Primary Care News
HSJ has updated its comprehensive interactive map of the reformed NHS commissioning system, showing critical details about the new organisations.
GPs should be ultimately responsible for out-of-hours care - even if they don’t personally provide it, the health secretary has said.
Jeremy Hunt has backed plans for a chief inspector of general practice, to be based in the Care Quality Commission.
NHS Clinical Commissioners, which represents a large number of clinical commissioning groups, has said GP “workloads are at breaking points and GPs are ready to buckle under the strain”, which will affect willingness to take part in commissioning.
Doctors’ leaders have criticised the health secretary after he highlighted poor access to general practice and out of hours as a factor in high emergency care demand.
Half of clinical commissioning groups have no conditions at all on their authorisation, the NHS Commissioning Board has said, days before they take control.
GP out-of-hours providers have been drafted in to handle calls which were due to be received by the new NHS 111 service across the North West and West Midlands, HSJ has learned.
GP funding is being “stretched to the limits”, the Royal College of GPs has said, predicting that the money allocated to family doctors will fall by nearly £200m over the next three years.
Cancer patients face “wide and persistent” variations in survival rates depending on where they live, officials said.
There is an “alarming variation” across the country in the numbers of asthma patients who are admitted to hospitals after suffering from an asthma attack, a charity has said.