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Local council fights GPs’ corner in contract row with PCT

Exclusive: Local authorities have weighed in with support for a group of GPs who have accused their PCT of attempting to railroad plans to draft in private providers to run a local practice without consultation.

30 July 2010

BMA issues tough defence of GP pensions

The BMA has launched a robust defence of GPs' pensions, insisting they are sustainable and represent value for money for the public.

30 July 2010

Use of calcium supplements in osteoporosis ‘should be reassessed’

Researchers have called for the use of calcium supplements in osteoporosis 'to be reassessed' after a meta-analysis published in the BMJ today found they increased the risk of myocardial infarctions and cardiovascular events.

30 July 2010

Insulin pumps ‘better than injections for type 1 diabetes’

Insulin pump therapy is better than injections in adults and children with inadequately controlled type 1 diabetes, according to the results of a randomised controlled trial.

30 July 2010

BMA submission to the independent commission into public sector pensions

Read the BMA defence of NHS pensions for doctors.

30 July 2010

GPs face major clampdown over standard of out-of-hours provision

GPs will have to meet rigorous new standards in the commissioning of out-of-hours services or face action from the new NHS Commissioning Board and the Care Quality Commission, the Government has revealed.

29 July 2010

ARBs not equally effective at reducing blood pressure, UK study finds

Candesartan is more effective at lowering blood pressure than losartan, according to a meta-analysis by UK researchers who estimate the difference could equate to a substantial reduction in coronary heart disease events and strokes.

29 July 2010

GPs not ‘lesser doctors’ if they don’t commission

Exclusive: GPs should not be stigmatised as 'lesser doctors' if they don't take a hands on role in commissioning, according to the Government's primary care tsar.

29 July 2010

No new funding for GPs to take back out-of-hours responsibility

Exclusive: GPs will receive no extra funding for taking on responsibility for commissioning out-of-hours services, the Government has revealed.

29 July 2010

Government pledges an additional £50m to fund ‘innovative’ cancer drugs

Ministers have announced that ‘clinically-led regional panels’ will decide which cancer patients get access to newer treatments, and pledged to provide an additional £50m to end the ‘scandal’ of lack of funding.

28 July 2010