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.
The government will introduce a new contract for large scale extended primary care providers, the prime minister announced today.
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.
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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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.
The government may not introduce a ‘scorecard’ for GP practice performance, as Jeremy Hunt has previously proposed, HSJ has been told.
The Care Quality Commission is to pilot assessing whole health systems as part of a move towards a more place based approach to regulation.
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.
Patients who opted out from having their GP records shared as part of the Care.data programme have been ignored by commissioners behind a pilot scheme in Southend, privacy campaigners have claimed.
A series of recommendations have been set out by a major review of primary care workforce commissioned by Health Education England.
Clinical commissioning groups would need to ‘radically evolve’ to be sustainable once new care models are developed, according to a report commissioned by the Nuffield Trust.
Nearly 600 GP practices have closed in the last five years, data seen by HSJ reveals.
A third of clinical commissioning groups with control of their primary care budgets plan to fund member GP practices to get them to form federations, HSJ has found
Jeremy Hunt has said recruiting 5,000 additional GPs would be the ‘maximum’ possible within the next five years.
There is a little appetite among clinical commissioning groups to move their member practices off the national GP pay for performance framework, despite recently being given powers to do so, HSJ has found.
The government plans to introduce financial incentives to attract GPs into under-doctored areas in a major shake-up of general practice.
NHS England has signalled it will adopt a ‘strategic approach’ in its use of a £1bn fund for primary care premises, admitting that the first year of investment had been a ‘rush’.
NHS England has instructed all clinical commissioning groups they must go to the market to procure a number of support services rather than bring them in house.
There has been a ‘boom’ in large scale GP provider organisations being set up in recent months.
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