The General Practitioners Committee (GMC) is pressing for GP practices to be given longer-term deals, which are not subject to the Department of Health’s (DoH) annual ‘tinkering’, Pulse reports.

The Treasury has agreed to grant NHS services in England with a £3.8 billion above-inflation, cash injection next year, as a result of increasing fears regarding pressures the service is facing.

New guidelines issued by NHS England instruct that GP practices must register all patients within its boundaries, including those with no evidence of a permanent address, and those living in temporary homes such as boats or with friends.

A cap on the funding of NHS agency staff has come into force, with intentions to generate a saving of £1 billion over the next three years.

Overspending by NHS trusts has risen to £1.6billion this year, according to the latest quarterly performance report by Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, has called on NHS managers to lead a new drive to stamp out discrimination across healthcare.

NHS England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have released a consultation document that seeks to overhaul the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF).

The British Medical Association (BMA) has said GP training practices could be picketed during the junior doctor industrial action when the strike goes ahead.

Results from the junior doctors' ballot reveals an overwhelming favour of strike action, continuing their dispute with ministers over a new contract, with 98 per cent voting in favour of industrial action.

The results of a ballot of junior doctors in England will shortly be unveiled shortly (19 November), with a vote in favour of strikes widely expected.

Out-of-hours providers are finding it difficult to recruit GPs for shifts after the seven-day GP access pilots began offering double the hourly rate, leaders have warned.

Nearly one in four areas of England has unacceptably high rates of early deaths among people with mental health problems, a report suggests.

A national whistleblowing policy has been unveiled, which aims to give NHS staff more support to raise concerns about quality of care.

Safe staffing figures show a significant decline in nurse staffing levels, finding less than one in 10 hospitals meeting their own targets for the number of nurses working on wards.

NHS England has doubled funding for its national pilot of clinical pharmacists in general practices, with 700 practices set to benefit from the £31 million funding.

New funding for mental health services should be directed straight to providers of care, instead of being processed through layers of bureaucracy, the Mental Health Network has urged.

Local leaders have claimed that GPs are finding themselves under increasing pressure from mental health officers to prescribe certain drugs for children with mental health problems, even though it is outside their knowledge and expertise.

The latest data from NHS England has shown that in September the health service missed its A&E target to see, treat and discharge patients within a four hour time slot.


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