Press Cuttings

 

Comment on the launch of the NHS Long Term Plan - 06 February 2019

We approached GP Online with a comment on the launch of the NHS Long Term Plan. Dr Michelle Drage said: "The Government's decision to prioritise investment in general practice is an important step towards easing the pressures created by decades of under-funding. If the NHS is to be sustainable it...

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Comment on the GMC's State of Medical Education and Practice report - 06 February 2019

We were approached by GP Online to provide a quote regarding GMC’s State of Medical Education and Practice report. Dr Michelle Drage said: “General practice has a workforce crisis right now, regulators can help address it by improving their processes so doctors are not subject to unnecessarily long investigations.  "The...

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Comment on South London MP's call for improved support to register more young renters with GPs. - 06 February 2019

GP Online approached us for a response to comments by Rt Hon Justine Greening, MP for Putney, that not enough was being doing to encourage her younger constituents to register with a GP. Dr Michelle Drage said: “London has a highly mobile and transient population, with GP practices serving areas...

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Comment on NHS England medical director questioning viability of small practices - 06 February 2019

Date: 2 August 2018 Pulse approached us for a comment on the online remarks of an NHS England medical director who said small GP practices may not be viable businesses. Dr Michelle Drage said: “This is an unfortunate statement, which I hope that when reflected upon will not further undermine...

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Comment on Donald Trump's remarks about the NHS - 06 February 2019

Date: 13 July 2018 The Evening Standard approached us for a comment on Donald Trump’s remarks that NHS hospitals have ‘blood on the walls’ Dr Michelle Drage said: “Little knowledge is a dangerous thing. He has no concept of what our hospitals do on a day-to-day basis. He is making...

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Dr Michelle Drage interviewed by Sky News regarding Government's £20bn NHS announcement - 06 February 2019

Date: 18 June 2018 Dr Michelle Drage, Londonwide LMCs’ Chief Executive, appeared on Sky News on 18 June 2018 to discuss the £20bn of extra funding announced for the NHS. Michelle explained that previous additional funding has failed to reach the frontline of general practice and expressed concerns about whether...

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Press release - Beam to LMC app launched - 06 February 2019

Date: 2 May 2018 Our Beam to LMC app was launched at our annual conference on 2 May 2018. Dr Michelle Drage, Chief Executive of Londonwide LMCs said: 'To do our job of representing GPs and practices we need to know where the pressure on them is coming from and...

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Blog - GPs are going above and beyond putting the system at breaking point. - 06 February 2019

Dr Michelle Drage wrote a blog for the Huffington Post. Link to publication - GPs are going above and beyond putting the system at breaking point.

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Round-up - Londonwide LMCs' annual conference at the KIA oval on 2 May 2018. - 06 February 2019

The conference was covered by numerous trade press publications including GP Online and Pulse magazine. 10-minute GP consultations are a 'disaster', says RCGP vice chair QOF may shrink to '3-4%' of GP practice income as review ‘nears completion’ Avoiding burnout and promoting self-compassion

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Comment - public health cuts impact on GPs. - 06 February 2019

Date: 2 May 2018 Pulse approached us for a comment on the impact of public health cuts. Dr Elliott Singer, Medical Director, Londonwide LMCs, said: “You try to refer someone for bariatric surgery but they can only have it if they’ve undergone 12 months of a weight management programme –...

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Comment - Home Office demanding patient details from London practice. - 06 February 2019

A practice in Tower Hamlets was directly approached by the Home Office to provide details of a patient who the Home Office had under investigation regarding their immigration status. Dr Jackie Applebee, Chair of Tower Hamlets LMC, said: “The practice should decline [Home Office requests for patient details], on the...

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Comment - hosptials delaying and cancelling patients operations in response to winter pressures. - 06 February 2019

Date: 22 February 2018 Pulse approached us for a comment on hospitals cancelling operations in response to winter pressures. Dr Michelle Drage said: "These attempts to mitigate a lack of capacity in hospitals are themselves symptoms of the overall problem facing the NHS, and those patients in need who it...

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Comment on cuts to public health funding - 05 February 2019

We approached Pulse with a comment on cuts to public health funding. Dr Michelle Drage said: “Cuts to public health funding, sexual health services, smoking cessation and community nursing have seen general practice asked to take up the strain with no extra resources. “One practice I know of even had...

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I Love my GP sticker - 16 March 2015

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QOF payments thrown into chaos as NHS England apologises for major calculation error - 15 April 2014

GP practices across England have been hit with incorrect estimates of their QOF payments for 2013/14 after a calculation error in CQRS meant thousands of pounds were missing from their payments. Londonwide LMCs medical director Dr Tony Grewal said the mistake was a ‘total disaster’ and that NHS England...

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“We need more time, we need more GPs, ten minutes is not enough” - Londonwide LMCs’ CEO on £50 million Challenge Fund - 14 April 2014

“We need more time, we need more GPs, ten minutes is not enough” - Londonwide LMCs respond to Prime Minister’s £50 million Challenge Fund for General Practice Londonwide LMCs’ CEO Dr Michelle Drage appeared on Sky News on 13 April to react to the announcement from Prime Minister David Cameron...

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Exclusive: GPs condemn MPIG inaction - 28 March 2014

GP report that doctors are unhappy at the lack of action by NHS England to protect practices from MPIG cuts. Sixty-five practices in London face losses of more than £2 per patient, said Londonwide LMCs medical director Dr Tony Grewal. He said the area team was looking at...

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GPs 'haven't received' 210-page contracts despite 31 March deadline - 27 March 2014

This story explains that CCGs have forgotten to send out lengthy 210 page contracts leaving GPs with little time to fill them in.   Londonwide LMCs medical director Dr Tony Grewal said that North West London Commissioning Support Unit have given GPs a two-month extension. The...

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Exclusive: Legal issues over QOF data threaten huge workload burden - 18 March 2014

legal issues caused by the NHS reforms are preventing commissioners from sharing vital data with practices. Londonwide LMCs’ medical director Dr Tony Grewal said that meant ‘significant additional work’ for many practices. Dr Grewal said NHS England had ‘told practices they will have to find these data for themselves before...

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Londonwide LMCs in the news - 17 March 2014

Dr Tony Grewal, Medical Director at Londonwide LMCs, recently gave his six top tips for hanging on to your LES income next year to Pulse magazine. Tony advocates building a relationship with your local authorities and public health departments as well as setting up an interim agreement.

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