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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’.

October 26, 2018

The way CQC fees are to be calculated for GP providers will remain the same in 2019/20, the regulator has said.

October 25, 2018

Some health boards in Wales are running up large overspends as a result of running managed practices, the BMA has warned.
In 2017/18, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales – a region with by far the highest number of managed practices at 13 - overspent by £1.3m compared with a deficit the previous year when they only had seven managed practices, BMA Wales reported.

October 22, 2018

Commissioners in parts of England have suggested they will charge practices up to £1,800 a year to access data protection officers that are required under new laws, our sister publication Pulse has revealed.
Under the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect on 25 May, GPs must designate a data protection officer (DPO) to monitor compliance to the law and act as a point of contact for patients requesting access to their data.

October 15, 2018

CCGs should fund the additional 1% pay uplift to the GP contract to help practice staff in their area attain an overall uplift of 3% this year, the BMA has said.
In a letter to CCG chairs, BMA GP committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey asked them to consider making a ‘one-off’ payment to practices by funding an extra 1% of the GP practice pay increase that the Government agreed on earlier this year.

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.