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Virgin plans to lead GP care across country

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin empire has plans to co-ordinate GP services across the country as private firms use the financial crisis to gain a firm grip on the NHS.

10 March 2010

GPs attempt to take control over community services

GPs are attempting to seize back control of community health services in areas where they are under threat as a result of the Department of Health’s Transforming Community Services policy.

10 March 2010

DH targets a further 5% rise in generic scripts

The Department of Health believes generic substitution by pharmacists can drive up generic use by as much as five percentage points, Pulse has learned.

10 March 2010

Shift of work to GPs ‘to last a decade’

The push of hospital services into primary care will continue for at least the next decade, health secretary Andy Burnham has emphasised in an exclusive interview with Pulse.

09 March 2010

CBT effective for managing chronic back pain

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can have a ‘sustained effect’ on chronic low-back pain and is a cost-effective way of managing the condition in primary care, according to a randomised controlled trial by UK researchers.

09 March 2010

GP alarm as NHS managers push for paediatric centres in polyclinics

NHS managers are to establish a series of primary care ‘children’s centres’, based in polyclinics, to spearhead the transfer of paediatric care from hospitals.

08 March 2010

GPs overlooking ovarian cancer in older women

GPs are less likely to recognise and refer older women who present with symptoms of ovarian cancer, according to a study by UK researchers who warn the findings are likely to extend to other cancers.

08 March 2010

Campaign for psychological therapies launched

The RCGP and other organisations have launched a major campaign to make better access to psychological therapies an election issue.

05 March 2010

New blow for aspirin use in CVD prevention

Exclusive: The role of aspirin in the prevention of cardiovascular events has been dealt another blow by the results of a randomised controlled trial by Scottish researchers.

05 March 2010

Amoxicillin drives resistance in child UTIs

GPs should avoid prescribing ampicillin to any child with a UTI who has been given amoxicillin at any time in the previous two months, say US researchers.

05 March 2010