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Less than 30% of GPs work full time

17 January 2019

Official data show that last year, for the first time, the proportion of GPs working full time or more fell below 30%, although the figures may underestimate actual hours worked.

Government’s proposals for NHS 10-year plan attacked by Labour

8 January 2019

Prime Minister Theresa May’s 10-year plan for the NHS has been published, with promises of improvements to mental health support and maternity care.

DHSC confirms GP IT systems set for major overhaul

8 January 2019

In the first shake-up to the market in over a decade, the Government is launching a procurement process for providers of new GP IT systems.

Review launched into overprescribing in the NHS

18 December 2018

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has ordered a review that will focus on patients who take multiple medicines, to ensure they are receiving the most appropriate treatment for their needs.

Healthwatch England says patients want GP appointments more quickly

18 December 2018

A latest annual report from Healthwatch England has found that people’s most common frustration in relation to GP services is the difficulty of getting an appointment quickly.

Health and care updated on preparations for a potential no-deal Brexit

11 December 2018

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has written to health and care providers to update them on the Government’s preparations for a potential no-deal Brexit.

Government consults on appropriate clinical negligence cover

11 December 2018

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has launched a consultation seeking views about indemnity cover for healthcare professionals who are not covered by any existing or proposed state-backed scheme.

Extent of patients harmed from cancelled operations last winter revealed by GPs

4 December 2018

GPs have revealed the extent to which patients were put at risk of harm, including death, as a result of hospitals struggling to deal with winter pressures last year.

Mental health checks for new fathers to be introduced on NHS

4 December 2018

NHS England has announced that new fathers and fathers-to-be will be offered mental health checks if their partner is suffering anxiety, psychosis or postnatal depression.

Report says one in four young women has mental illness

28 November 2018

An official report based on NHS Digital data from England has found that nearly one in four young women has a mental illness, with emotional problems such as depression and anxiety being the most common.