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Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in UK

THE first Covid-19 vaccine for the UK has been approved by independent medicines regulator the MHRA.

  • 03 December 2020
  • News

Inappropriate use of DNRs during pandemic, CQC finds

HEALTHCARE teams struggling to cope early in the coronavirus pandemic made “inappropriate” use of do not resuscitate orders, an interim report from the CQC has found.

  • 03 December 2020
  • News

Covid-19 brings rise in antibiotic prescribing by dental practices

ANTIBIOTIC prescribing by dentists in England between April to July 2020 was 25 per cent higher than the same period in 2019, with a peak in June 2020, according to data analysed by researchers at the University of Manchester.

  • 30 November 2020
  • News

Majority of GPs struggling to provide sufficient level of care

MORE than 80 per cent of GPs have struggled to provide a patient with a sufficient level of care in 2020, according to new figures from the General Medical Council.

  • 30 November 2020
  • News

RCGP calls for suspension of GP appraisal

THE Royal College of GPs governing council has passed a motion calling for suspension of GP appraisal for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • 27 November 2020
  • News

Call to “lock in” bureaucracy busting measures

A NEW drive to empower frontline NHS staff by reducing unnecessary bureaucracy and “locking in positive change” seen during the Covid-19 pandemic has been announced by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.

  • 27 November 2020
  • News

Investigation highlights delayed interventions during labour

DELAYS in crucial interventions during labour were a contributory factor in 14.9 per cent of the 289 maternity investigations into intrapartum stillbirths, neonatal deaths and potential severe brain injuries, according to an investigation report by Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSCIB).

  • 27 November 2020
  • News

New HIV diagnoses in gay men at 20-year low

HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men in 2019 outnumbered new diagnoses in heterosexual adults by only 100 cases, according new report by Public Health England.

  • 27 November 2020
  • News

Covert recording in a time of Covid

The increase in remote telephone and video consultations due to the pandemic has made it easier for patients to record consultations. Is this something that should worry clinicians?

  • 25 November 2020
  • Risk alert

Broken file

...A review of the patient records reveals that Dr F had noted that there might be a file fragment lodged in the mesial canal and she includes a reminder to undertake a periapical radiograph at the next visit but there is no record that this was done...

  • 25 November 2020
  • Case study