Current guidelines for chronic heart disease and type two diabetes do not provide enough information on the benefits and harms of treatment to enable doctors to make decisions for individual patients, researchers have concluded.
GPs have warned a severe lack of specialist services is often leaving them with no option but to prescribe addictive medication, ahead of a key government review on prescription drug dependency.
Some women may be able to go as much as 10 years between cervical screening appointments, according to the results of a key government-funded trial on HPV testing.
Two GP practices in Somerset that introduced ‘virtual’ cardiology clinics have dramatically reduced the number of patients referred to outpatients or needing specialist tests.
The UK has more confidence in vaccines than many other parts of Europe but is in a ‘vulnerable’ position as social media amplifies anxieties and mistrust, experts have warned.
The relationship between GP practices and patients with diabetes is ‘potentially as important’ as medication is for managing the disease, research has shown.
GPs have told Pulse they are spending increasing amounts of time dealing with requests for medicines switches due to shortages of common drugs.
Progress has slowed down in tackling premature deaths from heart attacks and strokes, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has warned.
A team of 200 clinical pharmacists are being recruited to reduce over prescribing in care home residents, NHS England has announced.
Thyroid hormones should not be used to treat people with mild hypothyroidism according to new guidance published in the BMJ.
The pharmacy regulator is putting GPs in the position of policing the prescribing of online pharmacies when it comes to high-risk medicines, the BMA has warned.
A health board in County Antrim has removed a part-time physiotherapy service from a group of rural surgeries, leaving vulnerable and elderly patients having to travel 18 miles using a limited bus service to the nearest services.
Hundreds of GPs could be hit by the introduction of a car park tax in Scotland from which other NHS workers will be exempt, the Scottish Conservative party has claimed.
A total of £50m will be invested in sustainability loans for Scottish practices over the next two years – a substantial boost on the £30m already set aside - the Scottish government has announced.
Funding for some practices in the most deprived areas of Scotland will worsen health inequalities under the new GP contract, the RCGP has warned.
Members of the public in Scotland are being asked whether they think the independent contractor model of general practice is the best way to provide services, as part of a parliamentary inquiry into the future of NHS primary care.
Crisis hit GPs in a Northern Ireland town have been granted a reprieve after a provider was found to take over a 9,000-patient practice, which had handed its contract back.
A GP practice that is struggling to meet patient demand is moving more than 1,000 patients off its list.
Welsh GP locums will be required to sign up to a new country-wide GP locum register from April in order to access the state-backed indemnity scheme.
GP practices in Forth Valley are starting to see the impact of new primary care posts being put in place, almost a year after the new Scottish contract came into force, NHS officials have said.