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Recommending vitamin D supplements ‘may reduce CVD risk’

A systematic review of 17 prospective studies and randomised controlled trials suggests that vitamin D supplementation at moderate to high doses may reduce cardiovascular risk.

01 March 2010

Leg pain and cold extremities ‘red flags for meningitis’

Leg pain and cold extremities have emerged as leading ‘red flag’ symptoms in identifying children presenting with meningococcal disease in a large UK general practice study.

01 March 2010

97% of discharge letters ‘sent back late’, audit finds

GPs have called for hospital trusts to be financially punished after uncovering evidence that more than 97% of outpatient discharge letters are not being sent back to primary care within the required 48-hour time period.

01 March 2010

PCTs must stump up cash for revalidation retraining, GMC chief warns

Exclusive: It is likely to be up to individual PCTs to financially support GPs who require retraining under revalidation, and it is essential that they do so, the GMC has warned.

01 March 2010

Effect of homeopathy ‘due to consultation’

Homeopathy is effective for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, a randomised controlled trial of patients in primary care has found - but the effect may be due to a consultation with a practitioner, and not the homeopathic remedy itself.

26 February 2010

Inter-arm blood pressure difference ‘reduces 10-year CVD survival’

GPs should make sure they check for differences in the systolic blood pressure recorded in each arm of hypertensive patients, after a primary care study found patients with differences of more than 10mmHg are at greater risk of CVD events and mortality.

26 February 2010

BMA polysystems rally signals start of protests against ‘biggest NHS cutbacks in 20 years’

GP leaders joined nearly 200 key NHS workers at BMA headquarters last night to rally against a massive shift of hospital workload to primary care polysystems, in a move which could herald large-scale public protests against NHS cuts.

26 February 2010

If in doubt opt out, GP leaders warn patients on Summary Care Records

GP leaders have launched a campaign to encourage more patients to opt out of the controversial Summary Care Record, amid fears thousands are being railroaded into it ahead of the general election.

26 February 2010

Figures expose yawning gap in GP funding across single PCT

Huge discrepancies in funding between GP practices have been laid bare by new figures showing massive variations within the same PCT.

26 February 2010

Express LIFT fails to take off as just one PCT signs up

A Government scheme aimed at massively speeding up funding of new GP premises has so far been taken up by just a single PCT, Pulse can reveal.

25 February 2010