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June 16, 2008
LMC representatives from across the UK vote for a "no confidence" motion in the government, the health secretary and Lord Darzi

Delegates at the Local Medical Committee (LMC) Annual Conference, which took place last Thursday and Friday (23–13 June) voted unanimously in favour of a motion of "no confidence in the UK government's stewardship of the NHS."

LMCs also gave a vote of no confidence in both the health secretary, Alan Johnson, and Lord Darzi, who is leading a wide-ranging review of the NHS to be published next month.

May 22, 2008
Announcement comes as the health secretary pledges more accessible primary care for black and minority ethnic groups groups

The Department of Health (DH) has announced the creation of a national support programme to work with the NHS and with GP practices to drive forward improvements in GP services.

The announcement comes as the health secretary has pledged more accessible primary care for black and minority ethnic groups (BME) groups, following the recommendations of two reports identifying ways of improving access and responsiveness of GP services.

May 21, 2008
Health Secretary says local health providers must work more closely to improve preventative care for older people

Health Secretary Alan Johnson today (21 May 2008) said local health and social care providers needed to work more closely to build on preventative care services for older people and ensure people know to what they are entitled.

Mr Johnson acknowledged the provision of health and social care services for older people was patchy, with some areas already ahead of the game while others had a long way to go.

November 29, 2007
Last week's NHS Alliance Annual Conference threw the spotlight onto primary care change and development

Last week I attended the NHS Alliance annual conference, which took place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex on Thursday and Friday. The event was titled "into the new era – primary care under the spotlight", and the theme of the two-day conference was very much on the development of general practice and its position at the "frontline" of the NHS.

November 28, 2007
Government launches scheme to help people with mental health conditions keep working

The government has launched a new initiative which aims to help people with stress and other mental health conditions find and keep work.

As part of the programme, which was unveiled by Health Secretary Alan Johnson and Work and Pensions Secretary Peter Hain, a pilot scheme which put Jobcentre Plus advisers in GP surgeries will be extended and a new £8m advice and support service will be established for smaller businesses.

November 16, 2007
Alan Johnson has terminated a private sector provider and dropped six others due to lack of "value for money"

Health Secretary Alan Johnson has denied performing a U-turn over the use of private sector treatment in the NHS despite cancelling a number of schemes.

The contract of one provider is being terminated and six other schemes are being dropped as they are "unlikely to provide value for money".

But in a written statement to the Commons, Mr Johnson said the independent sector will play an "increased role" where it is needed.

November 15, 2007
Alan Johnson praises independent sector, saying it has helped "galvanise the NHS to raise its game"

Health Secretary Alan Johnson today (Thursday 15 November) outlined a continuing role for the independent sector in primary care services and providing additional GP surgeries.

Mr Johnson unveiled a package of measures designed to deliver more choice and faster treatment to patients.

October 26, 2007
Alan Johnson announces an HPV immunisation programme to routinely vaccinate girls aged 12-13 years against cervical cancer

Health Secretary Alan Johnson today (Friday 26 October) announced the introduction of a human papilloma virus (HPV) immunisation programme to routinely vaccinate girls aged 12–13 years of age against cervical cancer, starting from September 2008.

Mr Johnson also confirmed that there would be a two-year catch up campaign starting in Autumn 2009, for girls up to 18 years. The routine programme could cost up to £100m a year and the catch up programme could cost up to £200m in 2009/10 and 20010/11.

October 11, 2007
Health Secretary Alan Johnson has unveiled further details of his planned reforms to NHS GP services

Health Secretary Alan Johnson has unveiled further details of his planned reforms to NHS GP services.

It comes after the Chancellor Alistair Darling revealed that total spending on health will rise from £90bn in 2007-08 to £110bn in 2010-11.

Mr Johnson gave details of a new £250m access fund to provide extra GP surgeries in deprived areas, and extended-hours health centres in every part of the country.

He also announced a "groundbreaking" £170m therapy service to treat 900,000 patients with depression and anxiety in England over the next three years.

September 26, 2007
BMA Chairman says the health secretary should speak to GPs about opening hours if he really wants clinical engagement

The British Medical Association Chairman, Dr Hamish Meldrum, has  commented on the health secretary's Labour Party congerence speech, saying: "Mr Johnson's words sounds good but we now have to see if they are followed by action."

September 26, 2007
Alan Johnson says 2004 contract won't change, but surgery opening times should "suit the patient, not the practice"

Health Secretary Alan Johnson has said he does not want to change the 2004 contract, which allowed GPs to opt out of providing out-of-hours care.

And while he said he will not adopt a "confrontational approach" with family doctors, he reiterated his call that surgeries must be more accessible for patients.

He said: "GP surgeries should be open at times and in locations that suit the patient, not the practice."

One potential move may be for pharmacies, sports halls and high street walk-in centres to take on some of the roles of providing care.

September 19, 2007
The Health Secretary has warned that family doctors must change to provide more convenient services

GPs could operate out of pharmacies and sports centres under plans to make services more accessible for working people, Health Secretary Alan Johnson has said.

But he again warned family doctors that they will have to undergo a culture shift in a bid to provide more convenient services.

He said: "We have got a great primary care service in this country and GPs are crucially important.