1. New contract holder for Mevagissey Surgery

    Claire Gilbody-Dickerson

    BBC News

    A new contract holder has been found for Mevagissey Surgery in Cornwall.

    St Austell Healthcare have successfully been approved to provide primary care medical services for the population registered at the surgery from 14 September.

    Besides routine appointments and clinical sessions with GPs, available services planned for the surgery include contraception, substance misuse and physiotherapy assessment.

    St Austell Healthcare also plans to introduce a dedicated home visiting service to support people who need an appointment at their own home for medical reasons.

    Image caption: The new contract-holder will also provide evening and weekend appointments

    All those registered with the practice will receive an update with details on how to contact the new provider. All those who already have an appointment should attend as planned.

    James Mustoe, Cornwall Councillor for Mevagissey, said he had been "very concerned" to hear of the early ending of the current contract-holder's time at the surgery.

    “I am pleased to have seen NHS Kernow recognise the urgency and priority of this situation, and that they have worked around the clock, dedicating significant time and resources into finding a solution with neighbouring practice St Austell Healthcare, in a way that means there will be no gap in service at Mevagissey," he said.

  2. States votes against free GP appointments for children

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News Online

    The States Assembly has voted against a change that would have made GP appointments free for all children in Jersey until 2021.

    Deputy Carina Alves had proposed the interim measures while a more affordable primary care scheme is devised by the health minister for the start of next year.

    Deputy Alves told the States "good health should not be determined by income".

    A reduced fee of £10 for children's consultations was introduced during the coronavirus crisis, but is due to end on 9 August.

    It coincides with the return of GPs to private practice, after the States agreed to directly employ them during a four-month period.

    A proposal to axe a £120 fee for a women's 'pregnancy package' was also rejected by the States.

    In February, it was voted that the health minister must devise a plan which reduces "financial barriers for patients who are financially, clinically or socially vulnerable" by 1 January 2021.

    Deputy Richard Renouf said he expected to lodge his proposition in September.

  3. Jersey GPs to return to pre-pandemic roles

    BBC Radio Jersey

    GPs in Jersey will not be renewing the temporary roles they took on during the coronavirus pandemic, the organisation representing GPs has revealed.

    The Primary Care Body explained this is due to the reduced number of cases of the virus in Jersey and GP's wishes to return to their pre-pandemic services.

    During the pandemic the island's private GPs have been employed by the government and subsidies have cut the cost of related fees.

    The temporary contracts with Health and Community Services end in August.

    Speaking on behalf of the body, Dr James Mair said the recent advertisement by the ‘Friends of our new Hospital’ suggesting the Jersey Care Model was being introduced was not factually correct.

    He added that Dr Nigel Minihane would like to personally distance himself from the comments made within it and wished to reassure patients who were worried about the claims it made.

  4. Proposals to make GP appointments for all children free

    Sarah Bailey

    BBC Radio Jersey

    None of Jersey's children may have to pay to see a doctor in future under changes being proposed to the States.

    At the moment, children can see a doctor free of charge until they are four years old, but Deputy Carina Alves said she wanted to extended that to include older children.

    Earlier this year more than 100 GPs were brought under the control of the States to give people better access to healthcare during the coronavirus pandemic.


    New fees were introduced as part of the agreement, charging £10 for appointments for children aged between five and 17.

    But Deputy Alves has been arguing that was still putting some children off going to the doctors because families could not afford it.

    She said she wanted the fees to be dropped to ensure young people got the best possible medical care.

    The Children’s Commissioner for Jersey, Deborah McMillan, has made similar calls saying she had heard from children who would put off going to the doctors because of the costs.

    The States is due to debate the proposals in July.

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    Video caption: The GPs on the front line against Covid-19

    The BAME doctors facing extra risks while fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Video caption: GP concerned for 'forgotten' non-Covid patients

    Liverpool GP, Dr Debbie Noland, wears full PPE when seeing patients and cleans the examination room between patients.

  7. GPs use video call to see patients during lockdown

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    Tens of thousands of patients have accessed GP appointments using video technology since lockdown began.

    Video appointments have allowed GPs to work even when they themselves are self-isolating or have conditions that make them at risk from the virus.

    They also offer convenience for people who struggle to leave the house or office to see their doctor and can lead to much shorter wait times.

    Image caption: GPs have started using video to visit patients during lockdown

    Doctors say those who aren’t confident with the technology or don’t have access to it can still speak to their doctor on the phone.

    Those who need a face to face appointment will still be able to go into their GP surgery.

    The message early on in the coronavirus outbreak was to only use the NHS when you really needed to.

    Now doctors are worrying that people have avoided checking out the possible early signs of serious conditions such as heart disease and cancer.

  8. Clacton GP dies from coronavirus

    An "extraordinary, exceptional and astonishing" GP has died aged 84 after contracting coronavirus.

    Doctor's surgery

    Dr Karamat Ullah Mirza worked at Old Road Medical Practice in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex and died in hospital on Sunday.

    He had been seeing patients until two weeks ago.

    Dr Ed Garratt, chief executive of the NHS North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, said it was "deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr Mirza, a respected and much-loved GP".

    A small number of people who had contact with Dr Mirza are self-isolating at home and the Clacton surgery and its branch practice in St Osyth have undergone deep cleansing.