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RCGP warns against blanket policy on “low value” prescribing
AN NHS England review will consider introducing new national guidelines to reduce the prescribing of low value medicines which are "ineffective, unnecessary, inappropriate for prescription on the NHS".
Employment protection for NHS whistleblowers
WHISTLEBLOWERS re-applying for jobs in the NHS will be protected from discrimination under new measures announced by the Department of Health.
Oral health toolkit now updated
AN updated version of the Delivering Better Oral Health toolkit from Public Health England (PHE) now includes new patient factsheets and guidance on alcohol and nutrition.
New assessment tool for bowel cancer risk in younger patients
A RISK assessment tool to support GPs in identifying serious bowel conditions, including cancer, in patients under age 50 has been published in the British Journal of General Practice.
New complaints procedure in Scotland
A NEW complaint handling procedure for the NHS in Scotland comes into effect from 1 April 2017.
Child tooth extractions up by a quarter in past decade
THE number of tooth extractions performed on young children in England has risen by almost a quarter in the past 10 years, according to new figures.
Majority of doctors worried about future patient safety
ALMOST three-quarters of doctors fear their service may be unable to deliver safe patient care in the next 12 months, according to a survey by the Royal College of Physicians.
Mandatory NHS service proposed
A CONSULTATION from the Department of Health is proposing a requirement for newly trained doctors in England to work a minimum term of possibly over five years in the NHS.
Treat severe sepsis within one hour
PATIENTS showing symptoms of severe sepsis should be treated within one hour, according to a new draft quality standard from NICE.
Junior doctors urged to raise training concerns
JUNIOR doctors are being urged by the General Medical Council to report concerns with their training programme.