Jeremy Hunt has backed plans for a chief inspector of general practice, to be based in the Care Quality Commission.
HSJ has updated its comprehensive interactive map of the reformed NHS commissioning system, showing critical details about the new organisations.
Giving patients online access to their health records will lead to doctors having to explain themselves more often, according to a survey by the Medical Protection Society.
Doctors must identify themselves by name on Twitter if their profile alludes to their profession, new guidance suggests.
A representative group for clinical commissioning groups has appointed two co-chairs of its leadership group.
The government has confirmed it will begin imposing significant changes to the GP contract at the end of the month.
The NHS Commissioning Board had appointed a deputy medical director for primary care, HSJ has learned.
More than a quarter of GPs believe that proposed changes to their contracts will mean they have to restrict access to patients, a poll suggests.
The number of children admitted to English hospitals as emergencies has increased every year since 2003, researchers have found.
Health minister Norman Lamb has said new arrangements for out-of-hours primary care could be needed to help cut rising demand for emergency services.
A social enterprise has consulted lawyers after losing the contract to supply GP out-of-hours services in two London boroughs to a Bristol-based company.
Almost two in three Britons do not have faith in their GP and 10 per cent of the public have panicked and asked accident and emergency departments to treat minor ailments, a survey has revealed.
GP practice income should be more closely linked to deprivation from 2014, the Department of Health has proposed.
A company run by husband and wife GPs has been named as preferred bidder to run 20 practices in Liverpool and Sefton.
Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group has banned a member GP from standing to become a governing body representative.
Health minister Lord Howe has attempted to defend the health reforms against HSJ’s finding that fewer than a quarter of clinical commissioning groups will have a GP as their accountable officer.
The Department of Health is under renewed pressure to publish evidence to support its claims that using telehealth could save the NHS £1.2bn, after the Labour party joined those calling for publication of its calculations.
Some GP practices are paid substantially more than others, regardless of the number and type of patients they serve, HSJ analysis reveals.
The “vast majority” of GPs with shares in local Virgin Care provider companies have agreed to resign their financial stakes to remove potential conflicts of interest.
Clinical commissioning groups’ “quality premium” performance bonus will be separate from - and not funded by - their £25 per head management fund, the national commissioning lead has told HSJ.
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