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The Middle Ground: Communication and Covid-19

The UK government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been slow, incompetent, and irresponsible, most notably in regards to delivering effective and realistic communication. Judith Dawson reflects on the current state of affairs, where far too many competent adults are choosing to ignore scientific guidance as a direct result of an inept government.

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A recent patient survey exploring concerns relating to COVID-19 by Helen Burn and colleagues provides some illuminating findings, with 27% of responders stating that they would not accept a vaccination for COVID-19, and one in two responders experiencing mental and physical health consequences of the pandemic. Here, Burn summarises their findings and provides directions on how to respond.

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Continuity of care

Dr Mairead Murphy and Prof Chris Salisbury talk about continuity of care. It is already known that relational continuity of care (seeing the same GP over time) is valued by patients with long-term conditions. This qualitative study identifies that patients believe that relational continuity facilitates having a GP who knows their history, gives consistent advice, takes responsibility and action, and trusts and respects them.

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How to ‘green’ up your primary care practice

Aarti Bansal is a GP in Sheffield and the founder of Greener Practice. She talks about greener lower carbon prescribing, reducing waste, and improving clinical outcomes. She also considers how we can reduce travel for patients and other practical actions practices can take.

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Should Jean be given the money? a twitterpoll exploration of consent and patient centred care

In Oncology clinics, during Covid-19, patients usually have only one person with them and may be asked to make treatment decisions in a few minutes, often in a corridor. Alistair Appleby makes the case for “enhanced consent” with time, counselling and additional information. All patients deserve treatment that ascertains what is important to them and puts this at the heart of their care.

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COVID-19 and the outstanding burden of undiagnosed cancer

During the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK was a dramatic reduction in both the number of Two Week Wait referrals being made by general practitioners, and the number of patients being diagnosed with and treated for cancer. The return now to baseline of the 2WW referral and new cancer diagnosis rates suggests the imminent arrival of an influx of undiagnosed cancer into the health service.


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RCGP Research Paper of the Year 2019: Impact of COVID-19

The RCGP's annual Research Paper of the Year (RPY) award gives recognition to researchers who have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of research relating to general practice or primary care. Here, Carolyn Chew-Graham, Chair of the RPY, presents the three winning articles with overviews of the research and comments from the lead authors.

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Primary care networks in a time of pandemic

Covid-19 has had a major impact on the provision of all health care services. Have Primary Care Networks had a role to play in helping GP practices to adapt? Sarah Parkinson and Judith Smith talked to leaders from four PCNs across England over the summer, and report their findings.

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