News Headlines - Week Commencing 30th November 2015

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

Small surgeries set to close due to problems with working at scale
Three Midlands GP surgeries are having to close branches because they are unable to operate on a small scale in ‘modern general practice’.

'Time for GPs to stop moaning and start promoting general practice'
Work in the NHS is tough and responses from colleagues to my article on the 'Top ten reasons to be an NHS GP' reflected the times in which we work.

How much more am I going to have to pay the CQC?
GPs face covering the full cost of inspections – an increase of £15k in fees for some. Jaimie Kaffash and Joe Davis report.

GP practices to reduce appointments on junior strike days
Some practices will reduce routine appointments to patients on the junior doctor strike days.

Huge surge in GP collaboration to deliver services at scale
Three out of four GPs now work in collaborative arrangements.

GP funding formula a 'problem' for NHS inequalities
GPs in Scotland’s deprived areas do not receive adequate funding to match their increased clinical demand, research has found.

General practice is on the brink of crisis
Primary care provides 90 per cent of the consultations in the NHS yet only gets 8 per cent of the budget.
Earlier this year I released a report titled ‘Access to GP care’ which focused on the looming crisis facing general practice in London. At the time I called it ‘the report which is ringing the warning bells’.

Quarter of CCGs have plans for reinvesting withdrawn PMS premium funds
Around a quarter of CCGs have drawn up proposals for how they will spend hundreds of millions of pounds withdrawn from PMS practices from March, a GPonline investigation has revealed.

 


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