A round up of this week's primary care headlines. Online registration to some sources may be required.
Government Urged to Let NHS Off Overseas Worker FeeHealth unions have backed the NHS to be made exempt from the new Immigration Skills Charge, which will be coming into effect in April.GPs left 'in limbo' as CQC misses 50-day rating target for 39% of practicesFewer than two in three practices received their CQC report within the target 50 days after their inspection, according to the latest official figures, with GP leaders warning the drawn-out process is leaving practice staff 'in limbo'.
Pressure increases on CCGs to meet GP access targetsThe Government has stepped up the pressure on clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to meet its targets for GP access in England, particularly for patients aged 75 and over who need same-day appointments
GP recruitment crisis caused by systematic disinvestment, says consultantA public health consultant has told MSPs that "systematic disinvestment" in GP services has caused a "recruitment crisis".Are pharmacists in GP practices just a passing fad?In 2015, NHS England began a pilot scheme to spread an estimated 450 “clinical pharmacists” across 650 GP practices.Ministers insist GP Forward View 'on track' as MPs hit out over GP crisisPlans to increase overall GP funding to more than £12bn by 2020/21 under the GP Forward View remain on track, health ministers have told MPs.
NHS is facing 'mission impossible' warns the man who represents NHS hospitalsThe NHS is facing "mission impossible" to deliver on next year's performance targets and budget savings, one of its bosses has said.
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