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Debt paralyses pioneer consortium

Exclusive: A pioneer GP consortium that has taken over part of its PCT budget early has been left unable to reshape care because it has been so constrained by the huge debt it inherited, one of its leaders has told Pulse.

17 November 2010

Exercise programmes for patients with tennis elbow

Sports and musculoskeletal physician Dr Ralph Rogers continues our series on therapeutic exercises with a guide to lateral epicondylitis

17 November 2010

GPs would like more ‘quality time’ with their patients

Nine out of ten GPs would like to spend more time with their patients per appointment, according to the results of the latest health of the workplace study.

17 November 2010

London leads race for GP consortia

More than 100 GP practices in London have taken part in talks to become part of pathfinder consortia under the Government’s commissioning drive, NHS London has announced.

17 November 2010

Patients shun personal budget pilots

Exclusive: Government plans to give patients control of their own health budgets have failed spectacularly to get off the ground and have left GPs in the dark, Pulse can reveal.

17 November 2010

Strengthened sessional GP committee ‘to focus on revalidation’

A simplified revalidation process for locums is one of the major priorities of the newly-elected members of the GPC sessional GPs’ committee.

16 November 2010

Aldosterone antagonists ‘should be used routinely in heart failure’

Patients with heart failure could benefit from much earlier use of aldosterone agonists, suggest the results of a major randomised controlled trial.

16 November 2010

Use of patient group directions threatened

GPs could see a huge increase in workload if the UK drug regulator acts on proposals to ban the use of patient group directions.

16 November 2010

BMA Scotland warns of ‘revolution’

GP leaders in Scotland have warned politicians north of the border they have one last chance to fix its health service or the country will have to follow the ‘revolution’ in general practice taking place in England.

16 November 2010

Gerada hardens RCGP’s stance on white paper

Dr Clare Gerada, who takes over as RCGP chair this week, has signalled an abrupt shift in the college’s relationship with the Government by warning she will directly oppose key elements of the NHS white paper.

15 November 2010