Seven days in medicine: 14-20 September 2016BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5096 (Published 22 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5096
RCGP campaign aims to attract more doctors
The Royal College of General Practitioners in London, UK, launched a new “Think GP” video and guide, which aims to attract more doctors to general practice by dispelling the myth that only hospital doctors have exciting and challenging roles. The college predicted a shortfall of 9940 GPs by 2020 and said that 594 general practices are at risk of closure, which could compromise patient safety.
Capita fails to deliver key support services
A BMA survey of local medical committees showed serious failures in a range of areas Capita now oversees as part of its contract with NHS England to run primary care support services. These include serious problems in managing patient records; delays in providing funding to practices for general practice trainees; failures in maintaining supplies to general practices such as prescription pads, fit note certificates, and syringes; and delays and mistakes in recording NHS pension payments to GP locums.
Patients should be more involved in care decisions
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence joined forces with NHS …
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