Jeremy Hunt under fire over GP reforms

Andrew Sparrow’s rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including Jeremy Hunt’s speech on GP reformsAndrew Sparrow    
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Government accused of using ‘anti-GP rhetoric’ to mask its own failings

Jeremy Hunt accused of demoralising GPs and causing fear among patients before speech attacking ‘inaccessible’ doctorsDoctors’ leaders and the health secretary are on a collision course over claims the government is using “anti-GP rhetoric” to mask its own failure to effectively reform the NHS.In a speech on Thursday at the King’s Fund Jeremy Hunt, the […]
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A&E overcrowding could lead to more deaths and serious illnesses, MPs told

Hospitals face rising threat of mortality as shortage of beds poses substantial risk to vulnerable patients, warns expert• Jeremy Hunt admits pressure is mounting on A&E servicesOvercrowding in hospital A&E departments in England could lead to more deaths and serious illness, MPs have been warned.Mike Clancy, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, said there […]
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I want do my job well, but feel completely lost and worthless

The problem could be adult attention deficit disorder, but how can I tackle it?Each Friday and Monday we publish the problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Guardian Money supplement so that readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of your comments alongside […]
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NHS shakeup threatens trust in GPs

Family doctors ‘will have to ration care and risk being seen by patients as agents of state’The coalition’s NHS shakeup could destroy the trust between GPs and their patients by making family doctors responsible for the rationing of treatment, the leader of the medical profession has warned.GPs would be at risk of being seen as […]
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National Health Action is fighting to reclaim the NHS | Colin Leys

The launch of a new political party will make the NHS an election issue and test Labour’s commitment to the service it foundedThe launch of a new political party – National Health Action – on Thursday marks an interesting political moment. Some of the brightest and best of the NHS doctors who led the fight […]
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Healthcare sell-off makes GPs millions

£48m buyout exposes profits to be made by doctors from coalition’s NHS reformsFive family doctors have this week become millionaires from the sale of their NHS-funded firm to one of the country’s biggest private healthcare companies in a deal that reveals how physicians can potentially profit from government policy in the new NHS.On Tuesday, the […]
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Care UK buys Harmoni, the firm that beat it to NHS phonelines

Health and social care firm pays £48m for out-of-hours GP service, to create company that could treat 15 million patientsCare UK has paid £48m for England’s biggest out-of-hours GP service, Harmoni, in a deal to create a new private health concern that could treat 15 million patients.Harmoni, a former GP co-operative, was the largest private […]
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NHS clinical commissioning is already in a critical condition | Kailash Chand

It could work, but poor implementation, GP disengagement and cuts threaten to smother this health service restructuringFollowing the passage of a deeply divisive health bill, we are now in the middle of the authorisation of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), the bodies that have been given the tricky task of making clinical commissioning a reality. Up […]
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Doctors accused of lacking compassion in survey of patients

Patients Association findings reveal growing concerns about attitudes and actions of GPsSome GPs are failing to show enough compassion, refusing to refer patients to consultants and striking off those who complain about their treatment, claims a new report by the Patients Association.Too many patients feel their family doctor communicates with them poorly, does not involve […]
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