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Latest news - Thursday, 5 March 2015

Inquiry finds ‘unacceptably poor’ provision of mental health care

Level of care would not be tolerated in rest of NHS, say MPs

Nurses vote to accept a 1% pay rise

‘Fight for fair pay not over’ says RCN

Pay for performance in primary care has not saved lives

QOF indicators ‘should be reconsidered’ says study

Antiseptic prevents deaths in newborns

Cleansing cord after birth cuts deaths by 12%

Risk of Alzheimer’s lower in people with gout

Uric acid may play neuroprotective role


Recruitment crisis

Louise Newson discusses the role of female GPs in the recruitment crisis

On The Pulse - 27th February 2015

Interpreting blood-stained CSF

In a league of our own

John Cormack discusses the funding disparities between general practices

On The Pulse - 20th February 2015

Resuscitation of children after drowning

Hepatitis C screening

Is this a good idea?

On The Pulse - 13th February 2015

No benefit from magnesium sulphate in acute stroke

It's a mad, mad world

John Cormack highlights some rules and regulations which bring about the sigh of disbelief

On The Pulse - 06th February 2015

Reducing readmissions after surgery

On The Pulse - 30th January 2015

Little benefit from antibiotics after acute stroke


Is there really ever a need to give contraceptives to girls aged 10?


Five Year Forward View

Two fundamental issues need to change in order for the NHS to drive positive action: funding and governance

The future hospital

The NHS Five Year Forward View set out a range of models of care that local areas are being encouraged to develop over the next few years

The A&E ‘crisis’

Frankly, we’re making a drama out of an A&E ‘crisis’, writes Dr Darren Kilroy

Revisions to EU data protection

These could have a profound impact on the NHS, says Karen Thomson

Who will lead the way to patient-centred care?

The primary care workforce needs to be empowered to lead the change, says Dr Nav Chana

Tackling tuberculosis

Tackling TB is one of seven key priorities for Public Health England and "it’s a public health problem that we absolutely have to overcome"

Cancer Drugs Fund decision

‘How can we deliver personalised treatment with an impersonal funding system?’asks Peter Johnson, chief clinician at Cancer Research UK

Does the NHS even need innovation?

The term innovation has come to mean very little both globally and increasingly in healthcare. Guy Bridgewater asks whether innovation really matters to the NHS

An unstoppable force: patients will drive the NHS to use their data

There is no way to stop it, patients have a thirst to be engaged and will drive the health service to use their data for good, regardless of what policymakers do or say, argues Wayne Parslow

7 tips for Practice Managers to calm the chaos

How to keep a functioning and profitable practice where physicians are free to focus on patients, and patients leave satisfied

Management of depression: non-pharmacological

This article focuses on the non-pharmacological management of depression with reference to NICE guidelines


Malaria prophylaxis

Several short case histories covering malaria prophylaxis in different situations

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE issues first guideline on diagnosis and management of bladder cancer and recommends sofosbuvir and simeprevir for hepatitis...

Wound management in general practice

An article on the key areas of wound management in general practice

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Recommendations on hydroxyzine-containing medicines; guidance on new mental health standards; views on pharmacy errors sought

Colorectal cancer

This is a course reviewing the facts about colorectal cancer, including: presenting features, diagnostic investigations, treatment options, prognosis...

Avoiding pitfalls when prescribing for children

This article discusses some practical tips to reduce risk when prescribing for children and measures that can help...

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE urges better schizophrenia care, several new medicines for Scotland, US grants rapid approval to breast cancer drug...


A review of stress, how it can present in patients and how GPs can offer support

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Warning on ‘contaminated’ blood product; cold weather warnings for most of UK; and NICE updates clinical guidance on...

The health needs of the teenager

A review of the health needs of the teenager including sexual health. Advice on how to deliver this...

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE issues guideline on improving diagnosis of asthma and recommends first drug under its highly specialised technologies programme...

Drug and Therapeutics Update

New treatment option for hepatitis C; go ahead for first weight loss device; revised code of practice for...


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