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GMC accepts new English language test
OVERSEAS doctors who want to work in the UK can now sit an alternative, more practical English language test.
Steady decrease in Scottish hospital mortality
NEW figures have revealed there were 7,800 fewer than expected deaths in Scottish hospitals between the first quarter of 2014 and the third quarter of 2017 – a drop of 10.6 per cent.
Pharmacist first for minor illnesses
A NEW health campaign in England is urging patients to first contact local pharmacists for clinical advice and treatment for minor health concerns.
Duty of candour reaffirmed
SENIOR healthcare officials in Scottish Government have reaffirmed the need for all health and social care staff to be able to “reflect safely and openly” when things go wrong – this is light of the recent High Court judgment in the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba.
HPV vaccination for men having sex with men
A NATIONWIDE HPV vaccination programme for men aged 45 or younger who have sex with other men will be introduced in England.
Prescription drug addiction review launched
AN independent review into the growing problem of addiction to prescription drugs has been announced by the Government as statistics show that one patient in eleven was a prescribed an addictive drug last year.
Lawyers targeting the NHS banned from hospitals in England
LAW firms and “claims management” companies who encourage patients to sue the NHS will no longer be provided office or advertising space in NHS hospital in England.
Plan to tackle oral health inequality in Scotland
SCOTTISH Government has launched a new improvement plan aiming to prevent poor oral health, cut oral health inequalities and address the dental needs of an ageing population.
NHS plagued with rota gaps and vacancies
OVER 70 per cent hospital doctors reported rota gaps in their departments and a significant percentage believe the delivery of care has worsened in several areas over the last year, according to survey figures published by the BMA.
Deadline looms for IRR17 compliance
ALL dental practices must be re-registered with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) by 5th February 2018 to be in compliance with changes to legislation relating to radiation protection, including a new HSE notification process.