15.15pm: A study from the University of York and Imperial identified some of the factors that appear to influence patient choice of GP.
The academics said: “We find that patients are more likely to choose practices which are nearer to their home, which have a higher proportion of GPs qualified in Europe, a higher proportion of female GPs, and a lower average GP age. Patients appear to prefer practices with Personal Medical Services rather than General Medical Services contracts though this effect is weaker than other characteristics.”
12.42pm: The inquiry into care failures at University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust will look at the actions of the regulators, HSJ can reveal.
12.37pm: The government has refused to publish guidance which has been prepared on how service reconfiguration could be planned in the new NHS system, more than three months after the reforms took effect, the HSJ’s Dave West reports.
12.07pm: The NHS Confederation’s European Office says patients will benefit from updated rules that cover the movement of health professionals around Europe, after the European Parliament today voted on the revised directive on recognition of professional qualifications.
The directive means health professionals moving from one European country to another will have to meet new patient safety requirements.
12.05pm: The Daily Telegraph reports on a speech calling for a debate on the use of living wills from Chai Patel, the chairman of one of the country’s biggest care home providers. Mr Patel was expected to call for individuals to have more choice over how they die through living wills that could eventually pave the way for Dignitas style clinics offering euthanasia to operate in Britain.
The paper also carries an opinion piece from advertising man Maurice Saatchi in support of the Medical Innovation Bill which arrives in the House of Commons today. The bill aims to make it easier for clinicians to innovate by providing legal protection for deviation from standard procedures where there is approval from a multi-disciplinary team. Lord Saatchi claims this is essential if we are to cure cancer and intends to “devote” his life to making prime minster David Cameron’s “dream” of “every clinician a researcher” come true.
10.51am: The non-London members of the Shelford Group of teaching hospitals are pushing for the same top-up funding as their counterparts in the capital.
Emails obtained by HSJ reveal London trusts received £50m in additional Project Diamond funding in 2012-13.
10.24am: A new form of IVF that uses baking soda could cut the cost for patients, according to data presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology yesterday.
10.08am: HSJ’s hospitals reporter Ben Clover tweets: Interesting facts we no longer have, and fromwhen: The overall vacancy rate for medics in England’s A&E departments http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2013-07-08a.11.6&s=Earl+Howe#g11.8 …
This information on the lack of information comes from an answer given by health minister Dan Poulter in response to an enquiry in Parliament.
8.48am: Frontline clinicians have to think differently in the face of an ageing population and a rising number of patients with comorbidities, Dr Martin McShane, director of domain 2 of the NHS outcomes framework at NHS England writes today on HSJ’s commissioning channel.
By 2018 it is estimated the number of people with three or more multiple conditions will have grown from 1.9 million to 2.9 million. “Continuing to focus on individual conditions rather than individuals leads to fragmented, poorly coordinated care, which is inefficient, ineffective and delivers poor patient experience,” he writes.