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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

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

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

NHS managers call for new GP contract

NHS bosses have called for the GP contract to be torn up and rewritten to include tougher contractual levers for dealing with poor performers, and incentives for GPs to work in federations.

18 March 2010

DH flagship walk-in centre first to close

One of the Government’s flagship first-generation walk-in centres is to close after becoming the first victim of a series of PCT reviews to determine if they are delivering value for money.

17 March 2010

Swine flu threat to children ‘not taken seriously’

Medical leaders have been accused of not taking the threat to young children from swine flu seriously enough, as time runs out for parents to have their under-fives vaccinated.

17 March 2010

Preferred provider policy could be ‘illegal’, former health minister warns

The Government's own lawyers think its policy of treating the NHS as the ‘preferred provider’ is illegal, a former health minister has claimed.

17 March 2010