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GPs to predict suicide risk to patients who lose benefit

Family doctors are being asked to predict whether patients would be likely to commit suicide if their sickness benefit were stopped.

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GPs are back on collision course with ministers over the future of their work

GPs are back on collision course with ministers over the future of their work. By an overwhelming majority, the annual conference of local medical committees - which represents GPs - voted to seek a new "core" contract which would exclude work already undertaken by GPs unless they were paid extra for doing it. They also insisted that GPs must be employed individually and not in groups, should not be employed by NHS Trusts and should continue to operate on a nationally agreed contract.

Letter: Missing men

Sir: If six out of 10 British men are either not registered with a GP, have never registered with a GP or do not know their doctor's name (report, 11 June), GPs must be relieved of 30 per cent of their potential adult workload.

Letter: GPs cannot win

Sir: I know there is little chance of a rational debate on the health service, least of all with an election approaching, but could we please clarify one point? Is the criticism of fund-holding (report, 13 May) that GPs have achieved nothing, or that they have, and thereby created a two-tier system?

GPs reassured

Harriet Harman, the opposition health spokeswoman, will today reassure fundholding GPs in a speech in Nottingham that a Labour government would not immediately take away their control over budgets.

LETTER : Time for GPs to speak out

Dr P A BRADBURY'S letter (12 November) demonstrates clearly the invidiousness of government "business-led" health policy, but isn't it time the BMA exerted its power as it did in Beveridge's reforms and took an ethical stance on this issue?

Investors need a better road map

In the last of a series on pensions, James Patterson questions the service provided by advisers

The worlds that time forgot

Don't dismiss the mappae mundi as guides to lands that never existed. Every imaginary island, every excess of hope or imagination, tells us something about the maps' creators and their societies

Letter: Who will pay for out-of-hours GPs?

Sir: The letter (22 July) from Gerald Malone, Minister for Health, is very good news if the pounds 45m is indeed money for setting up out-of-hours services that would not have been spent on any other NHS provision. However, it does not resolve the problem of the out-of-hours service.

LETTER: GPs cut off by tide of demand

BY A majority of four to one, GPs have voted to reject the Government's package on out-of-hours care. Behind this vote there is a potential crisis facing out-of-hours provision.

LEADING ARTICLE:The positive side of fundholding

Today's Which? survey of GP fundholding neatly illustrates both the Government's and the Opposition's dilemma. GP fundholding has plainly worked, and it has brought problems in its wake.
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