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Part-time trainees must work half of full-time hours
JUNIOR doctors in less than full time training (LTFT) must work at least half the hours worked by those in full time training, the General Medical Council has announced.
More doctors and dentists suspended, but for shorter periods
THE number of doctors and dentists in England excluded or suspended from work has increased over the past five years, but the length of bans imposed has decreased, new figures show.
Deaneries will NOT be abolished, says minister
POSTGRADUATE deaneries will not be abolished under the government’s health reforms despite previous proposals, health minister Andrew Lansley has said.
Foundation programme 2012 oversubscribed
JUNIOR doctors looking for jobs in 2012 face uncertainty after it was announced the foundation programme is oversubscribed.
Majority against regulating doctors' lives outside medicine
A survey has found that 94 per cent on the general public do not think the GMC should regulate doctors' private lives outside medicine.
Record number of GMC complaints in 2010
The number of GMC complaints against doctors reached its highest level ever in 2010 along with a record number of investigations and fitness to practise hearings.
EU rules putting patients at risk
Current rules which allow healthcare professionals to practise throughout the EU pose an unacceptable risk to the safety of patients according to a new Parliamentary report published this month.
Whistleblowers given new protection
DOCTORS and other NHS staff who blow the whistle will be given greater protection, the health secretary Andrew Lansley has announced.
Removal from GP list a “knee-jerk response” in too many cases
Last year over one in five of all complaints about GPs investigated by the Ombudsman in England were about patient removal from surgery lists, according to a report on NHS performance.
GDC acts to speed up case handling
An increase in the number of decision meetings and hearings to clear a backlog of cases and an improved process to fast track the most serious ones are among a raft of changes announced by the GDC to improve the handling of complaints against dental professionals.