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GPs deliver 10 demands to rescue primary care

GPs are demanding the end of patient survey pay targets, swingeing cuts to Darzi centre contracts and a halt to the creeping fragmentation of primary care, in the biggest test of the profession’s opinion in the run-up to the general election.

17 February 2010

GMC alert on private screening tests

GPs who recommend screening tests offered by private firms to their patients could fall foul of the GMC under new guidance issued by the National Screening Committee.

16 February 2010

RCGP set for female chair

Exclusive: The RCGP looks set to have its first female leader in recent years, with two women the frontrunners in the race to replace Professor Steve Field as chair.

16 February 2010

GP assessment of breast lumps has low specificity

The specificity of GP assessments of breast lumps is low, according to a UK study which is the first to compare the accuracy of women and GPs in detecting true breast cancer lumps.

16 February 2010

GPs told to ignore choice and refer to Care UK services

Exclusive: GPs are being told to refer thousands of patients to the private sector to bail out a Government scheme to outsource services from hospitals, Pulse can reveal.

16 February 2010

Row over Darzi centre ‘paid five times as much per consultation’

GPs have become embroiled in a bitter row over claims Darzi centre consultations are costing the NHS five times more per consultation than those at standard practices.

16 February 2010

Asthma inhaler discontinued

GPs are being advised to review their asthma patients’ prescriptions after drug firm Teva said the inhaler Beclazone would no longer be available.

16 February 2010

CQC calls for caseload shift into primary care

The Care Quality Commission has identified the need for a huge shift of care out of hospitals and into primary care to generate cash savings.

16 February 2010

Figures reveal thousands of assaults on GPs and staff

There were nearly 3,500 assaults on GPs and primary care staff recorded last year, according to the latest Department of Health figures.

15 February 2010

Nottingham eczema severity score

The Nottingham eczema severity score provides an simple, objective assessment of the clinical severity of atopic eczema.

15 February 2010