Less than a third of GPs would be willing to employ physician assistants, despite the government’s push to use them to solve the GP recruitment crisis, a Pulse poll has revealed.

GP leaders have opposed a proposal from the Welsh Conservative Party to fine patients referred to Welsh hospitals £10 if they do not attend.

Any future plans for the reorganisation of primary care could see the practice-list based model of general practice replaced, the head of the NHS in England has told a conference of academic GPs.

The Kings Fund has released a new report calling on doctors, nurses and other hospital staff to engage in a new mission to deliver better outcomes at lower costs.

George Osborne has reiterated that the NHS remains a key priority of this government, as he delivered the first fully-Conservative Budget in the House of Commons since 1996.

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has revealed a new £15m scheme to fund, recruit and employ clinical pharmacists in GP surgeries.

NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens and National Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh have announced the successful applicants of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme – a scheme to make evidenced healthcare innovations more widely available to patients.

The Department of Health has told Pulse that it is considering whether physician associates should be given prescribing powers as part of its ‘new deal’ to relieve the pressures on GPs.

Fresh concerns have been raised by GPs that dementia patients are not receiving the care and support that they need.

Jeremy Hunt has called for a ‘new social contract between the public and health and care services’, urging the public to take more personal responsibility for looking after the elderly, for their own health and in using finite NHS resources.

Key public bodies across the country will be legally required to take steps to prevent people from being radicalised under new counter-terror measures.

The government are to put a strict limit on legal fees lawyers can charge in clinical negligence cases against the NHS in England.

New research has prompted calls for receptionists to be properly trained in recognising stroke symptoms, after finding only 14 per cent of receptionists had received formal training.

The government has softened its pre-election pledge to deliver 5,000 new GPs, claiming it is the ‘maximum’ figure achievable.

GPs have criticised the current inspection process for GP surgeries, claiming that it is unfit for purpose and requires GPs to take too much time away from patients.

Community pharmacists across England will be given access to the NHS Summary Care Record (SCR), the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has announced.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated and redesigned its guidelines to help GPs diagnose cancer earlier and save thousands of lives

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned the government that new immigration rules could exacerbate the nursing shortage in the UK and see thousands of foreign nurses forced to return to their home countries.


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