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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2000): National Health Service - Community and Primary Care Services

BLAIR LAUNCHES NHS WEBSITE FOR PATIENTS

S. Boseley and D. Ward

Guardian, Dec. 8th 1999, p. 4

Announces the launch by the prime minister of an official NHS website to answer patient queries, relieve pressure on GPs and, eventually, offer online consultations with a nurse or doctor

web link NHS Direct

(See also Independent, Dec. 8th 1999, p. 11; Times, Dec. 8th 1999, p. 8)

COMMUNAL LIVING

R. Lewis and R. Pizarro

Health Service Journal, vol. 109, Nov. 25th 1999, p. 32-33

From November 1999, 80% of Health Authorities will have at least one personal medical services pilot scheme in their area. The extension of the schemes raises concerns about equity and management challenges for HAs.

GPs' SURGERIES TURN A PROFIT

A. Pollock, S. Godden and S. Player

Public Finance, Nov. 27th-Dec. 12th 1999, p. 26-28

GPs are owners of the premises from which they work and charge the NHS rent equivalent to the market rent of the property. Commercial ventures are increasingly involved in financing improvements to GPs' premises. In order to repay their commercial partners GPs will need either to extract more money from the NHS in rent (for which there is no provision) or increase their income through the sale of health insurance or private health care products.

MIXING OIL AND WATER: HOW CAN PRIMARY CARE ORGANISATIONS IMPROVE HEALTH AS WELL AS DELIVER EFFECTIVE HEALTH CARE?

G. Meads et al

London: Health Education Authority, [1999]

Relentless organisational change and high staff turnover have left many health authorities unable to implement the government's public health agenda. By contrast, primary care groups in some areas are seizing the initiative, with GPs willing and able to tackle health inequalities through inter-agency working.

NOWHERE PLANS FOR NOBODY?

M. Gould

Health Service Journal, vol. 109, Nov. 11th 1999, p. 12-13

Reports on the progress of consultations on PCGs' bids for trust status.

PRIMARY E CARE GROUPS: THE GOVERNMENT's RESPONSE TO THE SECOND REPORT OF THE HEALTH COMMITTEE ON PRIMARY CARE GROUPS

Department of Health

London: TSO, 1999 (Cm 4468)

Welcomes the Health Committee' report and its support of government policy underlying this initiative.

SERVICE-BASED TRAINING PIVOTAL IN PRIMARY CARE

S. Drage

British Journal of Health Care Management, vol. 5, 1999, p. 511-513

Now that most PCG clinical governance lead mentors have been appointed, article examines what processes need to be implemented, and resources allocated to ensure that the initiative maintains momentum.

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