This is the first edition of Practice Matters magazine; it merges all MPS’s GP publications into one comprehensive magazine, written for the whole practice and out four times a year.
The issue is timely as this year will be a time of great change for general practice. Lord Howe recently commented: “Many argue this will be the most challenging year the NHS has ever faced. But with GPs at the heart of shaping local health services, I believe it will end up being one of its best.”
Obviously time will tell whether this is the case. What is clear is that the coming year will be crucial for general practice as a profession.
It is vital that GPs manage their new commissioning responsibilities efficiently, and the emerging risks that this new role presents.
In our leading feature Dr Simon Abrams shares his advice for general practices about how to manage potential conflicts of interest in the new commissioning environment.
For a GP a conflict of interest may arise when their own judgment as an NHS commissioner could be, or be perceived to be, influenced by their own concerns and obligations as a healthcare provider.
We hope you enjoy this edition of Practice Matters. If you have any feedback please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Richard Stacey
Editor-in-chief and MPS Medicolegal Adviser
Disclaimer: All information is correct at the time of publishing (April 2013)