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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 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.
The Department of Health believes generic substitution by pharmacists can drive up generic use by as much as five percentage points, Pulse has learned.
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
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.
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 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.
The RCGP and other organisations have launched a major campaign to make better access to psychological therapies an election issue.
05 March 2010
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.
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.