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Thursday 28 August 2014

Top stories

02.06.14: Millions of patients across England are facing a postcode lottery when trying to book an appointment with their local GP, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has warned
27.08.14: Employers have been asked to help uncover the loopholes in government plans to ban exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts
27.08.14: Small practices have significantly lower numbers of unplanned admissions, a new study has discovered
26.08.14: An NHS England consultation into the closure of two practices has been slammed as “contradictory” and “fragmented”
04.08.14: Carrying out consultations over the phone does not reduce pressure in busy surgeries, researchers have found
04.08.14: The final set of proposals for the 2015/16 QOF have been released by NICE
12.08.14: A quarter of practices have seen increasing amounts of sick leave taken by staff, a Local Medical Committee survey has shown
18.08.14: Recruitment issues have left two GP surgeries on the brink of closure, with NHS England claiming they are “no longer possible to maintain”

Personal practice

Steve Field: The CQC has announced a new system of ‘special measures’ for GP practices which we plan to introduce in October this year, as part of our plans to inspect and rate all GP surgeries
Steve Field: Dr Steve Field, CQC chief inspector of general practice's blog, along with a 'myth-busting column' about the use of defibrillators, oxygen and oximeters in GP surgeries from the CQC senior national GP advisor
Merron Simpson: NHS Alliance's Merron Simpson says primary care needs to go beyond the‘medical model of health’ to look at at the social reasons for the illnesses people present at surgery

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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