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PCOs put cap on GP referrals

Exclusive: NHS managers are imposing emergency caps on GP referrals and threatening to delay some procedures until next financial year in a desperate attempt to avert financial crisis.

06 October 2010

Jimi Hendrix, the Yellow Submarine and benzodiazepines

Jobbing Doctor takes a dispassionate look at how a much maligned group of drugs can be put to use in general practice.

06 October 2010

Care home complaints received by CQC

Read the report by the CQC showing the number of complaints received about care homes for older people between April 1 2004 to March 31 2009.

05 October 2010

Bowel cancer screening to include flexible sigmoidoscopy

The Government is to invest an additional £164 million in cancer care by committing funding to new screening processes, therapies, and treatment.

05 October 2010

RCGP warns white paper timeframe could leave GPs at ‘breaking point’

The RCGP has warned the scale and pace of change in the Government’s health white paper risks leaving GPs at 'breaking point', while welcoming a greater leadership role for GPs.

05 October 2010

One practice in five to be hit by flu delays

Some GPs face not receiving flu-vaccine supplies until the beginning of November after it emerged this year’s campaign had been hit by significant delays.

05 October 2010

Experts look again at statins in diabetes

Exclusive: Cardiovascular experts are considering controversial proposals that GPs should scale back on their use of statins in patients with diabetes, as they draw up new guidance for the profession due in the new year.

05 October 2010

Childhood immunisation schedule ‘may be streamlined’

Exclusive: Department of Health advisers are set to consider changes to the childhood vaccination schedule aimed at reducing the number of appointments children attend to receive vaccinations, Pulse has learned.

04 October 2010

Lansley says no U-turn on commissioning plans

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said there will be no turning back from his plan to transfer commissioning responsibility from PCTs to GP consortia, despite a call from the BMA to do so.

04 October 2010

Intensive lifestyle advice ‘improves fitness in diabetes patients’

Intensive lifestyle intervention can produce sustained weight loss and improvements in fitness, glycaemic control and CVD risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.

04 October 2010