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Independents' Day

GPs' warning on drug firm deals

SSRIs safe for children

There is no definitive evidence that SSRIs increase the risk of suicide or suicidal thoughts in children or adolescents, according to a new rapid review.

Cardiac rehab underfunded

Cardiac rehabilitation requires a huge injection of funding if it is to meet the needs of eligible patients.

Offer earplugs, not hypnotics

GPs should offer earplugs to elderly patients who request night sedation rather than prescribing hypnotics, new research suggests.

Of 35 patients who requested drugs,

61 per cent found their sleep improved with earplugs alone.

Although 39 per cent complained that their earplugs fell out during the night, half still preferred using them to drug treatment.

Long-term hormone benefits

Parathyroid hormone (Teriparatide) has long-term benefits for preventing osteoporotic fractures, according to international research.

Researchers followed up 1,262 patients 18 months after treatment and found the risk of fracture was reduced by 41 per cent in those on parathyroid hormone.

GPs need help on Act

GPs need more help from PCOs to ensure they meet requirements of the Freedom of Information Act, the BMA argues.

Training provided by some PCOs to help GPs prepare for the implementation of the Act on January 1, 2005, has been unhelpful and in some places non-existent, it said.

Dr John Grenville, GPC lead on the Act, said many GPs were still not aware of it or thought they had already done enough to comply.

GPs shun Choose and Book

GPs in Morecambe Bay are to boycott the Government's Choose and Book scheme because it will create excessive workload.

They have also argued that they do not know enough about particular consultants to advise patients on which hospital they should go to.

GPs happy with NHS pension

Nearly three-quarters of GPs are happy with the NHS pension scheme, a survey finds. However, some 76 per cent would also be interested in increasing their pension pot by upping their monthly contribution.

Asked whether they were in favour of 'flexible' retirement options, 88 per cent said they would prefer to work fewer hours as long as their pension was unaffected.

But 15 per cent of GPs would consider changing work arrangements even if it resulted in their pension being reduced, the NHS Pension Review found.

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