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NHS managers question viability of polysystems rollout

Exclusive: NHS managers have raised serious doubts about the viability of controversial plans to group GPs in polysystems and transfer hundreds of thousands of hospital cases to them.

08 February 2010

Easy way to 100% QOF scores, report claims

A private firm is claiming GPs can score maximum QOF points while doing less work, after identifying a series of tips for 100% scores.

08 February 2010

GPs improve end-of-life care

GPs have made ‘real progress’ in delivering end-of-life care to patients, with an increase in the proportion of practices using the Gold Standard Framework, a new analysis reports.

08 February 2010

Children put at risk by Government’s early discharge drive

Children are being put at risk by hospitals which discharge them too quickly, according to a report raising fears over the safety of the Government’s drive to cut bed days.

08 February 2010

GPs hit back at ‘soaring’ patient complaint claims

GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman has hit back at claims made in a national newspaper that 'soaring numbers' of patients are complaining about poor GP services.

08 February 2010

Warning on treating MI with long-term clopidogrel

GPs treating patients at risk of recurrent myocardial infarction with clopidogrel may be keeping some of them on the drug for far longer than necessary, researchers believe.

05 February 2010

Exercise ‘cuts risk of falls in older diabetes patients’

Balance and resistance training in older patients with type 2 diabetes significantly reduces their risk of falls, a US study has found.

05 February 2010

GPs ‘practising defensively in wake of Baby P’

High profile media coverage of child abuse stories such as the Baby P case has prompted GPs to practice more cautiously and seek medico-legal advice more often, the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) claimed this week.

05 February 2010

PMS funding diverted to pay for ‘polysystems’

Exclusive: NHS managers are planning to scrap growth funding for PMS practices across London and use the cash to fund a new network of 100 ‘polysystems’ – the successors to Lord Darzi’s polyclinics.

04 February 2010

Swine flu hotline to close next week

GPs are set to be handed responsibility for all swine flu queries after the Government announced that the National Pandemic Flu Service is to shut down next Thursday.

04 February 2010