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Patchy sexual health LESs are ‘detrimental’ to patient care

Local enhanced services in sexual health may be ‘perversely worsening’ the provision of care and creating inequalities in access, according to Health Protection Agency researchers.

11 January 2010

SHAs stamp on swine flu vaccination deals

GPs have faced an extraordinary battle to agree local plans for vaccination of children under five against swine flu, with concessions on access made by PCTs repeatedly overruled by senior NHS managers.

11 January 2010

In-store APMS practice markets itself with Boots products

Exclusive: An APMS practice located in a Boots store gave out goody bags of cosmetics from the pharmacy giant, it has emerged.

11 January 2010

The cost of GP translators, ‘false pandemic’ claims and how dusting will get you into shape

Our roundup of news headlines on Monday 11 January.

11 January 2010

Jump in non-emergency A&E attendances since GP out-of-hours opt-out

The number of patients attending hospital for minor ailments and non-emergencies has leapt by a third since GPs opted out of out-of-hours responsibility, a new study suggests.

11 January 2010

DH orders immediate review of care home prescribing

GPs are to be told to immediately audit all their prescribing to patients in care homes and will face an investigation by the health and social care regulator, after the Department of Health ordered an urgent safety review.

08 January 2010

Snowbound GPs refused emergency dispensing rights

Patients in snowbound rural areas have been forced to travel miles in dangerous weather conditions to use their nearest pharmacy, after local pharmacies closed and the Department of Health refused to relax dispensing rules for GP practices.

08 January 2010

MPs back minimum pricing of alcohol

An influential committee of MPs has backed the medical profession's call for minimum pricing of alcohol, and better treatment of alcohol addiction.

08 January 2010

The PCT which ordered GPs to ‘wrap up warm’, and other shaggy snow stories

As Britain suffers its worst winter for more than thirty years, GPs across the country have been sending in pictures and stories of how they’ve been coping with the Arctic conditions.

08 January 2010