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Latest news - Sunday, 26 April 2015

Alternative primary care providers perform worse than traditional GP practices

Competition has not boosted quality and may have worsened care, say researchers

Scotland could be short of between 500 and 900+ GPs by 2020

Population growth fuelling demand; extra numbers would bring coverage up to 2009 levels

First malaria vaccine for children could be recommended for use by autumn

Promising phase III trial results await approval by drugs regulator and WHO

North of England tops league table for overall GP prescription costs

But Wales clocks up highest tally per registered patient

Enquiries about private UK obstetrics and gynaecology care on the rise

Consultations have risen 216% over past 12 months, search engine analysis reveals


On The Pulse - 24th April 2015

Target screening according to life expectancy

Yes please, Prime Minister

A theatrical piece where the protagonists have to come up with ideas to propel the new government in the right direction

On The Pulse - 17th April 2015

Prolonged storage of red cells doesn’t diminish the benefits of transfusion


Eating the wrong foods and drinking the wrong drinks

On The Pulse - 10th April 2015

Amoxycillin as effective as other antibiotics in adults with pneumonia

Diagnosing cancers: a GP’s perspective

The challenges of diagnosing cancers earlier

On the Pulse - 3rd April 2015

Clinical research is compromised by poor methods

Buying breast milk

Louise Newson discusses the dangers of internet purchases


Charity service innovations

They can help transform the NHS, says Mike Hobday, director of policy at the British Heart Foundation

Joint working and cultural change are vital components for integration

It’s not just about changing structures, says Ewan King, Director of Business Development and Delivery at the Social Care Institute for Excellence

Collaboration + determination = real change for better patient care

Only through collaboration and determination can real change happen to improve the quality of patient care, writes Professor Jane Dacre. Are we getting there?

Can pharmacists be dispensed as a 'fix-all' for GPs?

Is putting pharmacists in surgeries really a fix for over-subscribed GPs and the patients they care for, asks Rob Darracott

Understanding individuals

Wayne Parslow details what the NHS could soon achieve as it embraces population health management

The 'worried well'

Claire Surr, Professor of Dementia Studies at Leeds Beckett University, discusses the recent news about the high proportion of the ‘worried well’ swamping dementia diagnostic services

NHS governors

The Forward View speaks volumes about the importance of NHS governors, writes Jackie Hurrell

Five Year Forward View

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

Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis

This article looks at the presentation, diagnosis and management of this common condition


Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE develops guidelines on safe staffing levels in community care; and US FDA approves first surgical corneal implant to improve near vision

What’s on the horizon for obesity?

With large increases in obesity rates in the UK and access to interventions quite poor, this article discusses newer therapeutic options for patients

Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis

This article looks at the presentation, diagnosis and management of this common condition

Drug and Therapeutics Update

High doses of ibuprofen linked to heart risk; weight management drug gets green light; and EMA publishes guides to reduce medication errors

Travel health clinics in general practice

An article on setting up and providing a travel health clinic within general practice

Drug and Therapeutics Update

MenC Freshers programme delayed; guidance on GMS contract and immunisation changes; reminder on sepsis reporting

The red eye - part 2

The second part of our course on red eye outlines a few more case histories seen in primary care

The red eye - part 1

The first module of this two-part course discusses the presentation and management of this common ophthalmological condition


Is the GP workforce crisis directly affecting you at your practice? (See OnMedica News 15/04)

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