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April 17, 2012
Managing patient demand: the view from a former GP and Director of Healthcare Advisory.

Practice staff stand accused of being disconnected from the level of patient demand.

Dr Rupert Dunbar-Rees, a former GP and Director of Healthcare Advisory at BDO Alliance, told GP Business practices have to go "back to basics" if they want to better manage patient demand.

"Most capacity in primary care is delivered around historical cultural norms – ie when the GP wants to be on call with their time scheduled around other commitments," he said.

April 16, 2012
The government's Statement of Fitness for Work has been given the thumbs down in a new poll.

The vast majority of employers do not believe the GP fit note is effective.

Nine out of ten employers responding to a poll by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) dismissed the GP fit note – or Statement of Fitness for Work – as "ineffective".

The CIPP described the results as "disappointing".

March 23, 2012
The majority of GPs will face a “whopping” 60% rate of income tax on their salary, following after the announcement of the 2012 Budget

The majority of GPs will face a “whopping” 60% rate of income tax on their salary, following after the announcement of the 2012 Budget.

The Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants (AISMA) said Chancellor George Osbourne offered “no tax giveaways” in his 2012 Budget speech on Wednesday (21 March).

November 8, 2011
Why it can be profitable to compare performance in QOF with that of other practices
May 25, 2011
GP surgeries should invite female patients for a 'chat' about the menopause when they reach the age of 50, experts have suggested.

GP surgeries should invite female patients for a 'chat' about the menopause when they reach the age of 50, experts have suggested.

The British Menopause Society (BMS) said GPs should get in touch with women on their 50th birthday to invite them to register for a 'health and lifestyle consultation'.

The BMS wants to raise women's awareness of the impact of the menopause, including the increased risk of conditions such as osteoporosis.

March 25, 2011
The new Quality and Outcomes Framework is finally here. Where have all the biggest changes been made?

At last we know how the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) will look next year. The good news is that there are no new clinical areas and the changes to the existing clinical areas are fairly minor. There are big changes, however, in the patient experience domain. Nearly a tenth of the QOF is now devoted to managing prescribing and commissioning budgets, and several clinical indicators have been removed to make way for this.

March 25, 2011
The shift of NHS money to consortia brings not only power but also responsibility. Careful consideration should be taken before stepping upto the role of the Accountable Officer

As the Health and Social Care Bill is debated
in parliament there are a some concrete elements to the
government reforms which can be planned for.

We do know that, subject to Parliamentary approval, GP
Commissioning Consortia (GPCC) will be at the heart of
these changes, with direct responsibility for as much as 80%
of the NHS budget in England – around £80bn.

As this is taxpayers' money it comes with strings attached –

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 5, 2011
A diabetes research training scheme for GPs has been launched as part of a joint venture between Diabetes UK and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

A diabetes research training scheme for GPs has been launched as part of a joint venture between Diabetes UK and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

The Diabetes UK-RCGP Academic Fellowship in General Practice will provide support to help GPs who have completed vocational training within the last five years undertake training in research at a UK higher education institution, providing it is relevant to diabetes research.