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College fights inequalities

The RCGP has called on the Government to do more to tackle health inequalities in inner-city and rural areas in its submission to the community health White Paper.

The college also demanded that registration with practices must be preserved and services should not be broken up by disease area.

'Registration has brought personal and organisational continuity of care, comprehensiveness and co-ordination of care,' it said.

Most want smoking ban

The Government has admitted the 'vast majority' of the 57,000 responses to its consultation on smoking called for a complete ban in all enclosed public places and workplaces.

The Department of Health published the responses this week, adding it had balanced the results against public opinion surveys and attitudes.

Take-care-of-yourself cash

Patients are to be given an individual budget to help them take care of themselves in whichever way they choose under a Government pilot.

Older people, people with physical and learning disabilities and patients with mental health problems will be able to choose the services which best allow them to stay at home.

The British Council for Disabled People said the 13 pilot schemes would cause 'great and unnecessary problems' for disabled people.

Green Book major update

The Department of Health has updated 20 chapters of the Green Book on immunisation against infectious diseases.

The revised chapters, which are available on the department's website, cover areas such as the distribution and disposal of vaccines, immunisation procedures and surveillance, as well as a number of individual diseases.

Award for top examinee

Dr Clare Winslade has been awarded the Fraser Rose Medal by the RCGP for the best performance in its membership exam.

Dr Winslade (pictured), a GP in Ramsgate, received the highest score out of the 1,743 GPs that took the MRCGP exam.

'Obligatory' dermatology

GPs are critical of the lack of compulsory vocational training in dermatology, a new survey reveals. Of nearly 400 GPs who responded, 71 per cent said dermatology was not only an essential part of the core curriculum but should also be included at postgraduate level.

The researchers, writing in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, said the area should now be added to the list of specialties that count towards vocational training.

All the best in Pulse

Pulse editor Phil Johnson has been named business magazines editor of the year by the British Society of Magazine Editors.

Nerys Hairon, senior reporter, also won feature writer of the year at the Medical Journalism Awards.

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