News in brief

Live LMC news Go to healthcarerepublic.com for live reports and blogs from this year's LMCs conference in London from lunchtime Thursday 12 June. Government must hear and act on LMC views, page 19.

GP commissioning push Stronger working relationships need to be developed within PCTs to engage GPs more effectively in practice-based commissioning, according to report Is the treatment working? by the Healthcare Commission and Audit Commission (www.audit-commission.gov.uk).

Embryo screening questioned The British Fertility Society issued guidance on preimplantation genetic screening (PGS). PGS is believed to boost IVF success rates, but a review of published literature has shown it may reduce live birth rates. Until further research is carried out, PGS should only be carried out as part of a clinical trial, says the British Fertility Society. The guideline will be published in full in the journal Human Fertility.

Cholesterol-lowering online You can watch and listen to a panel of leading specialists discuss the 4 and 2mmol/l cholesterol-lowering target from this month's British Cardiovascular Society Annual Scientific Conference. To register for this webcast or to view the full programme of video education, go to www.healthcarerepublic.com/webcasts.

NHS reforms are criticised Simplistic and unpiloted NHS reforms including extended hours are inadvertently damaging patient care in general practice, claim a group of leading academics. Professor John Howie, from the University of Edinburgh, along with colleagues have criticised recent reforms in general practice. BMJ Online 2008 (http://press.psprings.co.uk/bmj/june/ac1310.pdf).

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