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Overworked GPs risk patient safety
GP FATIGUE due to overwork threatens patient safety on a "widespread scale", says the RCGP in a new consultation paper.
“Considerable progress” made in tackling Scottish hospital infections
THE number of hospital acquired infections in Scottish hospitals has fallen, new quarterly figures show.
All trainee doctors found jobs
ALL trainee doctors on a waiting list to find jobs have been allocated a place, the UK Foundation Programme Office has confirmed.
Good communication key in end-of-life care
PATIENTS and those close to them should be involved in key decisions about end-of-life care, according to new draft NICE guidance.
Half of EU doctors refused UK licence over language skills
NEARLY half of European doctors who applied to the GMC for a licence to practise in the UK over the previous year were refused for not providing evidence of adequate language skills.
Over 50 per cent rise in prescriptions over decade
THE UK has seen a 55.2 per cent increase in the number of prescription items dispensed over the last ten years, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).
New Yellow Card app to report safety issues
DRUG side effects and medical device problems can now be reported electronically using the new Yellow Card app.
Patients suffering due to poor hospital discharge procedures
HOSPITALS are discharging vulnerable patients without first checking they have the necessary social care support in place, according to a new report from Healthwatch England.
Private non-cosmetic treatment to be regulated in Scotland
PRIVATE clinics in Scotland carrying out dental and other healthcare services, including non-surgical cosmetic interventions, are to be regulated from April 2016.
Survey reveals parental disregard of oral health in children
PARENTAL disregard for basic principles of oral health in children is leading to unnecessary hospital admissions and costing the NHS £22 million a year.