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GMC alert on private screening tests

GPs who recommend screening tests offered by private firms to their patients could fall foul of the GMC under new guidance issued by the National Screening Committee.

16 February 2010

RCGP set for female chair

Exclusive: The RCGP looks set to have its first female leader in recent years, with two women the frontrunners in the race to replace Professor Steve Field as chair.

16 February 2010

Figures reveal thousands of assaults on GPs and staff

There were nearly 3,500 assaults on GPs and primary care staff recorded last year, according to the latest Department of Health figures.

15 February 2010

Waist measure reliable in different ethnic groups

Waist circumference is an accurate predictor of metabolic syndrome in both white and south Asian patients, say UK GP researchers.

15 February 2010

Nottingham eczema severity score

The Nottingham eczema severity score provides an simple, objective assessment of the clinical severity of atopic eczema.

15 February 2010

NICE draft appraisal approves liraglutide for type 2 diabetes

NICE has recommended liraglutide as an alternative to insulin in obese patients with uncontrolled glucose levels.

15 February 2010

Virgin poised to swipe raft of Darzi centres

Richard’s Branson’s Virgin Healthcare is preparing to make a dramatic return to primary care with a deal which overnight would make it the biggest provider of Darzi centres in the country, according to reports circulating in the City.

12 February 2010

BMA launches major public campaign against private sector

The BMA has launched a major fight-back against the expansion of private sector provision in the NHS.

12 February 2010

Stop labelling GP referrals as ‘inappropriate’ says DH cancer tsar

Pressure on GPs by NHS managers to cut referral rates is damaging the drive to diagnose cancers earlier, says a top DH adviser.

12 February 2010

GPs advised against urine test for UTIs

GPs are being advised against the routine use of midstream urine test for women with uncomplicated urinary tract infections, after research found it did not improve symptom control but was the most expensive of five treatment strategies.

12 February 2010