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Survey reveals lengthy delays to psychological therapy access

Only 15% of GPs say their mentally ill patients are able to access psychological therapies within two months of referral, and only 6% of GPs say children are seen within this time.

22 March 2010

Nateglinide does not stop progression in diabetes

Adding a prandial glucose regulator to a lifestyle advice in patients with impaired glucose does not reduce their chances of developing diabetes – even if they have cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular risk factors.

22 March 2010

Patient survey ‘will worsen access’ say NI GPs

GPs in Northern Ireland have warned patients that access to their GPs will be worsened by a ‘flawed’ patient survey.

22 March 2010

NHS Confederation report into the future of the NHS

Read the NHS Confederation report 'Rising to the Challenge: health priorities for government and the NHS'

22 March 2010

Warnings over long-term use of bisphosphonates

An unusual type of bone fracture has been reported in women who have taken bisphosphonates for osteopenia and osteoporosis for more than four years, according to two new studies.

22 March 2010

GPs sent warning letters as tax crackdown gathers pace

Thousands of GPs have received letters from HM Revenue & Customs warning that they are suspected of owing unpaid tax going back up to two decades.

22 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

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

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