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Recruiters are enticing GPs to work abroad by highlighting flexible working in places like New Zealand and contrasting that against plans for 7 day working in the UK. Figures from the GMC reveal that in 2014 over 800 GPs applied for the certificates needed to work abroad.

The cost of indemnity cover is escalating owing to GPs extending their cover for 7 day working. According to the GPC, costs are unnecessarily high as medical defence organisations are basing their calculations on urgent OOH work, though the majority of work is routine and non-emergency care. The rising cost of indemity has led to at least one GP federation to broker their cover directly with an insurance company, saving their GPs an estimated 75%. The RCGP is to offer a federation support programme to help practices start working together, NHS England is funding the project.

Scotland’s Information Services Division have published figures that show Scottish GPs are already providing almost 1 million OOH consultations. Meanwhile, in North Wales, paramedics, instead of GPs and nurses, have been attending home visits at evenings and weekends owing to a shortage of staff. A single-handed practice in Scotland has failed to attract any applicants to replace the retiring GP who left at the end of June. NHS Highland has been running the practice and were offering a salary of £80k, golden hello and relocation package.

The new GP returner scheme has attracted 60 GPs since March, however, the majority of these were in London (18) and the South of England (23). The two areas worst hit by GP shortages, North East of England and East Midlands, attracted only 1 GP each.

The Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration has recommended removing a supplement paid to GP trainees that accounts for 31% of their salary (worth £14,328 in the first year of training). The BMA has warned that this would be a “disaster” and compound the shortage of doctors applying to GP.

NHS England is to offer practices a contract with “simple and attractive” conditions as an alternative to the national contract. The move is part of a shake-up of the way primary and secondary care is organised and funded. Practices will be given the ‘right of return’ back to the national contract. Whilst the GPC is looking into ‘payment by activity’ as it prepares for the 2016/17 contract negotiations.

Health 1000: The Wellness Practice is a new practice set up in the King George Hospital, East London, aimed at patients who are at risk of frequent hospital admissions. To be eligible to register, patients must have 5 or more specific long-term health conditions such as coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, dementia and depression. Each of the 1000 patients at the practice will have access to a key worker, consultants, physiotherapists, geriatricians, occupational therapists and a social worker in addition to GPs and nurses.

The RCGP and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have joined forces to allow GPs to volunteer for between 6 and 24 months in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. The projects will run for three years and focus on family medicine.

A survey of GPs by the BMA has found that more than 90% of GPs think that 10-minute consultations are inadequate. With politicians focusing on access, analysis by the BMJ has shown that the benefits of GP access policies is unclear. Incentives were given for practices to open over Easter, OOH providers struggled to cover shifts whilst practices themselves saw a few as three patients during a 3 hour surgery on Easter Saturday. For more articles on GP access, visit this blog. Meanwhile, research by Exeter Medical School has found that patients rate Private GP OOH care worse than NHS or not-for-profit services.

In an attempt to fill vacancies, a new CCG recruitment initiative is trying to attract Dutch GPs. In Scotland, one practice has had to redraw its boundaries and cut its patient list by a quarter after two unsuccessful rounds of recruitment. New GMC Chair, Professor Terence Stephenson, has called for a nationwide GP counselling service to be rolled out.

Despite recent calls for more on-site pharmacies in GP surgeries, a study a shown that pharmacist-led management of chronic pain is more expensive than standard treatment by GPs. Whilst there is a growing list of conditions and treatments not funded by the NHS, 30 CCGs may face a legal threat for funding homeopathy. Whilst a new trend has seen the costs of indemnity cover shoot up with one GP quoted £30,000 for their annual premium.

Many GPs and healthcare professionals are frustrated that politicians don’t understand the NHS, and General Practice in particular and would welcome an alternative health manifesto.

Usually when you read about general practice and performance, you might be thinking about targets and referrals but one practice in Devon are putting on a ‘Loyal Variety Performance‘ in their waiting room in a concert starring doctors, patients and receptionists.