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Rise in emergency readmissions for “preventable” conditions
EMERGENCY hospital readmissions for "potentially preventable" conditions have risen by 41 per cent in the last seven years, according to analysis from the Nuffield Trust.
Wales opts for state-backed indemnity
THE Welsh government has decided to introduce a state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs in Wales from April 2019 – following in the footsteps of the recent decision by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in England.
Support for refugee dentists
A SCHEME to help refugee doctors work in Scotland has now been extended to dentists.
Data opt-out for patients in England
THE “national data opt-out” has been launched in England allowing patients to refuse to have their confidential information used for research or planning purposes.
Private hospitals ordered to improve patient safety
PRIVATE hospitals in England have been warned by the health secretary to “get their house in order and improve safety”.
Decline in continuity of care across general practice in England
A STUDY of GP practices in England found an overall decline in continuity of care between 2012 and 2017.
New mandatory data security toolkit
A NEW Data Security and Protection Toolkit has been launched by NHS Digital which all organisations in England with access to NHS patient data and systems must complete to help keep patient information safe.
Inequality gap in child tooth decay
NEW data in England has revealed an almost 10-fold difference between some local authorities in the prevalence of child tooth decay.
GMC recognises personal impact of complaints
AN independent review into the personal impact on doctors subject to fitness to practise procedures has led the GMC to make changes in the way it investigates complaints.
GMC updates revalidation guidance to address concerns
THE GMC has updated its guidance on revalidation to address concerns raised in a detailed review.