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Doctors should not be prosecuted for deaths caused by errors, RCP says
DOCTORS should not be prosecuted for deaths that result from involuntary mistakes or other errors, the Royal College of Physicians has said.
Dame Clare Marx appointed GMC chair
Dame Clare Marx has been appointed chair of the General Medical Council and will become the first woman to hold that position since the GMC was established 160 years ago.
Safe staffing levels set out by RCP
THE definition of safe staffing levels that are needed to provide care for hospital patients has been set out for the first time by the Royal College of Physicians.
Trainees to have mandatory recovery period after nightshift
JUNIOR doctors in Scotland are to be given a mandatory 46-hour recovery period after a run of night shifts before they can return to work.
HPV vaccination extended to boys
ADOLESCENT boys in the UK will now be given the HPV vaccine after a long campaign by healthcare organisations, including the BDA.
Significant backlogs in radiology reporting
WIDE national variation in timescales for radiology results, with significant backlogs, have been reported in a new Care Quality Commission (CQC) review.
Dental prevention pilot proves successful
A SCHEME for prevention-focused dental care piloted in 73 practices in England has led to “reduced or maintained levels” of tooth decay in 90 per cent of patients, according to a Government evaluation.
NHS patient app due for December release
NHS patients in England will be able to access their GP record and book appointments using a free app from December 2018.
NHS litigation costs continue to rise
THE cost of medical negligence claims to the NHS in England continues to rise despite a record reduction in formal litigation as more claims are mediated.
Lower death rates with patient continuity of care
A NEW study looking at continuity of care has concluded that patients who see the same doctor over time have lower death rates.