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NHS trusts struggling to engage with bereaved families
GOOD progress is being made by some NHS hospital trusts in England in learning from deaths, although some are struggling to improve engagement with bereaved families and carers.
NHS sees further drop in public satisfaction
PUBLIC satisfaction with the NHS has fallen to its lowest level since 2007, according to analysis of the 2018 British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey.
UK cancer care suffers with staff shortages
A SHORTAGE of clinical oncologists threatens future cancer care in the UK.
RCP now neutral on assisted dying
THE Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has adopted a neutral position on assisted dying following a survey of its UK fellows and members.
GP "gatekeeping" offers mixed benefits
A STUDY looking at GPs as gatekeepers to specialty care has concluded that this is associated with lower healthcare use and expenditure and better quality of care, but also lower patient satisfaction.
Fresh push to bring back GPs
A NEW campaign designed to persuade hundreds of doctors to return to general practice is being launched this week.
Gender reassignment should be initiated in specialist care
GENDER reassignment is a specialist area of medicine and treatment should be initiated in specialist care, says the Royal College of GPs.
New standards for end of life care
A NEW set of standards in providing end of life care has been agreed for GP practices.
BDA warning on over-the-counter teeth-whitening kits
TEETH-WHITENING products sold over the counter are often either ineffective or could damage teeth, warns the British Dental Association.
Progress on opt-out organ donation legislation in Scotland and England
A BILL introducing a soft opt-out system for organ and tissue donation has been debated in the Scottish Parliament and similar legislation for England looks set to clear parliamentary hurdles in the next few days.