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PCN incentive scheme to include online GP consultation targets from October

The network incentive scheme will measure the number of online consultations PCN member practices carry out from October, new guidance has revealed. And PCNs will be measured against two-week wait appointment targets from next year, it added. It comes as NHS England has announced that the controversial PCN anticipatory and personalised care services have been […]


NHS failure to nurture mental health support staff will affect patient care, report says

Mental health clinical support workers experience more abuse, poorer working conditions and fewer opportunities than other NHS staff, new research has found. According to the report Untapped? Understanding the mental health clinical support workforce, published by the Nuffield Trust, there are significant differences between the experiences of frontline mental health support staff and those of […]


More than 80 private travel testing companies warned over misleading costs

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a two-strike warning to 82 private travel testing companies for lack of clarity about their pricing. The providers were identified as displaying lower prices on the Gov.uk website than those on their own websites at the point of checkout. As part of the two-strike system, […]


ICSs told to identify chief executives by November

ICS leaders should designate a chief executive by the end of November, NHS England has said.  In its new interim guidance (19 August) on the functions and governance of the integrated care board (ICB), NHSE said that ICS leaders should ‘proceed with preparations to design and implement ICB governance and leadership arrangements before April 2022’.  This would include recruiting required members of the ICB board, as […]


Double-jabbed carry similar levels of Covid as unvaccinated, study finds

People who have received two doses of Covid vaccine, but still contract the virus, carry similar levels of Covid to people who are unvaccinated and have the virus, according to a new study.  This could mean the double-jabbed have a similar chance of passing on the virus as those who are unvaccinated.   Earlier studies into the effectiveness of the vaccines found that vaccinated people had a much lower chance of passing […]


£140m to help clear Welsh backlog as waiting list breaches 600,000

The Welsh Government has allocated £140m to help the NHS recover from the pandemic after the latest data revealed the backlog for planned care has surpassed 600,000 people. The funding – announced today – comes as part of a £551m funding package for NHS and social care services, the majority of which (£411m) will be […]


‘Significantly fewer’ FTE GPs per 10,000 patients in the most deprived areas, study finds

The most deprived areas in England had almost one and a half fewer full time equivalent GPs (1.41) per 10,000 patients than the least derived areas, a study has found. This undersupply of GPs  result in around 56 less hours worked per 10,000 patients than in the lest deprived areas, according to the research.   […]


GP earnings increase but expenses ‘rise faster than income’

The average earnings across all types of GPs in England increased by 2.7% last year, according to official data.  However GP partner expenses have been rising faster than their income, NHS Digital said.  The yearly publication for 2019/20 said the average GP partner earned £121,800 before tax – a ‘statistically significant’ 3.8% increase from 2018/19 […]


Under-19s waiting for urgent eating disorder treatment triples during pandemic

The number of under-19s waiting for urgent treatment for eating disorders tripled during the pandemic, while the number waiting for routine support more than quadrupled, analysis has shown. New NHS data – analysed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and published today (19 August) – has shown that at the end of June 2021, 207 […]


Moderna vaccine approved for 12- to 17-year-olds

The UK’s medicines regulator has approved the Moderna Covid vaccine for children aged 12- to 17-years-old. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) confirmed today (17 August) that the vaccine is ‘safe and effective’ for the age group. At the start of this month, NHS England instructed practices to begin vaccinating all 16- to […]