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GPs should offer HIV tests to all new patients in high prevalence areas, NICE says

Allowing pharmacists to refer patients to hospital could drive up activity, GP warns

Pharmacists call for broader role in managing long-term conditions

MPs call for 'radical expansion' of structured diabetes education

GPs 'unlikely' to achieve further efficiency savings on drug costs
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GPs 'unlikely' to achieve further efficiency savings on drug costs

Practices may have reached the limit of efficiency savings they can make on prescribing...

Hospital drug costs up 18 times faster than primary care since 2010/11

Hospital drug costs up 18 times faster than primary care since 2010/11

Hospital spending on medicines has almost doubled since 2010/11 while primary care...

QOF results are misrepresenting COPD care in primary care, report warns

QOF results are misrepresenting COPD care in primary care, report warns

High QOF scores have provided 'false assurance' on the quality of COPD services in...

Self care for conjunctivitis could save 160,000 GP visits a year, warns RCGP

Self care for conjunctivitis could save 160,000 GP visits a year, warns RCGP

Schools are wasting around 160,000 GP appointments a year by refusing to admit children...

Targeted screening offers same benefits as health check at lower cost

Targeted screening offers same benefits as health check at lower cost

Offering health checks to just the 8% of patients most at-risk of developing cardiovascular...

GPs back self care drive to cut millions of appointments for minor ailments

GPs back self care drive to cut millions of appointments for minor ailments

GP leaders have backed calls from local government for a cultural shift in self care...

Depression 'fastest growing condition' as GPs record 470,000 new cases in 2015/16

Depression 'fastest growing condition' as GPs record 470,000 new cases in 2015/16

GPs recorded an additional 470,000 patients with depression through the QOF last...

Most GP trainees miss out on mental health training placements

Most GP trainees miss out on mental health training placements

Less than half of GP trainees undertake placements in mental health settings, according...

Patients 'welcome' weight loss interventions from their GP, study shows
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Patients 'welcome' weight loss interventions from their GP, study shows

GPs opportunistically raising the issue of weight loss and offering referral to weight...

BMA calls for new support for prescription drug dependency

BMA calls for new support for prescription drug dependency

The government should set up a national helpline for prescribed drug dependence,...

Patients who call 111 for urgent repeat prescriptions to bypass GP
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Patients who call 111 for urgent repeat prescriptions to bypass GP

Patients who call NHS 111 for urgent repeat prescriptions will be referred directly...

NICE to 'fast-track' cost-effective new drugs for use on NHS

NICE to 'fast-track' cost-effective new drugs for use on NHS

NICE has announced that it will change the way it appraises treatments by introducing...

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