The Primary Care Foundation and its three partners are frequently quoted in the national media and health press. Below, you can find links to some of the stories over the last two years.
Making Time in General Practice - 5th October 2015
Call to cut GP red tape - The Times – Scotland (Print)
Call to cut GP red tape - The Times – Ireland (Print)
Call to cut GP red tape - The Times (Print)
Quarter of visits to GPs are wasted, study finds - The Guardian (Print)
Send ill to 'well-being coaches', says NHS - The Daily Telegraph (Print)
Cut red tape to free up GP appointments - Western Morning News – Devon (Print)
‘GP out-of-hours variation unacceptable, says government’ BBC, 2 February, 2010
Newsnight - Out-of-hours GP service 'failing' BBC, 14 January 2010
Apr 19, 2012 ... How does your local area fare for out-of-hours GP services? This Primary Care Foundation graphic illustrates the key statistics across England.
NHS patients in England face 'confusing mix' of urgent healthcare The Guardian November 2011
Out-of-hours GP services not up to NHS standards, research shows The Guardian November 19 2010
Patients should feel welcome at A&E The Guardian March 5 2010
NHS trusts 'breaking law' on out-of-hours GP services The Guardian February 2 2010
Out-of-hours GP services to be monitored more closely The Guardian January 26 2010
Health Service Journal
19 May, 2014 | By Sophie Barnes
Plans by clinical commissioning groups to jointly procure NHS 111 and out of hours hotlines have sparked concerns that smaller providers could be squeezed out of the market.
18 September, 2013 | By Dave West
Patients of GP practices that remain directly responsible for out of hours primary care may attend accident and emergency more often than others, analysis suggests. However, the research also indicates they may be admitted to hospital as an emergency less regularly.
7 June 2013 | By Alison Moore
CCGs must work hard writing out of hours contracts that deliver exactly what they want.
13 May, 2013 | By Sarah Calkin
“Unprecedented” central pressure and a procurement process focused more on cost than quality were two of the biggest factors in the failure of NHS 111’s launch, a new report has concluded.
13 May, 2013 | By Rick Stern
It’s time to act so A&E is treated as an integral part of the wider system rather than a misused backstop, says Rick Stern
25 October, 2012 | By Ben Clover
Urgent care centres appear to have low productivity rates and lack clear data allowing commissioners to tell whether they are value for money, according to a report published today.
19 April 2012 | By David Williams
A fourfold variation in demand for GP out of hours services has emerged in the first detailed data to allow for comparisons between areas.
PCTs need to up game on out of hours coding Health Service Journal, 23 November, 2010
Many primary care trusts do not always record whether out of hours patients go on to hospital and need to improve clinical coding in this area, according to a report by the Primary Care Foundation.
Out of hours performance variation to be made public Health Service Journal, 6 October, 2010
Primary care trusts are to be named and shamed for the first time on the performance of their out of hours provider.
GPs to get commissioning powers - but scant details so far Health Service Journal, 20 May, 2010
The government’s formal coalition agreement confirms GPs will be given commissioning powers - but leaves unanswered questions over their precise responsibilities.
A&E alternatives ‘confuse’ the public Health Service Journal, 25 March 2010
Urgent care in numbers National In 2007-08, 91 PCTs declared no patients attending walk-in centres, according to Healthcare Commission urgent care review figures Of those remaining, walk-in centre use...
Urgent and Emergency Care - conference sessions Health Service Journal 15 March 2010
A business critical briefing from HSJ’s Urgent and Emergency Care conference
Out of hours GP variations 'unacceptable' Health Service Journal 2 February 2010
An unacceptable variation exists between doctors’ out of hours services around the country, Mike O’Brien has admitted.
GP phone-line jams create more hospital admissions Health Service Journal, 12 June 2009
Few things are more frustrating than an automated message saying your phone call is in a queue and will be answered shortly - or just getting the engaged tone. When you are ill, it can be rather more ...
Study reveals three-fold cost variation in GP out of hours services Health Service Journal, 8 April, 2009
GP out of hours services are costing more than three times more per patient in some parts of England than in others …
Clinical leadership in out of hours services Health Service Journal, 7 October, 2008 by Rick Stern
The Department of Health has signalled that it may allow practice-based commissioning consortiums to take over commissioning out of hours services. Rick Stern explains why this would be good for patients and budgets …
Benchmarking out of hours healthcare Health Service Journal,8 September, 2008 by Kaye McIntosh
Huge variations in the cost and quality of out of hours healthcare around the country have led to moves to benchmark these services …
News Article | 01 July 2013
NHS England will consider RCGP proposals for GPs to take back responsibility for the out-of-hours care of the 5% most vulnerable patients, Pulse has learnt.
Feature | 01 July 2013
With all the signs suggesting GPs will be forced to take back some form of 24-hour responsibility for their patients, Sofia Lind looks at the various proposals on the table.
Feature | 25 June 2013
While political debate still rages over how to solve the crisis in urgent care, CCGs can take practical steps to deal with it, as Alisdair Stirling reports.
Practical Commissioning Article | 31 January 2013
Dr Jeremy Welch explains how his CCG asked practices to look at how they affected A&E attendances and to help reduce demand
News Article | 25 October 2012
CCGs have been urged to focus on developing ‘fully joined up’ urgent care rather than commissioning services separately, to address ‘wide variations’ in the current system.
News Article | 19 April 2012
Exclusive Private out-of-hours services are more expensive and rated worse by patients than those delivered by not-for-profit alternatives such as GP co-operatives, a major Pulse analysis reveals. How does your local GP out-of-hours provider measure up?
CPD | 17 February 2012
Rick Stern explains how GPs can commission out-of-hours care. Full CPD module
Comment | 08 February 2012
CCGs must tackle the major commissioning challenges now if they are to succeed. Here, Emma Wilkinson looks at redesigning urgent care
News Article | 25 January 2012
GP commissioners are not being consulted on the development of NHS 111, even though they stand to inherit local contracts for the service from PCTs, a new survey reveals.
News Article | 18 January 2012
Exclusive A quarter of GP out-of-hours shifts are going unfilled in some parts of the country, leaving gaping holes in on-call cover as providers struggle to find staff, a Pulse investigation reveals.
News Article | 28 October 2011
Exclusive Out-of-hours providers are being forced to form large partnerships to tender for contracts to run the new 111 urgent care number, amid fears that ‘prohibitive costs’ are preventing smaller providers from launching independent bids.
News Article | 18 October 2011
Non-emergency 111 phone service pilots have been piling work on GP out of hours services in some trial areas, sparking fears that the alternative to 999 might lead to a surge in GPs workload.
Practical Commissioning Article | 25 April 2011
The health service reforms have seen GP commissioners quickly identify urgent care as an area on which to focus, not least because of the large potential savings that can be made. Henry Clay of the Primary Care Foundation explores what urgent care involves
Commissioning download: Benchmarking out-of-hours care Resources 17 Feb 2011
Employing GP in A&E is 'efficient' and speeds care News article 07 Oct 2010
NHS Direct nurse cuts to 'put safety at risk' News article 09 Jun 2010
Polysystem plans 'may not deliver savings' Pulse 14 May 2010
DH set to scale back plan to shift A&E to GPs Pulse 09 Mar 10
DH report shoots down evidence for shift of work from A&E to GPs Pulse 05 Mar 10
Reaction: Government report into OOH care Pulse 04 Feb 10
Government launches pilots of 111 number for urgent care Pulse 21 Dec 09
Government rules out new access targets Pulse 25 Jun 09
'Reserve one third of slots for urgent care' GPs advised Pulse, 1 May 09
Scrutinise your local out-of-hours service Pulse 17 Sep 08
9 May 2013
Jeremy Hunt has blamed the 2004 contract for increasing pressure on A&E. Neil Roberts looks at what this could mean for GPs.
25 October 2012
NHS 'urgent care centres' are underused, confusing to the public and poorly linked to other health services, a report has warned.
28 May 2012
With GP leaders warning of a lack of female involvement in commissioning, Neil Durham interviewed a CCG lead on urgent care and commissioning.
18 April 2012
The cost and patient experience of out-of-hours services across England can be compared using an online tool launched today.
31 January 2012
Exclusive - Data from leaked DH report highlight rise in emergency hospital admissions in NHS 111 pilot areas.
22 November 2011
Practices should receive financial incentives for cutting their patients' use of urgent care, according to the author of a DoH-sponsored report.
19 September 2011
Fixing a tariff price for primary care out-of-hours services could undermine their integration with other NHS services, an expert has warned.
Out-of-hours tariff plan may undermine NHS integration 22 September 2011 by Nick Bostock
'No proof' that GPs in A&E cut costs or admissions GP Newspaper 11 March 2010
No evidence to support GPs' role in A&E, report finds GP Newspaper, 05 March 2010
Primary care - The future of out-of-hours care GP newspaper, 04 February 2010
Out-of-hours providers to face public ratings report GP newspaper, 29 January 2010
Measure for out of hours 'works' GP Newspaper, 15 May 2009
GPs urged to leave third of appointments free GP Newspaper 05 May 2009
DoH urges practices to improve urgent care GP Newspaper, 19 February 2009
Urgent care best practice sought GP Newspaper, 23 May 2008