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Specialist rural GPs to get incentive in Australia

Australian rural doctors who specialize in surgery, obstetrics and gynecology will get a $15,000 annual handout from the federal Government just to continue the work they are already doing. // ..The Government has doubled incentives to push general practitioners who carry out procedures conducted by specialists in the city, in a move that will cost taxpayers an extra $5.2million each year. ..Al...

GPs In Wales Support Minister on Prescribing Issue

The Welsh GPs have come out in support of the Health Minister on the prescription issue. Under this nurses and pharmacists are// eligible to prescribe in Wales. The move has been widely criticized, but the BMA's GP committee endorsed this suggestion. .."GPC Wales welcomes the statement of the Health Minister on the introduction of nurse and pharmacist prescribing in Wales. Doctors are highly t...

Referral Schemes Blamed By GPs For Treatment Delay

The referral management centres have been blamed for interfering in the approach of referring patients for surgery. These centres that dictate the where and when// of patient surgery, serve as mediators between the hospitals and GPs. Officials belonging to the British Medical Association feel that the inference lead to unnecessary delays in non-emergency operations. ..The referral management cen...

BMA Scotland Blasts 'Sensational Headlines' Over GPs Pay

BMA Scotland has defended the hike in salaries offered to GPs after negative publicity over the move resulted in a backlash with critics claiming //that the wage hikes were responsible for NHS deficits. ..The new GP contracts were introduced in 2004 and since then salaries have increased by 25 percent. BMA's Dr Mary Church defended the move and said that the sensational headlines over the pay be...

Chronic shortage of GPs in Australia, Need for Immediate Intervention

Health experts in Australia have warned that the chronic shortage of general practitioners in Australia could lead to a health care crisis if appropriate steps are not taken to improve the situation, at the earliest. // ..Increase in the number of university medical places is the only sure shot way for long term management of the current trend. Immediate establishment of medical workforce can for...

Scotland Faces Shortage Of GPs

Chronic shortage of GPs in Scotland makes the condition worse and it is in a position to recruit foreign doctors and attract more men into the profession// to makeup the shortfall. Most strugglers were the remote and rural area peoples. ..Report says ‘Population increase, rise in female part-time GPs, more workloads and immence retirement of a large number of doctors are the result of such harde...

Now art comes as a remedy and aid to GPs.

Doctors have a reputation to disagree with any other form of treatment. But to a benefit of all GPs in Scotland are recommending art classes to have a better life//. ....A resident artist much like resident doctors has been appointed at the GP practice in Scotland...The lady in question is Susan Grant, a graduate of the Edinburgh School of Art. ....A whooping £20,225 in funds is coming by the Sc...

Plan to Grade GPs Received a Lukewarm Response by BMA

According to the Royal College of GPs they plan to introduce a system in which the GPs would be graded by a Michelin-style rating system // . They are asking the government to vote in favor for the new scheme of grading but ministers and the British Medical Association were not very keen. According to this the surgeries were to be inspected by doctors, nurses and patients once in three years and...

Subsidies For GPs' Visits : Agreement Reached

Dialogues between District Health Boards and Primary Health Organisations, (PHOs), which faced difficulties late last month, has now been resolved //, with both parties reaching an agreement on the extension of subsidies for doctors' visits. ..An estimated 680,000 New Zealanders who are GP patients, aged between 45 - 64 years, are expected to benefit from July 1. ..DHBs and GPs have long...

Disgruntled GPs and Midwives Squabble over Maternity Care.

New Zealand: Though there have been improvements in maternity care, specifically to section 88 of the contract, yet it is considered inadequate, due to which expectant mothers prefer care of midwives over general practitioners//. Proposed changes to maternity-care funding do not go far enough in bringing pregnant women back to family doctors, GPs say. ....Peter Foley, of the New Zealand Medical...

Shortage Of GPs In Australia: Govt Cautioned

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has cautioned the Federal Government about the impending shortage of general practitioners.// ..AMA president, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal said that almost 30 per cent of the country’s GPs are 55 years or older, and a good many of them are due for retirement over the next few years. ..Dr Haikerwal pointed out that the Government must strive to extend the stay...

GPs Vital in a Flu Pandemic

Australia's GP workforce would have to be redistributed to cope with a major influenza pandemic, general practice experts said in the latest issue of the Medical Journal of Australia. // ....As part of a special influenza pandemic supplement, Sydney GP Dr Nick Collins and colleagues outlined key strategies that GPs need to consider in planning for a pandemic. ....'Some areas of Australia are w...

Big Savings for Government if GPs Directly Refer MRIs

AMA President, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, said today that the Government could save as much as $42 million //a year in the Health Budget if it allowed GPs to refer patients directly for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). ....The details of the proposal are contained in the AMA's Federal Budget Submission 2007-08, which was released yesterday. ....Dr Haikerwal said GPs currently have to refer patient...

Britons soon will practise telling GPs how to practice

The British government has been investing millions of pounds into health care. The Department of Health is now planning to conduct a massive survey to determine how// accessible the services are to the patients in Britain. Through the intended survey, patients are going to be endowed with the special privilege of playing a part in contributing to the doctor’s income. ..The Prime Minister during h...

GPs Suggested to Provide More Than Just Consultations

The government has welcomed a suggestion by the national clinical director for health care, Dr. David Colin-Thome to permit general Practitioners (GPs), //or family doctors to expand their services. This will include performing small operations such as that for hernias, cataracts, varicose veins and other minor problems. .. According to Thome, this is an effective way to improve patient care, inc...

GPS Could Help to Identify High Risk Zones

Global positioning systems (GPS) could help identify the places most at risk of devastating earthquakes. ......Using technology to identify high-hazard 'locked zones' that can spawn giant quakes, researchers attending a meeting in Acapulco, Mexico, held by the American Geophysical Society and several Latin American geophysical associations, claimed that GPS has been used to reveal the location...

Half a Million Dollars Offered for GPs With Expertise in Anesthetics and Obstetrics

Are you a doctor, with expertise in anesthetics and obstetrics? You wont mind chipping in as a general practitioner too? ......You can then make a beeline for Temora, a country town in New South Wales in Australia. Its mayor Peter Speirs is offering you half a million dollars. ...He fears that if the town doesn't get a suitable person, expectant mothers will have to travel an extra 80 kilo...
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