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It sounds like a paradox. At a time when competition is being promoted in the English NHS as never before, the reasons for GP practices to work together grow stronger.
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What do consultants do, exactly, when they work over the weekend or at nights on an on-call shift? Is it simply a case of answering a few questions over the phone from the comfort of your own home? For the majority, I would say probably not. In fact, I know of many examples of consultants going much further than this.
Tags: seven day services, consultant contract
There was high drama in the House of Lords last week when the unfortunately titled Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill was subjected to a ‘pause’ on those bits of the bill (‘part two’) seeking to overhaul the rules on campaigning by third party groups such as charities and other organisations like the BMA ahead of elections.
Tags: Westminster parliament
Tags: general practice
We all know the population is ageing and the patients who come to see us have increasingly complex conditions, often with multiple morbidities. You cannot argue with demographic data. However, what we need to debate is how we, the medical profession, respond to changing trends and requirements for patient care.
Tags: medical education and training, doctors in training, GMC
When we think of variations in NHS provision, it is normally about a particular treatment being available in one part of the country but not another – the postcode lottery. However there is probably wider variation in the quality of care in the same place but at different times of the day or week – the calendar lottery, if you will.
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SPA (supporting professional activity) time is our time to innovate, to develop ways to make services better, to learn about the latest developments, expand our knowledge and skills and consider how we can apply these to our work. It’s during SPA time that we are able to lead and develop care – the very definition of what a consultant should be doing.
Tags: supporting professional activities, consultant contract
There is definitely a strong hint of déjà-vu with the Lobbying Bill. This is turning out to be quite an unpopular piece of legislation, unclear in its purpose and hastily pushed through – the comparisons with the Health and Social Care Bill can't be missed.
As we approach contract negotiations in England and Northern Ireland, it is our consultant members who are our best resource.
Tags: consultant contract, NHS Watch
With less than a year to go before Scotland takes to the polls to determine its constitutional future, many of us continue to have questions about what an independent Scotland might look like.
The health minister Dan Poulter made something of a splash in his local media, armed with allegations that locum GPs were supposedly earning colossal sums.
Tags: sessional GPs, NHS Watch
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