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Proposed 'safe space' needs further work

MDDUS believes the proposed development of a 'safe space' to protect staff in healthcare safety investigations requires further definition as interventions which are high on rhetoric and low on detailed statutory and implementation planning run the risk of being counter-productive.

  • 21 December 2016
  • News

Minimising risk as a GP locum

WORKING in unfamiliar surroundings means locum GPs need to take extra steps to mitigate risks and ensure patient safety is not compromised. Dr Naeem Nazem offers some tips on avoiding the pitfalls.

  • 21 December 2016
  • Article

Significant drop in cancer deaths predicted over next two decades

CANCER deaths are expected to drop by 15 per cent over the next 20 years, according to figures released by Cancer Research UK.

  • 21 December 2016
  • News

Inconsistent lessons from patient deaths

NHS INVESTIGATIONS into patient deaths in England are failing to prioritise learning opportunities and are not properly involving families looking for answers, according to a review by the Care Quality Commission.

  • 15 December 2016
  • News

GMC fee freeze

THE General Medical Council will freeze all registration fees from April 2017 to March 2018.

  • 15 December 2016
  • News

Improvement in lung surgery survival

SURVIVAL rates for lung cancer surgery continue to improve as the number of operations increase, according to a new data.

  • 15 December 2016
  • News

“Soft opt out” organ donation consultation

PLANS for a “soft opt out” system of organ donation – where consent is presumed unless the patient opted out – have been put out for consultation by the Scottish Government.

  • 08 December 2016
  • News

Awards for NHS staff health initiatives

SINGING groups and walking meetings are among the staff health initiatives honoured in an NHS England awards programme.

  • 08 December 2016
  • News

Heavy workloads erode training

OVER 43 per cent of doctors in training have reported their workload as 'heavy' or 'very heavy' prompting concern at the GMC that training time is being eroded.

  • 07 December 2016
  • News

Exercise and NSAIDs first in low back pain, says NICE

EXERCISE along with the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or aspirin should be first-line treatments in managing low back pain and sciatica, according to new updated guidance by NICE.

  • 30 November 2016
  • News