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Dementia strategy will fail unless cash is diverted to GPs, says spending watchdog

The Department of Health has been criticised for launching its national dementia strategy without investment in primary care and a ‘robust approach to implementation’ by the public finances watchdog.

14 January 2010

PCTs failing on OOH, stress linked to cancer and the perils of everyday plastic objects

Our roundup of news headlines on Thursday 14 January.

14 January 2010

GPs to be paid to offer extended hours to patients at neighbouring practices

The Government is to allow practices offering extended hours to take over the evening and weekend care of patients from neighbouring GPs who refuse to provide the service.

14 January 2010

Hypertension drugs associated with reduced dementia risk

Angiotensin receptor blockers are associated with a significant reduction in the incidence and progression of dementia compared with other cardiovascular drugs, researchers have found.

14 January 2010

‘Avoid kitchen spoons if you want the correct dose’ say experts

Most people still use kitchen spoons when pouring liquid medicines, but a new study finds dosing varies sharply with spoon size.

14 January 2010

Investigation reveals failures in GP out-of-hours services

Demands for a major shake up of GP out-of-hours provision grew today after an investigation showed providers across the country are failing to hit quality targets.

14 January 2010

Tories to reshape QOF to focus on public health outcomes

The Conservatives have released details of their plans to radically reshape the QOF to focus more on health prevention.

14 January 2010

Vascular risk assessments costing up to £700 a patient

Exclusive: The Government's flagship vascular screening programme is assessing far fewer patients than expected, at an average cost of nearly £70 per patient, a Pulse investigation reveals.

13 January 2010

PCTs plunder PMS contracts

Cash-strapped PCTs are plundering GP contracts in an effort to make millions in efficiency savings.

13 January 2010