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Primary care should 'direct' community health teams - official review

Community health teams have not integrated with GP services and should in future be “based in” and “under the clinical and service direction” of primary care networks, the author of a government review of general practice has said.

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Every patient to have 'right' to access new digital GP providers

New digital GP providers have been backed under the NHS long-term plan, with patients to have “a new right” to switch from their existing GP to a “digital first” provider.

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CCGs object to demand for GP at Hand payment

London commissioners have contested demands that they help pay for the escalating cost associated with GP at Hand, according to committee papers.

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Major IT supplier pays out to NHS over misleading reports

England’s biggest supplier of GP IT has reached a multimillion pound settlement after the company admitted to providing misleading information about the quality of its service.

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Exclusive: Hancock says his endorsement of GP at Hand helped competitors

Matt Hancock has told NHS IT suppliers his endorsement of GP at Hand has helped its competitors, even as he faces fresh criticism for supporting the digital GP practice.

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Tens of millions of patient records to move to Amazon cloud

More than 40 million UK patient records will be shifted onto Amazon Web Services, as part of a wider upgrade by the dominant NHS GP IT supplier.

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Early cancer diagnosis rates drop in several areas

The proportion of cancers being diagnosed at an early stage has dropped in several areas across England, according to recently released data.

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Commissioners investigate variations in dementia diagnosis

Variation in dementia diagnosis rates across England has fallen, but a senior GP has told HSJ such targets risked being too “simplistic” and the focus should shift to ensuring patients are supported post-diagnosis.

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Health secretary identifies ‘big three’ workforce shortage areas

Nurses, GPs and mental health staff are “the big three” areas where the health and social care secretary is most concerned about staff shortages, he told HSJ.

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Primary care merger halted after 'fierce' criticism of CCG leaders

The establishment of a new primary care organisation in Greater Manchester has been halted after an independent review heard “fierce” criticism of those leading the project.


CCGs considered refusing temporary patients

Three clinical commissioning groups considered rejecting temporary registrations in a move which the British Medical Association said would breach NHS regulations and potentially drive people towards accident and emergency.

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Meningitis outbreak sparks demand for vaccine action

A spike in meningitis cases leading to scores of patients being hospitalised has sparked calls for GPs to improve vaccination rates among young adults.

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GP training target exceeded for first time

Health Education England has exceeded its target for GP training for the first time, the health secretary has announced.

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IT defect results in thousands of prescription errors

An error in an IT system used by thousands of GP practices means patients around the country could have been given the wrong medication.

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Poor uptake of new scheme to give patients control of confidential records

A new national system to give NHS patients control over sharing their confidential health records has been used by less than 5,000 people, leading to accusations that it has been poorly publicised.

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Revealed: Babylon’s national expansion push

Digital health company Babylon Healthcare has contacted more than a dozen clinical commissioning groups as it pushes for expansion across the country, including extending its NHS GP partnership to two new cities.

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Major GP provider partners with Push Doctor app

One of the largest GP partnerships in England has brought on Push Doctor to provide its patients with online consultations

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Plan to put millions of patient records on the Amazon cloud

A new NHS national service has been set up to scan billions of pages of patient records and upload them to Amazon Web Services.

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No more big IT contracts for the NHS – Hancock

The new health and social care secretary has said “big contracts” for NHS IT services are over, claiming the service is often taken advantage of by suppliers.

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'Barriers' preventing recruitment of international medics

The NHS needs to reduce barriers preventing the recruitment of international doctors, a leading medical educator has warned.