The GP Stories you almost missed – Appointments, Easter Opening, #loyalvarietyperformance
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.
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.
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