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Divided BMA votes to attack white paper as ‘smokescreen for privatisation’

Exclusive: The BMA is to launch an attack on core elements of the Government’s health white paper, which it will warn opens the door to further privatisation of the NHS and could lead to services being provided on the basis of cost rather than quality.

23 September 2010

Low-dose aspirin ‘reduces risk of colorectal cancer’

Even low-dose aspirin treatment is associated with a decreased risk of colorectal cancer, say Scottish researchers.

23 September 2010

Concern over VTE risk with newer antipsychotics

Antipsychotic drugs double new users' risks of venous thromboembolism, with newer drugs showing even greater risks, a major new study suggests.

23 September 2010

Dozens of sessional GPs stand for election to BMA committee

The leader of a rebel group of salaried GPs and locums who planned to split from the BMA has hailed the creation of the GPC's new sessional GP subcommittee as a 'leap in the right direction' after nearly 50 GPs put themselves forward for election to it.

23 September 2010

PPIs associated with ‘raised cardiovascular event risk’

Prescribing proton-pump inhibitors to patients discharged following a myocardial infarction raises their risk of cardiovascular events in the following month by almost a third, new research shows.

22 September 2010

Long-term NSAID use linked to increased AF risk

Long-term use of NSAIDs is associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation, an analysis of UK general practice data shows.

22 September 2010

Report to DH demands crackdown on QOF

Exclusive: A major report prepared for the Department of Health has questioned whether the QOF has had real benefits for patients and recommended cracking down on GPs over gaming of exception reporting and ‘fraudulent’ practice.

22 September 2010

Tiotropium asthma boost

The COPD drug tiotropium is as good as salmeterol and better than increasing the dosage of inhaled corticosteroids in the management of adult patients with asthma, new research suggests.

22 September 2010

Extended hours battle bred ‘suspicion and mistrust’ among GPs, study finds

The Labour government’s imposition of extended hours on GPs bred ‘suspicion and mistrust’ to the whole concept of incentive schemes in primary care, a report by the National Institute of Health Research concludes.

22 September 2010

Pharmacists’ medicines-use reviews ‘bordering on fraud’

Medicines-use reviews (MURs) carried out by pharmacists have no real benefit for patient care and are often performed for little other reason than to make money, a major new analysis concludes.

22 September 2010