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News Headlines - Week Commencing 25th July 2016

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

Hundred million one-week GP appointment waits by 2020, RCGP warns
Patients will be waiting over a week for a GP appointment on almost a hundred million occasions by 2020 if current trends continue, the RCGP has warned.

Forward View ‘guarantee’ needed to stop crisis in general practice
Reforms designed to make general practice sustainable must be delivered by the new government, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has said, as it warned that cases of patients having to wait more than a week to see a GP could reach almost 100 million in five years.

Post-code lottery warning as a third of GP contract funding managed by CCGs
Just £5.3bn of around £7.6bn in funding allocated to primary care services in 2015/16 was directly delivered by the national commissioning body, NHS England's accounts show.

Why is the NHS paying £161 MILLION for pills we buy for pennies in the high street?
Doctors in England spent MILLIONS on paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin and codeine phosphate in 2015, despite them being available in shops for pennies.

Robot doctors will perform one in three surgeries within five years to help exhausted medics, claim experts
Cancer treatment, urology, gynecology and gastroenterology ops increasingly performed by mechanical surgeons - but at £1m a machine they don't come cheap

Practice staff put at risk after two-week delay in removing violent patient
Practice staff have been put at risk after a breakdown in primary care support procedures delayed the removal of a violent patient who had assaulted a GP from the practice list for two weeks.

Creeping privatisation of healthcare is damaging the NHS, study finds
Massive expansion of private healthcare provision in NHS is 'far too radical an experiment' that could go 'catastrophically wrong', expert warns

NHS unveils first phase of GP resilience funding, indemnity deal and MCP contract
NHS England has released the first tranche of a £40m funding package to help struggling practices, along with a deal to cut GP indemnity costs, a new contract to help practices work at scale and funding to help practices receive new training and development support.

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