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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

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

Change to law allows nurses and pharmacists to prescribe unlicensed medications

Nurses and pharmacists can now prescribe drugs outside their licensed indications and even unlicensed medications after new legislation came into force this month.

07 January 2010

Sexual health drive hampered by ‘ignorance and indifference’

Attempts to tackle the rise in chlamydia infections in young people are being met with ‘ignorance and indifference’ amongst the under-25s, according to the Department of Health.

07 January 2010

NHS website to allow e-booking of GP appointments across Wales ‘from late 2010’

Patients at GP practices across Wales could be able to access their medical records and book appointments through a single NHS website by as soon as the end of this year, it was announced this week.

07 January 2010

Extended hours to continue into 2011 as GPC agree pay deal

NHS Employers and the GPC have reached agreement over how GPs should be paid to continue providing extended hours and a host of enhanced clinical services for 2010/11.

07 January 2010

COPD inhaler ‘raises cardiac risk by up to 40%’

GPs have been advised to avoid the short-acting bronchodilator ipratropium for patients with COPD after a new study found it sharply elevated the risk of a cardiovascular event.

07 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