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Graduates should be fully registered doctors, report says
TRAINEES should be fully registered as doctors when they graduate from medical school rather than at the end of their first year of foundation training, according to an ambitious new report.
Keogh proposes radical reform in urgent and emergency care
A FUNDAMENTAL shift is needed in the provision of "urgent care" services in the NHS to reduce the strain on A&E centres, according to a first phase review published this month by the National Medical Director of NHS England.
Juniors need ED consultant support
THE majority of care in emergency departments should be delivered by consultants rather than “inexperienced” junior doctors.
Guidance needed for trainees using smartphones at work
TRAINEE doctors need advice on how to protect patient safety when using their smartphone at work, according to new research.
Caution urged on switching antiepileptic drugs
PRESCRIBERS treating patients with oral antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are being urged to consider carefully any decision to switch between different manufacturers’ products for a particular drug.
EU reform on cross-border clinicians
AN alert system will be introduced across Europe requiring health regulators to warn each other within three days when a doctor or other health professional has been removed from a medical or dental register or had restrictions placed on his or her practice.
Remember your 2014 ARF payment
THE GDC has begun collecting annual retention fees (ARFs) and is reminding dentists they have until 31 December to make payment.
Doctors may face criminal charges for neglect
DOCTORS accused of “wilful neglect” in the care of patients in England and Wales could face criminal charges, according proposals set out in the Government's recent full response to the Francis inquiry.
Call for clarification on direct access
FURTHER clarification is needed from the GDC on the new arrangements for direct access to dental care professionals, according to a group of dental stakeholders who recently met at the BDA.
GPs “under pressure” for oral health advice
A SURVEY of over 1000 GPs across the UK has found that 87 per cent believe that too many patients are turning to them for oral health advice instead of a dentist and this is putting unnecessary pressure on their practices.