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It's time to call an end to the "complete the course" message for some antibiotics, according to an article in a leading medical journal. Experts writing in The British Medical Journal (The BMJ) argue that the warning given to patients at the start of treatment is not supported by the…
The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham has been commissioned to complete a critical appraisal of a health care programme which aims to share innovation around primary care services such as those offered by GPs, thereby reducing hospital admissions and pressure on A&E departments. Primary health …
More than 200 GP practices across England have closed or merged in the last year, figures show. Data from NHS Digital reveals that while just eight practices opened, 202 closed or merged together. Practices closed in all regions, but the North of England was particularly hit, with more than 60…
A third of people with long-term conditions such as asthma and arthritis who pay for prescriptions have not picked up their medicines due to the cost, research suggests. A poll of 4,200 people with long-term conditions who pay for medicines also found that 30% sometimes skip or reduce their recommended…
Patients are being "belittled and bewildered" as access to NHS care is worsening, leading doctors have warned. The British Medical Association (BMA) said the Government wants a world-class NHS but was only offering it a "third-class" financial settlement. It said that the health service is at "breaking point" and concerns…
An extra £500 million pledged by the First Minister for primary health care must be specifically invested in GP surgeries, doctors have insisted. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said there had been "confusion" about whether the money - which Nicola Sturgeon announced in her speech to the SNP…
Leading children's doctors have hit out at plans aimed at transforming the NHS in England, claiming they do not prioritise the health of youngsters. Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have been created in 44 regions in a bid to revolutionise services while saving money in the face of an expected…
Vacancies for GPs are at their highest ever level, research suggests. A survey of 860 GPs for Pulse magazine found 12.2% of positions are currently vacant. This is an increase from 11.7% the same time last year, and up from 2.1% in 2011, when Pulse started collecting data. Some 158…
Learning disability charity Mencap, in partnership with NHS England, has launched a new animation and online guides called Don’t Miss Out to raise awareness of the importance for people with a learning disability to be on their GP’s learning disability register. Just 23% of people with a learning disability are…
There has been a drop in the number of GPs working in the NHS despite Government aims to recruit more, figures show. Provisional data from NHS Digital shows there were 34,050 full-time equivalent GPs at the end of December. This is 445 fewer than in September when there were 34,495.…
Doctors' leaders have claimed the Government's plans to extend access to GPs in England are in "complete disarray", after a report warned of "difficulties" recruiting and retaining enough family doctors to deliver them. The National Audit Office said shortfalls in training places, increased part-time working and early retirement mean there…
The House of Care (HoC) Programme in Scotland has published a learning report that captures stories from people living with long term conditions and staff from across Scotland who have been involved in collaborative care and support planning conversations, and in wider person centred approaches. This learning report shares stories…
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