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Latest news - Friday, 30 January 2015

GPs remain most popular NHS service

Public satisfaction with the NHS at second highest level, although satisfaction with GPs drops

GMC’s commitment to regulate doctors’ financial and commercial interests questioned

GMC did not act on evidence of widespread payments from hospital groups to private consultants for referrals

GP surgeries will have to display CQC inspection ratings

Changes to the draft regulations will make it a legal requirement for all healthcare providers to display their rating

Councils spending 20% less on care than ten years ago

Spending per person over 65 has fallen from £1,188 to £951, BBC analysis finds

Marijuana smoking linked to airway irritation

But no detrimental effects seen on lung function with moderate lifetime use


On The Pulse - 23rd January 2015

Corticosteroids for community-acquired pneumonia


A potential new drug to reduce obesity

On The Pulse - 16th January 2015

Benefits of statins don’t differ by gender

Election battle

Are you already bored with the horribly predictable NHS warfare?

On The Pulse - 09th January 2015

New insights into neoplasia

Screening women with dense breast tissue

Which investigation is preferable?


More waste for the NHS

On The Pulse - 19th December 2014

Doctors should pay more attention to weight and less to blood pressure

Britain Against Cancer Conference

A conference to keep cancer on the political agenda

On The Pulse - 12th December 2014

Text messages remind people to take their tablets


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

The Alzira model

The Alzira model has attracted considerable interest in England, both politically and from the service. But what is it and why has it found its way into the spotlight?

Good or bad? It’s never that simple

Honesty is still too often taken as criticism, rather than a call to action

The Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat

Declaring the intent to do more

Pharmacy could ‘save’ the NHS

Pharmacists are perfectly placed to help relieve both the financial and GP recruitment crises, argues Graham Phillips

Primary headaches

This course will cover an overview and management of the most common primary headaches. This is the second part of a series of three courses on headaches



An article on the diagnosis and management of allergic and infective conjunctivitis

Drug and Therapeutics Update

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

Management of depression: non-pharmacological

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

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE publishes guidelines on GORD; approval for medicine to improve glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes mellitus; and...

Management of depression: pharmacological

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

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE rejects pancreatic cancer drug and wants more research on neuropathy device; DH expects GPs to audit sepsis;...

Postnatal depression

This update on postnatal depression includes the latest NICE guidance

Alcohol and the nervous system

This article covers common neurological problems associated with excessive alcohol consumption

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE updates its guidance on mental health support in maternity care; green light given to dabigatran to treat...

Secondary headaches

The third part of a CME series that looks at secondary headaches

Benign breast disease

This article covers common benign breast conditions and summarises NICE guidance on their investigation and management

Online Medical Device Resource

Do you think CCGs in their current form are viable? (See OnMedica News 27/01)

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