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Competition rules

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.

Pharmacist writing

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.

EU data

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.

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Survey warning on GP appointments

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.

Male GP injecting arm of older woman patient

One hundred practices 'may shut amid cuts'

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.

Walk in centre

Dominance of small GP practices undermines push for extended providers

General practice remains overwhelmingly dominated by providers on single sites with small lists, providing little beyond “core” services, HSJ analysis reveals.

Chris Ham

GPs should control community services, report says

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.

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Crisis over NHS database - GPs

GP leaders are warning of a “crisis of public confidence” in an NHS scheme set up to share details from people’s medical records.

Mike Bewick

Roughton to consider how CCGs could co-commission primary care

NHS England is looking into how clinical commissioning groups can co-commission primary care, its deputy medical director has revealed.

Maureen Baker

Lack of GP funding 'hitting care'

Patient care is being compromised by a “chronic lack of investment” in GPs, leading family doctors have warned.

Male GP injecting arm of older woman patient

One in eight surgeries 'research ready'

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.

Computer data

Governance concerns over care.data project

NHS data chiefs have raised “concerns in respect to the governance arrangements” of the pioneering care.data project, according to papers published last week. 

Pharmacist writing

Pharmacies aim to absorb GP strain

A new campaign to increase awareness of the pharmacy service aims to take pressure off GPs and A&E departments.

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Analysed: Practices urged to work at greater scale

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.

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Influential MP to demand greater CCG accountability

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.

Male GP injecting arm of older woman patient

Charge for A&E visits backed by third of GPs

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.

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Medicine addiction data 'needed'

GPs should start collecting anonymous data on patients they suspect or know to be hooked on prescription drugs, a group of MPs has found.

Maureen Baker

Fall in patient satisfaction with GPs, survey shows

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.

Andy Burnham

Labour: bring back GP appointment target

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.

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