News story: Final report on GP partnerships published

first_imgThe review, which began in May 2018, received written feedback from over 120 individuals and organisations.As part of his research, Dr Watson visited over 25 GP practices around the country, ranging from those that were experiencing challenges with recruitment and retention, to those that had developed innovative solutions to issues they faced.The government will respond to the recommendations.Dr Nigel Watson said: The final recommendations from the independent GP partnership review have been published.The review was led by Dr Nigel Watson.Using his research and his personal experience as a GP partner, Dr Watson sets out recommendations for the government, NHS England and other representative bodies.The recommendations include: reducing the personal risk and unlimited liability currently associated with GP partnerships the need for a wider range and capacity of healthcare professionals available for services in the community, embedded as part of general practice increased funding for GP training places and a more specialised focus in medical training on general practice as a positive career choicecenter_img General practice remains the fundamental building block of the NHS and essential for the health and wellbeing of the rest of the NHS. It is clear to me having talked to many GPs and others who work in general practice and also visited many parts of the country that there remains huge potential in terms of delivering high quality care based in the community delivered close to people’s homes. To unleash this potential, general practice needs to see a secure future which is associated with an expanded workforce, less personal financial risk and the working day being more manageable. The recommendations today I hope will not only be accepted by government and supported by the profession but make a real difference with more resources going to the delivery of care on the frontline.last_img read more

Fire station serves as new polling place for students

first_imgA new polling location near campus has been approved by the Office of the Registrar in an effort to make voting more convenient for students who live on campus.Hot ballot · The fire station on Jefferson Boulevard will serve as a polling place in November for students living in Webb Tower, Fluor Tower, Parkside and Cardinal Gardens. – Hayden Bennett | Daily Trojan Instead of having to travel more than a mile to Roger Williams Baptist Church on Adams Boulevard in order to vote, students living in Parkside apartments, Webb Tower, Fluor Tower and Cardinal Gardens apartments will be able to vote at the fire station on Jefferson Boulevard between McClintock and University avenues.“[The fire station] was chosen because of its close proximity to a number of student housing complexes,” said Kerstyn Olson, deputy director of the Unruh Institute of Politics. “It’s more convenient for students.”The fire station was the best option to make voting easier for students who live close to the station, as well as community members nearby, she said.“The fire station has been a polling location before … it’s now become a possibility again,” said Micah Scheindlin, political director of USC College Democrats, who protested to the Registrar’s Office about the inconvenience of voting for on-campus students. “Because some of the precinct is off-campus, they prefer an off-campus location, and the fire station is convenient for students but is also off campus.”Marks Tower will remain a polling location for those designated to vote there, but the Catholic Center, which in the past also served as a polling place for a number of students, won’t be available this year because of renovations.“They’re creating a new polling place in lieu of the Catholic Center, which will be under construction,” Olson said.That temporary polling location could be just north of campus at the Hillel Jewish Center at USC.Because Hillel was still under negotiations as a voting location, Olson said it isn’t definite yet.In finding this temporary polling location, the registrar was looking for a location in the same precinct as the Catholic Center, which would still be easily accessible to students.The registrar plans to keep the fire station a permanent voting fixture.“Some people may ask why we can’t use one polling location for all of campus,” Scheindlin said. “The reason is that the campus is divided into two precincts, and if you live on the west side of campus, you’ll actually be getting a slightly different ballot from the east side.”Ballots and polling places depend on the county supervisor of each district, and — because the district line is drawn through campus — there are numerous polling places around USC.Although the USC College Republicans weren’t involved in creating the new polling place near campus, chairwoman Katherine Cook said she is happy to know students have more options when it comes to getting their votes in.“We commend College Democrats for their efforts to make the polling station accessible to students,” Cook said.last_img read more