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Government to stand by two week cancer vow

The Coalition Government has vowed to stick by its pledge to guarantee that all patients with cancer will be seen by a specialist within two weeks of a GP referral.

16 July 2010

Bowel screening test could be ‘important step forward’

A simple screening test could be used in future as a diagnostic test for inflammatory bowel disease, after a BMJ study found it reduces the number of unnecessary endoscopic procedures.

16 July 2010

GPs ‘need incentives to provide continuity of care’

GPs need guidance and incentives if they are to continue to provide good continuity of care in the face of major NHS upheaval, the leader of the King’s fund inquiry into general practice has told Pulse.

16 July 2010

GPC calls for ‘immediate suspension’ of Summary Care Record after errors put patient safety at risk

GP leaders have called for all existing Summary Care Records to be ‘immediately suspended’ by the Government, as they are posing a ‘significant danger’ to patients.

16 July 2010

‘Don’t panic’ over commissioning plans, GPC tells GPs

GPC leaders have urged GPs not to be pressured by 'shellshocked' PCT bosses into immediately taking on a commissioning role, following the seismic shift of power outlined in the Government's White Paper.

16 July 2010

GPs split on Government’s commissioning plans

Exclusive: General practice is split over the Government’s plans for GP commissioning, with broad support over the proposals but nervousness over whether they can be made to work, a Pulse poll has found.

16 July 2010

Government reforms to end GMS-PMS divide

The Government is to abolish the current two-tier system of GP funding in a move that will spell the end of both GMS and PMS contracts.

16 July 2010

Up to 200,000 patients put at risk by inaccurate data in care records

Exclusive: Up to 200,000 patients have been put at risk by a systematic failure to update medical data in the Government’s national Summary Care Record programme, reveals shocking new evidence supplied to Pulse by GP leaders.

16 July 2010

GPs to take on out-of-hours responsibility from next April

GPs are set to be thrust into commissioning out-of-hours care as early as next April, as the Government’s root-and-branch restructuring of the NHS begins to take shape.

15 July 2010

Concern over growing use of ezetimibe by GPs

There is ‘no sound basis’ for the growing use of lipid-lowering drug ezetimibe within the NHS, according to independent prescribing advisers.

15 July 2010