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Latest news - Saturday, 19 January 2019

Doctors’ leaders question pay body’s independence

Senior doctors feel let down by ‘derisory’ pay award, says BMA in its submission to the Doctors’ and Dentists Remuneration Body

Brexit impasse reignites fears of ‘no deal’ impact on patient and pharma health

Impasse following Tuesday’s historic vote has prompted warnings from senior figures

NHS finances don’t look healthy, warns spending watchdog

Not clear whether extra funds PM announced last June will be enough to realise ambitions of Long-Term Plan

Still too few people from diverse ethnic backgrounds in senior NHS roles

And reports of discrimination on the up, latest annual report shows

Total number of UK asthma attacks could top 10 million, says charity

Asthma UK figures suggest life threatening attack happens as frequently as every three seconds


NHS 10 Year Plan: the view from my desk

James Booth scans the horizon as the ship rides the stormy sea

Trying to be optimistic

Phil Hammond reflects on the NHS Plan - ‘the latest attempt to get us to put our cynicism to one side’

New dads are no longer to suffer in silence

The new NHSE screening programme is a step in the right direction


Join the OnMedica Media Panel

OnMedica has launched a media panel that will enable its members to air their views to the media on topical healthcare issues in the UK

The diagnosis you fear to make and fear to miss

Cancer from a GP's perspective

South Tyneside’s Canterbury Tales

The development of integrated care systems signals a move to a different way of working between organisations in the NHS and local authorities


An overview of influenza, its treatment and prevention in primary care


Drug and Therapeutics Update - 18th January

NICE recommends perfusion technique for use under special arrangements in final guidance; SMC accepts pertuzumab for combination first-line treatment of breast cancer; DDA issues advice for expected supply shortage of Clexane


A 20-year-old man has a worsening cough. He has no medical history of note and is not on any medication. On examination, you are surprised to hear bibasal crackles. He also has a raised JVP

Hypertension: what’s new and how might this impact practice?

A review of new evidence around management and how this can guide current consultations with hypertensive patients ahead of NICE’s upcoming guidance update


An 89-year-old diet controlled diabetic lady complains of some discomfort in her neck. She has a previous diagnosis of right heart failure for which she is prescribed furosemide 60 mg daily

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