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The Public Accounts Committee have just published their report which concludes that NHSPS 'was set up to fail', and that DHSC are not setting a course of action to address the issues. The report finds that 70% of tenants do not have leases in place and urges DHSC to move towards a more transparent and equitable charging model with adequate funding in place. In response, a full press statement has been issued, stating: "The PAC Report into NHS Property Services highlights what the BMA has been saying for some time - that the current model is not fit for purpose. Extortionate service charges are proving an impossible barrier to many agreeing new leases with the current system actively threatening the future of GP services in some parts of the country.
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NHSX, the technology unit formed by the Department of Health and Social Care has published an overview of the current state of play of data-driven technologies within the health and care system. The report explains how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used and the policy work that needs to be done to keep AI safe and ethical. To read the full report, please click on the link below:
NHS England and the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) of the BMA has published guidance to support GP practices to provide online access to patient records, subject to existing safeguards for vulnerable groups, third parties and technical considerations. For further information, please click on the link below:
A recent blog written for Pulse, by Guarav Gupta, GPC UK member and chair of Kent LMC, discusses how practices can fight unfunded transfer of work from hospitals to GP practices. He describes the progress made so far and points to useful resources of information to deal with hospitals that aren't complying. He also includes some BMA template letters which practices can use to write to CCGs and hospitals. To read the full article, please click here:
In June and July this year, over 3700 doctors completed a GMC survey on the satisfaction of their role, the environment they work in and their career intentions. Overall, the findings showed that GPs are more likely to feel dissatisfied, to have already reduced or plan to reduce their hours, and to be thinking about leaving the profession. The results showed that over the last year, 36% of GPs reduced their clinical hours, compared with 21% of all doctors having taken this action. Only 9% of GPs reported always or usually feeling able to cope, while rarely or never working beyond their rostered hours, compared to 26% of all doctors.
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