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maandag 1 oktober 2018

RCGP: RCGP letter to Secretary of State Matt Hancock on GP at Hand

RCGP letter to Secretary of State Matt Hancock on GP at Hand
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College statement on Lifecycle Marketing Limited, publishers of Emma's Diary

The Trustee Board of the RCGP has today announced its decision to terminate the College's contractual relationship with Lifecycle Marketing (Mother & Baby) Limited ("Lifecycle") – publishers of "Emma's Diary".

On 9 August 2018 the Information Commissioner's Office ("ICO") issued a Monetary Penalty Notice against Lifecycle and imposed a significant penalty on them. The College takes the issue of data protection extremely seriously and, after careful consideration of the contents of the ICO's monetary penalty notice, the Trustees decided to terminate the College's contractual relationship with Lifecycle forthwith.

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Extending access to routine GP services must be based on patient need, says RCGP

"GPs want to give patients access to services they need but this will differ depending on local demographics. At a time when general practice is struggling for resources, and patients are waiting longer and longer for appointments, to find out so many evening and weekend appointments have been unfilled due to lack of demand is shocking.

"GP practices know who their patients are, so they are best placed to make decisions about how to provide extended access to routine services in the best interests of their local population, and not simply to meet arbitrary targets.

"With the NHS already cash-strapped, it is crucial that NHS resources are spent wisely and this data indicates that there could be an opportunity to reassess current arrangements for the delivery of extended access to routine services in those areas where extra appointments are not being utilised by patients, so that resources are being used most effectively to meet local patient need.

"Patients should already be able to access GP care when they need to through routine GP services and the GP out of hours service. What we need is better public awareness of the different services available for patients, so that they know where to turn when they become ill.

"The Prime Minister has announced additional money to fund a long-term plan for the NHS, and the vital role that general practice plays in keeping the health service safe and sustainable must be recognised in this, and to this end the College has called for an extra £2.5bn extra a year for our service. It is also essential that NHS England's GP Forward View, promising £2.4bn extra a year for general practice, and 5,000 more GPs by 2020 is delivered in full and as a matter of urgency."

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