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New prescribing guidance from GMC
DOCTORS face tighter rules on self-prescribing and a ban on prescribing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes under new guidance issued by the General Medical Council.
Patients at risk from trainees’ long hours
SOME trainee doctors are still working nearly 100 hours a week which could be putting patients at risk, the General Medical Council has warned.
MDDUS appoints former lord advocate to board
THE Board of MDDUS has agreed to appoint Dame Elish Angiolini QC as a non-executive director with a view to her taking up her appointment in the Spring.
Quarter of graduates make GP first choice
ONLY a quarter of medical graduates say general practice is their first choice of specialty amid concerns over a workforce shortfall.
Trainees criticise “failing” foundation programme
FOUNDATION year doctors are not given enough exposure to emergency medicine and believe incompetent trainees are not identified by the assessment system, according to new research.
Top applicants get first chance of jobs
THE top scoring applicants to the foundation programme have been placed on a “primary” list for UK jobs.
Cash boost for medical training
A FUNDING boost of £100,000 is being offered to support trainee-led projects that aim to improve junior doctors’ training.
First SJT test “a success”
THE first round of Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs) for applicants to the foundation programme has been declared a success.
Few dental patients complain
ONLY two per cent of dental patients complained or considered making a formal complaint about a dental professional during the last 12 months according to a survey conducted on behalf of the GDC.
Language test for doctors
DOCTORS who want to treat NHS patients will have to prove they can speak good English.