The medical records of almost 50 million NHS hospital patients have been sold for insurance purposes, it has been reported.
More than 34 million people will this year fail to get an appointment with their GP when they seek one, the Royal College of General Practitioners has claimed.
Around 100 GP practices could be forced to close due to cuts in national funding, leaving patients in rural areas without a GP, doctors’ leaders have warned.
General practice remains overwhelmingly dominated by providers on single sites with small lists, providing little beyond “core” services, HSJ analysis reveals.
GPs should take responsibility for out of hospital community services for patients under their registered lists, according to a report by the King’s Fund.
GP leaders are warning of a “crisis of public confidence” in an NHS scheme set up to share details from people’s medical records.
NHS England is looking into how clinical commissioning groups can co-commission primary care, its deputy medical director has revealed.
Patient care is being compromised by a “chronic lack of investment” in GPs, leading family doctors have warned.
Roughly one in eight doctors’ surgeries are now “research ready” after signing up to an initiative encouraging GPs and their patients to get involved in primary care research.
NHS data chiefs have raised “concerns in respect to the governance arrangements” of the pioneering care.data project, according to papers published last week.
A new campaign to increase awareness of the pharmacy service aims to take pressure off GPs and A&E departments.
NHS England’s planning guidance, which calls for GP practices to “work at a greater scale”, will not mean the end of single-handed practices, the national body has said.
An influential Conservative MP is planning to raise concerns in the Commons about a lack of accountability in the reformed NHS, and the government potentially missing commitments to improve cancer outcomes.
A third of GPs believe patients should be charged for some accident and emergency department visits, while most think government changes will do nothing to alleviate current pressures, according to a poll for the Press Association.
GPs should start collecting anonymous data on patients they suspect or know to be hooked on prescription drugs, a group of MPs has found.
Fewer patients are finding it easy to book GP appointments, while trust in doctors and out-of-hours services has also fallen slightly, figures show.
The target for GPs to guarantee patients an appointment within 48 hours should be restored to help ease the pressure on accident and emergency departments, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said.
Clinical commissioning group representatives have called on NHS England to support CCGs taking a greater role in primary care, following their first major survey of the organisations.
Thousands of doctors did not immediately pass a new set of skills checks during the first year of assessments, figures show.
The GP pay for performance framework has been significantly pared back, with some of the proceeds used to pay practices to provide more comprehensive care for those at risk of admission to hospital.
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