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New guidance on reducing alcohol risks
DRINKING any amount of alcohol will increase the risk of developing a range of cancers, according to new guidance from the UK’s chief medical officers.
MDDUS urges early reform to reduce cost pressure on indemnity rates
MDDUS has urged the government to work toward early implementation of measures to reduce legal costs in clinical negligence cases.
Survey suggests dentists not taking sufficient breaks
A SURVEY of dentists found that less than 40 per cent take a lunchbreak and over 60 per cent take no small breaks at all.
Dental indemnity declaration
THE GDC has announced that 96 per cent of dental care professionals (DCPs) successfully renewed their registration this summer by paying their annual retention fee and making a declaration of adequate and appropriate indemnity.
Call for longer, fewer GP consultations
The BMA is calling for the standard 10-minute GP consultation to be increased to 15 and the total number of consultations per day limited to 25 rather than the 40 or more per GP seen in some surgeries.
Helpful receptionists can boost patient satisfaction
UNHELPFUL GP receptionists can lead to lower patient satisfaction scores, according to new research published in the British Journal of General Practice.
GPs lacking confidence in neurological referrals
OVER half of GPs in England do not feel confident in their ability to make an initial assessment and referral for people presenting with signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis, and 84 per cent would see benefit in further training on identifying and managing people presenting with neurological conditions.
Reduced hospital pneumonia deaths
HOSPITAL deaths from the most common form of pneumonia decreased by 14 per cent between 2009 and 2015, according to new research published by the British Thoracic Society (BTS).
“Worrying” levels of stress among primary care staff
ALMOST 90 per cent of NHS primary care workers find their work life stressful, according to a new survey.
GP practice fined £40K by ICO
A GP practice has been fined £40,000 by the Information Commissioner for revealing confidential details about a woman and her family to her estranged ex-partner.