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Patient survey deals GPs double pay blow

Exclusive: GP practices are facing losses of thousands of pounds through the patient survey this year because most will not qualify for relaxed thresholds on access indicators and survey scores have slumped since the swine flu outbreak.

12 January 2010

Diclofenac OTC switch confounds efforts to cut NSAID use

Exclusive: Efforts to reduce the prescribing of NSAIDs are being threatened by the rise in sales of over-the-counter diclofenac, a Pulse investigation shows.

12 January 2010

The cost of GP translators, ‘false pandemic’ claims and how dusting will get you into shape

Our roundup of news headlines on Monday 11 January.

11 January 2010

In-store APMS practice markets itself with Boots products

Exclusive: An APMS practice located in a Boots store gave out goody bags of cosmetics from the pharmacy giant, it has emerged.

11 January 2010

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

Patchy sexual health LESs are ‘detrimental’ to patient care

Local enhanced services in sexual health may be ‘perversely worsening’ the provision of care and creating inequalities in access, according to Health Protection Agency researchers.

11 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