News Headlines - Week Commencing 28th September 2015

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

Half of PM’s seven-day GP access pilots have cut opening hours
The Prime Minister’s flagship scheme to extend GP access appears to be rapidly running out of steam.

CQC to reduce inspections on GP practices rated outstanding
The CQC is developing a 'more mature' regulatory process that will see 'outstanding' practices visited less frequently than those given lower ratings.

Health secretary prescribes a more positive image of general practice
Health Secretary Shona Robison has addressed issues facing doctors.

Government must not ignore historic junior doctor protests
Thousands of young doctors joined protests at Westminster on Monday over plans to impose a new contract on junior doctors amid fears the move could cut GP trainee pay by a third.

GPs 'should become more militant'
GP negotiators should be able to take a more militant stance in negotiations with the Government.

Junior doctors contract row: an explainer
The health secretary and the British Medical Association are at loggerheads over contract changes and strike action is being threatened – how did it come to this?

QOF to be removed in Scotland by 2017, promises health minister
The Scottish Government has commmitted to completely removing QOF from the GP contract by 2017, the minister for health in Scotland announced today.

New RCGP vice-chair Professor Kamila Hawthorne keen to promote GP careers
Professor Kamila Hawthorne's new role as joint vice-chair of RCGP council comes with the key responsibility of professional development for GPs.

GP job dissatisfaction and stress at highest levels for a decade
Stress and job dissatisfaction among GPs are at their highest levels for over a decade, with more than a third expecting to quit the profession within the next five years, a report has found.

SNP guarantees protection of junior doctors’ pay
Shona Robison has offered a “cast iron” guarantee not to cut junior doctors’ pay in Scotland.


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