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April 16, 2012
With the CCG authorisation phase due to begin this summer do GPs need reassurance?

GP concerns over NHS reforms may grow this year thanks to CCG authorisation difficulties, it is claimed.

Chief Executive  of the King's Fund, Professor Chris Ham said the majority of GPs have no  opinion on clinical commissioning "one way or the other", preferring to "keep  their heads down and focus on their clinical commitments".

The  government's controversial Health and Social Care Bill finally passed into law  after gaining Royal Assent on the 27 March.

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 25, 2011
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has ‘softened’ his stance on practice boundaries with extensions only being made in “exceptional circumstances”

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has 'softened' his stance on practice boundaries with extensions only being made in "exceptional circumstances".

Speaking at the Royal College of General Practitioners' (RCGP) annual conference in Liverpool, Lansley told delegates he is not looking to abolish practice boundaries, rather he is intending to "extend patient choice".

"We need to think carefully about how to manage home visiting, about how patients who don't live locally to their practice can receive urgent care, and about how information is shared," he said.

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%).

October 5, 2011
An e-learning tool has been launched in the hope it will lead to more GPs diagnosing mental health issues in veterans

An e-learning tool has been launched in the hope it will lead to more GPs diagnosing mental health issues in veterans.

While a veteran's physical injuries may be obvious to a GP, many experience other ill effects as a result of their time in the armed forces - such as mental health issues - which the Royal College of General Practice (RCGP) claim are "harder to recognise".

February 2, 2011
The Government's NHS reform plans have proved unpopular with doctors, with six out of 10 disagreeing with the proposals, a survey for the Royal College of GPs has revealed.

The Government's NHS reform plans have proved unpopular with doctors, with six out of 10 disagreeing with the proposals, a survey for the Royal College of GPs has revealed.

The poll highlights how many GPs are unconvinced that patient care will improve under the plans, which will see them take responsibility for around £80 billion of NHS funds.