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NHS complaints in England hit 480 a day
THE NHS in England received an average of 480 written patient complaints a day over the last year, new figures show.
GPs still prescribing unnecessary antibiotics
A SURVEY of over 1,000 GPs has found that 70 per cent prescribe antibiotics because they are unsure if an infection is bacterial or viral.
Toothbrushing advice inconsistent
AN examination of toothbrushing methods promoted online found wide variations in recommended techniques and how often people should brush their teeth and for how long.
Physician associates ‘mustn’t damage juniors training’
PLANS to rapidly increase the number of physician associates in the NHS must not damage junior doctors’ training, the BMA has said.
Trainees shun GP partnerships
THE vast majority of new GPs plan to avoid partnership roles in favour of locum or salaried work, a new survey shows.
Med school influences career choices
TRAINEE doctors’ career choices can be influenced by which medical school they attend, new research suggests.
Online learning module on oral anticoagulants
A NEW online learning module on reducing the side-effects of oral anticoagulants has been launched by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Dental advertising faces enhanced scrutiny
The GDC has announced it will be working closely with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to tackle misleading dental marketing.
Tougher sanctions plan for doctors
DOCTORS who harm patients could face sanctions even if they have improved their practice under new proposals from the General Medical Council.
Failing GP practices told to improve or be shut down
GP practices in England providing poor care will be given a deadline to make improvements, or face closure if they fail.