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Tough penalties for covering up clinical failings
HOSPITALS could be fined up to £10,000 and senior staff and directors could face jail for providing false and misleading data in regard to clinical failings under new plans to tackle any perceived "cover-up" culture in the NHS.
Biggest ever jobs shortage confirmed
THE number of trainee doctors who will have to wait to find a job this year is at its highest ever level.
Calls for “predatory” doctors to be struck off
DOCTORS who abuse their professional position by preying on patients should be struck off, a GMC consultation has heard.
Drop in GP training applications
THE number of doctors applying to start GP training has fallen for the second year in a row, according to new figures from Health Education England.
Warning on waiting room music
DOCTORS and dentists playing music in their practices must have relevant licences or risk legal proceedings.
Drug driving law comes into force
A NEW offence for driving with certain medications over specified blood concentrations comes into effect from 2 March.
Online GMC resource on dementia and mental health
DEMENTIA and mental health are the subjects of an online resource being promoted by the GMC.
NICE calls for review of individual antibiotic prescribing rates
NICE is calling for ongoing external review of antibiotic prescribing among individual healthcare providers in a bid to reduce creeping antimicrobial resistance.
Survey addresses increasing tension between management and clinical staff
A RECENT survey confirms that tension remains a major factor in relationships between healthcare managers and clinical staff.
New powers to compulsory audit data protection in the NHS
A CHANGE in the law has given the Information Commissioner new powers to compulsorily audit GP surgeries and other public healthcare organisations to access how they handle personal patient information.