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NHS bosses abandon prize draw referral scheme

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.

25 March 2010

Chancellor leaves it to trusts to fill £25bn Budget black hole

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.

25 March 2010

Government’s preferred provider rules clear way for further privatisation

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.

25 March 2010

More than half of CKD patients taking NSAIDs

More than half the patients with stage three to five chronic kidney disease are being prescribed an NSAID, suggest the results of a primary care study.

25 March 2010

Dr Laurence Buckman: ‘Now is an exciting time to be be in medical politics’

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.

24 March 2010

RCGP campaigns for longer consultation times

The RCGP has called for GP consultation times to be extended to reflect the greater number of patients with complex long-term conditions.

24 March 2010

NICE advises amitriptyline first-line for neuropathic pain

NICE has published its first-ever guidance recommending which drugs GPs should prescribe adults with neuropathic pain, and in what order.

24 March 2010

‘Writing on the wall’ for PMS as GPs quit en masse

Exclusive: PMS practices across the country are being forced back into GMS en masse and GP leaders warn this could be the beginning of the end of PMS.

24 March 2010

Virgin recruits BUPA chief

A former BUPA hospitals chief has joined the Virgin Healthcare board to help drive its bid to take on services from secondary care at its network of Darzi centres recently acquired from Assura.

24 March 2010

Huge variation in LARC use by primary care

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.

24 March 2010