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NICE to set out new opioid prescription guidelines for GPs

NICE is set to develop new guidelines for GPs and healthcare professionals setting out rules for doctors regarding opioids and other potentially addictive prescription drugs.

The new guidelines will set out rules for doctors dealing with those dependent on and withdrawing from prescription drugs.

The government body said the recommendations – requested by the Department of Health and Social Care – will address “growing concerns about dependence on prescription drugs”.

More than 40% of GPs intend to quit within five years

More than 40% of GPs intend to quit within five years according to researchers at the University of Warwick.

The researchers described a ‘worsening crisis’ in GP retention as workloads increase as most GPs reported that they were working more hours and that morale was worse than two years ago.

The research, published in the journal BMJ Open found that 42.1% of GPs planned to quit or retire from the jobs in the NHS within the next five years compared to 31.8% in 2014.

UK GPs are "undervalued" with 40% looking to quit profession, study finds

Falling numbers of General Practitioners (GPs) in the UK are due to “concerns regarding professional risk in delivering care in an increasingly complex health environment”, and a feeling general practice-based primary care is “undervalued”, according to new study from the University of Exeter.

UK heading towards GP crisis as 40% consider leaving

The University of Exeter has conducted a survey looking into GP morale in the south-west of the UK, and the results weren’t pretty. Nearly 40% of the 2,248-strong survey said they ‘highly likely’ to leave direct patient care and 70% said they were looking at ways to reduce contact with patients over the next five years.

Doctors ‘distrust apps developed by pharma’ - survey

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A study of GPs in three European countries show GPs feel there is a role for healthcare technologies in disease management - but distrust many of pharma’s efforts to create these technologies. 

The survey of 131 GPs in the UK, Germany and France, by pollsters Ipsos Mori tracked trends in healthcare tech, whilst identifying concerns over their use.

NICE reworks cancer guidance for GPs

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says thousands of lives will be saved each year if GPs and patients act on its new NHS guidance that highlights cancer symptoms earlier.

The UK watchdog points out that half of the population will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, with the disease being responsible for more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK.

NICE unveils guidelines to monitor antibiotic prescribing

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NICE director Professor Mark Baker says it's not just prescribers who should be questioned on antibiotics, often patients just don’t understand their condition and pressure doctors

NICE are asking UK doctors to spy on their colleagues in order to help tackle the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The UK body’s proposed guidelines hope to encourage medical professionals in England to prescribe and promote the sensible use of antibiotics and preserve their future effectiveness.

NICE recommends test to reduce antibiotic use

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NICE guidelines say GPs should use point of care blood tests to assess which patients to prescribe antibiotics for bacterial pneumonia in primary care.

In its first guideline on pneumonia, out today, NICE recommends GPs use a blood test for C reactive protein (CRP) “if after clinical assessment a diagnosis of pneumonia has not been made and it is not clear whether antibiotics should be prescribed”.

Doctors warn of urgent care ‘chaos’

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Doctors’ leaders are demanding greater investment in out-of-hours GP services, warning of ‘fragmentation’ and underfunding, and branding the current system ‘chaotic’.

"It is important that policy-makers get a grip on this problem and properly integrate services so that patients have a clear, easily understood route to the right urgent care,” insists Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the BMA's GP Committee.

GPs to ‘prescribe’ apps

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General practitioners in the UK are to begin ‘prescribing’ health apps as part of a move to better monitor issues such as weight and lifestyle, according to media reports.

In a strategy due to be announced this week as part of Personalised Health and Care 2020, the NHS will allow the most relevant apps to be branded with the NHS logo, some of which could then be recommended to patients, says the Daily Telegraph.

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