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RCGP selects two new vice chairs

The RCGP has opted to added some steel to its organisation, electing two new vice chairs who are both GPs from Sheffield.

17 August 2010

Bariatric surgery ‘reduces dependence on diabetes drugs’

Performing bariatric surgery on people with type 2 diabetes can reduce patients’ dependence on medications and results in lower use of healthcare and costs, according to the results of a large US study.

17 August 2010

Opposing commissioning plans would be ‘disastrous’ for general practice, GPs warned

Senior GPs have urged the profession not to turn their backs on the Government’s radical White Paper reforms, with one GP leader warning it would be ‘utterly disastrous’ if GPs fail to engage with the plans.

17 August 2010

Darzi centre facing closure ‘cheaper than neighbouring practices’

GPs at the first Darzi centre in England to face closure by a cash-strapped PCT have vowed to fight to stay open - insisting they provide a cheaper service than neighbouring GP practices.

17 August 2010

Patient survey to become optional as phase-out begins

Exclusive: GPs north of the border will be able to opt-out of the patient survey this year, after the Scottish Government decided to scale back the controversial scheme and make it optional.

16 August 2010

Trusts risk wrath of Lansley as they ignore GP opposition to hospital closures

NHS managers are ploughing ahead with plans for massive cutbacks to services in the face of GP opposition - despite health secretary Andrew Lansley’s claim that GPs should have the final say over any major service reconfiguration.

16 August 2010

GP consortiums will take ‘several years’ to make savings

The current state of GP commissioning is weak and GPs are likely to take ‘several years’ to develop the adequate skills to hold the £80bn purse strings of the NHS, according to a health policy think-tank.

16 August 2010

GP allergy guidance ‘undermined by lack of specialist services’

Experts have demanded urgent action by the Government, after draft NICE guidance recommended GPs refer more children with suspected food allergies to specialist services.

16 August 2010

Talks between GP groups fail to bring consensus over commissioning plans

Frantic behind-the-scenes talks are being held between national GP groups in a seemingly impossible bid to reach some consensus over the Government’s plans for commissioning.

13 August 2010

GP consortiums set to ramp up referral management schemes

Up to a third of GPs’ referrals face being rejected by their local commissioning consortium in the ‘Arctic’ financial conditions predicted for the NHS, according to a new report by the King’s Fund.

12 August 2010