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Latest news - Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Changes to GMS contract for GPs agreed

Requirement to make individual earnings public by 2016

200 GP practices could be closed, primary care inspector has warned

CQC inspection and special measures regime begin in earnest tomorrow

Cameron pledges seven-day patient access to GPs

Promise fails to address current realities on the ground, doctors’ leaders say

Midwives join other health unions in planned strike action

Four-hour strike is a first for the profession

Genomic data can predict statin success

New info could help prescribing decisions


Urinary HPV testing

Could it replace cervical smears?

On The Pulse - 26th September 2014

Overtreatment of mild hypertension

Cancer treatment

'Struggling to match the demand'

On The Pulse - 19th September 2014

Flu vaccination provokes satisfactory immunogenic response in pregnant women

Mortality after hip and knee replacements has halved

Louise Newson discusses recent data

Crisis in General Practice

The only way to persuade docs to stay is to "treat 'em better"

On The Pulse - 12th September 2014

Most diets work – as long as patients can adhere to them

Advanced prostate cancer

Researchers begin to unpick drug resistance


Dr Ben recounts his encounter with a ‘tricky’ 92-year-old lady


Will collaboration be the hallmark of the future health and care system?

The starting point for any discussion on NHS workforce requirements should be what patients need to get the best possible outcomes, says Karen Middleton

The boardroom paper chase

The monthly board meeting is one of the fundamental aspects of Trust and CCG structure, but it is a structure that has remained completely unchanged. In an era where QIPP targets require consistent attention and decision making, Digital by Default must become a service standard, says Alister Esam.

Reimagining health and care: have you got 2020 vision?

Anna Dixon discusses how imaginative we have been so far

Could ‘People Pathways’ be part of the answer to the integration question?

Merron Simpson discusses whether ‘People Pathways‘ could be a more constructive vehicle for integrating across silos and improving people’s experience of ‘the system’ as a whole

Finding new cures with data transparency

There is now a clear path to success with clinical trial data transparency that should benefit patients in the near future, says Simon Tilley

Want a secure future for primary care? Embrace a social model of health

The current debate about the future of primary care and general practice seems to be focused on size. It’s not that size can’t be beautiful but securing a long-term future for primary care will take much more than simply ‘bulking up’, says Merron Simpson

Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening

A review of this common and important condition and the UK screening programme


Heart failure

This case history summarises the presentation, investigation and management of heart failure and includes the latest NICE guidance...

Drug and Therapeutics Update

New guidelines on bipolar disorder; extended prescribing in Wales; and medical device alert on defibrillators


With the flu season fast approaching, read our updated article looking at the symptoms, diagnosis, management and vaccination...

Temporal arteritis

An overview on how to make a diagnosis and manage temporal arteritis

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE provisionally approves drugs for hepC and malignant melanoma; greater caution needed with agomelatine; and leaflet encourages people...

Endometrial carcinoma

A guide to the diagnosis of endometrial carcinoma with an overview of treatment options

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Domperidone (Motilium) now prescription-only; and schools to keep emergency asthma inhalers from next month

A clinical review of multiple sclerosis

An outline of the presentation, investigation and treatment options of this serious neurological condition

Diagnosis and management of osteoporosis

This case history will focus on the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis in patients presenting in primary care...


A review of this severe and potentially life-threatening dermatological condition

Online Medical Device Resource

Medicalexpo - The Online Medical Exhibition

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