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The major flaws of CCGs co-commissioning primary care

The major flaws of CCGs co-commissioning primary care

All CCGs are considering co-commissioning primary care and some are keen to do it all, budgets and all. We are more cautious.

From the Editors

No shortage of innovation in general practice - take your pick

Despite the tough times in general practice, there seems to be no shortage of innovation taking place in GP surgeries across the UK - providing some interesting new options for CCGs.

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Why telephone triage might still be the right thing to do

Why telephone triage might still be the right thing to do

Last week a big study in The Lancet made headline news: 'Telephone triage increases workload'.

How can CCGs effectively improve GP cancer referrals?

How can CCGs effectively improve GP cancer referrals?

In a drive to improve England's record on cancer survival, health secretary Jeremy Hunt recently announced that he will 'name and shame' low-referring GPs - but will that make a difference?

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Does competition really create fragmentation in care for NHS patients?

Does competition really create fragmentation in care for NHS patients?

As we are now within 10 months of the General Election, I will make sure that there will be an occasional post about the campaign issues and how they might impact on GP commissioners.

Six ways CCGs can make the most of counselling services

Six ways CCGs can make the most of counselling services

CCGs have inherited funding and contracting arrangements with third sector organisations and, while many aim to support these bodies so they continue to benefit the local population, working with them brings challenges.

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What can CCGs do to ease the GP recruitment and workload crisis?

What can CCGs do to ease the GP recruitment and workload crisis?

Our GPs came first in the country this week for overall patient satisfaction - 93% of patients rated the service as good. But does that mean that things are easy here in general practice?

CCG bids show natural progression to primary care commissioning

CCG bids show natural progression to primary care commissioning

As CCGs enter their second full year of commissioning, there is clearly no shortage of ambition among the 74 boards now pushing to take on full primary care commissioning powers.

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