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NICE committee raises QOF HbA1c target

NICE has raised the QOF HbA1c target in patients with type 2 diabetes up to 7.5% from 7% - conceding that there is sufficient ‘uncertainty’ about patient safety to justify the move.

06 August 2010

PCT to become first in the country to close ‘unneeded’ Darzi centre

A GP-led health centre in Peterborough looks set to become the first in England to be closed down after it attracted fewer than half of the patients it was supposed to register.

05 August 2010

New targets for crackdown on GP prescribing revealed

NHS prescribing advisors have devised a wide-ranging crackdown on GP prescribing, as part of the drive to achieve the £20 billion savings required of the health service by 2013.

05 August 2010

Disputes over GP premises double in a year

Legal disputes between GPs and their trusts over practice premises have more than doubled over the past year, according to official figures.

05 August 2010

Two thirds of GPs fear hospital waiting times rise

Nearly two thirds of GPs believe the coalition Government’s decision to scrap the 18-week waiting time target for hospital treatment will lead to rising waiting times, a Pulse survey reveals.

05 August 2010

GPs should ‘advise weight loss for hot flushes’

US researchers have found a intensive weight loss programme has a significantly favourable effect on the frequency of hot flushes during menopause.

04 August 2010

Majority of patients with cardiovascular conditions ‘are fit to fly’

GPs can advise the vast majority of patients with cardiovascular disease who are not critically ill that they are fit to fly, according to the British Cardiovascular Society.

04 August 2010

Call to ‘urgently’ redefine GP role in maternity services

The dramatic decline in GP involvement in maternity care is having an adverse effect on the care of pregnant women and their families, says a report from the King’s Fund.

04 August 2010

GPs urged to review procedures for meningitis

GP practices could be liable for millions of pounds in damages unless they revamp their procedures for managing patients with suspected meningitis, the Medical Defence Union has warned.

03 August 2010

Spiralling legal costs for negligence claims against GPs

The spiralling legal costs of handling clinical negligence claims involving GPs is ‘unacceptable’ and must be urgently addressed, say medical defence experts.

03 August 2010