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GPC moots plan for super-consortia covering millions of patients

GP leaders have mooted the idea of forming SHA-size consortia, amid fears GPs will not be able to cope with the financial risk of the Government’s commissioning plans.

15 November 2010

Low GI diet helps overweight mothers

Advising overweight pregnant women to adopt a low-GI diet may reduce their cardiovascular risk and improve the outcome of their pregnancy, say US researchers.

15 November 2010

BMA calls leadership elections in GP consortia across country

Exclusive: LMCs in England have been told to start organising leadership contests immediately to decide who will head up local commissioning consortia.

15 November 2010

Video: ‘An awful lot of things will come out of the woodwork’

Watch our full-length interview with new RCGP chair Dr Clare Gerada, as she reveals her concerns over the health white paper.

15 November 2010

GPs to commission urgent care telephone line

GPs will be charged with buying in replacement services for the soon to be scrapped NHS Direct helpline, with private firms to compete with NHS bodies to offer a competing versions of the new 111 number across England.

12 November 2010

GP consortia face liability for soaring legal fees

Exclusive: GP face the prospect of dealing with a soaring number of NHS litigation claims once PCTs are abolished, new figures show.

12 November 2010

Vitamin E linked with haemorrhagic stroke

Patients should be warned against taking vitamin E supplements due to an increased risk of haemorrhagic stroke, a major analysis concludes.

12 November 2010

HPV test ‘slashes number of cervical smears needed’

Adding HPV testing into the cervical screening programme could – with HPV vaccination - dramatically scale back the screening programme, cutting the number of smears women need in their lifetime from around 12 to just two.

12 November 2010

Widespread support for wiping PCT debts

GPs have overwhelmingly backed Pulse’s campaign calling for consortia to start with a clean slate when they take on commissioning, with nine out of 10 believing it would be unfair to ask GPs to inherit PCT debts.

11 November 2010

Diuretics ‘best in patients at risk of heart failure’

GPs should use diuretics first-line in hypertensive patients at risk of developing heart failure, say Italian researchers.

11 November 2010