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GP partners set for 5% pay cut next year

GP partner income is set to drop by thousands next year, following the Government’s decision to overrule its own pay review body.

16 March 2010

PPI-clopidogrel mix more than doubles risk of death

Co-prescribing clopidogrel and PPIs more than doubles the risk of death in stroke patients, say the authors of a retrospective review of primary care patient records.

16 March 2010

Occasional high blood pressure ‘a risk for stroke’

Hypertension guidance is set to change after ‘revolutionary’ new research suggested patients with only occasional high blood pressure readings – who are not currently diagnosed as hypertensive - are at increased risk of stroke and should be considered for treatment.

16 March 2010

Flu vaccine in children stops community spread

Routinely vaccinating children against influenza would have a major impact on limiting the spread of flu to others in the community, say Canadian researchers.

16 March 2010

Leaked DH briefing gives PCTs licence to ‘blackmail’ practices over premises funding

Exclusive: The Government has given PCTs the green light to withhold premises funding when negotiating tougher GP contracts - in a move which the GPC described as 'tantamount to blackmail'.

16 March 2010

Government halts fast track Summary Care Record rollout

Exclusive: The Government’s IT managers have dropped plans for a massive acceleration in the rollout of the Summary Care Record amid fury from GPs at the way the process has been handled, Pulse can reveal.

15 March 2010

GP care home support ‘cuts deaths and workload’

Providing GP practices with the support of geriatricians improves management of elderly patients in care homes and reduces healthcare ‘crises', a pilot study reports.

15 March 2010

Telephone hackers target GPs

The BMA has warned gangs of telephone hackers are leaving GPs with bills running into thousands of pounds, by preying on vulnerable new practice telephone systems.

12 March 2010

Rotavirus vaccine could cut disease burden by 61%

Vaccinating children against rotavirus could cut the burden of gastroenteritis by almost two-thirds and save the NHS money, claim UK researchers.

12 March 2010

NICE considers new score to prioritise GP heart failure referrals

A four-point clinical assessment tool to help GPs prioritise which patients with suspected heart failure to fast-track for echocardiography could be included in new NICE guidance currently being developed.

12 March 2010