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Inter-arm blood pressure difference ‘reduces 10-year CVD survival’

GPs should make sure they check for differences in the systolic blood pressure recorded in each arm of hypertensive patients, after a primary care study found patients with differences of more than 10mmHg are at greater risk of CVD events and mortality.

26 February 2010

BMA polysystems rally signals start of protests against ‘biggest NHS cutbacks in 20 years’

GP leaders joined nearly 200 key NHS workers at BMA headquarters last night to rally against a massive shift of hospital workload to primary care polysystems, in a move which could herald large-scale public protests against NHS cuts.

26 February 2010

Move to HPV testing for cervical cancer ‘has psychological benefits’

A move to HPV testing in the UK would be better for the ‘psychosocial wellbeing’ of women compared with conventional repeat smear testing, according to Australian research .

25 February 2010

GP leaders forced to produce care record advice

London LMCs have created an online information resource for GPs to ensure they are aware of roll-out of the Summary Care Record across the capital.

25 February 2010

GP leader: ‘All practices will be part of polysystems’

A GP leader has predicted that all GPs will eventually be forced to work in polysystems, as NHS bosses scramble to make huge savings by shifting greater volumes of work into primary care.

25 February 2010

Express LIFT fails to take off as just one PCT signs up

A Government scheme aimed at massively speeding up funding of new GP premises has so far been taken up by just a single PCT, Pulse can reveal.

25 February 2010

Pension blow to high earners

High-earning GPs face ‘significant’ financial losses under plans to reduce tax relief on pension contributions, accountants are warning.

24 February 2010

Polysystems go national in huge work shift to GPs

Exclusive: NHS managers across England are to dramatically accelerate the shift of work from hospitals to primary care, with plans for GPs to take on new services as part of London-style ‘polysystems’, Pulse can reveal.

24 February 2010

Diabetes work to soar under HbA1c switch

European authorities are considering changing the diagnostic criteria for diabetes, in a move that could almost double the number of people classed as having the disease, Pulse has learned.

24 February 2010

QOF set for acute illness target

GPs could be paid for the first time for meeting QOF targets in an acute illness, and for their success at not prescribing a drug.

23 February 2010