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    • 14 Aug 2019
    What are PCNs (primary care networks)? PCNs are formal groupings of practices working together to provide services by linking with other providers. Ideally, they cover populations of 30 to 50 thousand patients, but some are larger. Each PCN has an appointed clinical director who manages the PCN and makes strategic decisions as to how it is run and how it begins to develop services. National funding will still flow to...
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    Many of you may be thinking, what is an LMC? Or maybe you’ve heard of them but aren’t really clear what they are. Let me try and dispel some of the mystery for you and perhaps pique your interest enough to even consider joining one. LMCs are local medical committees, each covering different areas of the UK. They represent and voice the views and opinions of local GPs. They have been around for a very long...
  • Are online providers a safe space for GPs to work in?

    • 31 Jul 2019
    This week you may have seen in the medical press that two GPs have recently been suspended by a medical practitioner’s tribunal (following a GMC investigation) for inappropriate prescribing with the White Pharmacy, a digital provider. Both were found to have prescribed opioids without adequate safeguards in place while working for the company. The CQC has previously reported that 43% of online providers have been...
  • Firearms licensing – the next chapter

    Last week the Government published its consultation paper on new proposals for statutory guidance to the police on firearms licensing. The draft guidance and the terms of the consultation can be found here . The publication of these documents marks another step in the long process of evolution in the field of gun licensing that the BMA has engaged with over recent years. It presents a real opportunity to settle on a sustainable...
  • Are you covered by the state-backed indemnity scheme?

    • 30 Jul 2019
    Since the new state-backed indemnity scheme or CNSGP (clinical negligence scheme for general practice) went live, there has been much discussion and confusion over what is and is not covered. As a portfolio GP this can be a minefield, especially for sessional GPs. This is compounded by the different products and pricing structures offered by the MDOs (medical defence organisations). This is the first in a series of...