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News Headlines - Week Commencing 6th March 2017

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

GPC Northern Ireland warns new health minister must save general practice
Northern Ireland's GP leader will today warn the incoming health minister that swift action is needed to save general practice, as the country's snap general election draws to a close.

Forget your GP, robots will 'soon be able to diagnose more accurately than almost any doctor' 
Robots will soon be able to diagnose patients “more accurately and faster” than almost any doctor, says the man behind a controversial NHS scheme which will see chatbots employed to assess 111 calls.

NHS to revamp 111 helpline after sustained criticism of service
More callers will get chance to health professionals under changes to be phased in across England from next month.

£100m A&E triage schemes boost ‘better spent shoring up general practice’
The government will provide £100m of capital investment, available immediately, to support up to 100 triage projects at English A&Es in time for next winter, Philip Hammond has revealed in the Spring Budget.

Scottish GP leader demands funding commitment for 2018 contract overhaul
Scottish GPC chair Dr Alan McDevitt has called on Scotland's government to 'put words into action' and commit to higher GP funding ahead of plans to launch a far-reaching new contract next year.

Plan unveiled to try and attract more nurses to primary care
Improved training and a nationwide return-to-practice scheme to encourage more nurses back into primary care are among key recommendations in a major new report on ways to expand and revitalise general practice nursing.

Patients promised speedier access to GPs as long waits named and shamed
Patients will be promised speedier access to GPs with family doctors named and shamed for long waiting times, under new NHS plans.


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