Changes to GPs’ contract reduce tick-box targets

28 November 2013

GP contract changes for 2014 to 2015 have been agreed between the British Medical Association’s (BMA) general practitioners’ committee (GPC) and NHS England, directed by the Department of Health (DH). The BMA affirmed that GPs would now “have more time to spend on direct clinical care following major contractual changes to reduce bureaucracy and cut targets”.

Report finds NHS complaints procedure needs overhaul

5 November 2013

Commissioned by the Prime Minister following the Francis report into failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, a new report has proposed systems to overhaul the NHS complaints handling procedures.

Updated guidance issued on charging overseas visitors for NHS treatment

31 October 2013

The Department of Health (DH) has issued updated guidance on implementing the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2011 for hospital charging in England, including information about the responsibilities of GPs and the interface between primary and secondary care.

Review of NHS staff engagement launched

29 October 2013

Care minister Norman Lamb has announced the launch of an independent review that will look at options for supporting employee voices and their stake in NHS organisations, to strengthen staff engagement in the health service.

Research claims sexual harassment “rife”

29 October 2013

A research report by an employment law firm claims that sexual harassment is “rife in the workplace” with six in ten working women having experienced a male colleague behaving “inappropriately” towards them.