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Warning over glitazone prescriptions

Doctors are endangering lives by prescribing glitazones in combination with insulin, and to patients with cardiac failure, Yellow Card data shows.

The Committee on Safety of Medicines reiterated safety warnings that rosiglitazone and pioglitazone were contraindicated in these patients after finding seven patients on insulin had suffered cardiac failure or oedema or both after being prescribed a glitazone.

GP workforce high and low spots

Department of Health statistics have revealed the huge variation in the number of GPs in areas of England.

The worst hit areas were Thurrock, Essex, and Shepway, Kent, with only 43 GPs per 100,000 patients.

By contrast Durham Dales PCT had 67 GPs per 100,000 patients.

GPs to take part in NHS staff survey

GPs are to be included in the Healthcare Commission's annual NHS staff survey for the first time next year.

GPs in six PCTs ­ East Leeds, West Hull, Eastern Birmingham, Islington, Newham and Torbay ­ will answer questions on working time, changes to out-of-hours, harassment and violence, among others.

Practice staff will also be assessed. The commission wants eventually to extend the pilot to the rest of the UK.

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