Anna Colivicchi

Anna Colivicchi is an NCTJ- and NQJ-qualified journalist and writer based in the UK. She is currently a senior reporter at Pulse, the leading magazine for GPs in the UK. A graduate of the University of Warwick's Writing Programme, she writes about health, public affairs, politics and food.

MPTS acknowledges 'stress and workload' in decision to suspend GP who drank on the job

An MPTS tribunal has taken into account stress and workload as mitigating factors in the decision to suspend a GP who consumed alcohol at work. Dr Catherine Aspinall consumed alcohol in February last year while she was working as a GP at Westway Medical Centre, near Liverpool, and treated ‘one or more patients’ while under the influence of alcohol, the tribunal heard. She was suspended for three months as the tribunal noted that at the time of the incident she was stressed and working long hou

GP locums asked to reduce rates 'to compete with ARRS staff'

GP locums have been asked to consider reductions in their expected hourly rate amid a reduction in available roles, in part due to the increase in ARRS staff. One agency said that requests for GP locums within primary care settings ‘have reduced since the summer’ with ‘various new ARRS roles coming to the forefront at surgeries’, and asked GPs to consider reducing their rates to secure work. In an email exchange posted on X, locums were reassured the request was no reflection on performance.

EXCLUSIVE: Next year's GP contract will be 'stepping stone', says NHS England director

NHS England is ‘not in a position’ to negotiate to a new five-year GP contract due to a lack of a funding commitment, with the 2024/25 contract set to be a ‘stepping stone’, Pulse can reveal. In an exclusive interview with Pulse, national director of primary and community care services Dr Amanda Doyle said ‘it is almost certain’ that they will not be negotiating a new five-year contract starting next year.

EXCLUSIVE: Hospital trust fails to send over 50,000 patient letters to GPs due to IT fault

A major Essex hospital trust failed to send more than 50,000 patient letters to GPs due to an IT fault, Pulse can reveal. ‘Over the last few years’, 53,000 letters from Mid and South Essex Foundation Trust were never delivered to GPs in the area, with local GPs telling Pulse clinical information was not passed and acted on as a result. One GP told Pulse that the information ‘seemed to have disappeared into a computer glitch black hole’.

Scottish GPs told to focus on urgent care only to reduce NHS pressures

GPs in some parts of Scotland have been asked to only see urgent and emergency patients to help ease ‘unprecedented levels’ of pressure on the NHS. On Tuesday (10 January) health secretary Humza Yousaf said that ‘this is the single most challenging winter that the NHS in Scotland has ever faced’, and announced that guidance had been issued to all health boards, outlining that they can take necessary steps to protect their patients, staff and services.

GPs call for 'radical' solutions to ease winter pressures

GPs are urging the Government to put in place ‘radical’ solutions to ease pressure on general practice and urgent care, such as purchasing remote care from abroad. The Government yesterday announced its plans to tackle increased pressures – that it linked to a record flu season and Covid backlogs – via additional funding for early discharge services and the setting up of modular hubs outside A&E departments.

Possible rise in council tax in Oxfordshire as authority makes cuts

PEOPLE living in Oxfordshire could face a significant rise in council tax, as the county council is making plans to fill a £44 million funding shortfall. Last month Oxfordshire County Council, which is run by a Lib-Dem, Green and Labour alliance, warned this winter will bring ‘major pressures’, particularly on social care. The council said that all local authorities faced ‘significant increases in inflation’ that are driving up costs and price increases in energy, fuel and materials.

I joined the crowd at Buckingham Palace on the day of the Queen's funeral: Here's what I saw

ON one of the most historic days we will ever see, I joined the crowd at Buckingham Palace, where thousands of people waited in silence to catch a glimpse of the Queen’s coffin on its last journey. The procession was expected to start at 12:15pm, but when I got to Green Park at around 7am, hundreds of people were already making their way towards the Royal residence – some of them had been waiting by the sides of The Mall for hours and even camped there overnight.

Damning new data has revealed that people are waiting too long for an ambulance

DAMNING new data has revealed that people in Oxfordshire are waiting too long for an ambulance. South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), which covers Oxfordshire as well as most of the south region, dealt with 3,501 ‘life-threatening’ incidents in May this year. ‘Life-threatening’ is the most serious condition that a patient could be in, and the status is determined by the 999-call handler.

It’s horrific seeing people living in basements and metro stations

A man from Watlington has spent a month in war-torn Ukraine helping people on the front line. Tom Robinson, 36, works for Heks, a Swiss organisation providing humanitarian assistance around the world for victims of armed conflicts and natural disasters. He has worked in war zones such as Iraq and in 2019 spent six months in Donbas in eastern Ukraine. When Russia invaded on February 24, Mr Robinson spoke to friends and colleagues in the country and decided to go back to help.

No comment on Downing Street parties, says MP

John Howell has refused to comment on the initial findings of an investigation into illegal parties at 10 Downing Street. The Henley MP said it was too early to comment due to the ongoing Met Police investigation into the parties held during the pandemic, which follows call for his predecessor Boris Johnson to resign as Prime Minister. Mr Howell said: “The process is a very long one and I am not going to comment on it as it goes along.” Last month, he told the Henley Standard that he was grateful for the honest comments by constituents on what was a difficult issue and reiterated that he didn’t vote for Mr Johnson to be prime minister at the Tory leadership vote in 2019.

Abuse and deactivation: costs of celebrating women in science on Instagram?

Instagram accounts like ‘How 2 Rob a Bank’ want to teach us more about women in maths and science – yet they face harassment and deactivation. They had tried to engage with the people leaving negative comments on their Instagram posts, but Bia Kazmi, a business and data analyst and co-founder of the Instagram page How 2 Rob a Bank, did not expect their profile would be deactivated after people had reported it. Their crime? Being women who encourage people to use maths in their daily life.

Love of music connects Ukrainians to safe haven

A woman and her daughter who escaped war-torn Ukraine have found a new home in Henley thanks to a musical link. Inna Krasnova, 43, and Eva-Mariia Pavliuk, 13, fled Kyiv as it was attacked by the Russians on February 24. They were on their way to the airport at 5am to go on holiday to Spain when they heard the first explosions. After almost two months spent sleeping in their car and in temporary accommodation in several European countries, they arrived in Henley on Saturday.

Having covid was worse than cancer, says drug trial patient

Having covid-19 was worse than cancer, says a patient who took part in a drug trial to find a treatment to prevent coronavirus-related deaths. Shaun Rowlands, 55, from Rotherfield Greys, caught the virus in April last year and was offered the trial by his doctor at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. The father-of-two had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, in May 2019 and underwent chemotherapy treatment. This meant his immune system was still compromised when the pandemic hit in March last year.

Parents of stillbirth baby fundraise for ‘cuddle cot’

A couple who had a stillborn baby girl are fundraising for a “cuddle cot” to help families enduring the same experience. Jordan and Hannah Greenwood, from Henley, say that having one when they lost their daughter Isabella allowed them to spend precious time with her before she was buried. Now they are raising money so that the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, where Mrs Greenwood gave birth to Isabella, and other hospitals in the area can have more cots for families requiring them. A “cuddle cot” is a machine that helps keep the baby at a cooler temperature for a number of days so that their features don’t change. It can be connected to a bed, cot or Moses basket and enables grieving families to spend more time with their baby before the funeral.

Remains of camp where Poles resettled after war

In the Fifties, there was a cinema in the middle of a woodland in Checkendon... and a swimming pool, school, shop and chapel. Now people come from all over the country to visit the remains of a resettlement camp where hundreds of people once lived. After the Second World War, Checkendon was home to Polish war refugees. There were 228,000 Polish troops in the British army and many were displaced after the conflict, ending up living in huts surrounding the woods and common land at Checkendon as well as at Nettlebed and Kingwood Common. From 1946, they could join the Polish Resettlement Corps, a unit of the army set up to help them prepare for civilian life in Britain.
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