NHS bosses have been forced to abandon a controversial incentive scheme offering paramedics the chance to win £200 in shopping vouchers if they referred patients to GPs instead of taking them to hospital.
Billions of pounds of NHS cutbacks were identified today by the Department of Health and Chancellor Alistair Darling, but his Budget left it to local trusts to find ways to fill the vast bulk of the £25bn black hole now confirmed as facing health services.
The Government today finally revealed its long-awaited policy to back health secretary Andy Burnham’s claim that the NHS is its preferred provider - and its guidance was immediately interpreted by NHS managers as a licence to ramp up privatisation.
GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman talks about the forthcoming election, why GPs should get involved in their local LMC and how the issues raised at the Northern Irish LMCs conference apply to the rest of the UK.
Exclusive: There is a massive, 15-fold variation in the use of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) between PCTs, according to prescribing data obtained by Pulse – prompting trusts to pledge better training provision for GPs.