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GPs buried under trusts' workload dump

Anger over DTB

GPs demanded their access to the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin be restored.

They expressed anger at the Government's recent decision not to renew the long-standing central contract for the influential evidence-based review journal, throwing its future availability into doubt.

The motion, proposed by Dr Sally Hull of City and East London LMC and backed by the GPC, was passed unanimously.

GPs queued up to tell the conference the Government's move was shortsighted and would be costly in the long-term.

Dr Hull said: 'If we do nothing this is the last time you will see this. Practices should not be asked to subscribe individually.

'It is excellent value for £1.4 million. Thousands of pounds are spent on each of us by drug companies to get us to change our prescribing. If this goes we will be a lot more influenced by that.'

Dr Peter Fellows, chair of the GPC prescribing subcommittee, said: 'It would be very sad indeed if the DTB doesn't continue to come through our letterboxes. The fact it is being re- jected on the basis of a relatively small financial sum horrifies me.'

The DTB is currently considering how to deal with the loss of its centralised contract.

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