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Wednesday 17 October 2018
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October 1, 2018

A GP practice is taking the initial steps to launch a legal challenge to open outside their contracted NHS hours.
New Forest Medical Group – a rural practice in Brockenhurst, Hampshire – is raising money to pay for solicitors’ work and has collected more than half of the total amount set as a target on its crowdfunding page in just over 24 hours.

September 28, 2018

As many as 762 practices across the UK could be forced to close over the next five years as their GPs are approaching retirement, the RCGP has said.
Three-quarters of the practices’ GPs are aged over 55 and will soon retire, according to a new RCGP analysis published today.
Around 625 practices in England, 71 in Scotland, 37 in Wales and 29 in Northern Ireland will be affected, according to the RCGP analysis, which is based on NHS Digital data.

September 26, 2018

NHS England has announced that it will cover the cost of extra shifts taken on by GPs over winter for another year.
The £10m pot will cover additional extended hours, out-of-hours and unscheduled care sessions, starting from 1 October.
This is the same level of funding as NHS England provided towards the scheme last year and it will finish at the same time, on 31 March.

September 25, 2018

A GP practice has been forced to cut back on staff after Capita reclaimed thousands of pounds without explanation or notice, it has claimed.
The Court Street Medical Practice, based in Madeley, near Telford, said this included £7,000 reclaimed due to 'payment errors' but said it had not received an explanation from Primary Care Support England, operated by Capita, regarding the issues.

September 20, 2018

Funding for GP practices has increased by over £500m in the last year, according to official data published today.
NHS England’s Investment in General Practice report said general practice received £10.8bn in 2017/18, £580m more than last year’s total of £10.2bn.
This represents a 3.9% real term increase on the previous 12 months, and a 17.8% aggregated real term growth since April 2013 – the last time the Department of Health managed the funding before NHS England took it over.

September 17, 2018

A GP practice has reported losses of various medical items, after it was burgled last week.
The Lea Vale Medical Practice, located in the Liverpool Road Health Centre in Luton, told Bedfordshire police that several items went missing, ‘including a defibrillator, an ECG machine, a blood glucose machine, five boxes of clothes, a doctor’s stamp, boxes of condoms, paramedic emergency equipment and an iPhone 7’.

August 7, 2018

The RCGP is calling for a major update of the general practice forward view (GPFV) and for more money to be injected into the programme.
The GPFV was published in April 2016. It is an aid of support for general practice , underpinned by extra money, and identified challenges that needed to be addressed within general practice. 
NHS England needs to invest an extra £2.5bn a year by 2020/21 on top of the additional funding of £2.4bn a year already pledged in the GPFV, the RCGP said. 

July 2, 2018

The £20bn funding increase ahead of the NHS’s 70th birthday is a welcome surprise. But how it is spent will be crucial to the service’s survival over the next 70 years, says Angela Sharda

June 18, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a £20bn NHS funding increase over the next five years.
This translates to a 3.4% year-on-year annual funding increase, amid reports that health secretary Jeremy Hunt had asked for a 4% rise.

June 8, 2018

The British Medical Association (BMA) is recommending the NHS to simplify the application process for practice manager development funding.
In an analysis published today on the general practice forward view (GPFV), the medical trade union said the process to access the funding allocated to the practice manager development programme ‘needs to be simplified’.

June 8, 2018

More than 600 GP practices will close in England if the Government fails to increase funding for general practice, the BMA has said.
In its analysis of NHS England’s GP Forward View, the BMA’s GP Committee said that current funding for general practice is £3.7bn short of its target of 11% of the NHS budget.

June 7, 2018

The Prime Minister is committed to pouring more money into the NHS, health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed in an interview with The Guardian today. 
In March, Ms May announced long-term funding plans for the NHS and she will honour her pledge as the national health system turns 70, Mr Hunt stated.

June 6, 2018

The Public Account Committee (PAC) has declared that NHS England has been ‘too slow’ in reviewing mishandled  clinical correspondence.
In a report published today, the PAC lamented the way the health service is dealing with mistakes made by NHS Shared Business Services (NHSSBS) in forwarding misdirected correspondence sent to the wrong practices by hospitals.

June 1, 2018

Unfortunately there are too many examples of practice managers who have abused their position of trust and committed acts of fraud. Sometimes the amount involved can be in excess of £100,000. 
This is effectively a dual crime. Not only are they stealing from their employers, but they are also taking money indirectly from the public purse. Very often these fraudulent acts occur over a number of years, so why are they able to do this?
Examples of tried and convicted cases over the last 10 years:

May 23, 2018

The RCGP has launched a UK-wide campaign to tackle the ‘epidemic of loneliness’ and social isolation affecting millions of patients.
A survey carried out by the RCGP found that three out of four GP see between one and five people a day who have come in mainly because they are lonely.
The college is calling for every GP to have access to a social prescriber to help people make connections to prevent them becoming isolated and lonely.

May 3, 2018

The QOF in England looks set to be retained, but could be slashed back to just 3-4% of practice income, according to a GP member of the review group.
RCGP vice chair Professor Martin Marshall told Pulse that rather than a current 8-10% of practice income, the QOF should be stripped back to a ‘much smaller set of indicators’, under plans that are being pushed by the RCGP.

May 2, 2018

Growing financial pressures mean almost half of GP practices are considering a merge or restructure in the next five years, a survey has found.
The majority (85%) of the 145 GPs who responded to the Lloyds Bank commercial banking healthcare confidence index survey published today (2 May), said they expect financial pressures to mount over the next five years.
In response to these pressures, 48% of them are considering merging or changing their practice’s structure.

April 24, 2018

General practice needs a new funding model to respond to workload and staffing challenges, a study has claimed.
NHS England takes into consideration only a limited number of variables considered relevant to workload and staffing when allocating resources, researchers from Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol suggested.

April 23, 2018

An assistant practice manager based in a practice in Doncaster, South Yorkshire has raised £4,120 for charity after completing the Virgin Money London Marathon yesterday.
Vickie Hassall, who works at Kingthorne Group Practice, ran over five hours to reach the finish line on April 22.
Team KT
Ms Hassall said that she received great support from both patients and staff members.

April 20, 2018

More than £75m has been invested to transform primary care services across the North of England since the General Practice Forward View (GPFV), NHS England has announced.
More than £45m has been invested to transform primary care across Cheshire and Merseyside, while £30m has been spent across Lancashire and South Cumbria, NHS England said today (20 April).

March 29, 2018

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has decided to charge GP practices according to their patient list size, scrapping the previous banded approach.

In its consultation response, the CQC said yesterday (28 March) that the amount of money to be paid by NHS GP providers will be calculated by using the patient list size per location.

The CQC said that they have decided to ‘move to a proportionate from a banded approach in charging fees using patient list size for all NHS GP providers’.

March 28, 2018

The Labour party has confirmed its commitment to ensure a sustainable NHS in the future.

March 26, 2018

GP practices with a static list size can expect a 2.6% funding increase, rather than the 3.4% announced by the Government in England, accountants have predicted.

February 15, 2018

The allocation of primary care funding in England does not take into consideration local needs, a study published today has found.
The research, which has been published on the BMC Medicine, has found that practices in London receive more funding despite serving a population with the lowest health needs in the country.