Caroline has been with Pulse since March 2013 and covers the clinical patch, including prescribing and guidelines updates, as well as QOF issues.
Previously she worked in biomedical research, before switching to writing news and features for specialist clinician websites.
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Exclusive NHS England is working with commissioners to determine whether GPs can be expected to prescribe warfarin as part of their core work, Pulse has learnt.
Grassroots GPs have instructed the GPC to launch a ‘national debate’ with Government and health bosses on what care the NHS should stop funding.
CQC inspectors are to start checking whether GPs and nurses are certified to carry out spirometry as part of routine inspections of practices’ competency, it has emerged.
GPs from the BMA have voted to demand the Government agrees to reimburse in full their indemnity fees in the face of crippling rises in premiums.
Grassroots GPs have renewed their call for the Government to allow GP practices to charge their own patients for non-NHS treatments.
GP leaders have been instructed by the LMCs Conference to negotiate to retain the QOF in England, marking a U-turn from the GPC's current policy.
NHS bosses in England have until 19 May to overhaul asthma care in general practice after a coroner has demanded action to prevent future deaths.
A third of patients diagnosed with cancer in an emergency had not been to see their GP about any symptoms beforehand, a study has revealed.
NHS England 'investigating QOF payment problems'Subscription
NHS bosses have been forced to step in to sort out problems with QOF data extraction that have left many GP practices across England facing a severe shortfall on their expected payments.
Almost all women presenting with typical symptoms of a urinary tract infection did have a bacterial infection, even when standard tests of their urine were negative, a study in Belgium found.
Exclusive GP leaders have met with NHS clinical chiefs to discuss altering QOF diabetes indicators next year, casting doubt on whether the QOF will be abolished in next year’s GP contract, Pulse has learnt.
Exclusive The Liberal Democrats would drop current Government plans to enforce routine seven-day GP appointments across England, their shadow on health policy has said.
Norman Lamb: 'We shouldn't make back-of-a-fag-packet calculations on GP workforce figures'Subscription
Former health minister Norman Lamb speaks to Pulse
A local council in Suffolk has secured £35,000 to spend on a new social prescribing pilot including ‘Men in sheds’ and ‘knit and natter’ groups in a bid to cut GP workload in one area.
Plans drawn up by NICE to get GPs to switch to prescribing cheap tablets for asthma instead of a combination inhaler have been criticised by GP experts, who have warned the move ‘could cost lives’.
MPs have called on GPs to refer women more promptly for suspected gynaecological problems and to provide them with more information, after finding women were ‘not being treated appropriately’.
The Government needs to take more robust action to stop industry offering cheap deals on unhealthy food and drink products to tackle childhood obesity, MPs have said.
GP practices across the UK are being asked to try out a new, non-invasive test for Barrett’s oesophagus in people with acid-reflux symptoms, to help improve early detection of oesophageal cancer.
Recent cuts to public health budgets are a ‘false economy’ that will end up costing an already overstretched NHS and the wider UK economy billions of pounds, health policy experts have warned.
The Government’s new four-week cancer waiting standard will be introduced from April 2018 in a move to save an extra 5,000 lives over the next two years, NHS chiefs have announced.