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10th September 2019

PCN Development

Nearly 7000 GP practices have taken up the PCN DES


You will be aware that most of the nearly 7000 GP practices iin England have taken up the PCN DES. This would not have been possible without the LMC's supporting practices locally to forge relationships and to facilitiate some difficult conversations between practices.  Acknowledging that this is the first step in the process, and that PCNs will continue to develop over time with Clinical Directors' leadership, the BMA has been developing a package of support for Clinical Directors and PCNs.  Prior to launch at the end of September, we wanted to provide you with some information on what it will include, to support PCNs in choosing their support for their own development.

4th September 2019

HRT supply update

HRT supply issues for Salford and Trafford


The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are aware of the ongoing manufacturing issues that have affected the supply of some Hormone Replacement Therapy(HRT) products throughout 2019. Prescribing information regarding HRT equivalence to support local decision making is available through various sources such as the British National Formulary, Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC), The Monthly Index of Medical Specialities (MIMS), and other sources including local Medicines Information Centres.

3rd September 2019

Danger of no-deal Brexit

BMA signs statement warning of danger


The BMA has signed a joint statement with 10 other health organisations and unions, warning of the danger that no-deal poses to the NHS, and urging the Government to take it off the table. The statement warns that a no-deal could lead to vital medicine shortages and intensify the NHS staffing crisis, whilst the economic shock would hit the health service particularly hard.  The Chair of the BMA Council, Chaand Nagpaul, told The Independent: "From our valuable EU workforce to the supply of vital medicines, and collaboration on medical research to Irish cross-boarder health arrangements, there is practically no area of health that will be unaffected if we crash out without a deal."

30th August 2019

NHS England and NHS Improvement publishes final PCN guidance

PCN development guidance and prospectus


NHS England and NHS Improvement has published the final version of the PCN development guidance and prospectus, including a refreshed maturity matrix with a simple diagnostic Excel tool to help PCNs understand their local support needs. Full details can be read here: https://www.pcc-cic.org.uk/sites/default/files/articles/attachments/pcn_development_support_prospectus_final_2_002.pdf

28th August 2019

Half day closures

GPC update on half day closures


Many of you will have seen the recent claims from NHS England that ending half-day closures could save more than 280,000 GP appointments a year. The GPC responded promptly and publicly stating that as we know, GP practices are working hard to deliver the best possible services with the resources available as they strive to meet the growing needs of their patients. In many cases, GPs not only work long hours during the day but also deliver services out-of-hours and with many doctors also working evenings and weekends. GP practices want to deliver the best for their communities but with significant workforce shortages, and a failure of NHS England to invest in much needed premises and IT infrastructure, it's left GPs under greater pressure than ever before.

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