Autism patients: GPs in England urged to keep register | DisabledGo News and Blog

GPs in England are being encouraged to keep a register of patients with autism in order to improve the care they receive. Health chiefs say a register would alert GPs to the specific needs of adults and children with autism and help tailor services for them. The National Autistic Society said it would “help improve the health and wellbeing of autistic people”. But getting a quick diagnosis was still an issue, a child autism charity said. Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. GPs in England already keep a register of patients with learning disabilities, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence thinks patients with autism should be easily identified by healthcare professionals too. NICE says a register – which would be anonymous outside a patient’s surgery – would help staff to adapt their approach to suit patients’ needs. For example, doctors

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GPs urged to commit to seven day service or lose funding | DisabledGo News and Blog

GPs in England must keep their surgeries open for longer to meet demand from patients, or risk losing funding, Downing Street has warned. Number 10 said many patients were going to already pressurised A&E departments because they cannot get appointments. The government wants to see surgeries open between 08:00 and 20:00, seven days a week, unless they can prove the demand is not there. The British Medical Association accused ministers of “scapegoating” doctors. Downing Street issued a statement saying surgeries should do more to ensure they offer appointments in the evening and at weekends. It said: “Most GPs do a fantastic job, and have their patients’ interests firmly at heart. “However, it is increasingly clear that a large number of surgeries are not providing the access that patients need – and that patients are suffering as a result because they are then forced to go to A&E to seek care. “It’s also bad for hospitals, who then face additional pressure on their services.”

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Keep The Jobcentre Out Of The NHS – The Fightback Against The Health And Work Programme Starts Now! #donoharm

Islington council are they Blue Labour.

the void


Job coaches in GP Surgeries? No!

We call on GPs to #‎DoNoHarm.

Join DPAC, Boycott Workfare, Mental Health Resistance Network on

4 March, 3pm at the City Road Surgery, 190-196 City Road, London EC1V 2QH.

Groups supporting benefit claimants and disabled people are uniting for a protest on the 4th March following the news that Employment Coaches from shadowy US outsourcing company Maximus are to be stationed in GP surgeries in Islington.

The demonstration will take place outside City Road Medical Centre, one of six GP practices in the borough who have opted to take part in the DWP funded pilot scheme.  These surgeries will now have their own Employment Coaches drawn from the welfare-to-work industry who will provide the kind of Jobcentre harassment that disabled people and those with health conditions are already all too familiar with if they are unable to work.

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Health organisations to display inspection ratings

Public and private health and care providers will have to display their Care Quality Commission inspection results, following new rules presented to Parliament last week.

These rules, which cover GP surgeries, care homes and hospitals, mean that the ratings will need to be displayed prominently in entrances, waiting rooms and on websites.

This is designed to strengthen transparency in healthcare, with patients being able to see how services are performing and make informed choices about their care.

You can read the government’s response to the consultation into visible ratings for health and care providers.

The CQC is asking these organisations to share their thoughts on how they can make sure they are meeting these new requirements from April.

The law is expected to come into force on 1 April 2015, subject to Parliamentary approval.’

To view original article from  Department of Health Health organisations to display inspection ratings

This is transparency in the making and hopefully will be a positive move. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) already do inspect GP surgeries, care homes and hospitals and the inspection reports have always been available to view on the CQC website. But how many of us bother to check, assuming that were we aware that this was possible.

But CQC also inspect Dentists, Community healthcare services, Clinics (family planning and slimming) Home care agencies and Mental Health services, so why does it appear that these areas are not covered by the same rules.