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July 8, 2019

A GP practice in Wrexham has declared it can no longer cope with the demand created by new housing developments.
 
Alyn Family Doctors is already consulting on a proposal to close one of its practices, Gresford Health Centre, because it 'cannot safely staff' the branch following an 'unmanageable' increase in demand.
 
It plans to relocate patients to its others branches in the villages of Rossett and Llay.
 

June 11, 2019

An NHS foundation trust in North Yorkshire has taken over another GP practice in Bridlington that has been badly hit by the GP recruitment crisis, it has emerged.
 
Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has announced it will now run Manor House Surgery in Providence Way, Bridlington, meaning the trust will provide GP services to around 45,000 people in Bridlington, Flamborough and neighbouring areas.
 

April 2, 2019

Primary care networks will ‘not normally’ cross CCG, STP or ‘integrated care systems’ boundaries, NHS England has said.
 
As part of the new five-year GP contract, practices will be provided with extra funding to join networks, which will see groups of practices serve 30-50,000 patients based on geography.
 

February 11, 2019

Severe cuts across the board to public health services proposed by a Midlands council will see practices inundated with patients, as they will be expected to cover work previously performed by sexual health and alcohol and drug dependency services.
 
The major cut backs by Walsall Council are thought to be some of the most drastic yet, by a single council. They stem from a reduction in central Government funding, which has forced the council to consult on reducing spending across many areas.
 

February 5, 2019

GP practices will receive an extra £5 for every child aged 10-11 they vaccinate with the MMR vaccine from April, under the new GP contract.
 
The five-year deal, agreed by NHS England and the BMA, includes the extra payment as part of an MMR catch-up campaign, which aims to reduce the current number of measles outbreaks.
 
This comes as a recent surge in measles cases led PHE to urge patients ensure if they have had two doses of the MMR vaccine, to check with their GP before going on holiday.
 

February 1, 2019

The Scottish government is giving dispensing practices £2,000 each to prepare for the upcoming Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD).
 
The money will allow practices to buy the equipment they need to meet the FMD terms, according to a Scottish Government spokesperson.
 
The Government said that dispensing practices will receive the money – which comes from a £500,000 improvement package to help them implement the directive – by the end of this financial year.
 

January 31, 2019

GPs who are drawing more than £150k per year in NHS funding will be named from 2020 as part of a drive to ‘increase transparency on NHS earnings’, officials said.
 
As part of the new contract, a new 'mechanism' will be put in place in future years to determine those GPs earning more than £150,000 a year - although it is unclear how this will work as yet.
 

January 29, 2019

An NHS body could take on the lease of practices that find themselves in a ‘last partner standing’ situation, NHS England has said.
 
Speaking at the Westminster Health Forum Event in London on 24 January, NHS England director of primary care workforce and infrastructure programmes Ian Biggs presented the emerging themes of the upcoming General Practice Premises Policy Review.
 

January 21, 2019

Nearly three quarters of patient organisations that contribute to NICE decisions have taken funding from manufacturers of a relevant product, a new study has claimed.

January 17, 2019

GP practices in Cornwall and in the Isles of Scilly will be reimbursed £2.50 per child after checking the immunisation status of 1,200 children following an individual’s error, NHS England has said.
 
According to NHS England, the system recall functionality was ‘inadvertently switched off’ following the passage of records between two different providers of Child Health Information Service (CHIS) systems, meaning some children could have not been recalled for their immunisation appointments.
 

January 14, 2019

The extra £4.5bn funding boost to primary care will be used to relieve pressure on GPs rather than introducing new services, health secretary Matt Hancock has exclusive told our sister publication Pulse. 
 
Mr Hancock told Pulse there is ‘too much pressure’ on GPs and primary care, and some of the £4.5bn is ‘specifically aimed at relieving that pressure’.
 

January 9, 2019

NHS England has published its long awaited long term plan earlier this week, confirming its anticipated commitment to prioritise primary and community care.
 
As part of measures to better care for patients at community level, primary care and local services will receive £4.5bn a year in real terms by 2023/24 through a ring-fenced investment that NHS England said ‘will grow faster than the overall NHS budget’.
 

January 7, 2019

GP practices in England can expect changes to their contract from April mandating them to join networks of 30-50,000 patients in return for a major funding boost, our sister publication Pulse has learned.
 

December 21, 2018

Dr Farzana Hussain, GP partner at The Project Surgery in Plaistow, east London, suddenly found herself with sole responsibility for over 4,700 patients when her GP partner and friend took his own life in 2013.
 
A difficult time for Dr Hussain and the practice, she was left as the only GP partner, creating a necessity for everyone to work more efficiently together. However, despite concerted efforts to improve processes at the practice, Dr Hussain’s ideas simply weren’t bearing fruits.
 

December 11, 2018

A Welsh village is to keep its GP surgery after the health board listened to patient complaints regarding plans to close it.
 
The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in South Wales said it had sent letters out to patients of the Goytre branch of Churchwood Surgery in Monmouthshire, following a public engagement process and review by the branch closure panel.
 
The health board said it had accepted the panel’s conclusion that services should continue in the village of Goytre.
 

December 6, 2018

RCGP Wales has urged the Welsh Government to allocate a larger proportion of the NHS budget to general practice.
 
The college’s calls come after the findings of a recent RCGP workforce survey, presented in Transforming general practice: building a profession fit for the future report, found that 42% of GPs believe it is financially unsustainable to run a practice and 82% blame this on insufficient funding.
 
RCGP Wales put the suggestion forward on 4 December, on the day Welsh Assembly members debated the draft budget for 2019/20.

November 28, 2018

A CCG has set up a crisis fund from which its member GP practices can request money if they hit temporary hard times.

November 22, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged an extra £3.5bn to primary and community care, announced last night, which will ensure that people receive better care at community level, which will avoid them going to the hospital.
 
However, scarce details have been released on how this money will be allocated, and some fear there is simply not enough staff to deliver on these promises.
 
Management in Practice speaks to PMs across the nations to find out their views on the announcement.
 

November 13, 2018

GP practices will be repaid for the costs of locums covering for GP partners gradually returning to work, following clarification from NHS England.
 
Local commissioners will be asked to reimburse the costs of locums covering for GP partners returning to work after sick leave on ‘phased return or adjusted hours’.
 
This comes as NHS England updated its protocol on locum cover payments for GP performers on sick leave and phased return last month.
 

November 7, 2018

A number of GP practices are set to receive extra funding from their CCG to make up for the loss of their minimum practice income guarantee (MPIG) payments.

November 5, 2018

GP practices have been told not to sign NHS Property Services (NHS PS) occupancy agreement letters (OALs) if they do not agree with their terms, Londonwide LMCs has said.
 
The LMC body representing practices in London said that the letters have not been agreed with the GPC nor with them and for this reason they are asking practices to seek legal advice before signing the letters.
 

November 2, 2018

Just around one in 10 locum GPs would consider taking on a partnership role in the future, a major survey of locum GPs has revealed.
 
In our sister publication Pulse's first ever survey of locum GPs, only 13% answered yes to whether they would ‘ever’ become a partner in future, while 65% said no and the remainder that they did not know.
 
The main barriers appear to be a lack of a financial incentive and concerns regarding partner workloads.
 

October 31, 2018

The Welsh Government has announced an extra £20m of funding to see the NHS through the busy winter period, including for extra GP appointments.
 
Health secretary Vaughan Gething said £16m would be going direct to health boards to put in place their winter deliver plans.
 
Mr Gething also said £4m would be for national pressure-relieving strategies – including extending GP access into evenings and weekends in some areas.
 

October 30, 2018

GP practices taking on apprentices will only have to pay 5% towards the costs of training and assessing them instead of 10%, the Government has revealed as part of the budget announcement.
 
Speaking in Parliament yesterday, chancellor Philip Hammond said the Government has released a ‘£695m package to support apprenticeships’.