Making the difference in Primary Care. Don’t miss out and come and join us at this conference specially designed by primary care for all primary care professionals. Our objective is clear: To assist you and your colleagues to deliver optimal … Continue reading

For many years, conditions were treated and doctors did not really know whether they were achieving anything. Doctors tried to achieve good glycaemic control in people with diabetes without really knowing whether anything was being achieved. It was not until … Continue reading

It is difficult to remember any time in the past when the British Medical Journal has withdrawn information in any articles it has published and yet this has now happened in the case of two articles on statins.  It turns … Continue reading

The National Review of Asthma Deaths was the first fully comprehensive review of deaths from asthma across the UK. Led by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), and conducted between February 2012 – 2013, the final report has recently been … Continue reading

What has gone wrong with asthma care? Back in the mid-eighties, the wonderful Greta Barnes started the Asthma Training Centre in Stratford-on-Avon.  It offered courses in Asthma Management to Primary Care Practice Nurses and was an enormous success.  The model … Continue reading

It’s been a week for bad news in Healthcare.  As well as the bad news about asthma mortality, are other items highlighting the increasing ineffectiveness of existing antibiotics and the high rate of hospital admissions for people with diabetes.  The … Continue reading

Here’s a team photo showing the new PCTC uniform for 2014. Don’t we look smart? And also new this year, a matching tie for Mark!

Every so often we hear of new hope for the cure of diabetes.  Islet cell transplants were probably the first to be successfully used in a few patients.  However, much of the interest surrounds the use of stem cells. Stem … Continue reading

In the biggest shake-up since the General Medical Services Quality and Outcomes Framework (GMS QOF) was introduced nearly ten years ago, no less than 341 points have been wiped out from the Framework.  This means a drop in income for … Continue reading

We often seem to end up in Primary Care talking about what are often known as “trade-offs”. That is balancing the beneficial effects of drugs against possible harms due to side-effects. There are even ways of measuring them in the … Continue reading

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