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Expensive drugs on GP blacklist

Expensive drugs are being blacklisted by health trusts in an effort to save money, the GPs' newspaper Pulse has reported. It found that of 134 primary care organisations, half had lists of drugs that GPs are banned from prescribing, and 73 had added to the list in the past year or brought in additional restrictions on prescribing.

Between The Covers: 10/04/2011

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

Leading article: The Coalition will listen, but will it learn?

It is probably fair to say that not one of this trio – not David Cameron, not Nick Clegg, and not Andrew Lansley – expected to spend the first day of the Easter recess sharing a platform at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey. Still less, that at this late stage, they would be having to explain to a sceptical public what the reforms were and, far more to the point, what they were not. That this show of coalition unity was being mounted at all, however, and with the purpose of denying that the NHS was to be cut, cherry-picked or even privatised, is a measure of how far the Government has failed to get its message out.

Clegg pledge over NHS shake-up concerns

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has promised to address concerns over the Government's controversial NHS reforms as MPs called for "significant changes" to the plans.

Lansley under pressure to dilute reforms

The Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is under mounting pressure to dilute his controversial reforms to the National Health Service amid a growing chorus of criticism from MPs and health professionals.

Simon Carr: Everyone knew he was in the wrong, but no one managed to say why

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Miliband attacks NHS reform chaos

Labour leader Ed Miliband today branded the Government's controversial health reforms "extremely dangerous" as he called on the Prime Minister to think again about his "reckless" proposals.

Leading article: The mystery of NHS reform

The kindest way to put it is that we are baffled. The Independent on Sunday was long prepared to extend to David Cameron the benefit of the doubt. In opposition, he made many of the brave and necessary changes to the Conservative Party for it to become electable again – although we were sceptical about, for example, his conversion to the Green cause. One of the most important changes was to neutralise his party's reputation for hostility to the National Health Service.

Warning over NHS reform and dementia demand

The Government's reforms of the NHS will not tackle the growing demand from dementia sufferers, according to a new report.

GPs hire management consultants

GPs are enlisting the help of private management consultants to implement the Government's controversial health reforms.

Leading article: Professionals in need of a check-up

Doctors, especially family doctors, remain one of the most respected groups of professionals in Britain. If, as sometimes happens, however, the patient's experience of a doctor falls short, the results of a recent survey offer part of an explanation. A new generation of GPs and hospital doctors may have qualified since the old-style Dr Finlays, but habits of defensive clannishness linger.

UK 'relying too heavily' on sat-navs

The UK is "dangerously dependent" on GPS satellite navigation systems, a report by engineers warns.

Woman takes top health job

The toughest medical job in Britain has gone to a woman for the first time. Dame Sally Davies was yesterday appointed Chief Medical Officer, advising the Government on public health.

'No evidence' high street child allergy tests work

Parents of children with suspected food allergies are warned today to avoid high street tests and diagnostic services advertised online which have "no value", according to experts.

Doctors call for tougher line on privatisation

A grassroots revolt against NHS reforms is growing among GPs. Doctors, alarmed at measures to increase competition and encourage privatisation, are demanding that the British Medical Association adopt a tougher line with the Government.

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