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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