NICE have just released their updated guidelines on lipid modification for both primary and secondary care. These have led to a lot of debate about the pros and cons of reducing the threshold for starting statins in patients with a cardiovascular risk of 20% to 10%. It may also have ramifications in terms of workload for general practice in terms of monitoring statin use.
Health Education England have also just released their report on how to shore up the falling numbers of GPs. The report focuses on the shift of hospital training jobs to general practice, although how this work when current GP training vacancies are underfilled is yet to be seen.
Finally, there was an excellent Radio 4 programme on assisted dying. There is currently a bill going through the House of Lords and the debate on Radio 4 is very thought provoking, especially as caring for dying patients forms such an important part of a GP’s daily work.