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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

EXCLUSIVE
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.
 

November 23, 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond has unveiled the awaited Budget 2017.

November 23, 2017

Two weeks ahead of the Budget, NHS CEO Simon Stevens spoke at an NHS Providersconference in Birmingham to remind politicians of the £350m a week promised to the NHS during the Brexit campaign.

He said that, if there was a cash injection into the NHS, waiting lists will reach five million patients by 2021.

Instead, the Government has decided to give the NHS:

November 22, 2017

The Budget introduces the government’s spending plans, which they formulate after the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget responsibility.

In a nutshell, you’ll have the chance to see how the money you have paid in taxes will be spent.

The Budget affects many aspects of our lives. Non-exclusively, it will affect: students, self-employed, people in social care, businesses, pensioners and many other categories.  

November 22, 2017

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has announced today an investment of £3.5bn for buildings and facilities in the NHS England by 2022/2023.

Of this money, £2.6bn will flow into the NHS’ sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs), to help them improve facilities and help local areas to focus on providing more integrated care for patients, and better meet demand for services.

October 27, 2017

Small practices will pay a lower registration fee, while larger ones will pay more, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has revealed.

The CQC proposes to calculate fees based on patient list sizes rather than number of registered locations, from April 2018.

Structure 'doesn't fit'

The CQC said: ‘The current fees structure does not fit the way the sector is structured, and it will become increasingly outmoded as the way services are organised and delivered develops further.’

October 26, 2017

NHS England is currently investigating whether Commissioning Clinical Groups (CCGs) are delivering the £171m to transform GP practices.

The General Practice Forward View (GPFV) allocated £171m to CCGs for practice transformational support. CCGs are expected to spend around £3 per patient, as a one off non-recurrent investment, from 2017/18.

The investment can either be split over two years or take place in 2017/18 or 2018/19, as decided by the CCGs.

September 16, 2017

The average GP earnings decreased by 1.2% in 2015/16 compared to the previous year, according to the latest report published by NHS Digital.

The analysis includes earning and expense data for both full and part-time GPs who were practicing in the UK as either contractors or salaried GPs on that period.

It reveals that the average taxable income of contractors or salaried GPs working in either General Medical Services (GMS) or Primary Medical Services (PMS) practices was £90,100 in 2015/16 compared to £91,200 in 2014/15.