Liverpool CCG rethinks homeopathic funding following legal challenge

Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group has decided to reconsider its NHS funding of homeopathic medicines following the threat of a judicial review from charity The Good Thinking Society.
Launched a year ago by science writer Simon Singh, the charity wrote to the CCG in February to oppose …

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Prescriptions dispensed in England last year tops one billion

Patients in England picked up over 1.1 billion prescription items in 2014 according to NHS data.
Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre also reveal that costs rose to £8.9 billion, which is an increase of 3% (or 34 million items) compared to 2013.
Whilst …

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BMA survey finds GP workload is damaging patient care

According to a major new BMA survey, GP practices are close to breaking point and doctors’ heavy workload is impacting upon patient care.
The BMA study of the medical profession that more than 15,500 UK GPs responded to, shows how practices are straining to cope with …

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Labour slams coalition government over GP numbers

Labour has attacked the coalition government stating that almost 600 fewer GP surgeries are currently open during evenings and weekends.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham says that general practice has been undermined through budget cuts and that the government’s poor efforts have created queues outside practices …

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Household spoons could lead to overdose of liquid medicines in children

Children’s liquid medicines should not be measured with teaspoons and tablespoons in order to avoid overdose according to US doctors.
Instead they should be administered in metric units, as whilst spoons are handy they are nowhere near accurate enough notes new findings published in the American …

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UK launch for blood cancer drug targeting mantle cell lymphoma

A treatment already established for multiple myeloma has now been approved for use in Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) sufferers.
Bortezomib (Velcade) is launching in the UK for the first-line treatment of MCL, an aggressive subtype of blood cancers known together as Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL).
Since 2004 bortezomib …

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Retiring GPs to be hit with pension tax bills following 2015 budget

GPs face higher tax bills on their pensions following chancellor George Osborne’s budget announcement last week that the lifetime allowance for tax-free pension savings was to be reduced to £1 million.
The figure was previously £1.25 million, and now GP pension experts have warned that the …

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Rosuvastatin does more harm than good says leading doctor

A statin that is taken by millions to keep their hearts healthy should not be given to patients a leading doctor has claimed.
The senior adviser to US pressure group Public Citizen, Dr Sidney Wolfe, has argued in the BMJ that while rosuvastatin (Crestor) is more …

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Legion of pharmacists can ease pressure heaped upon GPs

The RCGP and Royal Pharmaceutical Society have said pressure on GP practices could be eased by posting pharmacists in surgeries to resolve day-to-day medicine issues.
The proposals would see pharmacists working as part of the general practice team in roles similar to those held by practice …

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BMA slams 1% pay increase for GPs

The British Medical Association has heavily criticised the Doctors and Dentists Review Body’s (DDRB) recommendations on doctor’s pay that has now been accepted by the government.
Ministers have confirmed a 1.16% overall rise in GP contract payments for 2015/16, saying this would deliver the 1% pay …

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