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GPs to blame for care record inaccuracies, NHS IT chiefs claim

Inaccurate GP record-keeping is to blame for any wrong information in Summary Care Records which may be putting patients at risk, the Department of Health has claimed.

19 March 2010

Most OTC oral contraceptives are given to new users

Most of the women using a pilot scheme where pharmacists prescribe oral contraception are using the pill for the first time and have not been seen by their GP.

19 March 2010

GPs set for stricter targets on warfarin treatment

Exclusive: GPs will be expected to place more patients on warfarin under plans to tighten QOF and NICE guidance on atrial fibrillation, a top Department of Health adviser has revealed.

19 March 2010

Revalidation ‘less threatening’ than feared, says GPC

The GPC has predicted that revalidation will be ‘much less threatening’ than originally feared, despite unanswered questions over how the process will impact upon GPs.

19 March 2010

Intensive blood pressure control in diabetes ‘has no benefit’

Intensive controlling the blood pressure of patients with type 2 diabetes is not beneficial – even in patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease according to data from the latest analysis of the pivotal ACCORD study.

19 March 2010

NHS appraisals website still not ‘usable’, IT chiefs admit

Thousands of GPs are still struggling to complete overdue appraisals after major technical problems with the NHS Appraisal Toolkit website, two weeks after it went back online.

18 March 2010

Complementary therapies research unit ‘to close after Royal secretary’s complaint’

A controversial academic department looking at the evidence behind the use of complementary therapies is likely to close next year amid a bitter row over its funding.

18 March 2010

GPs set to miss access targets as survey scores dip further

GPs' are set to lose thousands from this year’s patient survey after their performance against two key access targets which cost them millions last year continued to fall in the third quarter of the controversial GP Patient Survey.

18 March 2010

NICE seeks feedback on new QOF indicators

NICE has asked GPs to comment on six proposed new indicators for the 2011/12 quality and outcomes framework.

18 March 2010