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Scotland publishes action plan on restricting dental amalgam
AN action plan to reduce the use of dental amalgam has been published by Scottish Government as part of a UK-wide response to an EU directive reducing mercury in the environment.
MHA code of practice not being used as intended
HEALTHCARE providers and staff are not using the Mental Health Act (MHA) code of practice as intended due to a lack of awareness and understanding of the statutory guidance, according to a new report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Wrong-site blocks no longer regarded as “never events”
DENTISTS in England will no longer have to report giving a local anaesthetic at the wrong-site as a "never event", after lobbying by the BDA.
Inpatient satisfaction high but improvement has stalled
MOST inpatients in hospitals in England have confidence and trust in the doctors and nurses treating them but overall improvement has stalled, according to findings from an annual CQC survey.
Call for “dental revolution” in care homes
CALLS have been made for a “dental revolution” in care homes in England after a survey found more than half do not have oral health plans in place for residents.
New approach needed to improve trans patient care
NHS care for trans patients must involve a whole-system approach to improve services including education and training for healthcare professionals, NHS IT systems and access to gender identity services, according to a new position paper by the Royal College of General Practitioners.
GMC uncovers factors in high BAME referrals
INADEQUATE job induction and support along with isolating work patterns and poor feedback are all factors in higher GMC referrals for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) doctors, new research suggests.
Campaign to support reflective practice
NEW guidance and resources have been published in a bid to encourage doctors, dentists and other clinicians to take part in reflective practice.
RCGP responds to “hurtful” insinuation of possible GP fraud
AN announcement that the NHS Counter Fraud Authority will be investigating GPs in England in regard to so-called "ghost patients" on practice lists has prompted a sharp response from the RCGP.
Approval for opt-out organ donation in Scotland
AN opt-out system for organ and tissue donation has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.