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October 5, 2015
Up to 27% of GP appointments could be avoided by more coordination between practices and hospitals, report says

Up to 27% of GP appointments could potentially be avoided if there was more coordination between practices and hospitals, according to a report from NHS Alliance and the Primary Care Foundation.

May 4, 2012
Retired GP Dr David Colin Thomé takes up the position with immediate effect.

A former GP and DH advisor has been appointed Chair of Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) with immediate effect.

Dr David Colin Thomé retired as a GP in 2007 and held the post as National Clinical Director of Primary Care at the DH for ten years.

He replaces Roy Greenhalgh, who stepped down as Chair of the PCC after three years in the role.

”PCC has always played a valuable role in supporting the development of primary care, so I was very pleased to be asked to take the chair,” said Dr Thomé.

February 12, 2011
Freedom from the ‘dead hand of Whitehall’ is what lies behind the Government’s plans for the public sector according to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Freedom from the 'dead hand of Whitehall' is what lies behind the Government's plans for the public sector according to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

 

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.

January 26, 2011

Plans to free up GPs' surgeries could see patients told to email their doctor and describe their symptoms, it has been reported.

Patients would be asked to electronically submit a description of their condition, which would be answered by doctors later in the day, under the system reportedly being considered by ministers.

Doctors would then advise their patients to attend an appointment or arrange a home visit only if they believed the symptoms were serious enough.

January 25, 2011
Fraud investigations in the NHS have increased by 37 per cent in the last three years, according to official figures.

Fraud investigations in the NHS have increased by 37% in the last three years, according to official figures.

The NHS Counter Fraud Service revealed that the amount of potential fraud detected and probed rose amid the economic downturn, from 351 in 2007/08 to 415 in 2008/09 and reached 482 in 2009/10.

The value of the fraud and unlawful action identified was £4.1 million in 2007/08, £16.2 million a year later and £10.9 million in 2009/10.

January 25, 2011
Government plans to tackle cheap supermarket alcohol prices have been branded a "huge disappointment" by a senior Liberal Democrat.

Government plans to tackle cheap supermarket alcohol prices have been branded a "huge disappointment" by a senior Liberal Democrat.

Bath MP Don Foster said efforts to deal with "pocket money-priced" drinks had not gone far enough and called for a Commons debate on the issue.

Mr Foster insisted that Home Office ministers needed to face up to questions about their decision to only ban the sale of alcohol below cost price - defined in coalition proposals as duty plus VAT.

January 8, 2011
The extreme winter weather and rising number of serious flu cases will not thwart attempts to make savings in the NHS, the head of the health service has told Public Finance (PF).

The extreme winter weather and rising number of serious flu cases will not thwart attempts to make savings in the NHS, the head of the health service has told Public Finance (PF).