Retainer fees for GP visits to care homes criticised

22 January 2014

Care England, the umbrella body for English care providers formed from a merger of the National Care Association and English Community Care Association, has warned that GPs charging care homes retainer fees for NHS care for their residents is “unacceptable” and must end.

Threat to GP occupational health service opposed

18 January 2014

British Medical Association (BMA) leaders have written to the Department of Health (DH) requesting confirmation of the continuing provision of support for GPs and NHS staff suffering stress and burnout.

Information issued to GPs on Care.data scheme

18 January 2014

In January 2014, a leaflet entitled “Better Information Means Better Care” will be sent to every household in England as part of a £2 million publicity campaign to inform the public about how information in medical records is used for purposes beyond direct patient care, including in the Care.data programme and for research.

CQC penalises providers with no registered manager

16 January 2014

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is in the process of issuing fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to care providers who have been without a registered manager for more than eight months where one is required as a condition of registration.

Warning voiced over bureaucracy of migrant charges for GPs

13 January 2014

Health minister Lord Howe has announced that more detailed plans on migrant charges for NHS services will be published in March this year, but that GP and nurse consultations will remain free, with the introduction of new charges for other services.

Committee says GPs should provide data on prescription drug addiction

13 January 2014

A report by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has said GPs must start collecting anonymous data on patients who could be addicted to prescription drugs in an important first step towards tackling the problem that is affecting 1.5 million possible addicts.

Malnutrition Prevention Project to be piloted in five areas

9 January 2014

A government-funded Malnutrition Prevention Project is to be launched in five pilot areas this month and will be run by the Malnutrition Task Force, a group of experts formed last year to address preventable malnutrition and dehydration in older people.

New approach to General Practice inspection published

20 December 2013

The Care Quality Commission’s (CGC’s) new chief inspector of General Practice has published a new approach to the inspection and regulation of GPs and GP out-of-hours services, which will start April 2014.