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GMC revalidation consultation unearths ‘die-hard’ GP opposition

Exclusive: The GMC has admitted that some 'die-hard' GPs will never be won round on the benefits of revalidation, but says it is confident of winning the hearts and minds of the majority of the profession.

27 May 2010

GPs ‘must improve efficiency’ to maintain profits, warns top accountant

GP practices face an uphill struggle to sustain profits in the face of savage cuts to health spending, the new chair of the Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants (AISMA) has warned.

27 May 2010

LRTAs ‘should be alternative second-line asthma treatment’

UK researchers have questioned current asthma guidelines by suggesting leukotriene receptor antagonists should be promoted to be an alternative second-line treatment.

27 May 2010

Tory promise to scrap top-down targets is scaled back

A pledge in the Conservatives’ election manifesto to scrap ‘politically driven targets within the NHS’ is thought to have been scaled back by the new coalition Government.

26 May 2010

Child asthma guidance not reflected in practice

GP prescribing practices when managing children and young teenagers with asthma ‘does not always correspond to recommendations of asthma management guidelines’ according to a UK observational study.

26 May 2010

Health Bill to cull NHS management and give GPs power to commission

The Government has revealed plans for a massive shake up of the NHS which will see GPs given a far bigger role in running trusts and a huge cull of management.

26 May 2010

Boundaries will be axed – eventually

The coalition Government has confirmed its intention to abolish practice boundaries as part of its plans to extend patient choice – although Conservative sources insist their party does not see it as a priority.

26 May 2010

Leaked report into patient death exposes failings of private provider

Exclusive: A Department of Health initiative to transfer care from hospital to privately run services in the community exposed patients to ‘significant clinical, managerial and administrative failings’, a confidential report leaked to Pulse reveals.

26 May 2010

NICE calls for young women to have morning-after pill at home

Teenagers and young women should be encouraged to stock up on supplies of the morning-after pill in advance in case of emergencies, NICE has advised.

26 May 2010

NICE skin cancer rules relaxed

NICE guidance on skin cancer will relax the requirement for GPs to attend multidisciplinary team meetings in order to perform minor surgery – and introduce different levels of competency for those performing more complicated procedures.

25 May 2010