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GPs urged to consider renin testing for patients with resistant hypertension

Exclusive: Hypertension guidance is set to encourage GPs to use renin testing to guide treatment for patients with resistant hypertension, prompting warnings that the test is only available in around a dozen centres across the UK.

03 November 2010

GPs charged £50 for new appraisal toolkit

GPs will be charged £50 a year to use the NHS Appraisal Toolkit following the Government’s controversial decision in August to scrap funding.

02 November 2010

GP trainees left ‘twiddling their thumbs’ by three-month wait for CRB checks

Exclusive: GP practices are having to wait months for registrars to receive criminal record bureau (CRB) checks, new figures show.

02 November 2010

Half of Darzi centres under review

Exclusive: PCTs across England have begun unpicking dozens of APMS contracts awarded under the previous government’s controversial Darzi-centre initiative, a Pulse investigation has found.

02 November 2010

DH urged to increase GPs in deprived areas

The Department of Health should urgently identify measures to drive up the numbers of GPs in deprived areas, a committee of MPs has recommended.

02 November 2010

Long-term tricyclic use beneficial for migraine

A tricyclic antidepressant becomes a more effective treatment for migraine and tension headache the longer it is used, a new analysis concludes.

01 November 2010

Little evidence for GPs to prescribe statins in over-80s, analysis concludes

Doubts over whether to continue prescribing statins in very elderly patients have been raised by an analysis showing little evidence of benefit in the over-80s.

01 November 2010

GPs to be handed NICE’s rationing role

The Government has revealed it intends to remove the job of deciding which drugs are available on the NHS from NICE - and give the responsibility direct to GPs instead.

01 November 2010

Link found between antibiotic use and IBD

The first suggestion of a strong association between antibiotic prescribing in children and the subsequent development of irritable bowel disease has come from an observational study from Denmark.

01 November 2010

Revealed: Darzi centres’ decade-long deals

Some Darzi-centre contracts will not expire until 2020, with PCT bosses having locked the NHS into decade-long deals, Pulse’s investigation reveals.

01 November 2010