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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.

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New IT procurement framework for contracts worth £450m

GPs will switch to a new centrally funded £450m IT framework from next year, as officials complain about a market failure and the slow rate of innovation.

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NHS England director resigns over anonymous online posts

An NHS England director has resigned after posting controversial comments under an anonymous pseudonym.


Exclusive: Trust set to run almost half the GP practices its area

An acute trust in the West Midlands is set to run almost half the GP practices in its area, HSJ can reveal

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Exclusive: Overseas GP recruitment falling 'significantly' short of target

Local health chiefs have been told to significantly reduce their expectations for the number of GPs that will be hired through NHS England’s international recruitment programme.

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GPs get backdated pay rise of two per cent

General practitioners are set to get a 2 per cent pay rise this year, the new health secretary has announced.

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Hancock backs expansion of GP consultations via smartphone

Matt Hancock has backed the expansion of GP consultations via smartphone, just days after local commissioners blocked an expansion of a major digital practice citing patient safety.

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CCG blocks GP at Hand proposed expansion outside London

The controversial digital practice, GP at Hand, has been blocked from expanding beyond London, with commissioners citing patient safety concerns.

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Virtual GP service rated outstanding

A virtual primary care service funded as part of the government’s push to extend opening hours has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.