Seven days in medicine: 5-11 July 2017

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 13 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3356

GP services

Workload pressures harm patient satisfaction, says BMA

Unsustainable pressure on GP services and an increasing workload have led to a fall in patient satisfaction with the service, the BMA said. Figures from NHS England’s GP patient survey showed a slight decline in the proportion of patients who rated their overall experience of their GP surgery as good, down from 85.7% in 2016 to 84.8% in 2017. The survey received responses from 808 332 patients nationally, a response rate of 37.5%. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.j3316)

Mental health

Extra funding is not getting through, say leaders

The government’s commitment to improving mental health services in England is being undermined by a failure to channel funding to the front line, NHS leaders warned. NHS Providers, the group that represents NHS trusts, surveyed nearly two thirds of England’s mental health trusts and found that rapidly rising demand, workforce shortages, and a failure of funding to get through to the front line were causing core mental health services to deteriorate.


Doctors are warned over image sharing

Doctors who share clinical information over file sharing apps and websites may be in breach of ethical obligations, the Medical Defence Union warned. It issued the warning after several members reported increasingly using apps to share clinical information. As well as gaining patients’ consent before sharing images, doctors should ensure that the images are taken on a dedicated clinical camera, quickly downloaded and then deleted from the camera, and transmitted and stored securely, the union advised.

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