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Differing levels of psoriasis care in the UK
Psoriasis patients across the UK are experiencing differing and sometimes sub-standard levels of care, according to the British Association of Dermatologists and the Royal College of Physicians. A survey of 100 UK dermatology units revealed that 20 per cent of units had no specialist nurses and 39 per cent of units were found to be restricting the prescribing of new biologic therapies for psoriasis.

'UK-wide contract weakened' say Scottish GPs
Support for a UK-wide contract has been severely weakened by the negotiating tactics of the UK government, say GPs in Scotland. Dr John Rankin, Forth Valley LMC chairman, called on the Scottish Executive to protect Scottish interests instead of toeing the Westminster line.

Patient exclusion increase in Northern Ireland
The Northern Health and Social Services Board in Northern Ireland has the most patients currently excluded from GP practice lists because of violent behaviour in the region with 12. The Southern board has eight, the Eastern board has seven, and there is one in the Western Board.
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