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GPs face inheriting spiralling debt as PCTs plunge into red

Exclusive: PCTs across the country are falling behind on targets for efficiency savings and plunging into the red, leaving GPs facing a wave of cuts to front-line services and the prospect of inheriting a mountain of debt.

15 September 2010

GP exposes defects in salaried contracts

Exclusive: A former sessional GP has exposed what he claims is the routine exploitation of salaried GPs by some practices.

15 September 2010

Mental health LESs axed

Exclusive: PCTs are cutting LES funding for counselling and other mental health services, a Pulse investigation reveals.

15 September 2010

RCGP chair calls for ‘flexibility’ on commissioning deadlines

GPs in some areas might not be ready to start commissioning by April 2013 and should not be forced into taking on budgets too early, RCGP chair Professor Steve Field has told Pulse.

14 September 2010

GPs and consultants hold talks to defuse tension over commissioning plans

GP and consultant leaders are holding crunch talks in a bid to ease simmering tensions over the plans to shift the bulk of NHS commissioning budgets into GPs’ hands.

14 September 2010

Cryotherapy beats salicylic acid for wart removal

Cyrotherapy with liquid nitrogen is the most effective method of removing warts, a randomised controlled trial suggests.

14 September 2010

IAPT programme exceeds expectations in helping patients off benefits

Widening access to psychological therapies is already having a dramatic effect on the number of patients on sick leave due to mental health problems, initial figures show.

14 September 2010

RCGP urges Government to delay compulsory GP commissioning

The RCGP has urged Andrew Lansley to put back his plans for GP commissioning, after the biggest survey of GPs to date showed fierce opposition.

14 September 2010

Trusts tighten referral criteria for tonsillectomy

The cuts to ‘low priority’ clinical procedures are hitting tonsillectomies, a Pulse investigation shows.

14 September 2010

Funding axed for new surgeries

Exclusive: GPs working in crumbling surgeries will have to make do with refurbishments rather than new buildings after the body representing funding organisations said they would be halting the flow of cash.

14 September 2010