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News Headlines - Week Commencing 14th November 2016

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

STP plans to cut GP numbers by a fifth and merge practices
Under proposals drawn up by local NHS and council leaders GP numbers will fall, while practices will be expected to employ a greater range of new staff. Practices could also be merged to create larger organisations or integrated into foundation trusts.

NHS patients being put 'at risk' because of cybersecurity flaws
A lack of investment by seven NHS trusts and systems which are out of date mean online security is weak, say experts.

GP patient contacts increase by 10%, survey suggests
GP practices responding to a snapshot survey have seen a 10% increase in patient contacts in the first half of 2016/17, compared to the same time two years ago.

New NHS England guidance put in place to support whistleblowers states that all primary care providers should instate a named individual as their ‘Freedom to Speak Up Guardian’ by September 2017.

Winter pressures could 'overwhelm' GP surgeries, a leading medical body has warned
A leading organisation is calling on the Welsh Government to introduce an “emergency indemnity package” so GPs can temporarily increase their hours during periods of high pressure.

QOF results are misrepresenting COPD care in primary care, report warns
High QOF scores have provided 'false assurance' on the quality of COPD services in primary care and steps must be made to improve diagnosis and treatment of the disease, according to a report.

Patients 'will suffer unless NHS budget rises'
Patients in England will see rising waiting times, rationing and cuts in the number of staff unless the NHS gets more money, health bosses say.

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