In the news: junior doctor truce; pharmacy cuts; statins; GP funding boost
As part of the daily round up, Primary Care Today looks at the leading healthcare stories in today's news
Posted: 6 May 2016
GP denies faking injury reports for crash claims
A family doctor made up medical reports for personal injury claims under “no-win no-fee” deals struck with lawyers, a tribunal heard yesterday.
Lawrence Adler, 63, is accused of charging about £350 to sign off fictitious reports in which injuries were fabricated or exaggerated after agreeing that he would be paid only if his expert opinions led to compensation pay-outs.
In one case, a claimant said that he knew nothing about a personal-injury claim made on his behalf. The 21-year-old driver was unhurt in a crash and claimed £800 for damage to the car.
North Yorkshire Warns NHS About Rural Plans
North Yorkshire County Council’s health watchdog has raised serious concerns about National Health Service planning which threatens to marginalise the health needs of rural communities.
The Council’s Scrutiny of Health Committee members expressed their misgivings after meeting to consider NHS planning guidance for the next five years.
A key part of the guidance centres around Sustainability and Transformational Plans (STPs). These place based plans divide North Yorkshire’s clinical commissioning groups into three urbanised regions for the delivery of health care services.
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Truce raises hopes of a deal to end junior doctors’ dispute
Hopes are rising for a deal in the junior doctors’ dispute after the government performed a U-turn to accept a peace plan put forward by leading doctors.
Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has agreed to a largely symbolic pause in the process of imposing a controversial new contract to restart talks.
The British Medical Association (BMA) looks likely to accept the offer, which was made on condition that Saturday pay rates are on the table.
Michael Dugher campaigns against pharmacy cuts
Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher was joined by the shadow health minister Justin Madders to campaign against pharmacy cuts.
The MPs visited Lo’s Pharmacy in Grimethorpe, a pharmacy run by local businessman Steven Lo.
Having started off with only one pharmacy in 1992, Mr Lo is now the owner of pharmacies across the region.
Patients unable to take statins will get drugs costing £4,000
A breakthrough cholesterol treatment has been approved for use in Britain for more than quarter of a million people at risk of heart attack and stroke but who are unable to take statins.
Two drugs found to lower cholesterol significantly will now be available on the NHS for patients crippled by rare, painful side-effects of statins or those who have a genetic condition that makes the tablet ineffective.
The new treatment will cost the NHS £4,000 a year per patient.
About seven million people are thought to take statins regularly to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Doctors not consulted over public health cuts in Worcestershire says leading GP
Doctors were not consulted about council health cuts which will damage patient care says a senior Worcestershire GP.
Dr Simon Parkinson, secretary of the Worcestershire Local Medical Committee, says the changes are already undermining the county's sexual health services and reducing support available for those trying to quit smoking.
The smoking cessation service is not provided by GPs as part of their normal contract, meaning no support services will be available unless GPs choose to do the work for free according to Dr Parkinson.
New funding boosts hopes for GP surgery in Rose Hill
A new GP surgery in Rose Hill should be provided using money from a £2.4bn funding boost from the Government, it has been claimed.
NHS chiefs have announced the funding for GP surgeries in England between now and 2020.
Campaigners in Rose Hill who have been calling for the estate to get its own surgery for many years have welcomed the funding and called on the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) to ensure the money was spent in the estate.