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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
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
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.
Legal disputes between GPs and their trusts over practice premises have more than doubled over the past year, according to official figures.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
The spiralling legal costs of handling clinical negligence claims involving GPs is ‘unacceptable’ and must be urgently addressed, say medical defence experts.