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Ros Roughton

NHS England tells GPs delayed premises projects will get full fundingSubscription

NHS England has told GP leaders that building projects using money from the first tranche of a £1bn primary care infrastructure fund will be fully funded even if they are not completed by March.

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Exclusive: Former BMA negotiator calls for ‘civil disobedience’ against CQC feesSubscription

A former British Medical Association negotiator has called for GPs to “revolt” if the Care Quality Commission implements a proposed sevenfold increase in fees, by refusing to pay the higher charges.

Alastair Burt

Exclusive: 'More control' will drive GPs to new contract, says ministerVideoSubscription

The main incentive for GPs to switch to the government’s proposed new ‘voluntary contract’ will be to gain more control over their work and more time to see patients, health minister Alistair Burt has told HSJ.

Jeremy Hunt

HSJ annual lecture: full transcriptSubscription

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt delivered the second HSJ annual lecture on Thursday night in London. Here is the full transcript.


Exclusive: GP premises fund overhauled with CCGs given controlSubscription

Clinical commissioning groups will be given responsibility for bidding for future tranches of the primary care infrastructure fund, HSJ can reveal.


NHS England: New primary care director 'subject to safeguards’Subscription

NHS England has said that one of its new directors will be subject to ‘clear safeguards’ to ensure his business interests do not conflict with his national role.

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Exclusive: 'Single definition of success' for health systems recommendedSubscription

A ‘single definition of success’ for health systems should be created in the form of a ‘single, coherent’ performance and quality framework, the King’s Fund has told the health secretary.

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Exclusive: GP ‘scorecard’ would be 'divisive', says reportSubscription

The use of single ‘scorecard’ type metrics for measuring performance in general practice would be misleading and divisive, a Department of Health commissioned report has concluded.

David Cameron

Five things we learnt from the Tory party conferenceSubscription

The Conservatives’ autumn conference came to an end this afternoon, the first it has held as the single governing party since 1996. Here are five messages NHS leaders can take from the jamboree in Manchester.

Ian Cumming

Exclusive: ‘Flawed’ perceptions of GPs impact recruitment, warns HEESubscription

Junior doctors and medical students are being put off training as GPs because of ‘fundamental flaws’ in how the profession is perceived, the chief executive of Health Education England has told HSJ.

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Prime minister announces new contract for large GP providersSubscription

The government will introduce a new contract for large scale extended primary care providers, the prime minister announced today.

Steve Field

Field: 'Nothing against' trusts taking over failing GP practicesSubscription

Chief inspector of general practice Steve Field has said he is happy for struggling GP practices to be taken over by larger providers and NHS trusts if it results in better leadership.


Analysis: GP share of NHS spending falls for third yearSubscription

The share of the total health budget spent on GP services fell for the third successive year in 2014-15, according to figures from annual accounts. This is despite national NHS leaders’ declared intention to expand primary care.

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Commissioning system analysed: Spending, staffing and leadershipSubscription

An in-depth look at how CCGs spend their money, their workforce and leadership

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NHS England to look at costs hindering primary care expansionSubscription

NHS England is looking at how to bring down financial barriers deterring GPs from taking on out of hours work, participating in new care models and expanding primary care, HSJ has learned.

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Exclusive: Hunt's GP 'scorecard' plan could be droppedSubscription

The government may not introduce a ‘scorecard’ for GP practice performance, as Jeremy Hunt has previously proposed, HSJ has been told.

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CQC to assess whole health systemsSubscription

The Care Quality Commission is to pilot assessing whole health systems as part of a move towards a more place based approach to regulation.

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Exclusive: CQC airs prospect of 'more light touch' regulationSubscription

The Care Quality Commission will begin considering whether it should move to ‘more light touch’ regulation later this year, the chief inspector of general practice has told HSJ.

Computer and stethoscope opt out ignored by commissioners, campaigners claimSubscription

Patients who opted out from having their GP records shared as part of the programme have been ignored by commissioners behind a pilot scheme in Southend, privacy campaigners have claimed.


HEE review: Primary care should be favoured for running community nursingSubscription

A series of recommendations have been set out by a major review of primary care workforce commissioned by Health Education England.