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The role of GP assistants

The role of GP assistants

In October, the NHS announced plans to boost the GP workforce ahead of winter. A key part of this plan is the recruitment of over 1000 GP assistants to help GPs reduce the amount of time they spend on administrative tasks and basic clinical duties. The move is...

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Racism against ethnic primary care doctors

Racism against ethnic primary care doctors

Recent reports have highlighted a shocking level of racism against medical staff within the NHS, including in primary care. Racial discrimination comes from colleagues, patients, and institutional biases, and presents in many forms. It impacts on staff well-being and...

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Media relationship with general practice

Media relationship with general practice

GPs have been bitterly disappointed by critical articles from some sections of the press. The criticisms have included accusations that ‘lazy’ GPs avoided face-to-face appointments and inflammatory comments about GP pay and part-time working. Such articles...

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Dealing with the backlog of cancer care

Dealing with the backlog of cancer care

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating consequences for cancer care. Key targets for early diagnosis and treatment are being missed and experts warn that gains in cancer survival will be reversed without significant progress to clear the backlog. Specialist...

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GPs face rising levels of abuse

GPs face rising levels of abuse

As GP practice staff work hard to deal with the post-pandemic backlog in care and provide an unprecedented number of appointments, many are distressed to be facing daily abuse from patients. Such abuse has risen markedly since before the pandemic, with serious...

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Latest news on COVID vaccines

Latest news on COVID vaccines

Across the UK, removal of the last COVID restrictions is underway. The focus is now on guidance and targeted protection of vulnerable individuals. Unfortunately, with greater freedom from COVID restrictions comes a rising infection level. Figures from the ZOE COVID...

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Functional medicine: An overview

Functional medicine: An overview

Although functional medicine is not formally recognised in the NHS, it is gaining a wide following from patients and healthcare professionals who believe the approach has value. So, what is functional medicine, and why is it attracting interest?  Functional medicine...

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