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March 19, 2012
The chair of the RCGP has called upon a private law firm to produce some much-needed guidance to support CCGs in coping with disengaged practices

The chair of the RCGP has called upon a private law firm to produce some much-needed guidance to support CCGs in coping with disengaged practices. 

Speaking at a GPB commissioning roundtable last week (13 March), Dr Clare Gerada said there is a lack of centrally written guidance to advise how CCGs and their participating GP practices alike cope when conflicts arise. 

March 13, 2012
Dr Laurence Buckman, Chair of the BMA's GPC described the letter as “odd”

The Chair of the RCGP has voiced her surprise at the reaction to a letter submitted to Prime Minister David Cameron offering to "work together" to implement government health reforms.

Dr Clare Gerada's letter, dated 6 March, has been widely reported as evidence of her 'backpedaling' over the college's public opposition to the controversial Health Bill.

It calls for greater RCGP involvement in discussions concerning the implementation of the bill.

October 21, 2011
GPs are being urged not to compromise their “unique” relationships with patients when cutting costs

GPs are being urged notto compromise their “unique” relationships with patients when cutting costs.

Speaking at the RoyalCollege of General Practitioners (RCGP) annual conference in Liverpool today(20 October), Chair Dr Clare Gerada said GPs are under pressure to “replace the languageof caring with the language of the market”.

She warned patients “arenot commodities to be bought and sold”.

Gerada implores GPs notto lose sight of why they entered the profession and to continue to care forthe patient as a person during these turbulent economic times.

October 18, 2011
Training and support programmes improve primary care workers’ ability to spot domestic violence among women, a study suggests

Training and support programmes improve primary care workers’ abilityto identify domestic violence among patients, a study suggests.

Researchers studied 51 (61%) of 84 general practices in Hackney andBristol. Of these, 24 received a training and support programme, 24 did notreceive the programme, and three dropped out before the trial started.

October 12, 2011
Nearly three-quarters of the members of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) either 'strongly agree' or 'agree' with the view the Health Bill should be withdrawn

Nearly three-quarters of the members of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) either 'strongly agree' or 'agree' with the view the Health Bill should be withdrawn.

In the third survey of its kind in assessing RCGP members' views on the Health Bill, 93% of respondents said they do not feel reassured by the government's response.

Over 90% also claimed their support for the reforms remained either unchanged (63.5%) or had decreased  (29.2%).

September 27, 2011
GPs' lack of knowledge about cancer causes side effects of treatment to go undetected, it is claimed

GPs' lack of knowledge about cancer causes side effects of treatment to go undetected, it is claimed.

It is estimated that 500,000 people who have survived cancer develop conditions such as osteoporosis, heart disease and bowel problems.

It is feared GPs fail to pick up on the symptoms of treatment side effects for around half of such patients, Professor Jane Maher, Medical Director of Macmillan Cancer Support, told The Guardian.