Severe IBS and mental health issues
Risks in NHS market economy
Creating a 'market' economy in the NHS risks inflating demand and leading to greater financial instability, health charity the King's Fund is warning. In a report, NHS Market Futures, it also questions how commissioning practices will be accountable and whether competition between commissioners should be allowed.
Niall Dickson, chief executive of the King's Fund said: 'The Government will need to address potential problems associated with the introduction of stronger market incentives.'
Fertility problems for 2.5m
Over 2.5 million men in the UK may have difficulty making their partner pregnant, a new report concludes. The research, by Norwich Union Healthcare, concluded 9 per cent of men had fertility problems, but only a small minority were aware of the problem.
An accompanying survey of GPs found 25 per cent feared low fertility would contribute to the ageing of the UK's population, with 44 per cent blaming smoking.
GP role in chlamydia testing
General practice handled 10 per cent of the 45,000 chlamydia tests conducted in England over the first two years of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme.
Overall, 11.1 per cent of tests were positive, 10.9 per cent of tests in women and 13.3 per cent of those in men. Some 91 per cent of tests conducted were in women.
The researchers said the results, presented at the Health Protection Agency annual conference this week, indicated a national screening programme was 'feasible'.
GPs lose staff funding fight
Eight practices in Northern Ireland who were denied staff funding when health boards calculated their MPIG have lost their test cases against the decision. Dr Brian Dunn, GPC Northern Ireland chair, said adjudicators agreed with the GPs but found in favour of the boards.
But he said three cases prepared by the BMA's lawyers had not yet been heard.
Pathology service review
The Government has launched an independent review into NHS pathology services. It will focus on how to increase diagnostic tests in GP surgeries, speed up results and increase the number of places in which tests can be done.
'Metabolic syndrome' attack
Use of the term 'metabolic syndrome' has come under fire from two major diabetes organisations. The European Association for the Study of Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association say the term is imprecisely defined and of doubtful value as a marker of cardiovascular risk.