Primary Care News
Low rates of reporting patient safety incidents in general practice are to be investigated by NHS England, the organisation’s director of patient safety has told HSJ.
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.
Commissioners across England will be able to access general practice information linked with secondary care data from the autumn, NHS England’s chief data officer has told HSJ.
Family doctors are “unable” to deliver safe care due to time and resource limits, the chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners has warned.
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.
The new non emergency NHS advice line is “steadily improving” health officials have said.