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Covid-19 brings rise in antibiotic prescribing by dental practices
ANTIBIOTIC prescribing by dentists in England between April to July 2020 was 25 per cent higher than the same period in 2019, with a peak in June 2020, according to data analysed by researchers at the University of Manchester.
Majority of GPs struggling to provide sufficient level of care
MORE than 80 per cent of GPs have struggled to provide a patient with a sufficient level of care in 2020, according to new figures from the General Medical Council.
Investigation highlights delayed interventions during labour
DELAYS in crucial interventions during labour were a contributory factor in 14.9 per cent of the 289 maternity investigations into intrapartum stillbirths, neonatal deaths and potential severe brain injuries, according to an investigation report by Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSCIB).
RCGP calls for suspension of GP appraisal
THE Royal College of GPs governing council has passed a motion calling for suspension of GP appraisal for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic.
New HIV diagnoses in gay men at 20-year low
HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men in 2019 outnumbered new diagnoses in heterosexual adults by only 100 cases, according new report by Public Health England.
Call to “lock in” bureaucracy busting measures
A NEW drive to empower frontline NHS staff by reducing unnecessary bureaucracy and “locking in positive change” seen during the Covid-19 pandemic has been announced by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.
NHS faces hidden backlog in routine hospital care
AROUND 4.7 million fewer people were referred for routine hospital care between January and August 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, according to a report from The Health Foundation.
100-fold increase in number awaiting elective hospital treatment
THE Covid-19 pandemic has led to a 100-fold increase in the number of people waiting over a year for elective hospital treatment in England, according to figures for September published by the NHS.
BDA urges action on service in "crisis"
OVER 14.5 million fewer dental treatments were delivered in England between the March lockdown and September compared to the same period last year and 70 per cent of practices are now operating at less than half their pre-pandemic capacity, according to the British Dental Association.
Corridor care returns in EDs
THE number of patients waiting on trolleys in emergency departments in England increased by 50 per cent in October, with patients waiting longer than 12 hours from decision to admission having quadrupled from September 2020.