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Friday 31 July 2015

Top stories

31.07.15: GPs who provide full patient medical records for insurance firms risk breaking data-protection law, an Information Commission Office investigation has revealed
30.07.15: If doctors use the term ‘drug resistant infections’ rather than ‘antibiotic resistance’ more patients would complete a full course of necessary antibiotics, and it would also reduce unneccessary antibiotic, the Wellcome Trust said
30.07.15: Registered doctors without a high level of English language risk being kicked off the General Medical Council (GMC) register, but the council is “confident” this will “drive up standards,” its chief executive said this week
29.07.15: Due to problems recruiting GPs after two doctors announced their retirement, St Luke’s Medical Practice in Stroud will close in September after 67 years
07.07.15: Today, Simon Stevens launched a £15m scheme to fund, recruit and employ clinical pharmacists in GP surgeries, aiming to ease some of the current pressure on GPs
14.07.15: Dr Hadrian Moss, from Dryland Surgery in Kettering, is keeping the list closed because of GP shortages and patient safety concerns despite it being a breach of his NHS contract
03.07.15: If you discover a patient has covertly filmed a consultation do not feel threatened, the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland explained
07.07.15: The government must reverse its plan to slash public health funds and stop misleading patients over the likely impact on frontline services

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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