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Varenicline can help patients with COPD

Varenicline is an effective and safe smoking cessation treatment in patients with mild to moderate COPD, the first randomised controlled trial has found.

25 October 2010

NICE endorses wider use of clopidogrel

GPs are to be given the go-ahead to prescribe clopidogrel for the prevention of vascular events in people who have had a previous stroke or have peripheral arterial disease.

25 October 2010

King’s Fund inquiry attacks ‘micromanagement’ of general practice

Ministers have been advised by the most wide-ranging ever inquiry into general practice to ditch controversial ‘micro-measures’ of GPs and transform the way they incentivise the profession to improve performance.

25 October 2010

Sessional GPC committee becomes ‘fully autonomous’

The GPC’s newly enlarged sessional GP sub-committee became fully autonomous last week, with candidates for election looking to use the platform to push for greater contractual rights.

25 October 2010

GPs will ‘take on responsibility for NHS rationing’

GPs will be expected to ration the services they commission for patients under the Government's reform agenda, and to be accountable to patients for their decisions, health secretary Andrew Lansley has said.

25 October 2010

GPs ‘need urgent advice on COPD severity coding’

GPs run the risk of upsetting patients and causing confusion unless the rules over recording the severity of COPD are immediately clarified, say experts.

22 October 2010

Women on HRT more likely to develop advanced breast cancers

Older women who are prescribed combined HRT are more likely to develop advanced forms of breast cancer, according to the latest data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI).

22 October 2010

Consortia must not hold GP contracts, GPC warns

The GPC has issued supplementary evidence to the Government’s white paper consultation, warning that handing responsibility over practice contracts to GP consortia would fuel potential conflict of interest.

22 October 2010

GP leaders warn pensions crackdown will set off retirement timebomb

GP leaders have predicted a Government crackdown on GP pension benefits would ignite a retirement time bomb in the profession which could see thousands quit in protest.

22 October 2010

DH pledges to boost health visitor numbers by 50%

The Department of Health has promised to boost primary care by funding the recruitment of 4,200 more health visitors.

22 October 2010