Friday Five

Gadgets, gonorrhoea and, of course, the Long Term Plan – this week’s Friday Five

CQC appoints new chief inspector The Care Quality Commission has appointed a new chief inspector for primary and integrated care – Rosie Benneyworth. She will lead on CQC inspections for all primary medical services, including general practice, pharmacy and dentistry and integrated care. Benneyworth is a GP and vice chair of the National Institute for Health…

Friday Five

Sugar substitutes, hospital helipads and winter woes – this week’s Friday Five

  Missed GP appointments cost NHS England £216m Officials have said that patients are costing NHS England £216m a year, due to missing consultations. Each appointment costs an average £30 and the overall expenses of patients not cancelling appointments could fund the annual salaries of 2,525 full-time GPs. NHS Digital GP appointments data shows more…

Friday Five

A good week for dementia and Alzheimer’s prevention, a bad week for hospital patients – this week’s Friday Five

NHS announces evening and weekend GP appointments Evening and weekend GP appointments have been rolled out across England this week, NHS England has announced, with an estimated nine million extra appointments per year are now available to patients. The service has reportedly arrived three months ahead of schedule and will help ease pressure on the health…