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New e-traffic light for GP referrals shows promise
AN e-traffic light system for GP referrals has proved successful in offering patients reduced hospital waiting times in a London pilot.
Help at hand in diagnosing Lyme disease
NEW NICE guidance aims to help doctors spot Lyme disease so that NHS treatment can be offered promptly.
Lower death rates among older surgeons
PATIENTS undergoing emergency surgery had slightly lower death rates when operated on by older surgeons compared to younger ones, a new US study suggests.
Dental phobia linked to socio-economic factors
HIGH dental anxiety has been found to be significantly associated with a lower health‐related quality of life (HRQL) among adults, according findings from a study published in the International Dental Journal.
New research into GMC referrals
NEW research has been commissioned to find out why some doctors – particularly those who are black, Asian or minority ethnic (BME) – are referred to the General Medical Council by their employers more often than others.
Urgent MHRA update on valproate use
VALPROATE medicines must no longer be used in women or girls of childbearing potential unless a Pregnancy Prevention Programme is in place, according to new guidance from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
GMC recruits for a new chair
The General Medical Council is recruiting for a new chair to take over from Professor Sir Terence Stephenson on the upcoming completion of his four-year term.
RCGP advice on online consultations
A GUIDANCE document "with questions to ask" when considering the provision of online consultations to patients has been launched by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
Multimorbidity poses global threat
MULTIMORBIDITY is common and on the rise worldwide but the causes are poorly understood and strategies for its prevention are lacking, according to a new report from the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Factors in missed GP appointments
AGE and socio-economic status were significant factors in the one in five patients missing more than two GP appointments, as observed over a three-year period in a recent study published in the Lancet.