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CQC calls for caseload shift into primary care

The Care Quality Commission has identified the need for a huge shift of care out of hospitals and into primary care to generate cash savings.

16 February 2010

GP assessment of breast lumps has low specificity

The specificity of GP assessments of breast lumps is low, according to a UK study which is the first to compare the accuracy of women and GPs in detecting true breast cancer lumps.

16 February 2010

GMC alert on private screening tests

GPs who recommend screening tests offered by private firms to their patients could fall foul of the GMC under new guidance issued by the National Screening Committee.

16 February 2010

GPs told to ignore choice and refer to Care UK services

Exclusive: GPs are being told to refer thousands of patients to the private sector to bail out a Government scheme to outsource services from hospitals, Pulse can reveal.

16 February 2010

Nottingham eczema severity score

The Nottingham eczema severity score provides an simple, objective assessment of the clinical severity of atopic eczema.

15 February 2010

NICE draft appraisal approves liraglutide for type 2 diabetes

NICE has recommended liraglutide as an alternative to insulin in obese patients with uncontrolled glucose levels.

15 February 2010

Figures reveal thousands of assaults on GPs and staff

There were nearly 3,500 assaults on GPs and primary care staff recorded last year, according to the latest Department of Health figures.

15 February 2010

Waist measure reliable in different ethnic groups

Waist circumference is an accurate predictor of metabolic syndrome in both white and south Asian patients, say UK GP researchers.

15 February 2010

BMA launches major public campaign against private sector

The BMA has launched a major fight-back against the expansion of private sector provision in the NHS.

12 February 2010

Virgin poised to swipe raft of Darzi centres

Richard’s Branson’s Virgin Healthcare is preparing to make a dramatic return to primary care with a deal which overnight would make it the biggest provider of Darzi centres in the country, according to reports circulating in the City.

12 February 2010