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Tory public health plans must be evidence-led, says RCGP chair

Conservative plans to divert ring-fenced public health funds to deprived areas must be driven by hard evidence, and not just because they are 'politically tasty', the chair of the RCGP has warned.

06 January 2010

Quitting smoking ‘increases the risk of diabetes’

Smoking cessation dramatically increases the risk of developing diabetes in the first three years after quitting, a US study has found.

06 January 2010

GPs urged to screen for statin-induced muscle damage

GPs should actively screen patients taking statins in order to pick up symptoms of myotoxicity, say primary care researchers.

06 January 2010

GPs handed hospital medical director roles in integrated care shake-up

A group of GPs are to become medical directors of their local hospital trust in a groundbreaking move designed to create better integration between primary and secondary care.

05 January 2010

GPs back meditation for depression

A new survey has found over 70% of GPs believe meditation techniques recommended by NICE could help patients with mental health problems, but only 1 in 5 are actually able to do so.

05 January 2010

Tory NHS manifesto row, GPs urged to prescribe meditation and why running barefoot is best

Our roundup of news headlines on Tuesday 5 January 2010.

05 January 2010

GPs promised software to aid cancer diagnosis

The Department of Health has promised to provide GPs with a simple computer-based tool to help them spot patients with early cancer symptoms.

05 January 2010

GPs missing uptake targets as first phase of swine flu vaccination draws to a close

Thousands of GPs across the country appear to have fallen short of uptake targets for the swine flu vaccination campaign, leaving many facing even bigger losses than last year in the next round of the Government’s controversial patient access survey.

05 January 2010

BMA calls for private firms to be left out in the cold in 2010

The BMA has called on politicians to slam the brakes on private sector involvement within the NHS in 2010, as part of a New Year appeal to MPs.

04 January 2010