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RCP advice on employing physician associates
An employer’s guide to physician associates
New safety body given investigatory powers
A NEW Health Service Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB) will be given power to investigate serious patient safety incidents under proposals laid before Parliament by the Department of Health.
Rise in written complaints against GPs in England
WRITTEN complaints to GP and dental practices in England increased by 9.7 per cent in 2016/2017 compared to the previous year, according to figures from NHS Digital.
Prescribing guidance for junior doctors
JUNIOR doctors should be given more practical advice on prescribing and be encouraged to learn from mistakes, according to new guidance from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).
Suspect endometriosis in chronic pelvic pain
NICE has released new guidance calling for doctors to suspect endometriosis in women presenting with chronic pelvic pain.
Bid to shorten GDC fitness to practise process
PROPOSED changes could cut several weeks off the General Dental Council’s fitness to practise process.
New dental statistics prompt BDA demand for action
NEARLY 42 per cent of children in England are missing out on free dental care according to new statistics by NHS Digital.
Fit notes for mental health most common
MENTAL health and behavioural conditions were the most common "known" reasons for fit notes being issued by GPs in England between December 2014 and March 2017, according to new figures from NHS Digital.
...Dr L confirms that the letter had been received in the practice and marked as read but the follow-up chest X-ray had not been highlighted and actioned...
Prying into patient data
A SPATE of recent cases prompts a reminder of the potentially serious consequences of prying into patients’ medical records without a legitimate reason.