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News Headlines - Week Commencing 7th November 2016

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

How will the NHS cope this winter?
The headlines may be dominated by Washington politics and the Brexit debate, but NHS managers are focusing on one issue above others - the winter and what it will mean for already stretched services. 

GP federation set to merge into 113,000-patient super-practice
Suffolk GP Federation has scaled down an ambition to create a 540,000-patient mega GP partnership, deciding instead to form a single super-partnership with almost 113,000 patients.

CQC acting like medieval 'robber baron' over fee hikes, warns former GPC negotiator
Derbyshire LMC has demanded that the BMA launches a formal dispute with the government over the CQC's 'unfair and unjustifiable' decision to sharply increase fees it charges to GPs for regulation for the second year in a row.

NHS hospital trusts are on course to overshoot their budgets by £850m this year, more than three times the deficit health service bosses said was acceptable, research has shown.
Junior doctors lift strike threat and pledge to work with Government 
Junior doctors have lifted all threat of strike action and pledged to work with the Government to help introduce a controversial new contract.
A senior London GP has launched a petition calling for CQC inspections on general practice to be suspended to give GPs more time to care for patients.

Government lacks 'clear vision' on GP services, MSPs say
The Scottish government does not have "a clear vision" about the future of GP services and primary care, Holyrood's health committee has said.

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