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'New care models' to cover half of England

More than half of England should be covered by new models of providing care, such as hospitals running GP practices, under a major shift proposed by national NHS leaders

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Fall in GP engagement with CCGs, NHS England survey finds

Only half of GPS feel they are involved in CCG decision making, according to an NHS England commissioned survey

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Premium payments to remain within general practice

GPs have cautiously welcomed official guidance that appears to ensure “premium payments” clawed back from GP practices can only be spent on primary care services.

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CQC to inspect whole health systems

The Care Quality Commission will begin inspecting health systems across whole geographical areas from next year, its chief inspector of general practice has said.

Simon Stevens

Stevens: Hospitals should open GP surgeries

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has proposed that some hospitals should be allowed to open their own GP surgeries.

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt commissions independent study into GP capacity

The health secretary has commissioned Health Education England to conduct an area by area examination of general practice capacity

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All practices to publish earnings under new GP contract

Every general practice will be required to publish the average earnings of their GPs as part of the new contract announced today.

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Large majority of CCGs gearing up for GP contract responsibility

A large majority of clinical commissioning groups are gearing up to take on responsibility for management of GP contracts in the next year, the HSJ CCG Barometer has found.

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NHS England criticised over speed of premium payment cutback plan

NHS England has been criticised for the speed at which it is scaling down “premium” payments to Yorkshire GP practices.

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UPDATED: Interactive commissioning system map

HSJ has updated its comprehensive interactive map of the NHS commissioning system, showing critical details about its organisations.

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Complaints against doctors double

The rise in the use of social media has contributed to a doubling of complaints against doctors in five years, it has been reported.

Steve Field

CQC working on special measures regime for GPs

The Care Quality Commission is working on a “special measures” regime for GP practices, the body has confirmed.

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Exclusive: Huge variation in CCG spend on GP involvement

There is huge variation in the sums clinical commissioning groups have paid in salaries to GPs for their involvement, HSJ analysis has revealed.

Chaand Nagpaul

BMA: National GP contract will diminish in significance

The nationally agreed GP contract will diminish in significance as CCGs increasingly agree local deals with practices, the BMA’s GP committee chair has acknowledged


Government advisory group criticises migrant NHS rule changes

The government’s repeated reforms of rules governing migrants’ access to NHS services have caused confusion among healthcare staff with “tragic consequences”, a new report has found.


Stevens invites CCGs to bid for primary care commissioning role

Simon Stevens has confirmed he plans to give some clinical commissioning groups the ability to co-commission primary care with NHS England.

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CCGs open services to competition out of fear of rules

More than a quarter of clinical commissioning leaders open services up to competition out of fear of rules

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Female GPs outnumber male counterparts

Female GPs have outnumbered male GPs for first time, according to official figures.

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GP choice pilots appealed to 'minority'

Commuters are most likely to take advantage of a new scheme that will allow patients to register at any doctor’s surgery, a study has suggested.

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NHS records 'sold to insurers'

The medical records of almost 50 million NHS hospital patients have been sold for insurance purposes, it has been reported.

More on GPs

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Wake up to the commissioning needs of sleep disorders

Moving some services into primary care risks ‘dumbing down’

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Only a whole culture change can make self-care a reality

There is no magic wand to care redesign

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Take to the high street for community based eye care

Local treatments takes pressure off budgets

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Create a training ground for future CCG leaders

GPs signing up to Kent-based programme

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Rising Stars: Essential reading on NHS portfolio careers

Looking at the benefits for doctors and the health service


GPs should overcome their suspicions about telehealth

One GP shares how it has reduced workload and improved care

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