Government advisers believe everyone needs a boost in vitamin D, but Pulse magazine reveals this month that prescribing of the ‘sunshine vitamin’ may already be out of control.
A Pulse investigation in NHS prescribing levels show a 40% increase in vitamin D scripts since 2012, with costs hitting £85m annually for the health service. But some GPs say that this is medicalising a lifestyle issue and that the evidence only supports its prescription in those with very low levels. Read the full investigation in the April edition of Pulse.
The magazine also has an analysis of whether the Department of Health is going to hit its target of 5,000 extra GPs by 2020 and an in-depth interview with the health minister in Wales, Professor Mark Drakeford.
In the clinical section, we have a special series of articles looking at how GPs can implement the new NICE guideline on diabetes.
The Your Practice section also has some useful advice on minimising the burden of form-filling (a a bug-bear of many GPs) and advice on whether patients with cancer demanding homeopathy should have their request respected.
Read the full issue here.Back to news grid