract.

CQC 'outstanding' rating up to five times more likely for practices outside London
Practices in the north and east of England are five times more likely to be rated outstanding by CQC inspectors than those in London, exposing a 'history of lack of investment' in the city.

GPs struggling to access digital funding, NHS England told
GPs are increasingly being denied access to digital funding with no clarity about available money for IT, a letter to NHS England claims.

Scottish gov to stream extra £71m into general practice
General practice in Scotland will benefit from an extra £250 million a year by 2021 under wider plans to raise overall annual funding for primary care by £500 million, Scottish health secretary Shona Robison has confirmed.

GP practices could merge into 1,500 'super hubs' under NHS reforms
Thousands of GP practices across England could be closed as general practice provision shifts into 1,500 super hubs delivering care for populations of around 40,000 patients, a health minister has suggested.

Health And Safety Warning For Digital Doctors
“Our ‘on-demand’ society is currently witnessing a growing portfolio of apps and digital solutions to help tackle long waiting times for patients and reduce the pressure on the NHS. 

Constant restructuring of NHS is demoralising staff, survey finds
The number of NHS reorganisations in recent years is a key reason for the health service’s struggle to retain staff, a poll has found.


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