A round up of this week's primary care headlines. Online registration to some sources may be required.
Two surgeries placed into special measures by CQC inspectors The Care Quality Commission carried out both investigations separately last month and rated each practice as "inadequate".
Largest-ever merger creates 275,000-patient super-practice It’s been reported nationally that over one third of GPs in Fife are struggling cope with their workloads and there has been a fall-off in recruitment, because not enough GPs are being trained.
GPs on new contract will still have to record QOF, Hunt tells Pulse GP practices will still have to record QOF activity under the new contract.
Another blow to patients in Prestatyn as second GP surgery terminates contract More than 20,000 patients could be left without a GP after a second practice opted to terminate its contract with the health board.
One in four GP appointments avoidable, report finds The Making Time in General Practice Study, by the NHS Alliance and Primary Care Foundation, concludes that 27% of appointments could be avoided.
Doctors' contract changes in England could lead to recruitment surge in Scotland Around 100 junior doctors staged a lively protest in Glasgow’s George Square last night in a show of support for medics south of the border battling “unsafe” changes.
Practices to be relieved of almost all care home patients under CCG plansPractices in one area will see three-quarters of care home patients removed from their lists under a CCG’s plans to create a ’virtual GP practice’ dedicated to care home residents.
NHS Devon's new prescribing app up for national awardA new mobile phone app devised in Devon to help doctors access up to date prescribing guidance has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
GP practice in special measures first to be shut down by CQC after failing to improveA GP practice in Liverpool has become the first to be closed down by the CQC after failing to improve during six months on its special measures programme.
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