Chief Inspector of General Practice Professor Steve Field has said that results from the first extensive inspections of GP out-of-hours services under the new Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection regime exceeded expectations.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has addressed GPs at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) conference, saying federations of practices with a shared GP record will have to deliver seven-day access by 2020.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has announced that treatment for mental health conditions will be brought into line with other NHS services with the introduction of the first ever waiting time standards. Bringing treatment for mental health problems on a par with physical health will end years of discrimination. There will also be £120 million to improve mental health services.
An open letter from a coalition of leaders of unions, charities and medical royal colleges including the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has been published in the Independent newspaper, calling on politicians to address the funding crisis in the NHS and social care services.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has been asked by the Government to develop a public health guideline on workplace policies and approaches to promote and protect the health of older employees.
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has said that notifications to GPs from local hospitals warning that A&E departments were under severe pressure, which is commonplace in winter, are now being sent “throughout the year”.
The General Medical Council (GMC) has announced that it will be developing a single national licensing examination for all medical graduates, including both UK graduates and overseas doctors, in order to practise in the UK.