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Child tooth extractions up by a quarter in past decade

THE number of tooth extractions performed on young children in England has risen by almost a quarter in the past 10 years, according to new figures.

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Majority of doctors worried about future patient safety

ALMOST three-quarters of doctors fear their service may be unable to deliver safe patient care in the next 12 months, according to a survey by the Royal College of Physicians.

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Mandatory NHS service proposed

A CONSULTATION from the Department of Health is proposing a requirement for newly trained doctors in England to work a minimum term of possibly over five years in the NHS.

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Junior doctors urged to raise training concerns

JUNIOR doctors are being urged by the General Medical Council to report concerns with their training programme.

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GP triage service for A&E

NHS England aims to have GP walk-in triage services in all hospital A&Es by next Christmas to address increasing demand, according to chief executive Simon Stevens.

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Treat severe sepsis within one hour

PATIENTS showing symptoms of severe sepsis should be treated within one hour, according to a new draft quality standard from NICE.

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Dentistry and medicine top for ethnic diversity

DENTISTRY is the second most ethnically diverse occupation in England and Wales, with medicine in fourth place.

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Vision for “realistic medicine” by 2025

ALL healthcare professionals in Scotland will be practising “realistic medicine” by 2025 in a bid to increase patient involvement and reduce overtreatment.

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Survey indicates widespread illegal online antibiotic prescribing

A SURVEY of online pharmacies found that 45 per cent offered antibiotics without a prescription.

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Bill Moyes reappointed GDC chair

BILL Moyes has been reappointed as Chair of the General Dental Council.

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