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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

Fury over Government plans for generic substitution by pharmacists

The Government has released a list of 40 drugs that are set to be automatically switched to generic versions by pharmacists - even when branded drugs are indicated by a GP on the prescription.

06 January 2010

Tory boost for providers

Any provider able to deliver a service that meets required

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