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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Top stories

30.09.14: An additional £400 million has been pledged to help practices offer more flexible opening hours to patients, but RCGP has warned that the plans will unfairly “raise [patient] expectations”
30.09.14: The 2015/16 GP contract, announced today, will see practices obliged to publish their average earnings by March 2016 as part of a bid for additional “transparency”
26.09.14: The Medical and Dental Union of Scotland (MDDUS) say doctors must respect patients’ right to decide upon their own treatment
25.09.14: Self-monitoring the coagulation status of patients on long-term warfarin treatment will reduce visits to doctors and result in better outcomes according to NICE
30.09.14: An additional £400 million has been pledged to help practices offer more flexible opening hours to patients, but RCGP has warned that the plans will unfairly “raise [patient] expectations”
30.09.14: The 2015/16 GP contract, announced today, will see practices obliged to publish their average earnings by March 2016 as part of a bid for additional “transparency”
01.09.14: Rural Scottish practices are facing a recruitment crisis which could have an “adverse impact” on safe and effective care, healthcare leaders have warned
05.09.14: Sharing records between GPs and hospitals is “the most important thing” for improving patient care, the chief inspector of general practice has argued
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Personal practice

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
Dr James Kingsland: In this co-written post, Dr James Kingsland and Graham Roberts, managing director of Assura Group explain why the Five Year Forward View must revolutionise primary care estates
Steve Field: For the last two weeks the Care Quality Commission's chief inspector of general practice, Steve Field, has been busy meeting CQC staff and taking part in inspections

Events 2014

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CQC Handbook

What can you expect when you are inspected? Our CQC Rule book, sponsored by DBG, provides tips, advice and insight for practice managers planning and preparing for a CQC inspection.
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