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.
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.
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.
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Health secretary Jeremy Hunt delivered the second HSJ annual lecture on Thursday night in London. Here is the full transcript.
Clinical commissioning groups will be given responsibility for bidding for future tranches of the primary care infrastructure fund, HSJ can reveal.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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