The GP Stories you almost missed – Primary Care Myth Buster, 7 day access, 10million antibiotics prescriptions, working abroad, Physician Associates, GP pay rise
The NHS Confederation has published a Primary Care myth buster to raise awareness that GPs already offer 7 day access. The move comes amid calls from academics for the Government to put a halt to 7 day access plans as research has not conclusively shown that 7 day access will reduce A& E admissions. Meanwhile, a small GP-led pilot scheme in Cornwall has reduced emergency admissions by 34% in a high-risk group of patients with two or more long-term conditions.
NICE has backtracked on its claim that 10million prescriptions for antibiotics every year are inappropriately prescribed. The figure was apparently based on ‘the far end of plausability’ of an estimate made by a single expert adviser.
The CQC is to make changes to the way it carries out practice inspections in order to improve the relationship between practices and inspectors. A named lead inspector for each CCG area will carry out the majority of inspections with visits spread throughout the year rather than during a 4 week window.
An error by NHS England has left 30 GP trainees in the Thames Valley and 14 in the West Midlands suspended from seeing patients for up to 3 weeks because they were not included on the performers list.
A survey of practice managers has found that 57% have applied for new jobs and many want to leave General Practice citing bureaucracy, poor pay, and a lack of training and opportunities for progression as reasons to look for management jobs in other sectors. Meanwhile, figures from the GMC show that on average, between 2008 and 2014, 2,852 certificates were issued to doctors enabling them to work abroad. Worryingly, it seems that the doctors most likely to leave are young, newly or recently qualified and without family or financial ties to the UK.
The NHS is seeking to recruit 200 US trained physician associates to four regions in the UK offering £50,000 for a 48 hour working week. The positions are for two years by which time, the first UK trained physician associates should be qualified.
Meanwhile, there are hopes that GPs will be amongst the groups to benefit from an increase on the expected pay rise of 1%. Groups with recruitment and retention issues may receive more than 1% according to the Treasury.
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