GP Fed Blog

Mental Health Service Provision in Suffolk – A Very Different Conversation

Posted: Friday 29th of March 2019

I am sure you like me are frustrated about the continuing issues around mental health service provision in Suffolk. These are well summarised by Healthwatch Suffolk’s report (November 2018) – A Very Different Conversation (More information can be found here) We are aware that the current provider is being placed...

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“Baby, it’s cold outside” – Ray Charles

Posted: Wednesday 30th of January 2019

Let’s talk about . . . winter pressures. It is a well-known fact that winter occurs every year. This generates predictable increase in illness, predominantly respiratory infections. The bulk of this increased work is managed (brilliantly) in primary care, despite media coverage of either hospitals or ambulance services. What helps?...

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All I Want for Christmas is YOU

Posted: Monday 24th of December 2018

And I mean YOU, all our fantastic primary care staff – reception, admin, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, physician associates, GPs. I want you to be able to still be working in the service going forward that is properly funded and supported. We know that the age profile for many of key...

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A little less conversation, a little more action, please

Posted: Monday 3rd of December 2018

“A little less conversation, a little more action, please” (Elvis Presley, 1968) “If anyone had said ten years ago: ‘Here’s what the NHS should do now; cut the share of funding to primary care and grow the number of hospital specialists three times faster than GPs’ they would have been...

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Health Secretary Matthew Hancock was right with his three key priorities – but there’s much hard work ahead

Posted: Wednesday 5th of September 2018

Congratulations to West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock who is now the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. We feel proud that a Suffolk MP is in such a prestigious position and we look forward to continuing our close working relationship. It was interesting to note his three key...

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Open All Night

Posted: Wednesday 25th of July 2018

You may be aware that Suffolk GP Federation has been successful in winning the bid for the out-of-hours GP service in Suffolk. We are partnering with Care UK. Why did we bid? The Fed believes that out-of-hours is an integral part of primary care. The patient presenting with a chest...

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Talkin’ ‘bout my generation

Posted: Tuesday 19th of June 2018

I don’t believe the 60s were the golden age of pop You glorify the past When the future dries up U2 Love (part3)   A year or so ago I sat in a tutorial at the deanery autumn seminar taken by Vijay Najjar talking about the different generational groupings and...

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You ask – what is our aim?

Posted: Friday 20th of April 2018

Those familiar with the recent Churchill films will be well aware of his bombastic speeches. His answer, of course, was: “Victory… at all costs”. The Fed’s aims are more modest: “to support primary care…at reasonable cost”. But we remain ambitious and are committed to finding innovative solutions to address challenges....

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Give ’em enough rope – how regulatory bodies are damaging patient care

Posted: Monday 19th of March 2018

I have written before about Suffolk GP Federation’s policy of being open and transparent  regarding significant events and issues that we come across. It’s interesting to note that organisations advising us to be open are less transparent themselves when they make much larger errors (e.g. the recent issue involving all...

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Suffolk GP Fed ultrasound – a small good thing #2

Posted: Monday 26th of February 2018

Good quality is cheap; it’s poor quality that is expensive Joe L Griffiths Suffolk GP Federation is extremely proud of our community ultrasound service. This has grown steadily in size since it started in 2008, now providing 1,000+ scans per month. It was set up in response to concerns from...

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