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Computer and stethoscope opt out ignored by commissioners, campaigners claim

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 nursing

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

Ben Jupp

Exclusive: CCGs need to ‘radically evolve to have a future’

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 closed since 2010

Nearly 600 GP practices have closed in the last five years, data seen by HSJ reveals.

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Revealed: Which CCGs are paying GP practices to form federations

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

Hunt: 5,000 new GPs the 'maximum' in five years

Jeremy Hunt has said recruiting 5,000 additional GPs would be the ‘maximum’ possible within the next five years.


Exclusive: CCGs choose not to use power to ditch QOF

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.

Jeremy Hunt

Updated: Hunt tells GPs 'deliver your side of the bargain'

The government plans to introduce financial incentives to attract GPs into under-doctored areas in a major shake-up of general practice.

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NHS England admits 'rush' to spend GP premises fund

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’.

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All CCGs must go to market for support services

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.


GP sector sees 'boom' in large provider companies

There has been a ‘boom’ in large scale GP provider organisations being set up in recent months.


Hunt: Peer review, not top-down targets, can improve NHS

Jeremy Hunt has praised the benefits of peer review to improve NHS standards, saying it is a better method than top-down targets.


Updated: Four out of five GP practices rated 'good' by CQC

More than four in five GP practices rated by the Care Quality Commission have been judged ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, analysis by HSJ has found.

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Exclusive: Clinical leaders 'more willing to challenge diktats', research finds

Clinical leaders are ‘more willing to challenge or ignore diktats and messages from above’ than their managerial colleagues in clinical commissioning groups, research shared exclusively with HSJ has found.

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63 CCGs take control of primary care budgets despite serious misgivings

Sixty-three clinical commissioning groups have taken on fully delegated responsibility of their primary care budgets despite serious concerns raised by some groups, HSJ has learned.

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt: NHS funding will be settled in the summer

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has indicated the Conservatives would meet the NHS’s funding requirements, but declined to specifically say they would increase spending by the £8bn sum identified by national officials.

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Revealed: Details of primary care control shift

The clinical commissioning groups taking on full control of GP services in their area this week will be responsible for performance managing poor practices and approving practice mergers, according to documents seen by HSJ.


CQC drops risk ratings from GP monitoring

The Care Quality Commission will no longer be risk rating GP practices as part of its intelligent monitoring process.

Walk in centre

CCGs given only two weeks to finalise primary care budget arrangements

Commissioners have been left with only two weeks to finalise ?potentially complex legal arrangements for taking control of their primary care budgets.

Woman doctor with stethoscope

Exclusive: Rise in consultations greater for non-GPs, analysis finds

Activity in general practice has risen in the last three complete financial years, but most of this has been for medical professionals other than GPs, research by a leading health think thank suggests.

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