News Headlines - Week Commencing 19th October 2015

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

Fears over plans for 'cut price' NHS nurses
The Royal College of Nursing has expressed alarm over plans for a new type of assistant nurse, which they say would jeopardise safety, by trying to provide care "on the cheap"

Practices with smaller list size perform worse in CQC inspections
The average practice rated 'inadequate' by the CQC has a list size just half the size of the average 'outstanding' practice, GPonline can reveal, as senior GPs warn that smaller practices are buckling under bureaucratic pressures.

GPs 'unfairly punished' on funding, BMA tells DDRB
The Government’s funding restraints are ‘unfairly punishing’ GPs at a time when they are working ‘harder than ever’, the BMA has said.

CCG paying £70k to check health of patients treated by ‘inadequate’ GP practice
A CCG is paying tens of thousands of pounds for patients to get their health checked after their single-handed GP practice was rated inadequate by the CQC.

CQC issues sepsis deaths warning in NHS trust report
Too many patients are still dying at an under-performing NHS trust, with double the national average rate of sepsis deaths, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has warned.

Junior doctors: 7 in 10 to leave NHS if Hunt pushes through new contract
Survey of more than 4,000 young medics shows more than 70% would move abroad, become a locum or change career.

The biggest victim of a doctors' strike would be trust in the medical profession
Industrial action could end up furthering the government’s ideologically driven plans for the NHS.

Doctors fail to co-operate with agency designed to protect public dangerous criminals
Independent report shows doctors and other NHS staff failed to show up at meetings, and even refused to help.

SNP must 'get a grip' on NHS to avoid collapse in healthcare quality, report says
NHS waiting times in Scotland have "deteriorated" in recent years at the same time as the SNP presided over a real-terms cut in the health budget, according to a damning report by the public spending watchdog.


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