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Letters to GPs brings about modest reduction in antibiotic prescribing
WRITING letters to GPs about antibiotic prescribing rates can bring about a small reduction in scripts handed out, according to a study published in the Lancet.
Fewer NHS staff witnessing mistakes
THE proportion of NHS staff in England who have recently witnessed mistakes or patient safety incidents is at its lowest level for four years, according to a new survey.
Whistleblowing incident prompts major GDC overhaul
SIGNIFICANT changes have been made to the leadership, processes and organisational culture at the General Dental Council following an investigation into their handling of a whistleblowing incident.
BMJ Awards shortlist revealed
THE nominees for the 2016 BMJ Awards have been announced.
New FGM learning resources
A RANGE of new resources to help healthcare professionals understand the needs of FGM survivors are being launched online as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the issue.
Patients need tailored advice on sunlight exposure, says NICE
NEW NICE guidance on exposure to sunlight published this month highlights the need for balancing risks against benefits when advising patients.
Brush time for UK children
A NEW programme to teach proper tooth brushing technique to nursery and school children has been launched by the British Dental Health Foundation.
Drop in public satisfaction with the NHS
SATISFACTION with the NHS across the UK fell by five per cent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according data published by the King’s Fund.
Rise in alcohol-related deaths
ALCOHOL-RELATED deaths in the UK increased slightly in 2014 to 14.3 per 100,000 population but are still almost double those recorded in 1994, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics.
GDC reforms aim to reduce stress and cost
THE introduction of case examiners in dental fitness to practise procedures should lead to reduced stress for some dentists and dental care professionals (DCPs) subject to GDC complaints.