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Leaked letter reveals new threat to North East NHS jobs

June 18, 2012 — administrator

MORE than 1,000 NHS staff in the North East could face redundancy as a result of the Government’s controversial healthcare reforms.

GPs should work weekend to clear industrial action backlog, says Lansley

June 18, 2012 — administrator

GPs who are taking industrial action on Thursday should work on the following weekend to clear a backlog of 1.25 million cancelled appointments, health secretary Andrew Lansley has told the BMA.

‘Agreeable’ GPs should face disciplinary action, says NHS watchdog

June 11, 2012 — administrator

Managers have been advised to crack down on GPs who are too ‘agreeable' and have ‘a desire to do well', in new NHS advice on how to performance-manage practices.

The National Clinical Assessment Service says managers should intervene early to tackle ‘behavioural difficulties' in all healthcare practitioners, including those who follow guidelines too rigidly or try to please patients.

Choose and Book project work at Leeds MSK and Rehabilitation Services now fully completed

June 8, 2012 — administrator

For the past 5 months, Pricare has been working closely with NHS Leeds Community Healthcare to migrate some of their larger services onto the Choose and Book platform. This will enable GPs to book appointments directly with the service for their patients at the click of a button. The services now live are MSK Physiotherapy (tiers 1 and 2, ESPs and Doctors), MSK Podiatry and Biomechanics.

CCGs want more information about commissioning support

May 30, 2012 — administrator

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) want more information about the type of commissioning support services that are available to them, a survey has revealed.

The survey published today revealed that 59% of CCGs want more information about the choice of commissioning support available to them while 61% want more clarity on the types of services on offer.

GPs back industrial action over pension reforms

May 30, 2012 — administrator

A total of 78% of GPs have backed industrial action over pensions on a turn-out of 53%.

63% of the 17,561 GPs who voted in the ballot, voted yes to taking strike action and 78% backed taking industrial action short of a strike. The number of GPs who voted represented 53% of the total GP BMA membership.

BMA sets 21 June as date for industrial action

May 30, 2012 — administrator

The BMA Council has decided to take industrial action for the first time in nearly 40 years over changes to the pension scheme.

Council members made the decision to take industrial action over pension changes rather than strike action this morning after the results of the ballot published today revealed 78% of GPs backed industrial action on a turn-out of 53%.

The Summary Care Record (SCR) Permission to View functionality has now been piloted by TPP

May 30, 2012 — administrator

With the patient's consent, users of TPP SystmOne GP can now upload a summary version of a patient's record to the NHS spine which can in turn be viewed by any other parties caring for the patient, again with the patient's consent. This also applies to non-GP units including Out of Hours and Community services.

Full details of how to use this functionality can be found by logging in to your TPP SystmOne Pricare account.