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Government to stop paying DTB subs

GP access to independent prescribing advice is under threat after the Government decided it would no longer pay for subscriptions to the respected Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin.

The Department of Health insisted it was up to individual GPs or their trusts to stump up the cash for the evidence-based journal, published by Which?

But the DTB reacted angrily to the decision, calling it 'yet another example of shambolic NHS cost-cutting'.

Dr Ike Iheanacho, editor of the DTB, said: 'The Government is pretending that the loss of DTB's independent view on the pharmaceutical industry somehow doesn't matter.

'This is in marked contrast to how it highlighted the essential role of the DTB at the recent health select committee inquiry into the influence of the pharmaceutical industry,' he complained.

Dr George Rae, member of the GPC prescribing subcommittee and secretary of Newcastle and North Tyneside LMC, warned the loss of the DTB could lead to postcode prescribing.

'Anything national like that which is respected is something which is a way of ensuring we don't have discrepancies and differences between different parts of the UK.

'I'm all for decisions being taken locally but it's always about getting the right balance.'

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