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Seven days in medicine: 6-12 September 2017

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4247 (Published 14 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4247

General practice

Over half of practices would close lists temporarily

More than half (1005; 54%) of 1870 general practices responding to a BMA survey were prepared to temporarily close their lists to new patients, and two fifths (822; 44%) would be prepared to close them permanently. The survey followed a motion passed at the annual conference of local medical committees demanding that their leaders ballot the profession on the potential mass closure of practice lists in response to the crisis facing general practice. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.j4187)

Medicolegal

MDDUS announces price freeze for GPs

The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) announced that it is freezing the cost of indemnity for GPs until at least 2018, after the UK government’s U turn on changes to how the personal injury discount rate is calculated. The government had initially slashed the discount rate in March from 2.5% to –0.75%, causing the NHS compensation bill to soar, but it will now revise its approach to assume investment in a low risk diversified portfolio, which should produce a higher return. The lord chancellor will set the discount rate for England and Wales every three years.

Digital health

App to access NHS services should be available from 2018

All patients in England should be able to access their medical records and book a GP appointment through an integrated app by the end of 2018, said the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt. Speaking at the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester, Hunt said that patients should also be able to access NHS 111 and support for long term conditions, order repeat prescriptions, and express their organ donation …

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