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Concern over BCG in babies

Support for GP e-mail consultations

E-mail consultations provide 'exciting possibilities' for improving doctor-patient relations if scepticism over their safety can be overcome, GP researchers conclude.

GP surgeries lack facilities for deaf

GPs lack awareness of the needs of deaf patients and may be breaking the Disability Discrimination Act or even putting themselves at medicolegal risk, Government-funded research warns.

In a survey of 98 deaf people aged from 18 to 86, researchers found two out of five had difficulty arranging their last appointment and only a fifth had access to a professional sign interpreter during consultations.

Cost influences GPs' care decisions

GPs believe the cost of treatment should influence their clinical decisions and do take economic factors into account when prescribing drugs, research concludes.

In the study, 69 per cent of GPs said they had been influenced by economic information in the previous month, citing changes in prescribing for statins, proton pump inhibitors and NSAIDs.

Body of missing GP diver is found

The body of Dr Nick Lupini, who went missing while diving off the Gower peninsula in south Wales, has been found on a beach in the area. Dr Lupini, a GP in Llanelli, disappeared two weeks ago after suffering problems with his equipment at the start of a dive.

Mentoring schemes poorly publicised

Mentoring schemes for doctors training to be GPs are 'patchy and poorly publicised', a BMA report concludes.

Your views sought on new health card

The Department of Health has launched a consultation on proposals for a new UK-wide European health insurance card. The card, to be introduced by the end of 2005, will replace the E111 form, used by EU citizens to prove their entitlement to free or reduced-cost emergency treatment during temporary stays in other European countries.

High spenders performing worse

Scotland and Wales spend more on health than England, but are not performing as well, a study concludes.

Wales had longer hospital waiting lists and appeared to have ongoing financial problems, the University of Nottingham research found. The study, 'Is Devolution Creating Diversity in Education and Health?', found Scotland had poor health outcomes despite relatively high levels of spending, staffing and hospital beds.

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