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A&E pressures not down to GP access, study finds
DIFFICULTY in accessing a GP does not lead to increased use of hospital accident and emergency services, according to new research.
Stark figures on child tooth decay prompts call to action
NEARLY 43,000 hospital operations were undertaken to remove teeth in teenagers and children last year – equating to 170 a day – according to new figures highlighted by the Local Government Association (LGA) in England.
Warning on drug-name confusion
DOCTORS are being urged to take particular care when prescribing or dispensing medicines that could be confused with others because they either sound or look alike.
GDC renewal deadline for dentists now passed
THE deadline for dentists to renew GDC registration has now passed and the regulator is advising those who have not registered to urgently complete the restoration process.
Staff fatigue jeopardising patient safety
DOCTORS working long hours with excessive workloads resulting in lack of sleep is compromising patient safety, according to a new BMA briefing report.
Free dental toolkit to support parents
A FREE toolkit for dentists to help make parents more aware of how to look after their children's teeth is available from Public Health England.
Online GP providers to be required to display ratings
INDEPENDENT doctors offering primary care online will now be rated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and required to display inspection ratings so patients can clearly see safety standards.
New guidelines on fertility preservation also address transfolk
embryo and oocyte cryopreservation, ovarian tissue cryopreservation, GnRH agonist suppression and ovarian transposition.
Most suspected cancer patients referred “promptly”
AN analysis of newly diagnosed cancer patients found that most were promptly referred from primary care, with a median interval of five days.
New law on inadvertent dispensing errors
LEGISLATION to introduce a new defence around inadvertent dispensing errors by pharmacists has been approved by Parliament.