Divided BMA votes to attack white paper as 'smokescreen for privatisation'

23 Sep 10 By Ian Quinn – Pulse Pulse Exclusive: The BMA is to launch an attack on core elements of the Government’s health white paper, which it will warn opens the door to further privatisation of the NHS and could lead to services being provided on the basis of cost rather than quality. After […]

GPC dissenters block Lansley support

21 Sep 10 By Ian Quinn, Gareth Iacobucci – Pulse Pulse Exclusive: GP leaders are to tell the coalition Government they cannot fully embrace its proposals for GP commissioning after admitting the BMA is riven with divisions over how to respond to the white paper. After a long debate last week, the GPC decided the […]

GPC publishes blueprint for GP consortia

10 Sep 10 By Nigel Praities – Pulse GP Consortia white paper guide The GPC has issued the first detailed guidance to GPs on how to go about forming commissioning consortia, warning organisations covering fewer than 500,000 people risk going bust. The Government has repeatedly refused to define the size of GP consortia – preferring […]

The Buckman interview –

 Roy Lilley –  08.09.10 Laurence Buckman is frank, open and very forthright about the future and this is an unmissable, riveting, three-part series.   View part one, here.        View part two, here. View part three, here. Laurence Buckman is an unusual doctor.  He is a single-handed GP, who does his own Out-of-Hours cover.  He invites patients, wanting […]


PatientSafetyAlertsAugust2010 Hillindon LINk will be seeking urgent clarification from The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust as it was named in a report this week by Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA – the charity for patient safety and justice) who published the findings of its latest research into whether NHS trusts are implementing potentially life-saving patient safety alerts issued by the National […]

New GP out of hours number launched

Patients in Hillingdon who need to see a doctor outside normal surgery hours will be able to call a specialist out of hours care service. 0300 130 3018 Weekdays: Monday to Friday: 6:30pm to 8:00am Weekends and Bank Holidays: 24 hours The new number was launched by NHS Hillingdon  from 6.30pm Friday, 30 July, in partnership with […]

Giving power to local people

Published date: 22 July 2010 Local Democratic Legitimacy in Health Commissioning For Patients How local NHS, public health, and care services will be shaped Local people and professionals will have much more say in shaping healthcare in their areas – and NHS, social care and public health services will work closer together.  The Government is […]