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Tuesday 31 March 2015

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31.03.15: The Royal College of GPs has hailed the decision by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to abolish the current banding system for GP practices as a ‘victory for common sense’.
31.03.15: NHS England has launched a new Mental Health Taskforce that brings together health and care leaders and experts in the field, including people using services, to lead a programme of work to create a mental health Five Year Forward View for the NHS in England.
30.03.15: The Conservative party has said it will spend an extra £8 billion on the NHS if it wins the general election to fund a five-year plan drawn up by NHS England chief executive Jeremy Hunt.
30.03.15: All babies in the UK will soon be vaccinated against meningococcal B (MenB) after the government reached agreement on pricing with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the vaccine manufacturers.
10.03.15: GP practices will be asked to open up on Easter Saturday morning for routine appointments as part of “resilience” plans for the NHS over the Bank Holiday weekend.
03.03.15: The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) says that reducing waiting times for a GP appointment must be a priority for politicians and the incoming government – but that this must not be delivered at the expense of other GP services, including the long-term care provided to patients with chronic and multiple health problems.
02.03.15: GP and BMA education, training and workforce committee chair, Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, has responded to a recent BBC survey on GPs.
16.03.15: England’s two biggest general practice software suppliers have struck a long awaited agreement to share patient record data between their systems.
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Personal practice

Steve Field: CQC chief inspector of general practice explains intelligent monitoring -one of the tools now being used to support their new approach to inspection
Steve Field: The CQC is currently consulting on a new approach to inspecting healthcare services in prisons, youth offender institutions and immigration removal centres
Andy Drane: How will general practice be affected if Scotland decides to become independent? Two days before the ground-breaking vote specialist healthcare solicitor Andy Drane outlines possible changes

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