Preferred bidder named for private patient unit

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has named One Healthcare the preferred bidder to run its Coombe Wing, a suite for the provision of private patient...

Joint replacement centre opens at Bupa Cromwell Hospital

The Fortius Joint Replacement Centre has opened at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in a new partnership between Fortius Clinic and Bupa. The centre will provide hip and...

Spending gap putting pressure on mental health services

Mental health workers are under pressure as the spending gap between NHS mental health services and NHS acute hospitals widened last year, according to...

NHSPN reaffirms extra capacity as NHS winter crisis continues

The NHS Partners Network (NHSPN) reaffirmed its offer to the NHS of additional capacity for 400,000 operations and tests as NHS England revealed record...

CQC pauses non-urgent inspections

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has paused some routine inspections this month in response to increased pressure on the health and care system and...

Further investigation into £700m Capita GP contract

The National Audit Office (NAO) will be investigating a £700m primary care support contract provided by Capita Business Services to GP practices, which GPs...

Assura CEO

Assura has announced that Jonathan Murphy has been appointed chief executive. Murphy, who has been interim CEO since 3 October 2016, was previously the Group’s...

GPs should give up independent status

General practitioners should give up their independent contractor status and become NHS employees. This is the most radical alternative method of primary care funding considered by Professor Azeem Majeed, head of the department of primary care & public health at Imperial College London, in an editorial published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Professor Majeed, who also works as a part-time GP in South London, suggests that the funding of primary care should also be modified in favour of methods that link workload more closely to funding.

Funding and purchase for MedicX

£25m funding boost for MedicX

Cameron announces £50m fund for 12/7 GP access pilots

Independent out of hours primary care providers such as Care UK could benefit from additional funding the Government is providing for 7-day access to general practice.. The Government has announced people will be able to see their GP seven days a week and out of office hours under new proposals set out by the Prime Minister for a first wave of pioneer’ GP groups offering extended opening hours across the country from 2014/15. The Government says the move will make it easier for people see their family doctor from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. It will help thousands who struggle to find GP appointments that fit in with their family and work life,’ a statement from the Department of Health said. GPs wishing to want to access the extra funding will be able to apply to a new £50m challenge fund to set up a pioneer’ programme. Pioneers’ will be established in each of the nine regions of the country which are expected to cover up to half a million patients.