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SHAs stamp on swine flu vaccination deals

GPs have faced an extraordinary battle to agree local plans for vaccination of children under five against swine flu, with concessions on access made by PCTs repeatedly overruled by senior NHS managers.

11 January 2010

Jump in non-emergency A&E attendances since GP out-of-hours opt-out

The number of patients attending hospital for minor ailments and non-emergencies has leapt by a third since GPs opted out of out-of-hours responsibility, a new study suggests.

11 January 2010

DH orders immediate review of care home prescribing

GPs are to be told to immediately audit all their prescribing to patients in care homes and will face an investigation by the health and social care regulator, after the Department of Health ordered an urgent safety review.

08 January 2010

The PCT which ordered GPs to ‘wrap up warm’, and other shaggy snow stories

As Britain suffers its worst winter for more than thirty years, GPs across the country have been sending in pictures and stories of how they’ve been coping with the Arctic conditions.

08 January 2010

Snowbound GPs refused emergency dispensing rights

Patients in snowbound rural areas have been forced to travel miles in dangerous weather conditions to use their nearest pharmacy, after local pharmacies closed and the Department of Health refused to relax dispensing rules for GP practices.

08 January 2010

MPs back minimum pricing of alcohol

An influential committee of MPs has backed the medical profession's call for minimum pricing of alcohol, and better treatment of alcohol addiction.

08 January 2010

Calls to increase alcohol prices, ‘miracle’ twins and strawberry milk shakes for Alzheimer’s

Our roundup of news headlines on Friday 8 January.

08 January 2010

COPD inhaler ‘raises cardiac risk by up to 40%’

GPs have been advised to avoid the short-acting bronchodilator ipratropium for patients with COPD after a new study found it sharply elevated the risk of a cardiovascular event.

07 January 2010

Change to law allows nurses and pharmacists to prescribe unlicensed medications

Nurses and pharmacists can now prescribe drugs outside their licensed indications and even unlicensed medications after new legislation came into force this month.

07 January 2010

Sexual health drive hampered by ‘ignorance and indifference’

Attempts to tackle the rise in chlamydia infections in young people are being met with ‘ignorance and indifference’ amongst the under-25s, according to the Department of Health.

07 January 2010