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GP leaders have defended their current employment and business arrangements following criticism from the House of Lords Select Committee on the Long Term Sustainability of the NHS, which concluded that the traditional small business model of GP services is no longer fit for purpose. Do you think the GP partnership model still has a place in the NHS?
Following last week’s publication of the Next Steps on the NHS Forward View report by NHS England, MPs on the health select committee have launched an inquiry into England’s sustainability and transformation plans (STPs), which could lead to significant changes in how GPs work. How do you feel about the changes STPs will bring in your area?
Getting rid of ‘low value prescription items’, such as gluten-free foods, fish oils, and indigestion remedies, could save the NHS up to £400 million every year, according to NHS Clinical Commissioners, the independent voice of clinical commissioning groups. Do you think the NHS should drop the prescribing of OTC medication?
The head of the RCGP has urged caution over government plans to create 1,500 “super-hubs” of general practice in England from the existing 7,500 practices in the country. Do you think “super-hubs” of general practice will improve patient care?
A new report by the King’s Fund has revealed the unseen impact on patient care of financial cuts and other pressures in four service areas, suggesting more investment in community and public health services is required to fulfil the vision set out in the Five Year Forward View. Do you think the NHS is being too ambitious with its transformation plans?
Only a third of MPs believe emergency departments have sufficient resources to keep patients safe, a new poll carried out by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine has revealed. Do you think the current staff and funding levels across the NHS is leading towards a patient safety crisis?
More than 500 patients may have suffered serious harm due to NHS Shared Business Services’ failure to deliver 500,000 documents sent between hospitals and GPs, including test results and letters, health secretary Jeremy Hunt told parliament this week. Do you think the government was right not to make the patient correspondence issue public last year?
NHS providers have warned they are experiencing one of the toughest winters on record, with record demand causing both higher than expected spending and reduced income from elective work, leaving them with a third-quarter year-end deficit of £886 million against a target deficit of £580 million. Do you think CCGs are supporting struggling trusts adequately?
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